Two weeks ago, we spent four days in the south of the island. With the virus raging, we decided to stay home and do some local tourism. We didn’t get very far. Barely 1.5 hours drive. We could also have made the road every day from home to go to the different spots we had targeted, but it’s a change of scenery for the children and for us not to be at home. We had booked a charming little chalet that looked like a treehouse just 20 mins from the sea.
I always take the holidays to document the life of my little family, but I also take every opportunity to do Street Photography. Personally, I also like this change of scenery and since I am also on vacation, it is natural to walk everywhere with my wife and my children with my camera at my wrist. As I told you in my previous Blog, I took the Ricoh GR3 and the GRD4 with me and it is the Ricoh GRD4 that I used during these 4 days. This camera can be forgotten because it is so light. And in terms of photos, it does the job and more ! I don’t focus on Street Photography while on vacation. Very often, I photograph the scenes that happen next to us. I will show you some examples from these 4 days to show you that the photos often come to me.
We are here in Grand Anse, which I believe is ranked among the 10 most beautiful beaches in France. So yes, pretty beach but not swimmable because there is a risk of leaving a leg (or more …) to the sharks which prowl in the area … However, a large swimming area has been built with riprap for safe swimming. Here I just followed Ronan who had gone looking for seashells. We walked the entire length of the beach and I took the opportunity to take pictures.
We spent most of our time on this spot of the Beach in Saint-Pierre. It was not the main beach which is more crowded. We preferred the calm of this place. These photos were taken a few meters away. It was late afternoon and the kids were drying off before we got home and I went for a walk along the beach and I ran into this guy in a colorful outfit doing some stretching.
Same place the next day. Children who have seen a young person jump in the sand also try this exercise with varying degrees of success. Again I stayed where I was to do Street Photography.
Always on the same spot. Photo taken of my two boys on the sea side and I just had to turn around to the other side to photograph the people passing by the street side. The setting sun offered great opportunities to play with grazing light.
Change of scenery for this small series. We went here to see the sea on the side of the Etang-Salé. It is an incredible sight especially on the days of strong swell. The sea is literally raging and the waves crash with force on the jagged coast. The children had fun in the sand defying the waves.
Let us return to the two photos taken in this example 5. My wife was heading towards the seaside when I saw this gentleman on the dune also looking at the sea. There was also this very damaged fence which I used for my general composition. I clicked a photo of my wife and of course one without her for my Street collection.
Here, as the weather was not very nice where we were staying, we went to seek the sun on the west coast of the island. Head to the Saint-Gilles aquarium. There aren’t many pools but the children are always amazed when you go there. The photo of the children is cliché, but I have nothing against clichés ! It will make great memories. Have you ever seen masked divers ? For the Street photo, I had seen this man from afar and I hastened to quickly take a photo. I had the sun in front, but that’s okay, I could play with the silhouettes that stood out against the sky. Again, I was not looking for anything and this opportunity presented itself while we were going to the ticket office of the aquarium.
After leaving the aquarium, on the way back to where we were parked, we passed a temporary exhibition that aroused my wife’s interest. She took a look and it’s true that the interior courtyard where the exhibition was taking place was very photogenic. The curtains offered nice contrasts conducive to light/shadow and the colors were just sublime. I took the opportunity to take some pictures. The kids were bored and they were with huge lollipops so I went out with them on the sidewalk to avoid any unfortunate accidents … This is where I took this photo of them on the sidewalk.
Here we were on a lunch break at the ZAT restaurant in Saint-Leu. It is a place that we know well and I find the small terrace on the beach with its deckchairs, its small tables and its guinguette-type garland superb. It is a dream place for parents because children can have fun on the beach under the supervision of parents who can continue to sip their apero at the table ! A souvenir photo of my two boys and a Street Photo where I tried to work the layers, while sitting down to drink my beer.
I take lots of pictures of my family when I’m on vacation. As you can see in the slideshow below, I rarely have them pose. I take the photos as I will in the street : Street like as one might say. I prefer spontaneous photos of them than posed photos. I also take advantage of the slightest opportunity to take street photos. Like going shopping, at a restaurant, while waiting for orders at the snack bar … In short, I have the impression that the opportunities are endless even if in the end I devote relatively little time to Street Photography. Note I will be spending even less time on this in the next few weeks. My little boy Ronan had a scooter accident (frontal impact with his brother) on his return from vacation and he had a double fracture of the tibia/fibula. It hurt damn good but it’s been better for a few days and now you have to wait for the bones to come together. It still for a little over 4 weeks. I might as well tell you that I will do very little street photography during this period … I prefer to spend my time with him.
All photos were taken with the Ricoh GRD4. I remain impressed with the quality of the shots (I am talking about the image quality of the IQ). Of course the Ricoh GR or GR3 offer more MP and it shows. But the GRD4 gives more organic and in my opinion more beautiful images. Very often I managed to be at ISO 80 to have more crispy pictures. I have the impression that in 4 days spent with the GRD4, I had better results than with the GR3 in 4 weeks … I’ll leave you with the two associated slideshows. Going South (family slideshow) and 4 Days with the Ricoh GRD 4 (Street slideshow)
All the pictures were made with the Ricoh GRD4.