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Paris Grand Angle

  • Ullysses

    Paris, Greec, restaurant, 75014, food

    The hot summer in Paris should lead you away from the traditional French cuisine with its cream and butter. At least that is what it does to me. So I ended up with a friend in a Greek restaurant. 'Odyssée'    is located 54 rue Daguerre in the 14th. You know Daguerre, he is one of the inventors of photography along with Niepce also in France and in the UK, Talbot.

    The ambiance for a mid-week day was quite nice. The maitre d' very nonplussed but diligent brought excellent dishes. Fried cod with fried zucchini in garlic sauce for me, a mix of cold starters for my friend. The house red was round, tasty and powerful. Halva for dessert and - of course - Greek coffee.

    All in all a very good experience which I can only recommend.



  • Exhibition in Hotel Scribe, Paris


    Muriel Bordier, photo, exposition, exhibition, White Cube, Hotel Scribe, Paris, France

    Hotel Scribe in Paris is hosting an exhibition of photographs and videos by Muriel Bordier titled "White Cube".

    I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to attend the vernissage. The artist (right on the above photograph) is a mischievous looking woman living in Brittany. Chatting with her was in itself a great pleasure. And I really enjoyed her pictures. They look simple from afar but are truly quite sophisticated.

    Françoise Gaudin, Communication and Public Relation Director and her assistant Julie Séevagen also present were kind enough to give me an insight into the history of the hotel and its long relationship with the fixed and moving image world.

    The Hotel Scribe also has a very pleasant tea room or 'Maison de Thé' where you can taste exclusive Asian brews in fine bone china cups whilst indulging yourself with a delightful pastry. A heaven of peace in the busy shopping district where I stop whenever possible.






  • Heavens !

    In Paris when the temperature rises suddenly you can be sure you will get a storm sooner or later. And usually sooner...

    This Sunday evening did not fail its reputation. Wind and thunder flashes.

    I could not resist trying to fix an image.

    ciel, sky


  • La Bruyle

    b&b, beab and breakfast, photograph, Lot, France

    Let me introduce you to 'La Bruyle'.

    It is a charming guest house located at Colonjac, close to Saint Michel de Bannières, in northern Lot. 

    In 2013, I was there twice to produce photographs which would be used on the future web site.

    Now after quite some text and photograph editing the web site is on line. http://www.labruyle.com/

    Let me tell you that I am rather proud about how the photographs came out.

    I was not there as a paying guest but the way I was treated and my needs were met lead me to believe that a stay at 'La Bruyle' can only be a treat.

    La Bruyle, Lot, chambre, bedroom, photograph, b&b, bed and breakfast, guest house



  • Oldtimer

    automobile, car, transportation, American, vintage, Oldtimer, convertible

    Had you been this morning on Place de la Concorde in Paris around 10:00 you would have come across quite a few oldtimers. I mean cars from the days when driving was a pleasure.

    Twice a year these wonderful machines gather in Vincennes (east of Paris) then drive through the capital stopping to be admired at a few locations before heading back to their quarters.

    To-day I arrived on time to see most of them and also to take a couple of shots. The main difficulty I found was the crowds surrounding the cars on display. Some people use telephoto lenses. They try to avoid the onlookers.

    I took another route. My camera was hooked to my Distagon T 1.4/35mm lens from Carl Zeiss. Its minimum focus distance is of 0.30 m so I could get very close. I could also get a global view of the scene. I do not have a 50mm lens in my Canon EF kit but I find that a 35mm is quite versatile. This specific one is a manual focus only lens. But after a few weeks of usage I got the hang of it. My first SLR's did not have autofocus anyway. And I found it was more in the spirit of the cars I was snap-shooting.

    car, automobile, dashboard, convertible