Last month Paul and I, along with our great friends Debbie and Craig, visited France. It was such a treat to be able to spend time photographing Provence and Paris. We spent ten days at Pont Royal in Provence and then four days in Paris. Although we faced a few hurdles (general strikes and Euro 2016), we had a wonderful time. This was our first trip to France, and it exceeded our expectations. The weather was perfect, the food and wine were incredible, and the memories we made will last a lifetime.

My Photographic Challenge

On this trip I decided to do something a little different photographically. Instead of lugging all my heavy DSLR gear with me, I decided to challenge myself with a single camera and fixed 35mm (full frame equivalent) lens. I took my new little range finder fuji X100T with me. I hoped that using this small, inconspicuous wide-angle camera would allow me to grow creatively as a photographer. I wanted to capture the French Provencal countryside, life in Paris, and of course, take some images of iconic French landmarks. I also wanted to experiment with street photography. I have always admired photographers who could capture images of street life, but I have always been too nervous to give it a try. If you would like to read more about how I tackled my one-lens challenge, please take a look at my recent article in Photography Life.

I hope you enjoy what I captured. I was very pleased with my little Fuji X100T! I hope my DSLR’s don’t get too jealous of this little camera’s place in my photo bag!

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