Paris: photokina Euro Travel Series

One day in Paris

 

Earlier this week I introduced the first of a personal series traveling to photokina back in 2010. In case you missed the first post, London in Black & White (plus one color),” here is a quick synopsis:

I used to work for BlackRapid as head of their social media. Part of the job was to travel with the company to photography trade shows around the world to connect with customers, dealers, and distributors to promote their camera accessories. Most of my time traveling was spent in convention centers working, but somehow we always fit in a photo walk for a few hours. This travel series are from that great adventure of going to photokina, the world’s largest imaging fair, four years ago.

These images were shot for myself, the RAW files were put aside to process “on a rainy day” and intended to be put into a scrapbook album for my home. Well, it’s four years later and I’m just now looking at them with fresh eyes and love the memories that are coming back to me and am happy that I get to share them with you here.

Today, I’m sharing my whirl wind trip through Paris, “La Ville-Lumière” (“The City of Light”), and our incredible walk through the Avenue des Champs-Élysées starting at the Louvre Museum, eating the best steak and pomme frites available to man at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte,  seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time in my life (at night!), and visiting a special car exhibition at L’Atelier Renault. It was the best trip to Paris I’ve had yet!

Quick note for my fellow photographers: the entire trip I used the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker® Pro Camera Backpack and BlackRapid Floral Black Woman’s Strap (RS-W1F) (Black). All processing was done using Totally Rad‘s Replichrome film presets for Lightroom, which I’m really starting to LOVE.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

That’s me, LaRae Lobdell, in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, September 18, 2010

Paris, France September 18, 2010

The Louvre Museum in Paris, France, September 18, 2010

Paris, France September 18, 2010

My first glimpse of the famous pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris, September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

The famous pyramid and courtyard at the Louvre Museum in Paris, September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

The Louvre Museum in Paris, September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Statue in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris, September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Walking through courtyards in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Walking on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

A water fountain on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Streets and buildings in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Streets and buildings in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Buildings in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

My first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower while walking on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

This is my friend Marc Gottula who is head of sales for BlackRapid. He’s taking my photo shown next, in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Taken by my friend Marc Gottula, head of sales for BlackRapid. I took his photo at this same moment (shown previous) in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 28, 2010

This is, hands-down, the BEST steak and pom frites available to man on this planet. The restaurant is “Le Relais de l’Entrecôte” and in the next photo you can see how busy they are on a regular week night. Taken in Paris, France September 28, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Le Relais de l’Entrecôte in the heart of Paris has the BEST steak and pom frites available to man on this planet. We were one of the first guests in their door this average week night, and when we left, this was the line out the door. Paris, France September 28, 2010.

Paris, France, September 28, 2010.

That’s me with the Eiffel Tower! No, not the mime on the left, he’s there to entertain tourists like me gawking at the brilliant phallic iron lattice tower from afar. The photo on the right – that’s me – it was dark and the flash didn’t go off for the person who took my photo, but I don’t care. I was there in Paris, France, September 28, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

The Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Standing beneath the Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Standing beneath the Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Gargoyles attached to a church, loom overhead to scare off evil spirits from, Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Gargoyles attached to a church, loom overhead to scare off evil spirits from, Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

A beautiful church at night in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

Walking the Avenue des Champs-Élysées at night in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

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Paris, France September 18, 2010

Our walk on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées ends near the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile at night in Paris, France September 18, 2010.

Paris, France September 18, 2010

 

 

MY CAMERA GEAR ON THIS TRIP:

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker® Pro Camera Backpack

BlackRapid Floral Black Woman’s Strap (RS-W1F) (Black)