the big paris street shootout part II

Earlier, I wrote about a street-photography weekend in Paris. I’d like to share my photos, taken on day two, here.

Again, I was amazed by the quality of the light from low the morning sun over Paris. A perfect situation to get out the old Canon RF 50/1.8 LTM. It’s a very old lens, built between 1961 and 1970. It’s non-aspheric and flares beautifully, if handled properly (read; the more it is abused, the better this lens feels). It’s also very soft, doesn’t produce sharp or contrasty images, but it gives a wonderful old look. It’s the type 7, which is described at Peter Kitchingman’s blog.

It was a terrific day to go out, sunny and reasonably warm for the time of year. We took the train to the 13th arrondissement, which is where most photos were taken. From there we went to the Notre Dame area, to wander around a little, get some coffee and shoot.

One of the best places to shoot candid photos is in the metro. It’s worth getting a ticket and staying underground for awhile, to shoot.