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Page 13: Luckily, I rather enjoyed skydiving : during those 20 seconds of freefall, no one can yell at you!

I became addicted to adrenalin
I became passionate for aviation as well.
See page 17 for aviation.

In the beginning, I jumped like everyone and like all the equipment, in TAPs (airborne troops). The parachute, a simple half-sphere, could not be steered in the air and opened automatically (we said “en commandé”, controlled) because the static line which pulled the parachutes open was attached to the Saint Andrew’s cross on the plane. Everyone jumped out at the same time, all from one big plane, at a point chosen in the plane by its width, after a first pre-test with a mini-parachute. Everyone landed more or less in the same spot. As we jumped with our guns, we had to throw them away from us, 5 metres before landing, to avoid breaking a leg on it. We attached it with a string to keep from damaging or losing it. Then, as I was good at it, I was recruited into the base’s sports team and we jumped with wings, parachutes with a slit that let you steer. And no gun. Cool. We practiced precision landing (landing with your right foot on a handkerchief bolted to the ground). When we jumped out of the (small, this time) plane, the field we were landing in rather resembled a handkerchief itself. After 50 successful automatic jumps, while pretending to open the parachute by ourselves, we were allowed to skydive. My record is 20 seconds of freefall. Don’t laugh, that’s quite long! To parachute from a small plane (see below on this page) you have to crawl out of the small door to get your feet on the wing strut. At this point you’re facing the propeller with the wind raging at you face-on. To avoid twisting and wrapping the rope around your neck, you have to jump in a crouching position. Then, you fall. Really. At this point what you need to do is -- slowly and in perfect symmetry, if not, you spin – bring your hands towards your chest to grasp the handle which opens the parachute. Next, you get whacked hard in the back as the parachute unfurls. Then, you can steer your parachute left or right by pulling on the right straps. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, the wind often changes at different altitudes. It goes without saying, the parachutes then weren’t as advanced as the ones now (2004). In freefall, there wasn’t even an automatic parachute deployment feature. So you had to open it. Just don’t lose consciousness!
There was a warrant officer who would never stop yelling at us and would scream at us day in day out. He would openly mock the beginners, “Yeah, you’ll see, when you jump you’re going to shit your pants, you’ll cry, you’ll cry for your Mommy, etc…”. I didn’t let it get to me, I was always ready to jump ahead of him, no hesitation at all, I would throw myself into the air with pleasure (at the time, everyone folder their own parachute, with competent people checking it along the way). This only further enraged him, and he screamed at me even more. He wasn’t really the intellectual type. One day, he had a “hard handle”, his parachute deployment handle wouldn’t readily open because the cables weren’t properly aligned, a mistake made in folding. Watching from the landing strip with binoculars, we saw him plummeting at full speed towards the ground, finally deploying at 300m (at the time, this was the limit with any hope of survival). He was so terrified that he had a nervous reaction, his jaw muscles were blocked and he couldn’t speak (or yell) for a few weeks.

Throughout my lovely stay with the Disciplinary Military Base in Drachenbronn, I was able to sneak out, discretely, every night to live in a small farmhouse rented for next to nothing in the nearest village, Birlenbach. It was thanks to this small escape that I was able to keep my spirits up and it still makes me chuckle today. Not “The Great Escape”, but close!

Obviously, I set up my photography workshop in there!

Since then, my back hurts.
Obviously, 30 years later, when medical technology has improved, the X-rays and MRI revealed a compression of my vertebrae.

Boris Vian : Le déserteur
Mister President I wrote you a letter Maybe you’ll read it If you have the time
I just received My military papers To go to war Before Wednesday evening
Mister President I don’t want to do it
I am not on this earth To kill poor people
It is not meant to anger you I need to tell you My decision is made I am going to desert Since I was born I saw my father die I saw my brothers leave And my children cry My mother has suffered so She is in her grave And laughs at bombs And laughs at the worms When I was a prisonner My wife was stolen from me My soul was stolen from me And my cherished memories Tomorrow in the morning I will shut the door On dead years
I will follow the roads I will beg for my life On the roads of France Of Brittany in the Provence
And I will tell the people : Refuse to obey Refuse to do it Do not go to war Refuse to leave If you need to give your blood Go give yours
You are a good apostle Mister President
If you come after me, tell your gendarmes That I will not be armed And that they can shoot.

I summarize it all with photos, as usual.

I would go skydiving again 15 years later in Canada, near Vancouver, with Angel Swanson.

My exit is flawless, of course.

Parasailing in Polynesia with Frédérique.

I would also go skydiving again 30 years later in the deserts of Nevada with Frédérique, a monitor, and a GoPro. If only I had had a GoPro during all my years of adventuring!

From very very high up, 5km high in fact (half the cruising altitude of a commercial airliner) and in total comfort.

I attended the commemmorations of the 70th D-Day anniversary in Normandy and saw the – somewhat modernized – Airborne troops parachuting. No longer necessary to jump with “crouching with arms stretched out”.

Using the front-mounted small emergency parachute.
19 May 2018 : La Fête Aérienne 2018 (Aerial Festival) « le Temps Des Hélices » in La Ferté Allais
No, don’t worry, the photo is the right way up.

Le 07 septembre 2019 :
La clôture du Victory Show avec une démontration de parachutisme par La Royal Air Force.

Flt Lt Mikaela Harrison : Alumna ready to lead the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team for 2019 season
Alumna and Royal Air Force (RAF) Officer, Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Mikaela Harrison, is about to commence her first display season as Officer Commanding the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team

5-7 September 2019: The Victory Day in Leicestershire, England.
5-7 septembre 2019 : Le jour de la victoire dans le Leicestershire, en Angleterre.

Thank you to Hartmut and Carlos for the paragliding.

440-metre-high cliff, one of the tallest in the world, in Madeira.

9 May 2018 : Sand yachting on la côte d'Opale with Frédérique Gorsky

7 January 2017 : With Frédérique in the La Villette wind tunnel.

Thank you Photoshop.

Partial eclipse of the Moon, seen from Paris, in my courtyard, in Port Royal, on July 16, 2019.
- 9:30 pm: the Moon rises
- 22:00: the Moon enters the shadow of the Earth and begins to be nibbled
- 23:30: the Moon is nibbled to the maximum. 65% of his disk is in the shadow of the Earth
- 01H00 in the morning: the Moon comes out of the shadow of the Earth. The eclipse is over.
Everything went as planned as always thanks to astronomers. Yet most people prefer astrology to astronomy. Yet it is clear that astrology and its horoscopes are bullshit. Yet, there is a daily "horoscope" section in every newspaper in the world, but never a daily section on astronomy.
- "It is not a sign of good mental health to be well adapted to a sick society": Jiddu Krishnamurti.

The flying saucer is a street light

From Shannon Templeton, friend since 1987.
Hello Christian!

Those are gorgeous pictures of the Moon, I love how you included the night version of the "UFO" and then the day version showing it is a lamp. That is wonderful!

I have stopped using Facebook, it was taking up too much of my time. I also think it is a little bit awful and actively screwed up the elections for the US helping put Trump in office. But it does have its good side, such as getting to see your pictures, and I really miss that. So I may start using it again, who knows?  I am so happy you emailed me when you didn't see me on Facebook. Thank you for doing that!

I am involved with a very exciting project now which is taking up my time - NASA's TESS planet hunter space telescope. The observatory I work with got accepted into their "follow up" program which means I'm part of the group of astronomers who get to see the data first. The TESS cameras have huge pixels that can have more than one star in each pixel, so when an exoplanet crosses in front of its star (from our point of view), there is a small dip in the light. The TESS cameras will detect the small dimming which triggers an alert that there may be an exoplanet somewhere in the sky area covered by the huge pixel. We get a list of those coordinates in the sky and then it's our job to follow up using our ground based telescope to see which star is dimming in brightness. I hope I have explained it well, it is so exciting to be involved with this work!  What could be more fun than finding planets outside our solar system?

This gives a good overview of what TESS does:  https://www.nasa.gov/content/about-tess

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, including those that could support life. The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits. TESS will survey 200,000 of the brightest stars near the sun to search for transiting exoplanets. TESS launched on April 18, 2018, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

TESS scientists expect the mission will catalog thousands of planet candidates and vastly increase the current number of known exoplanets. Of these, approximately 300 are expected to be Earth-sized and super-Earth-sized exoplanets, which are worlds no larger than twice the size of Earth. TESS will find the most promising exoplanets orbiting our nearest and brightest stars, giving future researchers a rich set of new targets for more comprehensive follow-up studies.

And here is more about the Follow Up program if you want to see examples of the data. I know you would love the math. https://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/tess/followup.html

I hope you are doing well, it is always wonderful to hear from you.

TESS = Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Le Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (en français « Satellite de recensement des exoplanètes en transit »), plus connu par son acronyme TESS, est un petit télescope spatial consacré à la recherche d'exoplanètes lancé le 18 avril 2018. TESS a pour principal objectif de recenser de manière systématique les exoplanètes proches et de détecter plusieurs dizaines de planètes telluriques gravitant dans la zone habitable d'étoiles à la fois brillantes et proches.

Pour y parvenir, le télescope spatial, qui utilise la méthode de détection des transits, observera pratiquement tout le ciel en consacrant 27 jours à chaque secteur de la voute céleste. TESS observera des étoiles en moyenne 30 à 100 fois plus brillantes que celles étudiées par le télescope spatial Kepler, facilitant ainsi la détection de planètes de petite taille malgré le recours à des détecteurs beaucoup moins performants que ceux de Kepler. Les observations de TESS porteront en particulier sur des étoiles de type spectral G — catégorie à laquelle se rattache le Soleil — et K. Du fait de la durée des observations, les planètes détectées devraient avoir en moyenne une période orbitale d'une dizaine de jours. Les planètes détectées par TESS doivent être ensuite étudiées plus en détail par des instruments plus puissants comme le télescope spatial infrarouge James-Webb.

TESS est un engin spatial de petite taille (350 kilogrammes) qui emporte quatre caméras grand angle. Il circule sur une orbite terrestre haute de 13,7 jours, en résonance de moyen mouvement 2:1 avec la Lune, avec un apogée situé au-delà de l'orbite lunaire, choisie parce qu'elle permet de remplir les objectifs de la mission tout en restant dans l'enveloppe de coût du projet. Celui-ci a été sélectionné par la NASA en avril 2013 dans le cadre du programme Explorer de la NASA, dédié aux missions scientifiques à cout réduit (200 millions de dollars), et développé par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology. La mission primaire doit durer deux ans.

En février 2019, le satellite TESS, le tout nouveau chasseur d'exoplanètes de la Nasa, découvrait l'exoplanète GJ 357b. Cet astre orbite autour d'une étoile naine de type M d'environ 30% la taille et la masse du Soleil et 40% plus froide. Il est situé à 31 années-lumière de la Terre, dans la constellation de l'Hydre. En cherchant à confirmer l'existence de cette planète avec des observations au sol, les astrophysiciens ont déniché deux autres exoplanètes dans le même système. 

Le satellite TESS et une d'artiste de la planète GJ 357b.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a two-year survey that will discover exoplanets in orbit around bright stars.

NASA's exoplanet-hunting telescope, TESS has spotted an exoplanet 31 light years away called GJ 357 d. Now this discovery is rather remarkable because this star is supposed to have liquid water on it's surface. The study shows that GJ 357 d is in the habitable zone, where temperatures are just right.

L'odyssée de l'espace 2025 : La NASA promet "des preuves irréfutables" d'une vie extraterrestre en 2025. De gauche à droite : Kepler 452b2015 l'exoplanète, le cowboy de l'espace Christian Fournier, la CFSS (Chris Fournier Space Station)

Photographié avec l'iPhone 36.

Le 27 septembre 2015 : La lune de sang
Prises de vue et montage intervallomètre : Christian Fournier. Lieu : les locaux de L'AFA (Association Française d'Astronomie) au Parc Montsouris à Paris.
Photos and timelapse by Christian Fournier in Parc Montsouris near Paris.

Dans la nuit du 27 au 28 septembre 2015 a eu lieu une éclipse lunaire exceptionnelle. Le satellite particulièrement près de la Terre sera teinté de rouge et il disparaîtra totalement pendant plusieurs minutes. Les éclipses lunaires totales ou partielles peuvent sembler moins spectaculaires car plus fréquentes que les éclipses solaires totales. Celle qui se déroula dans la nuit du 28 septembre prochain a mérité néanmoins d'avoir les yeux au ciel quelques minutes pour la voir. En effet, il s'agit d'une "super-lune". L'astre dont l'orbite réalise une ellipse autour de la Terre se trouva très près de nous (363 104 km pour être précis) et a paru plus grosse dans le ciel. Par ailleurs, l'alignement avec le soleil donne à la lune une teinte écarlate particulière. Elle est alors surnommée "Lune de Sang". C'est la conjonction de ces deux phénomènes astronomiques qui rend l'événement exceptionnel. Ce type d'éclipse se produit rarement et la prochaine visible depuis la France aura lieu en 2033.

I used two Nikon boddies D600. One with a Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8 for the time-lapse and the other with a Sigma 500mm for the close-ups. Both on tripods of course, equipped with Manfrotto micrometric heads. Antivibration, mirror up, noise reduction, remote triggering to avoid shake, drastic exposure bracketing, raw format, lens correction with Lightroom, moon always in the centre of the frame for better lens definition. The sky was very clear and had been for the past two days without a single cloud (rather rare for Paris), the air was crisp, the visibility very sharp (very rare in Paris). During the day, we had a special and unique carless day which reduces pollution (I am not sure it contributed to this exceptional visibility though). We were in a wooded small recreational small park in Paris, with not to much light pollution (for Paris). Not many stars were visible tough.

My photo is now on display at NASA, thanks to my longtime friend (1987) Shannon Templeton, who works on the TESS program, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which searches for exoplanets. In February 2019, the satellite TESS, the new exoplanet hunter of NASA, discovered the exoplanet GJ 357b.

Some LPs of my youth.

J'ai eu l'immense plaisir de photographier Le Palais de la Musique en 2016 à Barcelone

Here are about 620 examples of my photographic event coverage since 1984, that is to say, 30 years. This is without counting those which my clients have requested that I do not show and photos that have been lost.

I know it's enormous.
No, I am not a photographic robot: my mother had me tested

This list begins with the compilations: Fashion & Models, Lingerie, Beauty, Makeup & Hair, Portraits, Events, Objects, Archi & Deco, Industry, Press, Celebrities, etc.

The sensors and web capabilities from 1995 to 2005 were horrible compared to now (2021). 40 KB max by images. My uploads at this time were therefore bad. I replace them little by little. It's long. Thank you for your indulgence.

Conclusion 1: I must not be bad, so that all these people trust me.
I have loyal customers, a sign that they are satisfied with my services. Examples: Tollens, MEDEF, Dior, GMF, Unesco, L'oréal, Anaé, Agefiph, Essilor, Genzyme, Embassy Ireland, The Advertisers Club, Garmin, VW, etc. ...

Conclusion 2: Thanks to all these varied clients (industry, wedding, corporate and personal portraits, press, events, objects, medical, culinary, diving, sports, pageants, etc. ..), I see extraordinary slices of life, confidential or public, trades and fabulous countries. I do feel very privileged. Real life, live. Thank you customers.

In rough estimation, I take 5,000 photos a week. 5,000 x 52 = 260,000 a year. For 35 years = 9,100,000 photos. Well, I would like to reach 10 million anyway!

Conclusion 3: Photography is my language

There is also a search command, not always up to date, but pretty comprehensive on all my reportages.

Due to manipulations between prisedevue.photos, prisedevue.photos and famousphotographer.com, some links may be broken. Sorry. I'm working on it !



Not many photographers have the courage to show their photos on a daily basis. I do it to show that in a wide range of photography, I always take good photos for my clients. Technical perfection and an obvious sensitivity. If you imagine the logistic necessary for these missions (estimates, preparations, equipment, transports in traffic jams, safety, etc.), you can see that I am a photographer who achieves results in all circumstances.

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