Paris, France – Sacre Coeur (HDR)

From the lovely city of Paris…above is an HDR of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris or otherwise known as Sacre Coeur Basilica.  It is located at the summit of Montmartre…the highest point of the city.   When you arrive in Paris and are on the highway driving downtown, you will clearly see Sacre Coeur on the left hand side.  It took me quite a few visits to have the time to visit Montmartre as it is located a bit away from all the major locations in Paris.  On a recent visit I spent the evening up here.  My goals were Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge.

You can go inside Sacre Coeur and it amazing and beautiful!  But as soon as you walk in the doors, security is there to greet you and eye you up for tripod usage and photos.  I gave it a quick try and was jumped on immediately.  This Church may be tougher than Notre Dame and Koln Cathedral!  Whew!  Oh well….I focused on outdoor shots instead.   We have all seen the traditional shots, so while walking I tilted my camera and took the above HDR.  A different view of the church.

My visit to Montmartre was less than stellar.  It is not the safest location in Paris.  Up near the church are many stairs and performers play and the youth hangs out and drinks.  To me is smelled like pee. I watched my back the whole time.  Then down the street on the 5 minute walk to Moulin Rouge, you pass all the sex shops and dance shows.  The workers all ask you to please come inside.  The type of people located in this area are a bit shady.  I made sure to keep my tripod in my hand the whole time.   Just in case!  I love Paris, but not this section.  I was eager to return to the normal part of the city!  It was worth stopping by for the photos!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 29.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza