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Château de Portes

Château de Portes, France, 2020.

The Portes Castle (Château de Portes), situated in the Cévennes in the south of France, is a beautiful medieval castle built during the 12ve century. It has seen and survived quite a lot of events during the last 700+ years, until being almost destroyed in 1929 when the ground broke down due to the intensive exploitation of the mountains for coil. It has been restored in the last quarter of the 20th century to become classified as an historical monument.

I really like to visit old medieval castles like the Château de Portes. The history behind them, their architecture, the stones (pierre in french, my first name !)… they have an aura like no other monuments. They also offer a great photographic scene. The big windows spilling the light, reflecting on the ground and the walls of stones. I just love it, don’t you?

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Wandering a few minutes in the Marasti neighbourhood in Cluj-Napoca during a foggy winter evening. I wanted to surprise some friends by visiting them unannounced but, due to the fog, my plane was rerouted to Sibiu. I just could get a few minutes of free time in Cluj to grab a few shots, and that was it. Luckily for me, the fog at night always makes a great mood, so that evening was not totally lost…

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2019

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The girl and the Lighthouse. Presqu'île de Guérande, France, 2019.

The girl and the lighthouse. Presqu’île de Guérande, France, 2019. Get a print!

I’ve spent the last week-end on the Guérande peninsula in the south of Brittany, France. I’m not really the landscape type, but it’s a good thing to do different or new stuff, even more when it can bring some money 😀

My target was this lighthouse in Le Croisic, with the scope of going for a long exposure shot to get those silky water and moving sky effects. But she (and then her boyfriend) passed by me and my tripod mounted camera, and sat just there. Well, if you want to be in my frame, I’ll go for it!

The photo was shot at 200mm at f/2.8 for a great blurry depth of field effect. It has caused some reactions

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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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More about Blur

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.
P&B. Bucharest, Romania, 2018.
A rainy night in Bucharest – Bucharest, Romania, 2018. Get a print!

I love shooting the streets of Bucharest. I don’t know why, there is something that always inspires me. Some vide, I don’t know. But every single time I go there, I come back with at least one great photo.

This particular photo as been taken during a rainy night at my favourite spot in the Romanian capital, the Union Square (or Piata Unirii for the locals). It’s always full of lights, with an interesting design, and a good looking metro station entrance. A few shots from my portfolio have been done there… This shop’s showcase is a great example of what can be found there. With this yellow/orange lighting, the rain allowing a great reflection on the ground, it was just about waiting for the perfect subject to pass 🙂

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More about A rainy night in Bucharest

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/2.8
  • Focale: 70mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s
  • ISO: 800
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2018, all rights reserved