EP + Photography

…. have a lot in common.

The more I pursue my passion for photography and my profession in Estate Planning – the more the common connections come into focus.

Have you had the experience? – as the camera’s shutter fires (sh’rr tonk) you just know ‘that will be a great photo … I nailed it’.

All the elements – the composition, the light, the timing, a story narrative, the correct camera settings – all those things that make a great photo come together and are caught in a heart  beat.  A magic moment.

Then there are those other … more frequent experiences:  ‘I hope I got that’ or ‘I hope I can make something of that’ or ‘bugger, I missed it’.

Or perhaps a later moment when you discover your camera settings weren’t correct for any number of a thousand reasons.  With me it’s usually because I’ve bumped a setting, or forgotten to change a setting after my last shot or simply didn’t have my brain in gear.

You know that feeling ….  ‘I stuffed it’.

Magic moments sometimes just happen. A mix of skill, timing and luck combine to make a great photo and to make you a great photographer. Sometimes it’s luck alone.

Great photographer’s however make magic moments happen.

Like me, I’m sure they sometimes strike it lucky too but the reality is that their best photos come about through planning each shot, and leaving nothing (or as little as possible) to chance.

Planning leads to refined skills that in turn help improve the odds of ‘getting it right’.  BUT pure talent never replaces the need to plan if you want to gets the best results.

Some shots take a lot of planning, some require a long lead time to prepare for, some require support and guidance from others, some require lots of resources.

Camera gear plays its role but is often secondary to other elements of the equation.

Long after I took up photography as a hobby, I was on a social outing with friends. One was a professional photographer. I took many shots with my cheap “point and shoot” camera. I captured lots of great memories but no great shots. My friend the photographer picked up my camera and (after planning each shot for a few moments) took half a dozen photos. I kept every one. They were truly wonderful ….. and also captured great memories.

Same subject matter as mine but he planned each shot. He had talent. Learned talent. Skills acquired over time – experience, but still he planned each shot (even if only for a very short time) and the combination of experience and planning bore out the results.

Estate Planning is the same. To get it right requires planning, sometimes lots of planning, the right equipment and help of an expert with experience.

As a planning professional I have a high success rate at achieving good outcomes.  Outcomes achieved by working through all the elements and carefully defining a client’s options and then planning and over seeing their implementation.

My photography on the other hand needs a lot more time and attention. I tend to take photos on holidays so I shoot anything that catches my eye as I buzz past.  As my experience increases the planning time reduces, but it seems – often not enough time!

I’ve had enough experience that I can get some reasonable shots with just a little planning for each shot but I’m a long way from taking great shots – I need to take the time to plan and apply my experience in a structured way.

To wrap up: great photographers make good photos happen – people who take heir family responsibilities seriously take the time to plan for their future so that they maximise the chances of achieving the best outcomes.

OR be a gambler ….  elect to always just  “point and shoot” – you may get lucky.

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The blacks and whites in Paris

……. and all shades of grey in between ….

Paris and Provence  are a delight if you like black and white photography.  Any photography for that matter.  I resisted shooting plates of food – – – and stuck to eating it.

Below I share a selection of photos I took during a recent visit to Paris and Provence.

There is no rhyme or reason to the selection … more random than thoughtful. If you don’t like these I have LOTS more.

The first is a colour photo – just to let you know I did see lots of colour too – then a few with dashes of colour to ease you into the B&Ws that cover the full range from high to low contrast.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Dogs in Paris

No, this isn’t about the English, nor those Frenchmen who are barking mad (in fact we found the Parisians extremely friendly).

I’ll share photos of some of the fun times with the locals in future posts.

No, this is short photo collection that demonstrates the French love and tolerance of their beloved hounds.

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Brunch at Cafe Magot – one of the best in Paris

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Dinner with the family at a local restaurant

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Booties….well it is winter

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The very fast train is a hoot

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Inspecting fountains at the Royal Palace

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Puppy play-time in the gardens of the Louvre

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Wasn’t this why the Louvre was made?

Beer-O’clock

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There is an after-life for us dogs

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The French do irreverent well

 

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Our Street in Paris

Paris is a city that people live IN, they wear it like a glove, millions of them.   It seems that none of them live in the suburbs … they live in the city centre where they work, where they go to school, where they shop, where they socialise and protest (they love to protest).

Aside from the stores that tourists frequent, the streets are filled with a mix of small stores that cater for Parisians daily needs and their WANTS. They have many wants …. wants that are far from basic needs.

They do ‘WANT’ with style.  And of course, they indulge themselves.  

Fine food, fine coffee, fine clothes, fine chocolate, fine paper, fine ……. their preference for very, very stylish – EVERYTHING – means that you find an eclectic collection of stores  in every street, and no two streets alike. 

The big multi-national shopping centres that have destroyed small businesses in other cities around the world, don’t appear to have damaged the traditional Parisian infrastructure.  The big stores thrive but so do the ‘corner’ stores – and every store between corners.  Parisians simply won’t accept things being forced on them.  An Italian publisher ( unknown to me) is quoted as saying: “the first word of French that a baby learns is `Non’ and the first complete sentence is ` It is not possible’. Unless of course the French want it – in which case it’s no problem at all.

Our Street in Paris (1 of 23)I spent Christmas / New Year in an apartment in a small street located in the St Germaine district of Paris – a five-minute walk from the Louvre.  Only three blocks long and not part of the tourist hub, it is typical of many of the streets Margot and I walked during our stay. 

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Our front door, sandwiched between an upmarket Indian Restaurant and an Antique Store.  Our apartment has its windows open and lights on.

We visited few museums …. not just because of the long, long queues, cold and drizzle, but because we enjoyed walking the streets, meeting the locals and attempting to understand what makes Paris tick.  There is no greater joy than wandering into a cafe ( or any place – park, store or public transport) full of locals and striking up conversation. It was easy … that is once they realised we were Australian. Their pretense of not understanding a word of English simply faded into perfect English. It seems the same rules don’t apply for the English and they pick and choose which Americans they can understand.

Let me share with you a sample of our experience ….. a brief depiction of the stores in our street?  

Follow the photo captions  ….. and no …. this isn’t a special street. There were no stores that only sold vacuum cleaners or toothbrushes for left-handed people ( they exist … I’m sure) but none the less it was amazing. The street was only 3 blocks long and this election is from just our block.

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Shoe Designer & Maker

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His Store

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The Baguette Shop

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The North Africa Property Developer

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The Book Binder

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The Cheese Shop (just cheese) – taking delivery of a wheel of cheese. You should see the large ones !!

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A Porcelaine Shop

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A Chocolatier – there seems to be one in every block on every street.

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Deceased (modern) Musicians Residence

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Art for Sale

I haven’t included any of the one-off cloths stores,  I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.

Watch the book stores in March for my new book “Understanding Wills & Estate Planning’

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Love and Locks in Paris

Paris has the reputation of being the City of Love. A well earned reputation from my recent observations.

If you have visited perhaps we could share notes, if you haven’t – lift Paris to the top of your To Do List.

It’s a romantic city, oozing with history, charm and splendor. Be warned – she is very seductive …. you’ll  fall in love with her.  She’s also the city to love … second only behind Sydney of course. 

Is it the romantic French, who claim to be the world’s best lovers that makes this city so appealing? The buildings, their architecture, history and tasteful grandness?

Or is it perhaps the impact of the ever-present sea of pheromones  wafting through the air from all the visiting honeymooners and young lovers. Yes, thousands of them in the middle of the European winter. 

Perhaps it’s the thought of being restricted to indoor activities due to poor weather that attracts them ??? But no, they are out and about enjoying the city’s museums, streets, and other offerings …. all the time infecting the rest of the city with their inner glow.

The bridges crossing the Seine are blessed with dedications of romance – padlocks adorn every inch of handrails from shore to shore.

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Lovers attach the locks and cast the keys into the Seine as a sign of their undying affection and commitment.

Or perhaps is just affection ….. perhaps commitment is optional or limited to ‘for the  time being’.  That’s one explanation for the increasing number of combination locks that are being used …. You know …. Just in case the lock needs to be removed at some future date.  An escape hatch. A back door. The equivalent of a stenciled tattoo. 

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… you know …. as I preach in all my blogs …. always plan ahead …. Estate planning isn’t just about doing a Will.

Or perhaps, like internet passwords, the lovers imagine they’ll simply forget the code – if

Love Locks (2 of 4)their relationship lasts long enough. Perhaps they’re not thinking at all … well not about the type of padlock anyway.

Regardless the reason, it would avoid having to find a bolt cutter if the need arose.

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Visit Paris and take a padlock – if you’re not in love before you go – you may just get lucky.

Keep an eye open for more blogs from about Paris. It’s a photographers paradise.

And …. watch for my new book, being printed right now ‘Understanding Wills and Estate Planning’ it will be available in bookstores, newsagents and online in March.