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Cubblestones from the Joan of Ark period on the oldest street of Orléans, France, 2019.

The oldest street in Orléans. Orléans, France, 2019. Get an original, fine art print.

Wandering in the streets of Orléans an evening with my friends from the Collectif PhotoRuelle phot club. And it was an excellent idea as they showed me the oldest street in Orléans, which is reknown for having cubblestones from the Joan of Ark period! It’s at least what the legend says…

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Pierre Pichot_Blur_Orléans_France_street_night_long exposure Orléans, France, 2019

Blur. Orléans, France, 2019. Get a print!

Another photo from my hometown, Orléans, France. This time I played with longer exposures in order to get this weird, blurred mood. Being a coffee addict really helps creating blur for this kind of photo! I wonder if I could start a project and make it a follow-up to Strangers in the Dark?

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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: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1s
  • ISO: 200
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2019, all rights reserved.

The Runner. Orléans, France, 2018.

The Runner. Orléans, France, 2018. Get a print!

On a small path of a few centimeters wide, above the waters of the Loire and the Canal d’Orléans, this man chose to have his daily run. One can say there ar worst places for a runner to do his daily dose!

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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
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 70mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2018, all rights reserved

Every year in Sully sur Loire (Loiret, France) take place the Heures Historiques (historical hours, more info there). This is a large festival happening during a whole week-end dedicating to reenactment. It covers a very wide range of historical periods, from the very beginnings until the 1960’s. Because of France’s history, the medieval and World War II periods are definitely the most represented.

There were more than 1000 reenactors, some just wandering, others recreating a piece of the period they “come from” with accessories from a few tiny props to a complete medieval camp up to a WWII war zone. Quite impressive, honestly! Dance shows, knight fights or weaponry tries are organized here and there. The festival is spot on with the the Sully sur Loire castle as background and the Loire just next to it.

I went there with a few photographer friends. In order to do not come back with the same photos as everyone, I decided to go another way, a cinematic way. There is the word “actor” in “reenactors”, so let’s give them what they deserve!

Here are a few of the shots I’ve taken:

Heures Historiques Sully sur Loire 2018. Sully sur Loire, France, 2018.

Heures Historiques Sully sur Loire 2018. Sully sur Loire, France, 2018.

Heures Historiques Sully sur Loire 2018. Sully sur Loire, France, 2018.

Heures Historiques Sully sur Loire 2018. Sully sur Loire, France, 2018.

Heures Historiques Sully sur Loire 2018. Sully sur Loire, France, 2018.

Heures Historiques Sully sur Loire 2018. Sully sur Loire, France, 2018.

The Heures Historiques will happen again in May 2019… see you there maybe?

And by the way, if you recognize yourself here, contact me and I’ll give you the photo in a larger format!

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A glimpse of light. Orléans, France, 2017.

A glimpse of light. Orléans, France, 2017. Get a print!

Having moved backed in France, it’s a new playground for me. I know Orléans, my home town, quite well, of course. But as my passion for photography has developed when I was abroad, it is the first time I roam in its street with the eye of a photographer. And trust me, it’s a beautiful city! It’s amazing to figure out how my perception of things has changed…

Orléans being a medieval city (you all know Joan of Arc, right ?), its historic center is a maze of narrow streets with old but tall houses close the ones to the others. And when the sun sets, it’s the occasion for its rays to light up those streets like they’re on fire, while others are in a deep shadow. A glimpse of light. This is the approach I’ve taken for my first photo in Orléans.

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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: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s
  • ISO: 200
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2017, all rights reserved