Puddle Photography in Lyon, France


When puddle photography leads you to discover your own city with a whole new look.


Lyon, France : Puddle reflection in Rue Sergent Blandan
Lyon, France : Puddle reflection in Rue Sergent Blandan

If you were to ask me what place I love shooting the most in France, I wouldn’t hesitate a single second : in my opinion, Lyon is the most photogenic city in France, and the place where I’ve had fun taking pictures the most.

Surprisingly, though, I had never taken the time to do the kind of photography I like the most in Lyon, i.e. puddle photography. To be fair, with two large rivers running through it, there are already so many opportunities to catch great shots of iconic monuments reflecting in the water that I had never felt I needed to find puddles to get some nice reflection shots.

However, it sometimes happens that the Saône and the Rhône rivers are not calm enough to mirror their colourful banks. This was the case last week, as the Saône river was in spate, carrying along mud and even dead trunks. It had rained a lot during the previous days, and the river was to rough to give nice and clean reflections.

Consequently, I’ve had to innovate a bit, and since it had rained the previous night, I thought it might be the best opportunity to practice puddle photography in Lyon at last. As always, it is quite fun, since the aim was to find any street that had some puddle in the way and try to get a shot I liked. I discovered new streets, and developed a whole new look on a city I consider my home.

I ended my quest for puddle photos with three photos I like a lot, and I’m pretty sure I will try to find other puddles to photograph the next time I come to Lyon. I want to make a series with this theme.

I hope you’ll like those first three shots of a series that I hope will be prolific !

Lyon, France : puddle reflection on Quai Saint-Vincent roadside
Lyon, France : puddle reflection on Quai Saint-Vincent roadside
Lyon, France : puddle reflection in Rue Juiverie, Vieux Lyon
Lyon, France : puddle reflection in Rue Juiverie, Vieux Lyon

All shots were made with a A7II and a Sony FE28f2.0, a pretty great setup if you want my opinion.