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"Cool Doors, Warm Hearts": Provence, France
A sweet hobbity moment from travels in Provence.
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"Sails in the Wind": îsl St. Honorat, France
To my friends in the U.S.... Happy Thanksgiving!
To my friend everywhere... may you take a moment to give thanks today for even the smallest of joys. Big ones too!

What adventures will see each sail off to next?
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Fujifilm GFX-50S, 32-64mm f/4 lens
ISO 400, f/29, 1/400 sec
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Image taken during the Cannes Royal Regatta that was going on when we were in Cannes for our "Artist's Voice Photography Retreat" in September!

The next one?
June, 2018: www.karenhutton.com/Cannes.
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"Gordes On the Hill": Gordes, France
Villages perched on hilltops are one of my favorite things in France! Gordes, in the UNESCO-listed Parc Régional du Lubéron (Luberon Natural Regional Park in Provence) is a true beauty... I hope you get to see it one day. It'll take your breath away!

Marc Chagall is but one of the many famous artists who found inspiration here... and it overlooks its valley like a fairy tale.

I was fortunate enough to visit last year on a moody day during a long drive through Provence. I spent two months in Europe - what an adventure that was! This was definitely one of the highlights. :D
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Fujifilm X-T1, 50-140mm lens
ISO 800, f/11, 1/250 sec
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L'il France: Le Petite France, Strasbourg, France
I love shooting at night in just about ANY European historic city, village or town! To me, it's magical.

Know what else is fun? Processing them! I have a number of post-processing tools I enjoy using, including Macphun's Aurora HDR Pro and Luminar. With the sadly dwindling shelf life on Nik Software, it's important to know where to turn next. I think Macphun is well- primed to help.

To that point, I edited this single image in Aurora HDR Pro... and will be showing how and why I do this at Photo Plus Expo next week in New York!

Will you be there?

I'll be presenting at +Macphun's booth (#155) on both Friday and Saturday (Oct. 27-28) from 12-12:45pm. If you're around... come check it out and say hi!

Check out my Events page anytime to see where I'll be next!
www.karenhutton.com/events.
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Fujifilm X-Pro2, 16-55mm lens
ISO 400, f/11, 15 secs
+Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead.
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The Guest Wing: Fontainebleu, France
A bike ride that wended its way through idyllic Forêt de Fontainebleau, along a beautifully landscaped Le Grand Canal and finally... then we pull up to this spot and had to hand it to him.

Napolean really knew how to impress a guest. 😁
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I carried my gear in my Peak Design 20L backpack that day, which was way more comfortable than I ever expected it to be on a bike! I didn't feel unbalanced at all - and hardly even knew I was wearing it.

Loved it so much, in fact - that I made a "What's in my pack?" video from right there in Fontainebleu. Best. Backdrop. Ever!!

Here's my entire review page, which is where that video lives: http://karenhutton.com/gear/peak-designs-20l-everyday-backpack/.

As for Fontainebleu... if you haven't been... GO!!
It's incredible!

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The Lit Louvre: Paris, France
The Louvre is so much cooler at night.

I had to go and make sure on my last visit. And yeah.
Night takes the cake.

Add just a few drops of essence of blue hour to sweeten the recipe and her Majesty's Goldenness is one irresistible confection.
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Fujifilm X-T2, XF10-24 lens.
+Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead.
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Cloak of Night: Grasse, France

The cloak of the night
was spun only once,
of gossamer darkness
and quicksilver light.

Wherever it landed,
Regardless of how
it altered the air there
and shifted the mind.

It held certain dangers,
and everyone knew it.
But she merely laughed
at the fear it engendered.

For the cloak of the night
which was spun only once.
Would run every time
from her fire of light.
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Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm lens
+Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod, BH-40 ballhead
Courtesy of night.
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InSeine Evening: Paris, France
I visited the ever-lovely Paris again this past June. Ahhhh, she is a jewel, that one.

Tanya Wallis and I trained up there after my last photo retreat in the South of France to debrief, make new plans for future eents - and soak up a little Parisienne culture

I was excited to try my new +LucrOit filters there too. Because although it's not exactly the most lean 'n mean set up - there's a "thing" filters do that nothing else does. I wanted to see a bit of Paris through their sublimely glassy eyes.

This was taken with my Fujifilm X-T20, 10-24mm lens and aa 10-stop ND filter. I debated whether the slight movement of the platform was an issue for me (I did take one without said filter just in case)... but decided it wasn't. I like a little imperfect. It does a thing to the brain. And perfect is kinda boring. I've always felt that way, even as a kid.

So that's my story and I'm sticking with it. I love how this one turned out... kind of atmospheric and vibey. Much like the grand dame herself, with her art and history and overall vibey-ness.

Love you, Paris.
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ISO 500, f/16, 26 secs.
+Really Right Stuff's TQC-14 and BH-40 ballhead held it all solid as a rockstar.
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Armoiries: Valbonne, France

In just a little over a month, I head back to France for my September "The Artist's Voice" retreat... WOOHOO!!

Our intrepid group of "Francypantsers" are getting ready even now, getting all excited about the awesome adventures we're going to have.

If YOU want to be that one last pants-o-Francyness, put it in the comments below! I'll fill you in on just what you need to do and know in order to join us for the photo-journey of a lifetime!

This image is from Valbonne, one of my fave little medieval villages. Hotel Le Armoiries is a 17th century hotel that sits right in the town's center. Nope, I've never stayed there... but I can never resist photographing it!

Anyhoo, whether you're an aspiring Francypantser... or just wear regular fancypants, I hope you're having an awesome weekend at the very moment! And the next... and the next... and.. you know.
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One Night in Paris: Paris, France
Sure, this is yet another Lou-ver photograph. But it was fun, hanging out with Tanya Wallis here after sunset, watching all the bride photo shoots going on. That's what I'll remember from that evening.

Bridal shoots are clearly a BIG deal at all the major sites in Paris. Man, is it competitive! There were 8 or 9 going on all around me as I took this photo. Then this a photog's assistant walks into my shot, fixing to ask me to move. He asks if I'm taking a long exposure... I say "I was" and glared. He sees the look on my face, takes a step or two backwards and blames it all on his boss. (Who was barking out orders in an officious sounding british accent. He's probably famous or something.)

I tell him I'll move this time - but the next time he's in my shot, it's his turn. Deal? Deal. Like it mattered to anyone! I just had to stand my ground and make my point. ha!

Taken with my Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 10-24mm lens...
+LucrOit 8-stop filter and 100mm Simple Kit holder, all held gracefully atop my +Really Right Stuff TQC-14 and BH-40 ballhead.
'Cause I'm fancy.
But not as fancy as wedding photographers in Paris!
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