Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

by Eric Kim on June 18, 2011

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"Headlock" - Leica M9 and 35mm f/1.4 Summilux and Off-shoe Flash

I just arrived safely in Paris and spent an entire doing street photography with my Leica M9 and 35mm f/1.4 Summilux with Charlie Kirk and my host Damien Rayuela. We had a ton of fun, and Charlie even taught me how to shoot street photography with his off-shoe flash, and I got some pretty interesting results. Read more to watch all the videos I recorded and see all the images I shot!

Paris Day 1 Overview:

Shooting Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk

How I Met Charlie Kirk (Inappropriate)

Photos with my Leica M9 and 35mm f/1.4 Summilux (last photos are taken with an off-shoe flash from Charlie Kirk)

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My host Damien

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The room he lent me

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Fooling around

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Charlie Kirk (ie. Two Cute Dogs). Check out that sweet sweater.

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela
1x1.trans Paris Day 1: Street Photography with a Leica M9 and Flash with Charlie Kirk and Damien Rayuela

What do you suggest that I shoot while in Paris? Let me know your thoughts, or anything else I should do ;)

  • http://oneheartonemind.wordpress.com/ Gary Miller

    For those that wonder sometimes about the quality vs cost of Leica. These are wonderful expamples of edge to edge sharpness under difficult light conditions. Very nice.

  • Vincent Tandijo Saputro

    you guys are interesting! =))

  • http://www.wanderinglulu.com Ewanglee

    Cool friends. I like the idea of flash photography.
    I know it sounds touristy but because it is the symbol of Paris: maybe you can catch the life around the Eiffel Tower. great juxtaposition of architecture, large plaza and people. Or check out the Moulin Rouge because it is like a little Times square there (lights and people). Maybe you can catch some of the dancing girls.:-)
    And definitely eat well!

  • Carla

    I love Charlie Kirk’s photos. His flickr photostream (twocutedogs) is one of my favourites.

    If the weather’s nice Pere Lachaise cemetery could be worth visiting. Otherwise the streets of Montmartre. Have fun!

  • http://www.85mm.ch Thomas Leuthard – 85mm

    Cool Interview. I like the Hot Pants part. :-) Enjoy Paris and get most out of it. You make me jealous…

  • http://silentxpression.wordpress.com/ Simon Wallerstedt

    Funny videos, cool photos! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/simongman/ Simon Gardiner

    Great start Eric, like the videos and your results. You sure worknhard staying up late to post! Bravo!

  • http://www.karincrona.com Karin

    I would hang around Belleville, it’s like old Paris, much more genuine than Montmartre ! Les Puces (flea market) at St Ouen (saturday, sunday, monday) is fun with equal parts crap and antiques. And the Marais is an excellent spot on a weekend if you want to catch fashion forward people.

    • Eric Kim

      I am actually in Belleville right now, thanks for the suggestion Karin!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/byzeno Zeno

    You still have that ear to ear grin Eric and the great vibes, photos, and stories so far are all positive and funny.

    I think a night on the town with Charlie Kirk would be a great laugh.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/exi87 Jaap Barnhoorn

    Looks like you’re having a blast in Paris! :D
    The off-shoe flash night-shots are terrific! Blinding people in style with an M9!

  • http://isoterica.tumblr.com/tagged/street Isoterica

    The flash has made for some really emotive portraits. It’s wonderful all the people you are meeting there. See a lot, learn a lot, play a lot! *I think my favorite photo is you and Damien photographing each other. What a fantastic souvenir shot!

  • jon james

    how do you say Shite in French?

  • http://blog.williampalankphoto.com/ William Palank

    “What do you suggest that I shoot while in Paris? Let me know your thoughts, or anything else I should do?”
    Go to Luxembourg Garden. Expansive with a large pond, statues and lots of people.

  • http://monoflop.blogspot.com/ monoflop

    I’d love to see a video of you guys in action – and the reactions of people…

    Belleville is nice and more “real” than the touristic hotspots. Although some of the people there don’t react that well to being photographed (my experience)

    have fun

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gettys-Photography/137340063009927 Sean-Michael Gettys

    Looks like a blast! I’ve been trying my hand at street photography lately to step out of my comfort zone. Your videos are a blast!

    While you’re in Paris, I would say go to the touristy spots you usually see on postcards, and then turn your back to them. So instead of photographing the Eiffel Tower, you are catching the sights and sounds around it.

  • http://nicolas-vieillard.blogspot.com/ Redskull

    Welcome in Paris Eric,
    you should visit “Le Marais” with “rue des Archives” and the area of Bastille – it s good spot for streetphotography
    Have a nice vacation.

    • http://renedelbar.blogspot.com/ Rene Delbar

      Eric, try to hit the ‘Shakespeare & Company’ bookstore (37 rue de la Bûcherie, next to the Quai de Montrebello, near de Notre-Dame cathedral) and make sure to step inside! Ideal place to give your ‘lux some exercise.

  • edward

    it’s all about pic’s and having a good time while doing it.

  • Patrick

    Why don´t you take some interesting pics of the Apple-Store in Louvre?

  • Dan

    Just came to know of your website Eric and have added you to my favorites. I have browsed around a bit and gone through some of the essays and really liked your young and fun vibe.

    In this post I was wondering if you could explain which flash and off-shoe connector you used here and what settings did you use on the camera. Because it’s manual lens, I like don’t understand which aperture did you use and how did it sync with the flash? and how did you focus when you have just one hand to hold the camera when you hold the flash in the other hand.

    Thanks.

    -Dan

  • http://www.facesoflondon.co.uk Marco

    I’m so bummed that I missed the chance to see Charlie when I was in Tokyo. Looks like you’re having a blast!

  • Anna

    Have a great time in Paris! The photos you had on your last post was especially gorgeous. Love you and have a safe trip <3

    p.s. i settled on that adorable dog as my gift from paris. you're the best!

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  • kiin

    what happens with the videos??

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