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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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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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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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More about The Initiation

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

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.

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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  • 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

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