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C42

C42... chutzpah of the Citroen company on the Champs Élysées. A whole building for just 8 design classics (from the Traction Avant onwards), a dynamic sculpture (Totem Mobile and a whole lotta miniature cars – toys are the only items for sale here.

The fascinating C42 Citroen building is basically a giant atrium with a central articulated display column embraced by U shaped floors. It was inaugurated in september 2007 and was designed by Manuelle Gautrand. This pic is shot almost straight up.
The glass/metal lattice work of the roof extends to both the front and back facade.
For more background info, you can check: C42

In the two complementary pics are a shot from the 2CV and the TA and a shot of the entrance section of the underground Totem Mobile section. The name Totem struck me as a fitting metaphor for C42.

The process: I had my old and trusted Olympus 8080 and the F30 with me during our short but delightful trip to Paris. I left the Canon home ‘cause its walk around lens was undergoing surgery -a new IS system (it’s back now, Canon Holland repaired it free of charge although it was outside the warranty period). No special reason why I used the F30 here. The PoV is almost straight up.
The tech: my standard PCS3 work flow: altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, enhanced the edges, USM-ed (a 5 step method loosely based on the script of Luko and the adaptation of Adrian Warren), added a frame and resized and did a gentle USM (1,4px, 18%) again.


exif data

Camera Manufacturer : FUJIFILM
Camera Model : FinePix F30
Exposure time [s] : 1/50
F-Number : 4.0
Exposure program : Aperture priority (3)
ISO speed ratings : 100
Date taken : 2007:11:09 17:48:11
Exposure bias value : -67/100
Metering mode : Evaluative, Multi-segment (5)
Focal length [mm] : 90 mm (35 mm equiv)
Colour space : sRGB
image width : 3504
image length : 2336
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : Normal
Sharpness : Normal

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