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As it Happened | Côte d’Azur

Jun 13th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, France | by Michael Williams

Work had me in Europe for meetings and I tacked on a few days of R&R in the South of France, one of my favorite places in the world. All photos with the Fujifilm X100 + some post production.

Comments: 33

33 Comments to “As it Happened | Côte d’Azur”

  1. Ryan
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 7:13 PM


  2. philip
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 7:33 PM

    I always wanted a Citroen Mehari. Luckily I never bought one because they are made of plastic and crack. Tant pis.

  3. Elias
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 7:59 PM

    AHHHH, to be rich and famous… or at least rich!

    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 8:11 PM

    You have a hard life :)

  5. Mariah
    on Jun 13th, 2011
    @ 10:06 PM

    Ah, I absolutely love the Cafe de Paris!

  6. giacomo
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 7:36 AM

    If you go to Nice there’s a fantastic vintage eyewear shop! I don’t remember the name but it’s very easy to find, it’s in the old town

  7. Fjorder
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 9:08 AM

    you shooting 100% manual w/ the x100? great shots.

    philip thanks for the info on the car, never seen one. here’s my beach buggy:

  8. Rico Boothman
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 10:07 AM

    Why no snaps of the international riff-raff, who are thick on the ground at this time of year?

  9. cabwaylingo
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 10:25 AM

    i hate you. not really. but seriously.

  10. Kenyan
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 11:44 AM

    Mister Williams..

    Would you say the Fujifilm X100 is worth the 1K+ price tag…I’ve had my eyes on this item for awhile now.


  11. Hopping Frog
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 11:45 AM

    Ok, so where did you score the Steve McQueen Edition Persols? Can’t find the new ones anywhere in the US.

  12. Michael Williams
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 12:01 PM

    I bought those Steve McQueen Persols at Bloomingdale’s in SoHo. #forreal

    100% manual. Automatic mode is kind of a joke anyway. She’s a beast that X100, definitely takes some getting used to. Maybe that is just the case for me though because I am a self taught photographer. I’d pay 1K+ any day. I didn’t even bring my 5D this trip.

  13. Fjorder
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 1:27 PM

    thanks Michael… I shoot w/ the G10 and she’s a beast but I concur that the X100 is a step above in the compact SLR category.

  14. My Affair with Michael Bastian
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 1:27 PM

    Just… gorgeous

  15. rufus firefly
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 1:44 PM

    too crowded, overrated, and the tourists! Could be worse…

  16. Jamie Jones
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 2:53 PM

    Nice flicks, love the blog.
    Just out of curiosity what line of work are you in? Must have major pennys.

  17. Ye Ole General
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 3:40 PM

    Beautful pictures; some old movies are flashing through my mind!

  18. Fred
    on Jun 14th, 2011
    @ 10:30 PM

    While it is Nice … I was surprised at the rocky beaches… like, not pebbles, but rocks. Just wasn’t expecting that. But I WAS expecting topless women and I was not disappointed … woot !

  19. Wonder
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 12:51 AM

    I wish to go to Europe one day. Looks beautiful.

  20. TMH
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 7:26 AM

    Couldn’t be happier for you. Beautiful pics. Bon to the Jour M’er F’er

  21. Ty
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 9:54 AM

    Home!!! That post made my day. I have been away from the Cote d’Azur since 2000. I was born and grown up there… When I see that post, I can tell you, I miss it badly.

  22. RuLC
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 10:57 AM

    It’s been about a year since I’ve been there. I’ll tell you, I was surprised by Nice. I always thought that it was this “French Riveria” / high society place but it really didn’t hold up to the expectation. Some of the locals told me that the place has been overrun by Russian tourists and it’s not quite as it used to be. Still though, good food, a great farmer’s market, and that water – man, is it BLUE. Hope you could head over to Monaco while you’re there.

  23. Amatourist
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 12:06 PM

    you and my mother, in the exact same place taking shockingly similar envy-inducing photos. and here i sit… at the desk. thanks for temporary the escape…

  24. larsd4
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 12:14 PM

    Michael, the closeup photo of the boats just cost me $1200. Must. Have. X100. Spectacular photo.

  25. DY
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 1:59 PM

    Wow. Those images are breathtakingly beautiful.
    I want to go to that.

  26. That's Not My Age
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 3:22 PM

    J’ adore the south of France – and we can catch the Eurostar train from London to Avignon in summer, which is nice and easy.

  27. kowalski
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 3:53 PM

    what do you do for a living?

  28. Smith&Ratliff
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 5:58 PM

    Brilliant photos, Michael.

    I love the Persols.

  29. Michael Williams
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 8:23 PM

    I do marketing and PR for clothing companies. Check out the about page.

  30. 2buttonswag
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 9:28 PM

    The pictures are absolutely amazing. Again, it’s that reach out and touch it feel. I know nobody can see, but I’m scolding my camera letting it know it will never stack up to what is on this page. I also have a sudden urge to swim and eat a massive quantity of lemons.

  31. 2buttonswag
    on Jun 15th, 2011
    @ 9:33 PM

    After I look at the photos, if I close my eyes for a moment………………I still know I’m sitting in my computer chair and it just pisses me off that I’m not in France.

  32. The Trad
    on Jun 16th, 2011
    @ 2:23 PM

    Nice pix. How much do you make a year? Do you rent or own? Will you be out of town long? What’s your address? Is there a loading dock?

  33. Veronica
    on Jun 17th, 2011
    @ 4:07 AM

    I hate that you get to go to the Cote d’azur with the x100!!!!! :P The colors and clarity of the camera (AND your post-processing :) are just SO ………. *sigh P.S. as you can see, I am only fawning over the camera. P.P.S. great post!