Paris, France – Eiffel Tower (HDR)

My favorite place in the world to visit….Paris & the Eiffel Tower!  Its been a while since my last visit, but I will be back again soon.  I have shot the tower at all times of year and different angles.  This one is a cool perspective.   Right were you meet the hop-on-hop-off buses.  So you have to get close to the fence to avoid the foot traffic.  One great thing about taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower is that about 100% of the people around you are taking pics as well…so you fit right it!!  A tripod is no problem.  People mostly honor your space.   If you ever have a chance to visit Europe….Paris would be my first option!   So much to see and do.  I still have a BIG list of places to see there.   You can also go to McDonalds and order a “Royale with Cheese”.

Here is some Royale with Cheese info from the web:     In most markets unfamiliar with imperial measurements, the Quarter Pounder is known as the Hamburger Royale or McRoyal, or variants thereof, including “Royale with Cheese”, as famously explained in the film Pulp Fiction (although one should note that in France the official name of the Quarter Pounder with Cheese is Royal Cheese). In English-speaking countries that have adopted metrication, the burger retains the Quarter Pounder name, although in the French-speaking province of Quebec it is directly translated to “Quart de Livre” and “Quarter de Livre avec fromage”. Quarterão com Queijo is used in metric Brazil, Cuarto de Libra con Queso in Spain and in Latin America, Quarter Pounder is used in Finlandand QP Cheese in Sweden In South Africa there are 2 variations, the Quarter Pounder with cheese and the Quarter Pounder Deluxe. In some Middle-Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, McDonald’s provides both a Quarter Pounder and a McRoyale burger on its menu, the McRoyale having slightly different ingredients. In Chinese markets, the Quarter Pounder is known as a “full three taels” (Chinese: 足三両) because three taels is approximately equal in weight to a quarter pound.

For some reasons I want McDonalds for lunch!   Ah the great info one can find on the web!  LOL

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4.5
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable  Release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix

Paris, France – Optimus Prime Lens

Here is Optimus Prime Lens (a new Transformer?)  Sometimes a little photoshop fun can lead to something artistic!  I was working a photo from Paris a bit ago and came up with this shot.  What could it be a Transformer?  Alien?  A robot from Logan’s Run?  Funky indeed!  If you look closely you may get it….so here is the original…

A carousel right near the Eiffel Tower!   A long exposure blurred the ride.  The Eiffel Tower are the arms!  I used the plugin called Flood to mirror the photo and created something fun!   Flood is a cool plug in.  You can create some water effects and/or an exact mirror effect like I used in this shot.    Have fun and let your in inner artist create photo magic!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:   6 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Flood plug in

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower (HDR)

My favorite icon in the world…the Eiffel Tower.  In the evenings, the tower will twinkle every hour for 5-10 minutes.  A wonderful sight to see!  I wanted to try an HDR with multiple exposures  and see how the twinkling looked.   I thought it may look like little diamonds attached to the tower due to the longer exposures.   Kinda cool, then I added black and white via Silver Efex Pro.  A different view of the Tower!  Hope to get back again soon!  I have a nice list of more sights to see in lovely Paris!   One is to get to the catacombs…now that would be a perfect place for an HDR.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 15.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Silver Efex Pro

Paris, France – La Tour Eiffel En Rouge

From a few weeks back…the Eiffel Tower lit in Red for the 120th Anniversary light show.  If I can recall…only a few days left to see the show from 8-11 PM every nite!  During the show the front of the tower changes multiple colors and multi-colored!   The show lasts about 5-8 minutes.  I did enjoy seeing the tower in red.  I think a few years back it was lit completely in red for Chinese New Year.  I truly enjoy seeing this icon more than any other in the world.   A beautiful subject in a tremendously beautiful city!   Enjoy!

Here is my first test post with data for those inquiring minds!   I will have this now for every photo posted!

Talke Photography settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Manual Mode
  • Focal Length: 15.0mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:  1.6 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Color Efex Pro

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US!  With the 120 anniversary of the Eiffel Tower going on now until Dec 31st, per my last post, there is a light show every nite from 8-11 PM.  The light show is located on the front of the tower and it lasts about 10 minutes.   They play some wonderful music and the lights dance on the front of this majestic icon!  A wonderful sight I was lucky to see!  Lots of colors….purple, green, orange, blue, red, pink, etc…   Through the next few months I will post more color shots from this show.   The tower in purple looks great!!!   Grape soda anyone?  Enjoy!

Paris, France – La Tour Eiffel

NIKON D300, Nikon 10.5 Fisheye, HDR in Photomatix

This shot was from Paris on Friday nite.  I had an evening to enjoy the city and my first stop is always the Eiffel Tower!  I arrived just at sunset and this was my first shot with my new fisheye lens!  I set up my tripod and dodged the tourists and a few sprinkles to take 5 exposures with my cable release.  I see the tower has a little refurbishing work being done on it…but it still looks great in the blue hour!    I was excited as the tower had a 120 year celebration light show occurring every hour from 8-11 PM.  Some great colors!  I’ll post some soon after I get to process them.    Look for more shots soon!

Paris, France – streets near the Eiffel Tower

Paris street Eiffel

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

This past year while in Paris I was in search of some street shots with the Eiffel Tower in the background.  It wasn’t as easy as it sounds.  I was walking on the back left side of the tower (if you are looking at it from the front).  I walked for about 45 minutes and wanted the perfect angle and shot…I found this one about 1 km away.   These look like apartments…and I can be certain they are not cheap!  It looked like a nice neighborhood…on every corner you can find a small shop or bakery.   Just beautiful!

It was fun just walking around trying to get this shot.  At this time, HDR was not in my mind….but this shot might have been perfect for HDR.  One day I hope to walk these streets again.  I can go for a crepe right now with whipped cream and chocolate!   S’il vous plait!!   I hear the Eiffel Tower is now lit up half blue and half red in honor of France.  That would be wonderful to see…wish I was there right now!  Enjoy!

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Paris, France – Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower - Blue

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

I have not posted a shot of my favorite sights in the world for a while…the Eiffel Tower!   Night shots of the tower are wonderful! This was one lucky evening (as I have posted before)…getting to see the tower in blue.   This shot was when I walking up to the tower along the side paths.  No matter how many times I see this view…it still amazes me!   The tower has only been a few colors before….another cool one would to see it in red (they have done that in the past)!  Maybe one day?  Enjoy!

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower B&W

Eiffel Tower B&W

NIKON D300, Nikon12-24, Photoshop

A solid Black & White photo is always enjoyable!  For some reason, black & white photos have a certain feeling, maybe sometimes more than a color photo due to the fact that you are viewing it in only two colors…so it makes you focus on the photo itself.   How many times have I seen a B&W photo and said… that it is cool…so simple…I like it!  Such a style can be inspiring.

This was an easy one to accomplish.  I visit the Eiffel Tower often and am always looking for something different.   Using a wide anlge lens and laying down on the ground at the base of the tower…gives this great angle!   Add in a black an white stamp filter in Photoshop and this is the outcome.  Simple and to the point.  

I never shoot in black in white as it creates limits.  Software can easily convert in numerous black and white styles.  Nik Software Silver Efex Pro is one great piece of black and white product!   I’d like to do more b&w…maybe I will have a swing this way for a bit in the future.  That is the fun of photography…so many styles and so little time!  Enjoy!

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower

La Eiffel Tower

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Here is a close up photo of the Eiffel Tower.   If you have been reading my blog – it is one of my most favortie sights to see in this world!  I’d say it is also one of the most photographed sights in the world as well.   I’ve walked around the tower many times looking for different angles and views.   Sometimes a close up shot works.   What is interesting about this picture is the names on the side of the tower.  I had no idea they were they until I processed this shot!    There are seventy-two names under the first balcony on each side of the tower.  They are scientists, engineers and other notable people that helped Gustave Eiffel with the tower. 

I touched up this shot with a filter from Color Efex Pro 3.0 to give it the brownish hue.  I’ll be back in Paris soon!  I am looking forward to eating my traditional crepe filled with whipped creme and chocolate right next to the tower at this cute little stand by the carousel across the street.  Enjoy!