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Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
~Michael Jordan

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):

Canon EOS 60D, 50mm, ISO 400, F16, 1/500 sec.
Location: Montmartre, Paris, France.

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Prisma: Best Art Filters For Urban Shots

I am an art fan. I admire all the Picassos and Van Goghs in this world. And from time to time I try to be like them.

When I recently set out to find new inspiration for old photos in the App Store, I came across Prisma. Within minutes I was surprised I hadn’t heard of that photo filter app earlier. The results are stunning — real artworks.

What Prisma does, is to turn your photos into classic art, imitating the style of well known painters such as Picasso, Warhol, Munch and many more.

By the time I am writing this post I created around 30 unique pieces of art with Prisma. But it didn’t take me 30 tries to cull out my favorite filters, especially for urban photographs. While the app also works fine for any other photo genre, I personally think you can get the most beautiful results with city shots and the following 7 out of the currently 43 filters.

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Prisma filter: Mononoke

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Prisma filter: Mosaic

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Prisma filter: Daryl Feril

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Prisma filter: Tokyo

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Prisma filter: Theta Vaik

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Prisma filter: Curly Hair

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Prisma filter: Candy

Try Prisma yourself; you can find it on the App Store as well as on Google Play.

Which artistic style would you like to see added in the future? I think I could enjoy a Niki de Saint Phalle filter :-)

For which occasions do you like to turn your photos into artworks? Besides giving old photos a new twist just for fun, I think some of the above examples would make a great art calendar. And if the app creators decide to add more temporary filters like the current “Halloween” one, I could even imagine to make use of Prisma to style my Social Media profile and cover photos for special events.

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Free Entrance To The Paris Photo Salon 2016

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Paris: The three Towers

The Salon de la Photo will take place from 10 to 14 November in Paris, Porte de Versailles, Pavillon 5. 181 exhibitors are to be expected; photographers will show off their artwork and professionals will give talks.

I think there is no need to convince you that this is going to be big and beautiful. If you plan to come to Paris you can buy your ticket online for 9€ (instead of 12€ at the venue), or, and that’s what I just did, you can get a free entrance badge thanks to Canon France with the code CANN16.

All you need to do is to enter your code in the field after the sentence Should you be in possession of a document (invitation card, letter, e-news, advertisement…) with mention of an access code, please enter it here. Hit “Activate my Code” and print the digital badge they’ll email you over. That’s it — you’re good to go!

❤️ 💛 💙 💜 Canon!

You can’t make it to Paris for the Salon de la Photo? Follow the hashtag #SalonPhotoParis for live impressions and probably 1 or 2 photos. There should be someone with a camera there…

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Stravinsky Beat

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Reflecting life

Ever since I first visited Paris in 1998 I am hooked on the Stravinsky Fountain next to the Centre Pompidou. Back then I studied art and our professor insisted that we need to know the colourful art style of Niki de Saint Phalle. I couldn’t agree more. Her nanas are spitting images of life.

But when I recently passed the Stravinsky Fountain, I set my camera’s focus on the water reflections, mirroring a glimpse of Parisian life. Not a perfect one, but a beating and swirling one; beating like the pulse of a city that never sleeps and swirling like Igor Stravinsky’s “Feu d’Artifice” (Fireworks).

What can I say? ⛲🌊💙

Let’s put these reflections into context, shall we?

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Stravinsky meets Niki de Saint Phalle

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Stravinsky meets Hip Hop

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Stravinsky meets Paris

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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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