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This evening in Paris with Topcor Re GN 1.8/50
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:43 pm    Post subject: This evening in Paris with Topcor Re GN 1.8/50 Reply with quote

That was the first city walk for a newly acquired Topcor ReGN 1.8/50, to test it in a calm and pleasant atmosphere of the spring beginning anew in the second of third time this year. Who knew it would register a historic and rather dramatic event!

#1 Already from a distant Luxembourg Garden heavy smoke was seen, of a strange greenish colour

#2 Well, a fire in a large city like Paris is not that rare. So, people around were just doing what they came for, relaxing, reading, picnicking.

#3 Coming to the famous Saint Michel square an unusually dense crowd could be seen. All turned towards Notre Dame church, many were filming with their smartphones

#4 There was quite a shocking event attracting views, and only one water jet seen to cope with the fire

#5 Many people were just gazing and shooting, some talking, a small group praying

#6 Younger climbed on the top of second-hand booksellers boxes attached to the river parapet

#7 As metro stations around were closed, and police were managing the crowd rather nervously and at times rudely, people were arriving by foot from more distant points to testimony the event

#8 As the flame was springing out of the towers, a loud sigh was crossing the crowd

#9 At some short moments you might have a feeling to assist an important football game

#10 Walking away, from a distance, you still might see the same smoke, several hours after the beginning of the accident

Hard to believe that now, for years, there might stay just a ruin instead of this symbolic building.

The lens got its first real world outing and proved to be unsurprisingly sharp, with vibrant colour rendition and excellent microcontrast. The shots were taken with Sony A7, at apertures from f2.8 (mostly) to f5.6, following the light conditions.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great reportage, you had a good lens in hand and eye also.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great set Alex. I think #3 is outstanding.

A sad time for anyone who has visited Our Lady of Paris. She will rise again.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

o, yea
I’m speechless!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:58 am    Post subject: Paris est en deuil! Reply with quote

Horrible and you can see all of Paris gathering, mourning the loss of a symbol.

Terrific image, you can really feel the mood of les Parisienne.

Thank you for sharing!
Would you mind if I share the link to these pictures here or if you have them somewhere else?
They are your images after all and the credit is all due to you but they are too good not to be shared with the rest of the world.

Kind regards,

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, fellows, for your kind words!

MrKodak I appreciate your delicate approach. You may link here, that'll make me pleasure.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice shots. They have historical and probably monetary value.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent images, as good as any photo journalist would take. You've captured the feelings of the local people, not an easy thing to do.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent photo-reportage, Alex.
I haven't realized it means so much to me till I've seen it burning. It made me so deeply sad, just as when an old, close friend or a family member was in danger of death and I could do nothing to save him.
Now I'm glad the old stones resisted and I am confident it will be carefully restored.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well captured. Truly a sad event. Fortunately no loss of life and minimal structural damage. It WILL be rebuilt. I believe hundreds of millions of dollars have been pledged already. I have not had the chance to see any of the gorgeous medieval Gothic churches in person (yet!) but my art history professor had spent an entire summer just photographing the interiors of many many cathedrals and was quite happy to spend day after day in class showing slides and explaining what church we were in what was really significant and why. He was a pretty good photographer, so that helped. Ironically his PhD was in medieval Scottish gardens and I think we spent just part of one day looking at slides of them.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your evaluations and thoughts, fellows! I am touched and honoured indeed by your contributions.

KEO, I suppose the monetary value tends to void, as the information flows are oversaturated with images produced or relayed by media. Some more images taken with Topcor would be lost among thousands taken with professional video cameras and profane mobile phones. The next day I turned back to the nearby of the cathedral, just to find a small army of journalists from all aver the world making a permanent production of images and comments.

I attach here another few shots of that media rattle, always taken with Topcor Re GN 1.8/50.