Notre-Dame, reflecting in a puddle on the banks of the Seine River
Even though Lyon is a beautiful city where I wish I could have stayed a bit longer, I’ve had to go back to Paris, where my life is now.
I haven’t been that lucky with the weather since my return, and most of the days when I had some spare time to do photography were either rainy or very cold, cloudy, and even foggy sometimes. No beautiful sunrise, but some incredible sunsets… I’ve had to watch through the window panes at work. Too bad…
This has led me to go a bit out of my usual ways. Of course, I keep waking up early in the morning to take advantage of the morning’s quietness. I also keep carrying my two cameras with me, as well as my tripod, every time I go out, even though I often feel tired of lugging around so much equipment. However, I no longer try to find the best views from above. Instead, I walk the streets and try to find some new and original perspectives. When it’s been raining, I look for reflections of buildings I like in the puddles…
So far, my photography habits were simple : find a great place with a great view, spot the best area with the best angle of view (since I only shoot with a 24mm and a 50mm, I’ve gotten quite used to these focal lengths, and I easily know where I have to be to get the view I want), imagine the perfect moment to take a picture of this view, wait for this moment (and pray for the weather forecasts to be right), and when the moment has come, go to the place and shoot it how you’ve wanted it to be.
Even though I’ll keep taking landscape photographies, I’ll try, from now on, to have a more creative eye one my environment. I’ll stray a bit from my way sometimes, and let the unexpected happen. Who knows ? Maybe I’ll be able to bring by some exploration in my photographies ?
Institut de France, from Le Louvre’s lateral doorway
Le Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, on a foggy morning
A narrow street to Le Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre