Le Chat Noir 1881 — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Store Front and Building Signs

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Store Front and Building Signs.

Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) is a  café  – restaurant – brasserie – club in the Pigalle district of Paris, France. Here since 1881, its store front features the red and black of the nearby  famous Parisian cabaret, the Moulin Rouge (red windmill).

This photo was taken on September 17, 2016. Specs are: Canon 100D, ISO 640, f/8, 1/320 sec, 18 mm.

 

 

Sunset over Bagan Pagodas

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Rise/Set.

Sometimes we think that there are too many sunset photos. Then we find ourselves in a beautiful location with a magnificent sunset and we can’t resist capturing the image.  We climbed the steep, handrail-free, steps of the Shwesandaw Pagoda with several hundred very new friends (all of us in our bare feet) to take this shot. When we finally got back to the ground, we agreed the climb had been worth it.

This photo was taken from an upper level of the Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar, on February 9, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/16, 1/100 sec, 135mm

Alone (but not for long) — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alone

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alone.

We saw this Crested Hawk Eagle at Yala National Park in Sri Lanka.  He is alone but appears to be looking for a meal companion.

 

This photo was taken on February 11, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 320, f/8, 1/320 sec, 250 mm

Huntley Meadows Boardwalk — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – March 23, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – March 23, 2018 & Thursday Special Challenge.

Yesterday we went to Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia, to practice photography; we had not visited this park before. We followed a series of trails through the park, which is still a bit soggy from the recent snow.  We were amazed by the Heron Trail, which features a boardwalk through wetland, with its surface about two feet above the surface of the water for most of its length.  The photo was taken near the beginning of the boardwalk. The hikers ahead of us have chosen to go left at the first intersection.  We did, also; maybe we will chose to go to the right on our next visit.

This photo was taken on March 23, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL2, ISO 100, f/9.0, 1/200 sec, 71 mm.

Honoré Daumier’s Ratapoil — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features.

Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808 – 1879) is one of our favorite artists. When we are in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris or the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, we make sure to visit his caricatures of political figures.  On a recent visit to the National Gallery of Art, we focused on the statue of Ratapoil.  According to the National Gallery of Art’s webpage Ratapoil, 

… the swaying, strutting Ratapoil is Daumier’s brilliant stab at the political ambitions of Louis-Napoleon, who would proclaim himself emperor of France in 1852. … He fashioned Ratapoil (Ratskin) as one of Louis-Napoleon’s agents-provocateurs, a cudgel-carrying bully whose job was to stir up crowds, using bribes and force when necessary, to convince the people to return Louis-Napoleon to power.

The original statue, only 44.13 cm (17.4 inches) tall, was cast in clay in 1850 – 51, but not cast in bronze until 1891 after Daumier’s death.

These photos were taken on October 4, 2017 with a Canon 100D.

Favorite Place to Visit: the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Favorite Place.

Our favorite place to visit is La Fontaine Médicis dans le Jardin du Luxembourg (the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens) in Paris, France.  To view the fountain properly, one must select two iconic green Parisian park chairs, one with arms and the other without, place the armed chair at the far side of the path with a good view of the fountain, place the unarmed chair directly in front but with back facing the fountain (while not blocking the path), place ones feet on the unarmed chair, and lean back to lose oneself in contemplation of the water features and statues Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea as well as the other statues on the fountain behind and above this masterpiece.  The tourists in this photo didn’t need the extra chairs for a proper appreciation of the fountain.

This photo was taken on March 17, 2003. Specs are:

Canon PowerShot S40, ISO 50, f/2.8, 1/640 sec, 7 mm.

For more photos of this beautiful fountain, please visit our earlier post at La Fontaine Médicis dans le Jardin du Luxembourg.

 

Paris Rain — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rain or Rainbow

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rain or Rainbow.

This photo of the Louvre Pyramids and courtyard was taken in Paris, France, during an evening rain shower.   Even though we had an umbrella and a sleeve for the camera to protect the lens from raindrops, we were so caught up in photographing the beautiful scene that we didn’t notice the raindrops until too late. Even though we caught the same scene after drying the lens, we liked this image even better.  The raindrops caused polygon-shaped flares in the image.

This photo was taken on October 7, 2016.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/22, 6.0 sec, 18mm