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Exploring Quebec City: Blue Hour On the City / Heure Bleue sur La ville

During my last trip to Quebec for a one day workshop, we had planned a blue hour session with the photo club and the night was just perfect. I just had time for a quick series of pictures. All pictures were taken with a Nikon D700 + Nikkor 16-35MM VR F/4.0 and edited in Oloneo PhotoEngine Beta version (standalone HDR application available on PC) with the following settings: Lors de mon dernier séjour dans la ville de Québec pour un workshop Photoshop, nous avions planifié une session à l'heure...

Exploring Montreal: Snowy christmas on Rue Masson, Rosemont

While a lot of people are in their offices working or barely out in the metro or the subway, most people don't see that special moment of the day where the sun goes down in December and that the sky becomes electric blue or purple if it snowing. The reflections of light on the snow gives it some pink to violet accents which are magical. Properly covered and even wearing gloves, going out and capturing the life of a neighborhood is always fascinating and nice adventure...

Harbour Office, Mariasol Restauran and stores on Santa Monica Pier at the blue hour, California by David Giral

Exploring Los Angeles: An Evening on Santa Monica Pier

Located at the end of Colorado Street, Santa Monica Pier is the city's most prized and one of the oldest landmarks of the City. In the city for a business trip in November 2010 and staying in Santa Monica, I had to capture the beauty of this place at the best time of day: the blue hour! I was surprised and lucky because it was a quiet night and contrary to my last trip in the summer, it was not overly crowded....

How To: 10 Portraits, 10 different lightings and 10 reasons to love them

One of the most important thing when you shoot portraits is knowing how to light you subject no matter what the conditions are.  Be it natural or studio , playing with light is one of the most amazing aspect of photography. So here are 10 headshots with 10 different types of lighting to illustrate what it's possible to achieve in different conditions. Case 1:  cloudy day, natural light, indoor Melissa and I had scheduled that shoot in Malibu a while back and even though sun was...

Cours du Commerce Saint-André, Paris, France - by David Giral

Exploring Paris: Cours du commerce Saint-André , Saint-Germain des Prés

This week article features the first of several "secret" places in Paris I want all of you to discover. Photos were taken in 2007 and 2010 with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D300 and a Sigma 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6. Some photos are HDR or DRI, but not all of them, find out which ones! Located in the 6th district of Paris, close to Odeon Metro station in the Saint-Germain-Des-Prés neighbourhood, the passage "cours du commerce Saint-André" (Saint-Andre's Trade Courtyard in english) was opened in 1735. The...