On day 10 of my Paris photography adventure, I started off by getting some different shots of the Eiffel Tower at dawn.
The whole city has such a different mood in the early morning. Most of the beautiful lights I’ve been enjoying at night were off. In fact, I could barely make out the Eiffel Tower at all!
This first shot required an absence of people, so dawn was the only time I thought I’d be able to achieve that. However, once I set up for the shot, I decided it would be more interesting if there were at least one or two people in the shot, so I waited until a couple of joggers were approaching, and took this one.
I love how the rising sun gave warm orange glow on the tower and the clouds.
I also did the park’s service a favor and removed all the trash for them, as you can see below.
I did this using the Photoshop clone stamp, since they were a distraction in my image.
On my way to my next two shots, the warm orange glow on the Eiffel Tower caught my eye again, so I captured it. Most photographers prefer to shoot near sunrise and sunset, as this is when the light is most interesting.
I was hustling to get to Trocadero Plaza for a shot of silhouettes against the rising sun, but the sun was at the wrong angle, so I’ll have to save that one for another season.
There were two other professional photographers there taking shots of matrimonial couples, so I utilized one of these couples as models for a shot of my own. I had only planned on taking this shot with the statues, but once again, I think having people in the shot gave it more feeling.
I once again used Photoshop to eliminate some innocent bystanders.
After waiting a few hours, I headed over to Notre Dame again. This time, I got there a few minutes before it opened at 10, and I was once again greeted by an enormous line. At least this time I knew I’d get inside, but it was an hour and a half before I actually did.
It was definitely worth the wait. Besides a panoramic view of Paris, the objects of most interest were the gargoyles, of various shapes, sizes, and visages.
There’s also a statue of a prominent ecclesiastical figure at the top of a spire.
One thing in particular I like about HDR is how it can bring out the detail in clouds. Likewise, the gritty texture you see in the gargoyle images is a result of HDR processing.
Tomorrow, I will take a visit to Montmartre.