Weekend Wanderings: A Gargoyle’s View

I finally managed to see Notre Dame de Paris on a sunny day!
(Now watch me whip whip, watch me nae nae).

Usually, the Parisian sky looks more like this when I approach Île de la Cité.

Understandably, I simply had to try my luck and queue for a visit of the towers.

One hour later I got blown away by the breathtaking view over Paris and the turquoise Seine. But I especially loved some of the architectural highlights, which the cathedral only reveals to those brave enough to climb the 422 steps up (and down).

If you come unprepared you’re going to be sore the next day; but at least you got to experience this:

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Happy #WorldPhotoDay And Look What I Found

Today is World Photo Day. Yay. Snap. Snap.
But wait, you might wonder, I’m taking photos 365 days a year; what’s so special about August 19th?

Today is about sitting down and honoring all those visual storytellers who share the passion to communicate through this powerful medium and who strive to inspire and educate about wildlife conservation, the ecological crisis or social injustice (just to name a few examples).

Today is about sitting down and putting the people behind the camera in the right focus.

Thanks to the Social Media hashtags #WorldPhotoDay and #WorldPhotographyDay you can easily browse worldwide contributions shared by international photographers and associations today. Here are my favorites so far:

Do you have some #WorldPhotoDay favorites to share? Which ones made you laugh, think, cry?

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Weekend Wanderings: Cobblestone Playground

In an attempt to fight the city’s pollution, Paris’ most famous boulevard — the Champs-Élysées — is closed for cars every first Sunday of the month. It’s when the 2 kilometre-long street between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc the Triomphe becomes a playground for pedestrians and cyclists.

Besides artists, sports clubs and charities, visitors can currently also enjoy the decorations for EURO 2016. I had a look.

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Harmony

Love is the harmony of two souls singing together.
~Gregory J. P. Godek

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 128mm, ISO 500, F9, 1/320 sec.
Location: Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Paris, France.

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Weekend Wanderings: Paris Flood #CrueParis

It’s been confirmed: The Paris flood had reached its peak last weekend and is now receding. Phew! The city of lights and love is (for now) no longer facing a new “flood of the century” like in 1910.

Over the past days, the hashtag #CrueParis (crue = French for flood) has been trending on Twitter. With the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay closed, the Seine suddenly became the biggest tourist attraction despite of the lack of the popular boat shuttles.

I had a closer look myself between Pont Neuf and Pont de la Concorde:

While the Seine did not burst its banks in the centre of Paris, it did in the capital’s suburbs. These photos have been taken in Maisons-Laffitte, a 30 minutes train ride from Paris’ centre to the North West:

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Weekend Wanderings: Tulips Galore, Holland

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Flower carpets near Keukenhof, Holland

Each year, between March and May, the western coast of the Netherlands is like a bazaar for brightly coloured blossom carpets. Just admit it already; you simply want to sit down, stare, sniff or swim through this sea of spring, don’t you? I do!

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Breathe New Life Into Your Social Media Profile: GIFs As Storytelling Art Form

Visual micro content (VMC) is driving forces of engagement these days. Clips and GIFs in the social web are as popular as never before. And I am not talking about the creation of memes.

More and more brands are discovering GIFs, clips and cinemagraphs as fine art and a new way of storytelling. Movable imagery recently became a popular marketing format, which is easy to digest and really stands out in social media feeds.

“Yay” for being a photographer or visual engineer with tons of material on hand. Shame on you if you aren’t involved on social networks yet. Visual content marketing is the way to advertise your photo business, create leads and drive sales in 2016. Why? Gen Y! On a global scale, 64% of the web traffic are videos.

For the young audience, VMC is the digital answer to TV spots; small bites of information and entertainment. Instead of producing a 30 seconds spot try creating 30 spots lasting a few seconds to appeal to a number of buyer personas in your target market.

But beware of producing VMC just because you read it’s trendy and Facebook, Twitter or Google provide the technology. Each cinemagraph, clip or GIF needs to fit into your overall social media strategy: What is your communication goal? Whom do you want to reach? What can they learn from you?

Once you have the answers to all these questions, start planning VMC in your content calendar and make sure you optimize your visual material for each social network. Facebook’s algorithm will reward you with reach if you upload a video there instead of posting it as (YouTube) link. Twitter content has an ideal size of 506x253px.

For details, check out this always up-to-date social media image sizes cheat sheet (Google spreadsheet).

 

Useful resources — DIY:

Useful resources — Libraries:

Useful resources — Inspiration:

I gave it a try myself with GifMaker and a series of photos I took in Auckland a few years ago. You might want to go through your archive too to see if you can leverage some old photo series today.

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