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On a summer’s morning at the unholy hour of 05:45, our group of 20 intrepid photographers gathered outside the Eurostar check-in at St. Pancras International station. We were heading to Paris for a day of photography and exploration guided by the inimitable Martina Govindraj. After passing through security and fortifying ourselves with strong coffee and croissants it was all aboard the 07:01 London to Paris express. A couple of hours later we were disembarking at Gare du Nord and having a briefing about the day ahead. 

Our first destination was Les Halles, another train terminal (!) concealed beneath a post-modern shopping centre. We took a scenic route on foot, passing through the streets around Gare du Nord and the vibrant St Denis district. A swift lunch followed before our next destination: the Pompidou Centre. We then headed over to Le Louvre where old and new Paris collide: with the Palais-Royal and Louvre glass pyramids interacting architecturally. 

At this point the group went their separate ways for an hour or so of ‘free’ shooting time before gathering again for a team photo and heading back the Eurostar and to the UK via the Paris Metro. What an amazing and exhausting day! See some fantastic images from the trip featured below with John @dadyougeek being adjudged the winner in our inevitable ‘shot of the day’ competition. As Martina commented “Simple but effective use of motion blur, which is well framed. Lovely edit with nice use of tone”.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip such a great experience and Martina, Claire, Clare, Charlotte and Steve for all their help on the day.

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Une femme à vélo à Paris #olympusukparis

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