2010 Cannes Film Festival

Here are some pictures taken in Cannes during this year's film festival. Rather than attempt to snap celebrities (almost mission impossible unless one is either very lucky or willing to wait in one spot for literally hours), I decided to focus on everything that happens on or around the Croisette during these few days in May. For this, I chose to use the Nikon D300 and only one lens, the Nikkor ƒ1.8 35mm. This is a normal lens for a camera equipped with a DX sensor; it's reasonably fast, but it has a fixed focal length. What does this mean? Simply that you have to zoom with your feet; no simple turning of a zoom ring to move things closer or further away. The pictures on this page were all taken between Thursday, May 13, and Saturday, May 15, 2010. As always, full EXIF information is embedded in each image. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into Cannes during the film festival as much as I enjoyed photographing it!

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Looking for free tickets at the visitor center Photo-op with a knight

Looking for free tickets at the visitor center

Photo-op with a knight


The crowd is starting to build Getting the famous steps ready

The crowd is starting to build

Getting the famous steps ready


Pedestrians rule the Croisette The police are out in full force

Pedestrians rule the Croisette

The police are out in full force


When the weather is this nice... ...the beach becomes a popular place

When the weather is this nice...

...the beach becomes a popular place


Some people take care of their own starlets... ...while others try to recover from last night's party

Some people take care of their own starlets...

...while others try to recover from last night's party


Many cafés are literally built on the beach... ...as are places where one can get a meal

Many cafés are literally built on the beach...

...as are places where one can get a meal


Lunchtime on the rue Hoche Shopping in the rue d'Antibes

Lunchtime on the rue Hoche

Shopping in the rue d'Antibes


The rue Meynadier is as crowded as it is in July People like to eat outdoors

The rue Meynadier is as crowded as it is in July

People like to eat outdoors


The old town appears unaffected by the hubbub... ...but along the harbor, tents have been set up

The old town appears unaffected by the hubbub...

...but along the harbor, tents have been set up


There are plenty of spare tables and chairs... as well as many places for visitors to relax

There are plenty of spare tables and chairs...

...as well as many places for visitors to relax


Some get tired from all the walking around.. ...others get sore feet

Some get tired from all the walking around..

...others get sore feet


TV coverage right from the beach Ice cream break

TV coverage right from the beach

Ice cream break


Relaxing in the sun Sculptor and his work in progress

Relaxing in the sun

Sculptor and his work in progress


Even Miffy strolled on the Croisette! Renaissance cat show

Even Miffy strolled on the Croisette!

Renaissance cat show


I don't know what movie is being advertised here.. ...but it probably won't be rated 'G'

I don't know what movie is being advertised here..

...but it probably won't be rated "G"


Standing in line to get into one of the movie theaters Hoping to catch a glimpse of an arriving celebrity

Standing in line to get into one of the movie theaters

Hoping to catch a glimpse of an arriving celebrity


The Croisette doesn't get busier than this Four-door sedan. Legroom, anyone?

The Croisette doesn't get busier than this

Four-door sedan. Legroom, anyone?


The bay of Cannes towards evening The Croisette at night

The bay of Cannes towards evening

The Croisette at night


Cannes by night, seen from Le Suquet And, looking the opposite way, the Esterel range

Cannes by night, seen from Le Suquet

And, looking the opposite way, the Esterel range


After dark, one can watch classics on the beach... ...or dine on one of the piers

After dark, one can watch classics on the beach...

...or dine on one of the piers


Finding a table in the old town is not easy Fireworks to end the day... and this page

Finding a table in the old town is not easy

Fireworks to end the day... and this page





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