First of all, let me stress that I am French and am really sorry for any mistake or mispell. I have been following the site for a time now and it has certainly shaped the way I approach photography. I love the daily inspiration slot, as it is a daily dose of stimulation to go out and take that special picture. I like the way all these pictures tell us so many different stories, of how the picture was taken obviously, but also of the person who took it. Great stuff.
I have been taking pictures since I’m a young kid, being brought up in a camera loving family. My first camera was a canon A80. I loved everybit of it. Of course, compared to the wonders I own now… Anyway, the reason why I took so long to send you pictures is that I was really happy to browse the work of others, but never felt compelled (or confident enough) to participate. But not long ago you published a daily inspiration from Alexandra SHAPIRO who shot in Iceland with a Leica M. The pictures reminded me of my favorite trip to date : my honeymoon in Iceland.
The country is beautiful, we toured it for 2 weeks. As typical overworked and overstressed parisians, we delayed our honeymoon for a year to accomodate work schedules, but the wait was worthwhile. Not only Iceland has the most beautiful landscapes, but there is so much of it ! We had a brilliant time.
It was my first long period with the -then VERY FINNICKY- X100 I had my boss offer me (yeah, greatest boss in the universe, I know). I also brought along my trustee Canon E500d, now replaced by a X-E2. This was the moment when I decided that it was the end of my DSLR days. I took nearly 8000 pictures on that trip, and though it took me another year to really master the X100 (focus was a real hassle before the last updates), I discovered that overall, I started using it more and more and leaving the Canon in the car. The trend continued in Paris. At the time, I also discovered the power of lightroom. I may have gone over the top with it then, but I am not going to start again : these pictures are a reminder of the moment I discovered all those possibilities !
All pictures bar the Puffin taking flight are from the X100. The puffin picture was a great photography moment. I tried more than 20 times to get it right and the end result isn’t up there with Nat geo, but boy did I sweat to achieve it ! The rest was just Iceland offering those beautiful moments. The two sheep on the road were a not-so-rare occasion when I would stop in the middle on the road, and wait outside of the car for animals to decide that, maybe, the middle of the road wasn’t the best place for a lover’s evening stroll. I also included in the selection a picture of my wife enjoying the view. Iceland was the first time I managed to interest her in photography and the results weren’t half bad.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks again for the website. Keep on the great work !