I had the opportunity to do some photography work over the summer in Paris running around Trocadero, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower (Champs du Mars), taking some 500 photos over the course of two days. Nothing is as lovely as having centuries-old buildings, churches, châteaus, as the backdrop for photos as well as natural light that extends from 7am until 830pm. There's Notre Dame, the area around Ile de la Cite, the Tour Eiffel, and the Champs Elysees with the Arc de Triomphe in the background.
As a painter, I have learned that photography is not like painting. The simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression... In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotif. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever...
Il n'y a rien dans ce monde qui n'ait un moment decisif
(There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment).