Walkabout in Nantes with the lads from Instagram – Part I

Now and again I do some colour photography, especially with the colours you get from the X100F. Everyone goes on about it, but they really are good. A guy on Instagram wanted to get some people together of various photographic levels, some who know little, some who know a lot, some who have loads of gear, and some who have very little. This was the first outing.

We wanted to get into Nantes during Golden Hour, but somebody had the rather silly idea of making it the “morning” Golden Hour. I, of course, was late. The meeting place was Place Royale, where Kate’s favourite fountain its. Emiliano Sala had just disappeared on his flight from Nantes to Cardiff, and people had made a kind of shrine to him.

They all had DSLR’s with lenses and tripods and the whole shebang. Guys together having a competition to see who had the biggest… Camera… What else were you thinking about???? I turned up with my Fujifilm X100F. Yes mine was the smallest (camera) but I’m fine with that, and I own it!!

But I digress. I usually do black and white conversions and seem to have the process slightly sussed out. The colour film simulations are just great on this camera and I get why people wax lyrical about them.

When I got the X100F I wanted to have a digital camera that was the equal of my film cameras. I wanted something that could open up to F2 and go up to F16. I wanted something that looked good and that got the job done. It’s basically a compact camera, with a fixed prime lens, and is sold as the street photography photographer’s camera, or the travel photography photographer’s camera. Of course it it great for this, and just slips in a bag. It’s light and such an understated chic. I love it! There you are. I love my camera.

But back to Nantes who is the real star in this series. In this first part you see us going from the Place Royale, going to bakery for breakfast and a coffee (I always seem to find a place to eat wherever I am…), heading towards the Tour de Bretagne, which is Nantes’ version of the Tour Montparnasse in Paris, going across Cours des 50 Otages, towards the Castle via rue de la Marne, and having a look at some the of the streets branching off, and ending up on the rue du Château.

3 thoughts on “Walkabout in Nantes with the lads from Instagram – Part I

    1. That’s very kind of you. It’s interesting to see how it has developed over time. When I publish photos on Instahram I generally publish by series of photos. None of thos #ootd or following tends. But sometimes photos never got there but we’re still worth looking at. So I started the site to show the unseen photos and also to give a little ore context and backstop. Then it meandered into talking about mental health and turned into a form of therapy. Lately childhood trauma memories seem to be coming up to the surface some 40 years after having been locked away. Then my mum said not to talk about it as I had written the subject to death. Then it seemed to have quite a few long and meandering articles which were probably too long, but now seems to have shorter articles but still quite a few photos. Back to the origins if you will. I try and add a little humour, but sometimes you have to be serious. It all depends on the mental health barometer. I try and have an article ready each week. Sometimes I manage it and sometimes I don’t. People seem to be understanding and patient with me. I enjoy doing it and it gives me a sort of discipline and accountability to myself and the people who read it.
      Thank you for you great compliment though!! It’s all very kind of you!!


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