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Shooting … stars

Two days ago was the new moon, the best moment to take pictures of the sky. So I took my camera and my tripod and went along the coast to try to shoot the stars.

The French Riviera is a very dense place with a lot of lights, so not the best place to have clean shots of the stars. However there is a small reserve stuck between two cities where the landscape is beautiful and the lights are few, that’s where I went.

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Map with light pollution from https://www.lightpollutionmap.info

Equipped with my Canon EOS 700D and my wonderful Sigma 18-35mm F1.8, I took this :

I found this experience very magical, the camera is like a magic eye. Once correctly configured it is able to see beautiful things that the naked eye can’t see.

My best shots are here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/146110970@N02/

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New lens

I’ve just purchased the famous Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8. I used it for a couple of hours with my Canon EOS700D, so far i’m in love. Here is what it took this afternoon :

Initially I wanted to get a 35mm prime lens. But then I discovered this one and I found out and it fits what I what to do, so it’s now my new companion !

You can find my best shots on my flickr profile : https://www.flickr.com/photos/146110970@N02/

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Spotting MILAN 73

I already wrote an article about the trackers. Now here is the other water bomber based on the Dash 8 Q400. Its capacity is big : it can hold 10t of fire retardants.

The pictures were taken at Cannes during the unfortunate fire that happened at the North of Nice at the beginning of July 2017. Almost half of the french fleet was dedicated to this fire (1 Dash, 6 Trackers and 4 Candairs + 1 Beech for surveillance + helicopters).

For the moment there are only two “MILAN” in France, their callsin is Milan 73 and Milan 74. But the french government has just announced that they will purchase more Dash in order to replace the Firecat Trackers which are getting old.

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Visiting the oceanographic museum of Monaco

I recently visited the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and it was a great experience (official website).

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The building itself is already beautiful

It was a very challenging experience in terms of photography because of the luminosity that was very different from one aquarium to an other. The white balance was different every time so I had to change my settings almost between every shots.

Here are my best shots (most of them were taken using my 50mm F1.8).

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Spotting the Super Blood Moon !

Last night I decided to watch the beautiful moon eclipse. The weather was clear in Toulouse (France) so I tried to photograph it with my Nikon Coolpix L820.
I used a tripod and I used the timer of the camera to avoid to have the blur of me pushing the button. After playing with the modes and settings here are my best shots :

It was very pleasant to watch and also poetic. What we could see was the shadow of our Mother Earth : our own shadow projected thousands of kilometers away.