Slide Film Sunday… More from Paris

Au Lapin Agile Cabaret, Septembre 2000Au Lapin Agile Cabaret, Septembre 2000

Another couple of honeymoon images for today’s ‘Slide Film Sunday’

Au Lapin Agile (the agile rabbit) is a legendary cabaret venue in Montmartre, Paris, just around the corner from…

La Maison Rose, Septembre 2000La Maison Rose, Septembre 2000

La Maison Rose (the pink house) is a wonderful little restaurant, originally owned by the Catalan painter Ramon Pichot (1871-1925) and his wife Germaine Gargallo (1880-1948) who was an artist’s model and lover of Picasso for many years.

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Slide Film Sunday… Bouquinistes de Paris

Bouquinistes de ParisBouquinistes de Paris

Another honeymoon image for today’s ‘Slide Film Sunday’

The Bouquinistes of Paris are booksellers of used and antiquarian books who ply their trade along large sections of the banks of the River Seine… ‘the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves’.

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Slide Film Sunday… Pont de l’Archevêché, Octobre 2000

Pont de l'Archevêché, Octobre 2000Pont de l’Archevêché, Octobre 2000

An image from September 2000 for today’s ‘Slide Film Sunday’

My first visit to Paris (on honeymoon no less) was when I started to make a conscious effort to include people in my images, the couple chatting on the river bank really making this image for me…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

A few (more) frames from… Paris

On the Nikon F90X Pro…

As I was scanning the negatives for my last ‘A few frames from…’ post it dawned on me that most of my honeymoon images have never been more than contact printed! One thing is for certain, it’s far easier to showcase photos in the internet age than it was 17 years ago…

So here are a few more…

Metro sign, Paris, September 2000Metro sign, Paris, September 2000
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

I love these art nouveau signs, designed by French architect Hector Guimard. The curved lamp posts are designed to resemble plant stems but to me always look alien, almost as if they’re going to suddenly bow down and bite an unsuspecting tourist!

Papa? c'est Nicole! Paris, September 2000‘Papa? c’est Nicole!’ Paris, September 2000
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

This scene reminded me of the characters created to advertise the Renault Clio car in the UK during the 1990s (search YouTube for the videos) and was taken during one of our many ‘beer in a pavement café’ interludes.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica, September 2000Sacré-Cœur Basilica, September 2000
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

The bust of Gustave Eiffel 1832-1923Gustave Eiffel 1832-1923
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

Scanning these images is bringing back some very happy memories so expect some more in the next few days…

A few frames from… Paris

On the Nikon F90X Pro…

As a couple of my recent posts have mentioned our wedding anniversary I thought I’d dig out some of the shots I took 17 years ago while on honeymoon in Paris.

I took two cameras with me, a Nikon F90X Pro fitted with a borrowed Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro zoom lens, and a Yashica T4, most of the black & white films were shot on the Nikon.

Flower Power Peugeot, Paris, September 2000Flower Power Peugeot, Paris, September 2000
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

I have to admit that it took me a couple of days to ‘get’ Paris… I’m not normally a city person and at first I really didn’t like the noise, or the number of people but the more we wandered around, the more photos I took, the more I fell in love with ‘La Ville Lumière’ (The City of Light).

Cimetière de Montmartre, September 2000Cimetière de Montmartre, September 2000
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

Lunch in Montmartre Cemetery consisted of nothing more than bread, cheese and red wine… red wine that we ended up drinking straight from the bottle as we’d forgotten to bring anything to drink out of!

La tour Eiffel, September 2000La tour Eiffel, September 2000
Nikon F90X Pro, Sigma 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 DL Macro – Ilford Delta 400 rated at ISO 320

The films were developed at home (something I really need to start doing again) but have no recollection of the chemistry used, I probably picked whatever was the cheapest available at the time… The Sigma 28~200mm lens was chosen for convenience rather than quality and as a result I steered clear of ‘super zooms’ until last year when I bought the Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR lens to go with my Fujifilm X-T1.

I wish I’d never parted with the Nikon F90X though…