Weekend Wanderings: Paris Flood #CrueParis

It’s been confirmed: The Paris flood had reached its peak last weekend and is now receding. Phew! The city of lights and love is (for now) no longer facing a new “flood of the century” like in 1910.

Over the past days, the hashtag #CrueParis (crue = French for flood) has been trending on Twitter. With the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay closed, the Seine suddenly became the biggest tourist attraction despite of the lack of the popular boat shuttles.

I had a closer look myself between Pont Neuf and Pont de la Concorde:

While the Seine did not burst its banks in the centre of Paris, it did in the capital’s suburbs. These photos have been taken in Maisons-Laffitte, a 30 minutes train ride from Paris’ centre to the North West:

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Weekend Wanderings: Sun King Exhibition At Film Location In Maisons-Laffitte

Since the 1970s, the castle in Maisons-Laffitte (northwest of Paris) has been a popular location for at least a dozen films, including Love and Death by Woody Allen.  

Its architecture influenced the look of the Château de Franconville in Saint-Martin-du-Tertre (France), the Zhang-Laffitte in Beijing (China) and the Plaza Constitución terminal train station in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Built in the 17th century, this castle is a prime example of French baroque architecture. In 1651, Louis XIV, the King of France visited the Château de Maisons-Laffitte.

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the death of le Roi-Soleil (the Sun King), the town of Maisons-Laffitte and the Château de Maisons partnered up for an exhibition of 530 sculptures (40 tons of stone) at the entrance of the castle. Stéphane Vigny’s Totalement désARçonnés — Louis XIV… Oméga III can be visited until October 12. His installation is a homage to art created during the years of King Louis XIV.

Please follow me on Instagram for more photos of the Maisons-Laffitte castle and its surroundings.

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RollWorld: Spin It, Warp It, Scroll It, Zoom It — Create Tiny Planets And Abstract Art On Your Mobile Device

It seems like ages ago when I read some first tutorials on how to create “tiny planets” thanks to advanced photo editing tools, good graphic skills and a lot of patience. I tried once. It took hours. Now I have RollWorld!

The App for iPhone and iPad is so much simpler; it’s intuitive, offers different distortion settings, comes for free and allows you to create your own mini world in under a minute (ok, under 5 minutes if you play with all your options). Let me give you some examples before listing a few tips:

Tiny world of Paris edited in Rollworld

Planet building in RollWorld (Paris)

Tiny world of Auckland edited in Rollworld

Tunnel building in RollWorld (Auckland)

Tiny world of Maisons-Laffitte edited in Rollworld

In between planet and tunnel building in RollWorld (Maisons-Laffitte)

RollWorld tips:

  • the App works on both photos and videos (videos require a one time in-App purchase)
  • even if you start with 1 photo only, the App can make a video of your morph (tap the + icon at the bottom of your image)
  • loading an image will bring you by default a tiny planet — play with all sliders to spin, warp, scroll, spiral and zoom your creation to your liking
  • play with the spiraling effect to create abstract art (droste effect)
  • for better results, straighten your horizon in Snapseed before opening the image in RollWorld
  • apparently, the iPad version offers more settings than the iPhone version (to be confirmed)
  • you can reverse your last edit by tapping the bottom left arrow
  • you can save your creation to your camera roll or directly publish to a big choice of social networks by tapping the top right arrow
  • you can change the default saving settings from 1024x1024px to 4000x4000px

My final example is a sunset photo which I processed 3 times with the RollWorld sprialing effect. Admittedly, this doesn’t even come close to a tiny planet, but colourful creative compositions are maybe just what you were after!

rollworld art

Spiraling effect in Rollworld:
Top left: source image
Top right: 1st processing result
Bottom left: 2nd processing result
Bottom right: 3rd processing result

I truly enjoyed playing around with RollWorld. Give it a spin yourself and let me see your creations. You got nothing to lose with this free App!

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