Paris, France – Elevation of the Maritime – HDR

Elevation of the Martime - HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

Here is a picture in my favorite city and one of my favorite HDR’s.  Paris is amazing.   I’ll never forget this nite.  This was the evening the Eiffel Tower was in blue.  You can even see the blue beam of light from the top of the tower in this picture.   I had one evening here before I left for home and just had spent 2 hours at the Eiffel Tower taking tons of photos.  I then caught a cab and headed over to the Louvre for more night shots.   After another hour I walked back from the Louvre to my hotel on Champs Ellysees.   From the Louvre you can look directly at the Arc De Triomphe.  Its about a 2 mile walk.  Not Bad.   It was around 10:30 at nite and of course you always have to be careful.  It was late summer and even at this time of nite, Paris was still busy. 

On the way almost halfway from the Louvre to Champs Ellyssees is the Palace De La Concorde.    This is where the Obelisk is located.  On either side of the obelisk are fountains.  One is called Fontaine Des Mers the other is Elevation of the Maritime.  Both look a little similar.  At this time the streets were well lit, but the lights on the fountains were off…but luckily the fountains were still running.  Now here is a great story of why HDR is amazing! 

As there were no lights on the fountain how would I be able to take a picture of it and it come out like this?   I decided to give HDR a try!  Remember an HDR takes different exposures from dark to light.  This shot was 3 exposures (-1, 0, +1) using a tripod and cable release.   I had no idea what would happen.  When I got home and post processed in Photomatix…what a suprise!!  The light exposure (+1) brought out the colors wonderfully!  So to me this HDR is amazing and a favorite as I had no idea the power of HDR.  It brought light where there was no light.   I also enjoy the water effect  on the fountian, the details and the colors.   A shot like this would not be possible using standard methods.   So here is a kudos to HDR!   I hope you enjoy!

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7 comments on “Paris, France – Elevation of the Maritime – HDR

  1. wonk says:

    Oh wow, that’s an amazing picture. What a treat that must have been for you when you got home and that was the result!

    I’ve only recently heard/seen HDR but it fascinates me. Having just got a new camera myself that’s capable of taking the multi-exposures (just had a regular point n’click before) perhaps one day I’ll try it for myself, who knows!

  2. Thanks! Just amazing to see the outcome. Kinda unreal! I took a step back and realized that HDR photogrpahy is a fantastic style. Makes me want to learn more and more. I have only been doing it now since last Sept (9 months). It is very easy to do! The key is your post process settings.

    Give it a try! Just read up on bracketing in your manual. Download Photomatix trail and see how it goes! I bet you will love it!

  3. heather says:

    This photo is amazing and I love the story behind it! I have stood exactly where you are photographing and I would never have thought to get that shot! Kudos

  4. heather says:

    It is the most beautiful city! Just curious-did you shoot this in Jpeg or RAW?

    • Paris is my fav! I’ll be back in a few weeks just for a nite. Always RAW. I basically never shoot in Jpeg. The way technology is these days – camera software is amazing…Jpeg limits your output possibilities. I’d switch over to RAW asap. I know it takes up space…but it will be worth it! Thanks for reading my blog! Enjoy! Pete

  5. starflight says:

    Fantastic, I loved it. Terry

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