Paris vignettes

When:   September 2014                     Weather: warm, 20-23C

Leica M240.  35mm F1.4 summilux.   21 mm F3.4 super elmar

2 days in Paris to shoot two of the  most iconic landmarks in Paris. the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur church in Montmartre.   Although I’d been to these places several times before, I’d only ever taken postcard style photos(ie boring) before… So it was to the Eurostar terminal at St pancras for the 2hr 20min trip to Paris.

St Pancras Eurostar Station detail

St Pancras Eurostar Station detail

 

the Eiffel Tower in the evening

the Eiffel Tower in the evening

 

as the sun set, the lights came on

as the sun set, the lights came on

 

beautiful in the night sky

beautiful in the night sky

 

In B&W

In B&W

 

From the river

From the river

 

Photographing the Eiffel Tower in broad daylight is always a challenge..a challenge in making the images different and unique.  Night shots of the lit tower just shows its beauty more clearly rather than grey on grey in the day.

The metro is as reliable as ever...less closures than the London undeground

The metro is as reliable as ever…less closures than the London undeground

 

Dawn on the Champs Elysee

Dawn on the Champs Elysee

 

war memrial

war memorial

 

Grand Palais

Grand Palais

 

90 year old gentleman enjoying lunch at Les Bouquinistes

90 year old gentleman enjoying lunch at Les Bouquinistes

 

view of the Sacre Coeur church on the hill in Montmartre as seen from Musee d'Orsay

view of the Sacre Coeur church on the hill in Montmartre as seen from Musee d’Orsay

 

Wanting to shoot the Sacre Coeur church at dawn meant a 630am start to get to the Abbesses metro station by 7am to catch the funiculaire up to the church…arriving there about 710am…..the Parisians would do well to do something about the unbearable stench of piss everywhere around the Sacred Heart church…obviously the grounds serve as a place for merrymaking at night and there were broken beer bottles and trash everywhere.  Clearly the lack of toilet facilities up there mean that the grounds of the church become the latrine…..most unbecoming of a beautiful place.

 

Daybreak over the city

Daybreak over the city from the top of the funiculaire

 

the church was still iluminated

the church was still illuminated

 

the colours changed by the minute

the colours changed by the minute

 

the sun soon began to appear

the sun soon began to appear

 

and cast its golden glow on all of Paris

and cast its golden glow on all of Paris

 

beautiful pink glow on the church

beautiful pink glow on the church

 

view through the arch

view through the arch

 

lovers viewing the sunrise

lovers viewing the sunrise

 

the warm glow bathed everything

the warm glow bathed everything

 

rising sun glow

rising sun glow

 

B&W

B&W

 

It was reassuring that Paris' finest were patroling the area

It was reassuring that Paris’ finest were patroling the area 

 

as the sun rose, the clouds took up formation

as the sun rose, the clouds took up formation

 

floral borders

floral borders

 

 

 

 

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