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The Initiation

Inside the Initiation Well at Quita da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal).

Inside the Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal, 2017). Get a print!

The Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal) has been shot numerous times. I must admit its photogenic potential is absolutely over the top. The hardest was to take it from another angle, try something different. I got lucky to have the unintended help from a tourist that had the marvellous idea to pop his head out of the shadow at the exact right spot where the light was falling from the top of the well down to the bottom, 27 meters below. Thanks a lot sir, you made my day there 😉

The wells at Quinta da Regaleira were used for ceremonial purposes that included Tarot initiation rites. Some tunnels connect the different wells and caves via several underground paths… pretty interesting!

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For me, it’s important to share as much info as possible about the photos I take. Therefore, here are the EXIFs for this photo:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens:Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 24mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2017, all rights reserved

Photo Essay – Budapest metro stations

Szent Gellert Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Szent Gellert Ter station. Get a print!

The M4 line is the newest metro line opened in Budapest, Hungary. Also known as the Green Line, it has opened in March 2014. The first section is 10 stations long, from the North-East of the city to the South-West, having to go under the Danube.

The most interesting about this metro line remains the impressive architecture of the stations. As the line goes under the Danube, the stations have been constructed quite deep in the ground, and interesting architectural solution have been found.

Find more about my journey around 3 impressive metro stations in Budapest represented with no less than 14 photos by checking my new Photo Essay: Budapest Metro stations!

Also, give a look to the collection of all my Photo Essays.

Budapest metro stations

Budapest metro stations


The M4 line is the newest metro line opened in Budapest, Hungary. Also known as the Green Line, it has opened in March 2014. The first section is 10 stations long, from the North-East of the city to the South-West, having to go under the Danube.

The most interesting about this metro line remains the impressive architecture of the stations. As the line goes under the Danube, the stations have been constructed quite deep in the ground, and interesting architectural solution have been found.

Fővám Tér station

The Fővám Tér station is where I’ve started my trip beneath Budapest. I must admit I remained quite in shock when I saw this great architecture under the city. Electric stairs take you way underneath the ground, with a complex mix of lines via beams and girders.

Fovam Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

First view when entering Fővám Tér. Get a print.

Fovam Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Down the electric stairs. Impressive architecture!

Fovam Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

The platform in itself, sticking to the overall style.

Fovam Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Train entering the station.

Next stop: Szent Gellért Tér station.

Szent Gellért tér station

Second stop of my trip, the Szent Gellért Tér station is situated on the Buda side of the Danube. It is also the deepest station on the M4 line. It looks like Fővám Tér: same global architecture, same long electric stairs to come down but… with a twist 😉

Szent Gellert Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

A twisty tiles pattern

Szent Gellert Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Waiting for the next train to come.

Szent Gellert Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

A similar approach for reaching the platform.

Szent Gellert Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Escaping the eye of the storm.

Szent Gellert Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

En route for my last stop…

Kálvin tér

Last stop for me, and unlike the two previous stations, the Kálvin tér is not (totally) a new station. The newest part on the M4 stick to a more modern look, but now with its own style. The platform is way higher, with rounder forms instead of the strict lines of the two other stations. However, when you quit this grey cathedral, a colourful corridor takes you to the older M3 platform, which brings us back to a more communist style.

Kalvin Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

Architectural changes… but no less impressive! Get a print!

Kalvin Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

From M4 to M3, less grey, more yellow.

Kalvin Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

We leave the modern lines…

Kalvin Ter station. Budapest, Hungary, 2016.

…and come back to the older way of doing things.

This way an incredible journey. Even if it was quite a short trip between 3 metro stations, it has been a real treat for my eyes, and my camera. I know that during my next trip to Budapest, I’ll be back there.

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Asakusa at dusk

Asakusa district, Tokyo, Japan, 2015.

Asakusa district at dusk, Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan, 2015.

I don’t define myself as a pure street photographer, but rather as an urban photographer. The motive is simple: I enjoy capturing the city above all, not necessarily the city’s people. Combined with my passion for travels, mixed together, it results to a lot of cityscapes that not only shows the city, but also the interaction with the people there. I don’t want to just see the buildings, I want to see the traffic, the way people behave in the city.

This shot was taken very close the the Senso-Ji buddhist temple in the Asakusa district in Tokyo’s Taito ward. There is a tourist information spot at the ground floor opened until late in the evening. There, a lift can take you to the 8th floor and let you enjoy the view over one of Tokyo’s most famous temples, as well as on the Sky Tree. Unfortunately, it was quite a cloudy day and the Sky Tree, here in the middle of the photo, was hidden by this very dense sea of clouds. That’s also why we never reached the top of the Sky Tree during our trip… Nevermind, it’s now on the list for the next visit!

I like this photo because it represents quite well what Tokyo looks like. Big, small buildings, one over the other, with almost no space to breath. It is one of the very first prints I’ve ever done for myself… and it now stands in my living room!

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/9.0
  • Focale: 24mm
  • Shutter speed: 1s
  • ISO: 50
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto, Japan, 2015.

Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kyoto, Japan, 2015.

During our trip to Japan one of the “must see” location was the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto. It’s definitely one of Japan’s iconic places we see in each and every travel documentation about the country, and as we were going to spend a few days in Kyoto, a few hours were dedicated to the bamboos.

However what you usually don’t see on the pictures is that… you’re not the only one there. Saying that this place is pretty crowded is very optimistic. It’s almost impossible to take a clean shot, even with longer exposures. While the place is beautiful, I was a bit disappointed not to be able to come back home with my photo of the bamboo forest. At least, Japanese people are calm and silent, they respect the calm of the place.

But, there is a trick.

Go north up to the Sagatoriimoto Sennocho district, and look for the Adashino Nenbutsu-ji buddhist temple. This temple has more than 8000 buddhist statues that represent the souls of the dead, it’s very impressive. But, there is this stair, between the bamboos, that leads to the temple’s cemetery… the one up there in photo! In order to do not be the typical gaijin that will disturb the zen of the temple I’ve just taken a few shots in those stairs and continued my way, but the result is in my humble opinion quite stunning.

And, by the way, 200 m down the road to the temple, there is a nice coffee shop with a permanent exposition of photos of the neighborhood of the first part of the 20th century, as well as a few old cameras. The perfect stop for travellers!

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 41mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s
  • ISO: 800
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved

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