Homemade wood & wedding

I’ve haven’t been active on my blog recently but I have a good excuse : I just got married.

This article is about the two different items that I crafted my self in wood.

The box for the rings

The idea was pretty close to what I’ve done for the proposal. I used the same material : oak and also the same technique. The dimensions are different and I had to make room for the locks on the side.


The box closed with the locks in place

The idea behind the locks is that both of us were accepting to get married, as you need two keys to open it.

The keychains were made by an embroidery in Toulouse (I tried to look on Internet but you usually need have to buy 100 of them or plus …). Instead of the classical Remove before flight it says remove before KISS. And there is the date of the wedding on the other side.

The inside was made with leftovers from an other project. The tissue is made of felt and I used a sewing machine to make it nice and clean. The inside is stuffed with polymer fiber (the same you use to put in stuffed animals for instance).

I’m pretty happy with the result. The only detail that I didn’t like is that the lid is not straight enough when opened. But otherwise I feel like I improved since my last creation made of wood. It is also a good souvenir that we will keep with us.


The box opened during the ceremony


The donation box

The other project that I made in wood was the box used for donation. It was to help us to pay our honeymoon so I made it in the shape of an aircraft. The wood is pine.


The back of the box was closed with plywood and nails and I had to tear out once the wedding was over.

It was the first time that I used a plane (the tool not the airplane) to have a better finish. I used woodpaste to hide the screws even if you can still see it.


So that’s it ! I hope you liked and I also hope that one day this will give some inspiration to someone else.


Esterel & Lérins

I haven’t posted on my blog recently and yet I took a lot of pictures. Fall is here and is progressively giving its place to winter (but don’t worry winter in the French Riviera is easy to support).

Two pictures were taken during a flight around Cannes in a brand new APM30 (nice light aircraft by the way).
Two others pictures were taken from the Lérins Islands. Those are small islands near Cannes, you have to get there by boat. It is a little expensive but totaly worth it. However if you want to get there I would recommend to not do it during summer.

Finally the two last photos were taken at the Mt Vinaigre (the highest moutain in the Esterel, but only 614m high, nothing compared with the Alps).

If you like my pictures you can find all of them in High Quality on my Flickr account


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.


Map with light pollution from

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 :


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 :


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.


Visiting the oceanographic museum of Monaco

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


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).