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A TOURIST IN PARIS

A slightly longer post this time to showcase around a dozen of my more “arty” creations from a holiday to France in early April; the Paris part of the trip was scheduled to coincided with my older son and his fiancée participating in the Paris Marathon, it was also an opportunity to meet our future in-laws.

Pont Neuf | Paris

Pont Neuf | Paris

The first full day was ominously cool and very overcast however this has resulted in a much more dramatic rendition of the River Seine with the Pont Neuf or New Bridge spanning the river; paradoxically it’s the oldest bridge in Paris!
1/320 sec @ f/8  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 35mm (52mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens

 

Saint-Michel statue and memorial | Paris

Saint-Michel statue and memorial | Paris

I often find the images I prefer most are the ones I have had to work hard to capture; in this case and wishing to use a long exposure on my tripod-supported camera, I was particularly aware of other tourists getting in front of the lens at the critical moment. And from a security point of view, I had no alternative but to lay my camera bag on the ground; fortunately my wife kept an eye open for passers-by getting too close.
28 sec @ f/11  ISO 400  Fujifilm X-T1 with 14mm (21mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens

 

Notre-Dame | Paris

Notre-Dame | Paris

Another long exposure in overcast conditions giving Notre-Dam a rather mysterious feel; I love the effect of the lengthy exposure in the sky and water seen here. The only problem had been other pesky photographers standing on the embankment and getting into my shot; but a few minutes spent in Photoshop has resolved the problem.
58 sec @ f/8  ISO 320  Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens

 

‘love locks’ on a railing | Paris

You’ll find many bridges and railings by the River Seine festooned with “love locks”; indeed the local authority now consider them so much of a problem that they have started to remove them en-mass, railings and all. I love this cropped-in version showing the romantic “red” love-heart on a thirds position within the frame.
1/180 sec @ f/2.8  ISO 400  Fujifilm X-T1 with 56mm (84mm equivalent) f/1.2 lens

 

Musée du Louvre | Paris

Musée du Louvre | Paris

This is my “take” on the glass Pyramid next the Musée du Louvre; as the place was literally crawling with tourists at the time, I think I did well to have so few of them in the frame.
1/320 sec @ f/11  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 14mm (21mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens

 

scene from the Arc de Triomphe | Paris

scene from the Arc de Triomphe | Paris

I couldn’t resist this shot of the wide Paris boulevards fanning out from the Arc de Triomphe like the spokes of a wheel.
1/100 sec @ f/11  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens

 

ceiling of the Arc de Triomphe | Paris

ceiling of the Arc de Triomphe | Paris

Shot from beneath the Arc de Triomphe and looking up at the ornate ceiling with their 21 roses; note the middle rose has a hollow centre for a lens enabling viewers to look down on those below.
1/125 sec @ f/5.6  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.2 lens

 

street detail near Place du Tertre | Paris

street detail near Place du Tertre | Paris

In Paris, even simple functional objects like this handrail can have a beauty and flow all of their own.
1/300 sec @ f/4  ISO 400  Fujifilm X-T1 with 56mm (84mm equivalent) f/1.2 lens

 

Père Lachaise Cemetery | Paris

Père Lachaise Cemetery | Paris

One could spend literally an eternity in the Père Lachaise Cemetery or certainly many hours at least examining the elaborate tombs and stones of the departed celebrities of years gone by; or if you weren’t a celebrity, you certainly needed to be pretty wealthy to end up in this gothic splendour of a cemetery.
1/40 sec @ f/4  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 35mm (52mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens

 

Père Lachaise Cemetery | Paris

Père Lachaise Cemetery | Paris

1/1600 sec @ f/4  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 35mm (52mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens

 

bridge detail | Paris

bridge detail | Paris

I spotted this wonderfully ornate, burnished bronze-colour support on a bridge near Notre-Dam; the sun glinting on the surface brought the whole structure to life.
1/60 sec @ f/5.6  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 35mm (52mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens

 

bridge under-structure | Paris

bridge under-structure | Paris

You won’t find this on a list of Paris tourist attractions however I loved the shape created by the metal substructure of this bridge together with the play of light on the wooden beams from light reflected off the water below.
1/30 sec @ f/11  ISO 800  Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens

 

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