Nice and Paris Street Photography with the X100

I must admit that after the first few times of using the X100, I had buyer’s remorse. The controls are much different from the Canon 5D mk II. There are quirks like how the ISO also changes when I switch modes from M to Av (fixed using the new firmware) or how I need to turn on the in-camera ND filter when shooting outdoors at f2.0.

The hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder is such a new experience that it took me awhile to get a hang of it. The manual focus is unusable and a big disappointment. The AF is tad slower than a DSLR but it is faster than a point and shoot. The auto focus is also not very accurate, I have to refocus a few times when I notice that the image is backfocused. This focus problem is similar with the first Canon 5D and I guess it just takes time to master a focusing technique that works.

The thing I like the most about the X100 is its size. It packs the punch of a Canon 5D with a 35mm L lens without the extra weight and size. It is perfect for street photography as the X100 isn’t intimidating as a DSLR when approaching a subject.

Speaking of street photography, I came across Yanidel’s Paris street photography blog before our trip to Paris and it inspired me to dabble a bit in this art form. Below are a mix of travel and street photography for our France leg of the trip.

Our first stop was Nice. We arrived late in the evening and in the morning we went to their famous street market, Cours Saleya.
Cours Saleya Street Market

Cours Saleya, Old Nice, France

We tried a local snack, called Socca which was a crepe made of chickpea. It tasted like KFC chicken breading.
Socca, Chickpea pancake, Cours Saleya, Nice, France

Vieux Nice, France

The narrow streets of Old Nice:
Vieux Nice France

Vieux Nice France

Nice France Street Art

Beau Nice France

The azure waters of the French Riviera:
Côte d'Azur South of France

The sun sets at the South of France:
Old Nice France Sunset

We went to Monaco for a day. The Monte-Carlo Monaco train station.
Monte Carlo-Monaco Train Station

Bored dog at a Monaco apartment.
Monaco Dog

After Nice, we went to Paris.

A Parisian lassie:
Paris Dog

Fumo-folding bike si Lolo:

At the Louvre:
Paris Louvre

Lovebirds inside the Louvre:
Louvre, Paris, France

Lovebirds outside the Louvre:
Tuileries Garden Lovebirds

View of Paris skyline from Sacre Coeur Basilica:
View from Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Paris

Sunset at Champs Elysees:
Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Paris, France

Location. Location. Location. A prime spot at Champs Elysees…
Louis Vuitton, Champs Elysees, Paris, France

Paris by night:
Paris by night

Eiffel Tower at night:
Eiffel Tower by night, Trocadero, Paris, France