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The City of Lights ’07

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: 

Blinding Lights in Paris - Sorry!

One Comment

  1. josephine
    Posted January 15, 2007 at 18:36 | Permalink

    who would do such a silly thing? that could blind someone you know!

    xxx