Last week The Delightful Mr F and I went to Paris for a little break. Paris, is wonderful, and we were planning on doing lots of photography. Mr F’s camera bag was full to bursting with film for his Olympus OM1, and mine was packed with batteries and memory cards for my Fuji X100F.
Paris was bliss. It was hot, very, very hot, over 30 degrees. We had both been working long hours in the run up to our holiday, so once we hit France we started to unwind. I found myself wanting to see Paris through my own eyes, rather than through the lens of a camera, and to share that with my lovely husband, rather than worrying about photography.
I took my camera everywhere we went, and took shots as we wandered along the back streets of the Latin Quarter, and stood agog at the sheer number of tourists at the Eiffel Tower. There were times though where not taking shots was the right thing. I was happy to just be there, with someone I loved, enjoying that unique Parisian vibe.
There is a risk when we travel, or go to a special event, that we feel a pressure to record it and get the best shots we can. I find this can make us paranoid about missing shots. Do I have the right lens? Did I choose the right settings? The reality is that you always miss shots. Always. Right now you are missing an amazing scene in New York, or in the Italian countryside, or half way up Everest. Every moment you are missing shots. That kind of pressure won’t help your photography. Sometimes it is good to put the camera down and just experience life. That definitely will help your photography when you pick your camera back up.
So here are a few shots from Paris. The lack of ice-cream in these photographs does not represent the actual amount of ice-cream consumed.