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.

 

 

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

YikeBike — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind.

This YikeBike, a folding electric bicycle, was displayed on a wall of the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France, along with a few other esoteric bicycles, when we visited in October 2015.  If you visit the YikeBike website, you too can own a Model V for only USD $4995.

This photo was taken on October 11, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2, 1/10 sec, 4.5 mm.

You had one job! — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018

This is our entry this week for  Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018.

This photo shows an increasingly angry barefoot bride and her groom trying unsuccessfully to scatter pigeons for a wedding photo in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on a chilly and overcast day. Before taking this image, we saw them make at least a dozen unsuccessful runs through the disinterested pigeons. We have no idea what the bride was saying to the groom, but from the expressions and body language she shared between the runs, it was clear that the bride felt that the groom had just one job and that was to make the pigeons fly.

 

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, 40mm.

 

Delicious Chèvre

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Delicious.

These varieties of delicious chèvre (goat cheese) were spotted in the window of a fromagerie near Jardin des Abesses in Paris, France.

This photo was taken on September 17, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, 11mm.

A Winged Dragon of the Fontaine Saint-Michel — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Water

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Water.

This photo of Fontaine Saint Michel in Paris, France, shows one of the winged dragons spouting water into the basin below the main fountain.

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016, and converted to black and white with selective color, using Silver Efex Pro.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/4.9, 1/100 sec, 18mm