I was shooting lots of detail shots on the crowded streets of Épernay prior to the departure of Stage 6 of le Tour de France. As a photographer, one of the many things I enjoy about watching the Tour is seeing the teams of photographers documenting so many details of every stage - cyclists, fans, wrecks, and of course all against the backdrop of the French countryside. To me, the most impressive are the shooters riding as passengers on the backs of motorcycles.
This particular morning, I saw several photographers with their motorbike coveralls and cameras on the streets already working the event. I wanted a shot of one of them for my travel book. Many of them looked indifferent or even annoyed that I was trying to get a shot of them which I thought was ironic. However, this unidentified photographer, who I believe works for the European Pressphoto Agency, was kind enough and maybe even a little flattered that someone noticed him and wanted his photo. He humored me by smiling for the camera. Who ever you are - merci bien!
7/15/2017: Swim Meet, 3. Helpers.
At the end of competition, Hedda, securely strapped into her wheel chair, was carried by her dad and some friends up a little grassy hill to pose with the swimmers for a team photo. As soon as short photo session was over the meet’s results were proclaimed: Kellogg Club had won again, thus extending their undefeated streak!