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Chris (IdeaLuz Photography) is a poet and macro photography expert. He has an MBA from the University of Versailles. He lives in the most romantic city in the world and married his high school sweetheart. He spends some of his time travelling between France, the US and South America. He focuses on macro, landscape, and art photography. He is a former motocross rider and loves the beaches of Key West, Florida.

Bastille Day

As a French citizen, I couldn’t forget to talk about Bastille day in France. In other words it is the French national day. The symbol of the French Revolution. It was held last monday (the 14th of july) and it’s always a great moment to see the Eiffel tower highlighted with wonderful fireworks. This year was one of the most fabulous fireworks we ever had! It is, by the way, its 125th anniversary! The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated during the Universal Exhibition of Paris, the 31st of March 1889.

Here are some gorgeous pictures for you to see!

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How to Take Great Macro Photos for Only $40!

Taken with 16mm extension tubes (50mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, 160 ISO)

Photographers who engage themselves in macro photography keep being seduced by this field. One of the satisfying things is to reveal what the human eye cannot plainly see. This gives us the opportunity to change our perspective on this tiny world, so different from the one we know. It often looks like another planet. That’s what macro-photography is, revealing things we can’t see and show it to the world.

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Guess The Format Quiz!


Compact, micro 4/3rd, APS-C, Full Frame?!

There had been, there is and there will always be a debate around sensors sizes, especially lately as the technology gets better and better. It seems like compact cameras, like the Sony RX100 Mark III has reached such a high image quality it can compete with APS-C formats from entry level DSLRs. Pretty amazing! We can also read here and there that the Sony A6000 can almost compete with full frame cameras. Even more astonishing, some risk themselves to compare full frame A7 to medium format cameras.

What’s next? Well, Sony will soon try to introduce a new competitor  to the Hasselblad medium format cameras. But remember, Pentax, Nikon and Hasselblad use Sony’s sensors.

Maybe size does matter when it comes to photography!

But are you sure?

Take the test to see if you can tell the difference between compacts, micro 4/3rd, APS-C or Full Frame sensors. You’ll see that it’s not that easy!

I took the test and got a score of 62% only.

What’s yours? At iLHP, we are curious to know! ;-p

My Introduction (Christian M.) – Photographing the Macro World

Eclosion of Life: it’s a 2mm wide wild flower shot: 16mm (24mm FF equivalent), f/4.5, 1/80 sec, 100 ISO

Hi everyone,

First of all, I want to thank Edward T. for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with him on this website and share with you all my experience of photography.

Morning dew: 16mm(24mm FF equivalent) f/4.5, 1/60 sec, 250 ISO
Droplets Spree: 16mm(24mm FF equivalent) f/4.5, 1/60 sec, 250 ISO

So Hi, I’m Chris M. and I live in the Paris area. That being said, it is not relevant information as my photography style is about macro photography, natural landscapes and silhouetted subjects.

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