Sunrise photos in Nice France

I don’t think many people know about my history with meditation and it’s not something I talk about a lot. I’m a huge fan of the books by Eckhart Tolle, and I have read all of the several times. It’s not something I talk about much because I don’t want to be THAT person. You know, like a vegan that talks all the time about being a vegan? We get it, you’re a vegan, CONGRATS.  Photography has definitely been a source of mediation for me over the years. One of the things I love most about taking photos is that when I’m in the moment, everything else seems to vanish. That is the real beauty of art, to transport you to another place. That is also the point of meditation, to clear your mind, to rid yourself of the unnecessary noise that does us no good. To leave space for joy. 

Lately, I have been waking up early in the morning and going on photo walks. I love capturing the early morning light, there is something so warm and pleasing about the way it snakes through small streets. To get candid shots of people in the streets it requires 100 percent of your attention. You have to keep an eye on all of the elements. What direction is the light coming from? Is someone about to walk by a particular spot? Are they well dressed? All of these questions will help you get a good candid street shot. I love adding the element of a silhouette or a person that adds a touch of interest to the overall photo. It’s a little harder to achieve, which makes it even more fun. Sometimes I find myself chasing after someone with a nice hat, or waiting for a well dressed person to walk into the perfect light. The shots often look completely candid, but nothing is complete accident, you have to be open to the moment. 

These early morning walks welcome the joy back into my job. I don’t really do them for any specific purpose, which is great because that keeps the passion in my profession. If you’re only doing things for money, you’re doing something wrong. I think a healthy balance between shooting what I have to, and trying new things is essential to keep the sparkle in my eye. 

If you’re into this kind of city photography, you might like my blog post about Montmartre

Early morning shadows from the arcades of Place Massena

It’s fun to play with dark shadows, something that I don’t do for portraits shoots.

Early morning runners on Place Massena

The flower market, otherwise known as Cours Saleya

Early morning light hitting fresh produce in the flower market.

The Flower Market is one of Nice Frances’ most popular destinations so if you want to photograph it, I highly recommend heading there in the early morning when the light is good and the crowds are few. With just the street vendors opening shop, you get a more local feel. Definitely worth the early alarm clock, I promise.

I’m in love with the colors of Nice’s Flower Market

This beautiful yellow building in Nice France just seems to correspond perfectly with the early morning golden light. This particular building is famous because Matisse lived and worked there for several years.

The Promenade des Anglais seen from the Flower Market in Nice France

Follow me to the sea…

Everyone’s favorite flowers, peonies

My favorite Tarte aux Myrtilles, or Blueberry Pie.

No French breakfast would be complete without a croissant, right?

This cafe in the Flower Market in Nice is one of my favorites in the early morning. Because they have good coffee? Not really, but I love the way the light enters the cafe in the early morning. I guess that makes me a shallow coffee drinker, lol.

How can you not stop here when you walk by this window? Nobody on Earth should have that much self discipline.

This was probably my favorite shot from this morning in the old town of Nice.

I love this shot because I love how the woman’s outfit matches the colors of the boulangerie.

Early morning light creeping down a narrow street in Vieux Nice.

This facial expression is everything. An early morning delivery for a woman not really feeling it.

A confusion of color and shadows.

A well dressed tourist trying to capture some of that beautiful morning light as well.

Random thought, but does this not look like Dame Judi Dench?

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