Smile, You Are at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Paris (France). This is the third photo, after this one and this one. I’m not sure if there will be another one or two, but – as already said – I find the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris such an incredible source of inspiration! It’s so unique!

Parigi. Questa è la terza foto, dopo questa e questa. Non so se ce ne sarà un’altra o un altro paio, ma – come ho già detto – trovo che il Museo Nazionale di Storia Naturale di Parigi sia un’incredibile fonte di ispirazione! E’ così unico!

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Catching the Last Minute of Daylight (from the EDF Tower at La Defense)

Paris (France). Paris, Le Defense, watching out of the window at five minutes to six P.M. There is the very last minute of daylight out there, and I can’t resist from preparing my camera for a long exposure photo – through the thick window glass, though. The quasi-tripod I have built seems sturdy enough to keep my small and light Ricoh GR camera unmovable in the same position for some seconds and no matter how I’m dressed, I’m on my knees to check the composition and the final settings adjustment.

My colleague sitting in my office is laughing at me in that bizarre position … 3 – 2 – 1 – click! This photo is dedicated to her.

Parigi. La Defense, guardo fuori dalla finestra mentre mancano cinque minuti alle sei di sera. Fuori c’è l’ultimo bagliore di luce, e non resisto dal preparare la mia macchina fotografica per una foto con un’esposizione lunga, sebbene ci sia di mezzo uno spesso vetro. La specie di treppiede che ho costruito sembra abbastanza solido da mantenere la mia piccola e leggera Ricoh GR immobile nella stessa posizione per alcuni secondi e – non importa come sono vestito – mi metto in ginocchio per controllare la composizione e gli ultimi settaggi.

La collega che siede nel mio ufficio ride di me in quella strana posizione … tre – due – uno – click! Questa foto è dedicata a lei.

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Landscape of Paris from the Hotel Melia La Défense

Paris (France). Here we are: in a couple of days it will be Christmas, and with it the end of 2015 is approaching. Time flies, and the last months have been characterized by a very (too much!) hectic life… I traveled so frequently in the last period, that in few weeks I upgraded my frequent flyer status directly to gold. Almost all my trips have been to / from Paris; and almost all my stays in Paris have been limited to La Defense – which is not exactly the most exotic place in town.


The last time I was there, I spent a night at the Hotel Melia, one of the many hotels around the Esplanade de la Defense; and although it was what is normally recognized as a business hotel, there was a nice sky bar with an open air terrace. Of course, after dinner, I could not resist the temptation and I went there with my camera, looking for a stable place to put it for this long-exposure shot.

Paris has something…

It’s not my favorite city where shooting photos because – probably – it is “overphotographed” (I do not think this word exists). However, every time I see a landscape of Paris, I remain fixed in a sort of contemplation. Especially from La Defense, the city looks flat with few churches’ domes, illuminated streets and – of course – the Tour Eiffel. And a sense of “need of taking an original photo” pervades me, like a challenge, probably a reaction to what I was saying with my neologism… I’m never sure enough I accomplish my mission, and in this occasion is the same story; but I liked the final result of this capture, with the illuminated tower and its strong light-rays completing the scene.

And since I’m not sure I will be able to post something before Christmas, I will use this image to share my best wishes with all my readers and followers.

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The Supremacy of Man Over Other Creatures (at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris)

Paris (France). As in my previous post, this is the result of some hours spent playing with a Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 lens at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, inside the Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (Les galeries d’anatomie comparée et de paléontologie).

Parigi. Come nel mio post precedente, questo è il risultato di alcune ore passate giocando con un obbiettivo Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 al Museo Nazionale di Storia Naturale, all’interno della Galleria di Paleontologia e di Anatomia Comparata (Les galeries d’anatomie comparée et de paléontologie).


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The Falling Tree (Somewhere out of Paris)

Somewhere out of Paris. It’s funny when, for an entire day, your office becomes the side of a small lake, positioned somewhere close to Chaumes-en-Brie, more or less 70 km south-east of Paris. Is there any better opportunity to take picture half decadent (the tree) and half optimistic (the green all around)?

Da qualche parte fuori Parigi. E’ divertente quanto per un giorno il proprio ufficio diventa la sponda di un piccolo lago, collocato da qualche parte vicino a Chaumes-en-Brie, più o meno a 70 km sud est di Parigi. Quale miglior occasione per scattare una foto tra il decadente (l’albero) e l’ottimista (il verde circostante)?

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