On day 8 of my Paris photography adventure, I decided to take some pictures of the Notre Dame cathedral, as well as some closeup views of the (near) full moon by the Eiffel Tower. I was especially interested in photographing the gargoyles on the roof of Notre Dame, but I found out that roof access closed at 5 pm. I will try again tomorrow.
There was a service in progress inside. Tripods (and hats) are not allowed in the cathedral, so I had to shoot at ISO 3200. This was definitely a situation where having a high-end camera helped me. I am once again impressed at how little noise I am seeing on the images from my Canon 5D Mk III at high ISOs.
After leaving, I headed over to the Eiffel Tower again, this time taking the 3 mile walking route instead of the Metro. I captured a few scenes along the way.
This next fellow was hilarious. It seemed like he was floating in midair. It took me a while to figure out how he was doing it.
There was a jazz musician playing with some tap dancers in front of Shakespeare & Company. If you’re looking for an English bookstore with lots of character, this is the place to go. I picked up “Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway as “American in Paris” reading, if I ever get around to it.
I made it back to Trocadero Plaza, and this time I had brought my super telephoto lens, a Canon 70-200 mm L. This was an instance where having my Canon Rebel T3i came in handy. Because the Rebel is a crop sensor camera, it effectively adds a 1.6x multiplier to the focal length of any lens. Since I wanted the highest focal length possible for this particular shot, having the Rebel allowed me to go up to 320 mm. I took several images, but this one is my favorite. I had to combine two different exposures in Photoshop to enable me to bring out some of the detail on the moon’s surface. Otherwise, at this time of evening, the moon shows up as a bright white disc if the rest of your image is properly exposed. You can see this on the subsequent image. It doesn’t seem that way with the human eye, but what is happening is your brain is adjusting the “exposure” of what it is seeing based on what the eyes are focusing on. I experimented with this and noticed that my eye had to focus either on the moon or the Eiffel Tower, but not both at the same time. The brain puts all that information together automatically. The photographer has to use Photoshop. As I headed back to Trocadero Plaza, the tower was lit up with flashing white lights, as I’ve seen every hour on the hour in the evening. I got the following shot, which is similar to what I got the other day, but since it was later into dusk it had a deeper blue sky and a brighter moon and tower. I also took a video of the flashing lights. I’ll see if I can convert and trim it to a size where I can upload it here.
Ciao for now!