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Photographing Paris

Posted By adventureswithben On June 29, 2009 @ 8:29 pm In Europe,France,Landmarks,Paris,Photography,Travel | Comments Disabled

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.

There are several elements that I like about this photo. The first is it’s use of color. The blue sky and red awning are bold and make the photo “pop out”.

The second element is the placement of the tower.┬áThe sides of the nearby buildings draw the eye towards the center where the tower is located.This photo was taken after having walked through the city on our way to the tower for lunch. Sometimes wandering off the beaten path has it’s surprises and this was one of them.

After making our way around a corner the Eiffel Tower just popped into view amidst the hustle and bustle of ordinary, daily life of the Parisians. I think this photo shows a different perspective of the Eiffel Tower than we are used to seeing. It’s no longer the landmark that tourists from around the globe flock to, but rather a piece of the skyline that is as commonplace as the Pharmacy and Hotel signs dotting the road.

The next time you are photographing landmarks, consider straying a few blocks and compose your photo within a different context. You’ll have a unique, one-of-a-kind photo and you might discover a hidden treasure in the city! We found a delightful shop that provided us with bread, meats and cheese for our picnic at the base of the tower.

Someday I will get around to selling my photos. I haven’t quite figured out a decent, cost effective business model for it. But until then, if you copy or print this photo for your own use, consider donating to the site by clicking the donate button on the left.

What do you think of this photo? Comment below. Au Revoir.


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