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Photographing Chinese New Year in Paris: Rain Cannot Stop the Dragons

Photographing Chinese New Year in Paris: Rain Cannot Stop the Dragons

Another year has passed and the Fire Monkey has replaced the Wood Goat... Yes, that's right: the Chinese New Year has arrived and the carnival is back in the streets of Paris! It is always so much fun photographing street events and festivals, so I simply could not miss it. After capturing dragons and firecrackers against the traditional Parisian backgrounds of the Marais in 2015, this time I decided to head to the 13th district of Paris, the very heart of the Chinese community. The show promised to be truly flamboyant, if it wasn't for those rain clouds on the horizon... but first things first.

Oostduinkerke Festival: Photographing Shrimp Fishing on Horseback

Oostduinkerke Festival: Photographing Shrimp Fishing on Horseback

Almost every little European town has its own secret. So does Oostduinkerke in Belgium, where I was recently to see and photograph a unique Shrimp festival that included a demonstration of traditional shrimp fishing on horseback, a shrimp parade, a fishing contest, a folklore market and of course the tasting of local dishes made of shrimps. While traveling towards the seaside with the festival program in hand, I could not even imagine what fishing on horseback might look like... And eventually the whole day on the beach of Oostduinkerke among horses, fishermen, seagulls and of course shrimps turned out into a wonderful photographic surprise!

A Photo Walk Through Hidden Corners of Paris: La Mouzaïa

A Photo Walk Through Hidden Corners of Paris: La Mouzaïa

What image comes to your mind first when you think of Paris? Let me guess... I am quite sure it's the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, the cafés, maybe even the white Sacré Coeur Basilica at the top of Montmartre. Paris, however, is a big city with many different corners and some of them are so untypical that you may easily forget you are in the French capital. While you may of course want to photograph all the iconic sights on your first visit, there is more to this city to explore through your lens. So let's get off the beaten path, get a camera and travel within Paris to discover La Mouzaïa, a charming residential area in the North-East of the city.

The Color Run 2015 in Paris: Tips on Photographing a Colorful Running Event

The Color Run 2015 in Paris: Tips on Photographing a Colorful Running Event

With the return of sunny days, each major city explodes with outdoor events, attracting not only thousands of participants, but also photographers, professional and amateur alike. After all, isn't it fun to do some event photography? This year, I decided to add more color to my photos and went to photograph The Color Run in Paris. This experience gave me some valuable insights that I would like to share, and hopefully they will inspire you to photograph The Color Run of your own.

The Majestic Bridges of Paris

The Majestic Bridges of Paris

While the Seine river separates the left bank from the right bank of Paris, multiple bridges link the two parts of the city and provide a great subject for photographic exploration. There are 37 bridges within the city of Paris, 4 of which are pedestrian, and some others are rail bridges. Remember that often the best spot to capture a beautiful bridge is from a bridge next to it, so get your maps ready!

Exploring Past and Present in Le Marais

Exploring Past and Present in Le Marais

Situated in the very heart of the city of Paris (3rd and 4th arrondissements), nowadays Le Marais is one of the most vibrant and attractive areas to explore through your camera lens. One of the few districts that were left untouched by renovation of the city by Baron Haussmann, Le Marais is still full of historic buildings dating back to the 17th century. The maze of narrow streets, hidden gardens and courtyards give the district a unique atmosphere. Also known as home to the largest Jewish community in Paris, a center of LGBT culture and a hub for fashionable boutiques and concept stores, Le Marais provides endless opportunities for street photography against an aristocratic historical background.

Exploring the Luxurious Gardens of Paris

Exploring the Luxurious Gardens of Paris

While in Paris, if you get tired of the hustle and bustle of the city or the crowds of tourists around the Eiffel tower, take a deep breath (and a few photos, of course) in one of the Parisian gardens. This city is definitely proud of its green spaces: from the posh Luxembourg Gardens to modern Parc de la Villette, from extensive Bois de Boulogne to the green path of La Coulée Verte, it offers a great choice of retreats not only for lungs, but also for photographers' eyes.

Paris from the top... of Centre Pompidou

Paris from the top... of Centre Pompidou

The Centre George Pompidou, also known by the locals as Beaubourg, is a complex and colourful building between Le Marais area and Les Halles. Besides housing the largest modern art museum in Europe, a vast public library, a center for music and acoustic research IRCAM, this 7 level high-tech structure also offers great views over the central part of the city of Paris.

Little Known Places to Photograph London from the Top

Little Known Places to Photograph London from the Top

When I think about photographing London from the top, The Shard and the London Eye come to my mind first. These famous landmarks offer magnificent bird's eye views over the British capital if you don’t mind paying the ticket entrance, patiently wait in line for your turn to have a good look and a chance to take your own photos of the vista. However, there are a few other spots in the city that offer interesting vantage points to photograph London from the top with surprising panoramas. The good news is that they are all quite close to each other and yet offer different views...

What to look for in choosing a photo tour that meets your needs

Photo tours are increasingly popular activities for travellers looking for new ways to discover the places they visit. These may vary from city walks of a few hours through to expeditions of several days or even weeks to the most faraway corners of the planet. They may be tailored to anyone from complete beginners to advanced professionals. While we offer photo tours and workshops in Paris and London, we have also been on the other side and understand it can be difficult to pick one that suits your needs. Here's what we learned along with some points to keep in mind to help you choose a photography activity that you'll love...

Keukenhof garden is a festival of colours for photographers

Keukenhof garden is a festival of colours for photographers

Spring is a time of renewal. Days are getting longer and warmer, nature wakes up and colours come back. If you are in need of a real colour boost, renewed creativity and lots of photography, the Keukenhof garden in the Netherlands might be just the place for you. The garden is spetacular and the photo opportunities are extraordinary.

Exploring the hill-top 'village' of Montmartre

Exploring the hill-top 'village' of Montmartre

Artistically-oriented Montmartre projects a small village atmosphere and ample photography opportunities. Dominating the Parisian skyline, the Sacré Coeur Basilica provides a panoramic view of the city. Steps away the place du Tertre, with its artists and restaurants, is a gateway to the hidden charms of the back streets of Montmartre. Discover cobblestone streets, romantic stairways, old windmills, the 'love wall' and much more in this classic Parisian quartier...

Capturing the Abstract Lines of La Defense

Capturing the Abstract Lines of La Defense

When I ask visitors to Paris if they know or have been to La Défense, very few know of it or can place it on a map. Even fewer know that it provides photographers with a wealth of subject matter. On the west side of the city, and technically outside of the city boundaries, La Défense is the largest European business center, with the highest concentration of high-rises in Paris. It stands at the extremity of the 10 km long historical axis that starts at Le Louvre, continues to the Place de la Concorde, moves on along the Champs Elysées, passes the Arc de Triomphe and ends at the Grande Arche...

Paris from the top... of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps

Paris from the top... of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps

The large Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores are well known among Parisians and visitors for the wide variety of products they offer, and for their glamourous window displays. However, fewer people know that both stores have roof-top terraces that are freely accessible to the public. They provide unimpeded 360 degree views over the surrounding Paris skyline, presenting unique opportunities for taking pictures. And since they are only a few steps away from each other, it is easy to discover both terraces in one short excursion...

Paris from the top... of the Arc de Triomphe

Paris from the top... of the Arc de Triomphe

This is the first post in a coming series of 'Paris from the Top'. The first thing that comes to mind about seeing Paris 'from the top' is the Eiffel Tower, for obvious reasons. However, even though this is the most famous view, there are other many interesting vantage points to enjoy a bird's eye view over the capital. Today we are climbing the Arc de Triomphe, inaugurated in 1836 to commemorate the victory of soldiers in their great battles...

Five places to enjoy photography in Paris

Five places to enjoy photography in Paris

Paris is a great city to simply walk around to enjoy the sites and atmosphere, but when Mother Nature plays her tricks during the winter months, it is also a good thing to stay warm by spending some time inside. There is only so much coffee or hot chocolate one can sip, so here are five hot spots to be cosy and enjoy some good photography by others...

Exploring the Covered Passages of Paris

Exploring the Covered Passages of Paris

At the end of the 18th century, the covered passages in Paris were fashionable alleys to flee the muddy roads and to enjoy a new phenomena: window shopping displays. Today, walking through the passages is a great way to get away from the heavy traffic and street noise, and for photographers to go off the beaten path and be creative. The covered passages were located in some of the richest part of the city when they were first built. However, once Baron Haussmann created the new wide boulevards for which Paris is now famous, the covered passages fell out of fashion and were mostly abandoned, until they were recently rediscovered and rehabilitated...