The dizzying heights of the 292 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe; the brightly coloured – and fast moving – mopeds littering the city; the impressive and amazingly lit ‘Tour Eiffel’. Paris, the ‘City of Lights’, is a photographers dream… and nightmare!
My recent trip there was an educational experience for me – a person who has never really photographed at night. It was definitely the time to experiment.
Photographing directly into the light to achieve silhouettes, post-processing into sepia with a ‘film grain’ style, increasing the saturation to make colours jump and blurring objects – all techniques I tried in order to see what results I could get.
Some worked. Some didn’t. All are here for you to see.
What happens when you try to photograph a reflection of the Eiffel Tower in a person’s eye but forget to take off the flash; resulting in a very quick movement of the camera (and loud shouts of protest)? Here’s an example: