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Day trip to Pérouges

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

After being sick for the better part of a week, I managed to get out of the apartment and into the mercifully-not-too-awful cold to make a second attempt at visiting the small medieval town of Pérouges. We tried to take the train again, but we found out last minute that it was cancelled, so we were directed to a replacement bus. We successfully (found and) rode that bus for about an hour until we arrived at Meximieux, a small city from which Pérouges is only a pleasant fifteen or twenty minute walk.

I didn’t know much about our destination before we got there, except that (as I mentioned before) it is a small medieval town, and it is completely surrounded by a wall. (Clearly, this was reason enough to visit in my opinion – perhaps related to my obsession with a certain board game.) It turned out to be an absolutely beautiful place to spend the afternoon, and I am considering going back to spend another since my available light started to fizzle by the end of our stay (and it was so dazzlingly brilliant nearer our arrival). It helps that the bus ticket is also delightfully cheap – only 10 euros round trip!

Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 23, 2010)

Photos taken in Pérouges, France on October 23, 2010.

Les rives de Saone

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Last Tuesday, Catie and I had planned to go with a small group of friends to Pérouges, a small Medieval walled town about an hour’s drive northeast of Lyon. Unfortunately, the trains (and subways, and trams, and busses it seemed like) were shut down due to the strikes currently going on in France (contesting a motion to shift the retirement age from 60 to 62). Things have actually gotten pretty intense here at times (as can be read in news articles and especially seen on YouTube), but Catie and I have avoided almost all of the rustle. In any case, we could not make it out to Pérouges, so instead we all decided to spend the afternoon walking up the Saône all the way to Ile Barbe, which happens to be the only inhabited island in all of Lyon. We were able to walk almost the whole way directly along the river, and the journey really was lovely with Autumn in full force.

Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 19, 2010.

Up the hill again, with a different lens this time

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

About a week ago, Catie and I met up with a couple friends and headed up Fourvière Hill once again to visit the ancient Roman Theatre and the Basilica. We took a different route along Montée du Gourguillon, a charming street that winds up the hill through the Renaissance neighborhood of Vieux Lyon.

I had been feeling lately like I wanted to shake my photography routine up a bit, so I decided to show some pity for my old 60mm macro lens and use it for the day. In fact, I used it exclusively and left the rest of my equipment at home. Sometimes it is nice to have my camera bag and its full contents with me for a trek as it provides the tools to ideally capture just about anything, but a lot of the time I find this ‘ultimate flexibility’ to actually detract from the quality of images that I generate. I get so consumed wondering if one lens might be better than another for the subject that I spend more time swapping lenses back and forth than I do actually shooting (and more importantly, looking). In the end, I almost always just get frustrated with myself and stick my favorite 70-200mm on the camera body and ignore the heavy backpack for the rest of the day. So, I have decided recently that I am going to try to leave the bag at home and commit to a single lens shooting experience over the course of a day as much as possible. This is what I did most of the time in Bangladesh anyway (because the weather was too hot to carry a bag, the air too dusty to switch lenses, and I too conspicuous to relish flashing expensive equipment to everyone on the streets) and I think my images were the better for it.

So far, this decision is working out great. Sure, maybe I lose the ability to capture a potential photo or two because I don’t have a long telephoto or extreme wide-angle with me, but I can focus my creative ability on making the images that I can create the best that they can be. I live here, after all, and I constantly have my GPS tracker with me, so I can always go back to some particular location another day with another lens!

Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 17, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 17, 2010.

Scotland by night

Monday, October 11th, 2010

It is certainly no secret at this point that I loved and felt inspired by Scotland, and I sincerely hope that I can find an excuse to live there someday or at least go back for another extended stay. To finish up my posts from the trip, here is a small collection of images captured during our evenings in Edinburgh and Glasgow. I have always loved taking photos at night. Perhaps it is because the light is unfamiliar and thus feels novel, and because it comes generally in small soft pleasing pools as opposed to the common “blanket” lighting of the sun that we are so used to. Or, perhaps it is just my own personal affinity for that time of (un)day. Either way, I would like to continue to get myself out into the world more often after sunset (and more often with my tripod, which unfortunately did not travel to Europe with me this time).

Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)

Photos taken in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland between September 29-30, 2010.

The social side of Edinburgh

Friday, October 8th, 2010

You may have noticed that the last post filled with photos from my time in Edinburgh was uncharacteristically sans any people (besides Catie’s shadowed form in one image, and a few anonymous Scots on the streets). I decided to group most of the more ‘social’ shots from Edinburgh together this time, and that is what this post is for (along with this Facebook album, if you so prefer)! We had a fantastic time hanging out with friends old and new in Scotland, and Hilary and Phil were extremely gracious hosts and excellent city guides. (More on Adriane and Glasgow to come in later posts, but spoiler she was also fantastic.)

Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)

Photos taken in Edinburgh, Scotland between September 29 and October 2, 2010. Also available in Facebook format.