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7 Black & White Photos of Paris

Hey adventurers,

Happy Monday. Paris is a great city to photograph (be sure to check out my tips on taking photos of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe before you visit). But it’s an even better city to photograph in black and white. Here are a few of my favorites.

 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Carousel at the Sacre Coeur
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Harpist at the Sacre Coeur
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Notre Dame Gargoyle
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Monmartre Building
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Moulin Rouge
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
Eiffel Tower
 7 Black & White Photos of Paris
The top of the Eiffel Tower

Have a favorite? Share by commenting. You can also upload your best black and white photo on the adventureswithben facebook page.

How to Photograph the Arc de Triomphe with Light Trails

The Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs Elysee in Paris, France is one of the country’s most recognized landmarks (aside from the Eiffel Tower). It’s located in the center of a traffic circle with cars whizzing around. It makes taking a clear picture of the monument without a truck in the way very difficult.

So instead of fighting the traffic, use it to your advantage and take a picture of the Arc de Triomphe with Light Trails (the blurry streaks of lights at the bottom of the photo). Here are some photography tips for your next trip to Paris.

How to Photograph The Eiffel Tower

Hey Adventurers,

Today’s post is a quickie. Something different from the normal, wordy posts. I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite photos I took of the Eiffel Tower. Took this in October of 2008.

 How to Photograph The Eiffel Tower

How I took it (with my Canon Rebel Xti)

If you’d like to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower like this, here’s some tips to help you replicate it:

  • You’ll need to place your camera on a tripod
  • Shooting at dusk provides you with fantastic light
  • I used a shutter release cable to keep the lens open long enough to create this colorful effect

A Visit to the Mont Saint Michel, France

 A Visit to the Mont Saint Michel, France

Sometimes when I am reading through books, magazines or websites there are places in the world that I see and I say, “I would love to go there, but I’ll never make it”. The Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France was one of those places. Why was it so difficult? Simply because it is far from Paris and removed from the normal tourist route. In order to visit the Abbey travelers must board a train to nowhere. Arriving in a little town called Pontorson, they must board a city bus to the Mont Saint Michel. The logistics of timing it all turn off many. With a risky spirit and some luck, Brian and I took the chance for a once in a lifetime moment.

Climbing to the Top of Notre Dame Cathedral

 Climbing to the Top of Notre Dame Cathedral

A few years back I broke one of my cardinal rules of traveling. Since most trips are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, I believe that it is worth saving the few extra dollars ahead of time to indulge while you are on your vacation. Skip dining out Friday night, cook something instead and put that $40 into your vacation savings account (you do have a vacation savings account, right?)

Photographing Paris

I have exactly 18,660 photographs in my photo album on my computer. They are categorized into 440 different adventures – and that’s only photos from the past 5 years when I had a digital camera!

Whenever I travel I take a lot of photographs, more than the average person I would say. Photography is a hobby of mine. And while I’m not quite the professional I want to be, I have gotten better.

 Photographing Paris

This photo here is one of my favorites. Everyone who visits Paris has the necessary “I was here”, shot directly in front of the Eiffel Tower. I have several of those myself too. But this photo tells a different story.