Christophe Bonnet [le-plume]

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BIOGRAPHY

A computer network professional by day, an historian of (XVIIIth Century) technology by night and an amateur photographer between that !

The pictures I present here are mostly film : I don't own a DSLR but I have a few Pentax 35mm cameras with a good array of lenses and I like to use them. Then again, I started as a kid with my dad's SP500...

I've also got a Canon Ixus 400 compact digital which pretty much rekindled my interest for photography - but as good as this camera is, its images can't compete whith SLRs.

My equipment history:

  • Started on my father's Spotmatic SP500;
  • basically stopped taking pictures when I went off to college, but for a few 110 rolls on an instamatic and a few 35mm disposables;
  • then bought a Pentax MZ-10 on a trip to Japan - a nice camera, even though the zooms it was fitted with are a bit dull;
  • was offered a Canon Ixus 400 digital compact, mostly for archival research, but it pretty well dragged me back to hobby photography;
  • then went crazy a few months back over 2nd hand film cameras: got myself a Pentax P30t with autochinon 50mm f:1.7, which I resold since then;
  • and then got a ME Super with a Ricoh 55mm f:2.2, a Tamron 28mm f:2.8 and ditto 135mm f.2.8; I've sold the Tamron lenses, kept the Ricoh, which isn't worth much anyway; threw 75? on a CLA for the ME Super body, which I use as my main camera those days;
  • bought some glass off ebay, mostly Pentax-M: 50mm f:1.4 (amazing lens), 35mm f:2.8 (pretty good, even though the diaphragm spring isn't that springy anymore), 135mm f:3.5 and 200mm f:4, both very good; also, a Pentax-A 28mm f:2.8, which I'll be selling as soon as I find a Pentax-M replacement;
  • dabbed into medium format: purchased a YashicaMat 124G and then, the day after, I got to borrow my father-in-law 6×6 TLR, a french-built Semflex Otomatic B, which has one hell of a personality;
  • just got myself a MX body: since everyone's raving about them, they must be pretty good!

Next steps (maybe): a good tripod; maybe a MZ3 or MZ5n body to replace the MZ-10: sometimes autofocus is good to have; as far as glass is concerned, I'll probably try to grab a 100mm f:4 macro one of these days.

GALLERIES

Scandinavian Summer

Ca c'est Paris

On the tip of Africa

Of plants and bugs and furry animals

Waters of France

Six by Six

USA, USA

Instamagic

Construction

Oldies, Goldies

Europe, and All

The Sea, the Sea

Taking a train

Une lieue

Véhiculaire

Tools and Trades

Just Things

PHOTOS

On the Sund

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L'heure, c'est l'heure !

Beaubourg

Little Green Men at your doorsteps

En l'Ile

Sur les quais

Quatre heures

Vineyard

Drive-bye

Where Wild Proteas Grow

September Creeper

Schooner in the City

A Stately Dome

Gilded Concrete

Sometimes a chimney is just a chimney

Good Hope

And a good evening to you too, Monsieur Seguin

Turning torso and tormented limbs

Wide Angle

Secrets well guarded

"That eats bamboo, shoots and leave"

By the Riverside

On the mill-pool

At Mid-Tide

The Old Gun Foundry

Down River

River Power

Au balcon

Under the Bridge

Waiting for Readers

Roasting Coffee

Early Morning at the Luxor

Red Rock (and White, and Grey)

City of Light

Ashes to Ashes

Dark City

The last Journey

The Sun Sets on the Seine too

Instamagic: an introduction

Instamagic #1: Bird of Prey

American Evening

Circus is in Town

Instamagic #2: Dolphins ahoy!

Material light

Instamagic #3: Gib'

Oil Barge

I Believe I Can Fly

Semi-informal

Little Karoo

To hell (and back)

Groot karoo

Through a glass darkly

Under the Bridge

In the Pipe

Reaping

The Sund of Silence

Frederiksvaerk

Reinforced

Through the Wall

Deconstruction

Paris - Paramaribo

The New Left Bank

Port de Gennevilliers

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Sea Snails and Barnacles

Water Towers

Weary Soldiers of Stone

Wheat

Water under the Bridge

Rail, Road

Of Concrete and Men

Mighty White Fleet

Power Station

Crossing the Delaware

Downtown (Upwards)

On the Gracht

Les Chaises de Primel

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Sea Horse

Solitaire du Figaro

Single-Handled

Ronchamp, chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut (arch: Le Corbusier)

Under the Mountains

Up Hill

Lago di Como

Information Technology

Scaffolding

Work in Progress

Cityscape

Rotunda

The roofs of Paris

Limes

City Walls

Water Towers

Malmö University

Troubadour's Dream

Requiescat In Pace

Uprooted

One for the Road

Windows on the World

Walkways

Hospital

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Subcompact macro

Aubervilliers-Canal

Points

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Evening light

Emergency Exit

With my Back to the Sea

Città alta

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Riviera

Through the Mountains

Citadelle

West of Greenland

Millenium

Peephole (are peephole)

Misty

Iron Reeds

At Dusk (Seascape behind)

Rumble

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Urban Rowing

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Père Lachaise

The Watchman

Eglise Saint-Pierre de Chaillot

Pointe-Épine

Tide coming in

Pen en Hent Nevez

At Dusk (older camera)

Watering hole

In Spires

Summer in the City

Disrepair

Going Postal

Signal

Along the Tracks

Ivry-sur-Seine

Ivry-sur-Seine

Noisy-le-Sec

Aubervilliers

Forêt d'Horte, Early Spring

Woodlands

Ghosts of Renovation

Clothing

Dressing up

Orthodox

Low Tide

Fishong boat (the old and the not quite new)

Vespa LX125, Paris, juin 2008.

A Perfet Place to Park

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This Street is Closed

Engraving and fine prints

Press Gang

Some Ink and a Sink

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Garment District

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Canal Saint-Martin

Harbor Light

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Bridge to Nowhere

The Wall

Mar Seguin Locomotive, 1829

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Got Lobster?

Dry Valley

Water, Water

Supreme

Rest In Peace, All of You

From my window

Underpass

Peripherique

Jussieu

Grands Boulevards

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Grab a Grub

Set our Comrades Free!

Hoofed Mammal

Buzz

These Flowers

Pampa-style

Landing Strips

Gendarmes

A Tree in the City

Clawed

Mint Condition

Inner-City Sparrow on Inner-City Olive Tree

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Going Banana

Pinned

Rubbay

Wheels are turning

Pipes

Ballot Box

Pot

Books

Winter flowers