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Explore #74

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I was in Paris and did the usual tourist thing of going up the Eiffel Tower to get some shots of the Parisian skyline. While up there, I could see this massive storm approaching the city in the distance. The clouds were right along the horizon and lightening was just about visible.

This is much nicer when viewed on large. You get to see all the intricate details and colours. I wish Flickr had a bigger default size. I'll try and catch up with your photostreams later in the week!

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/6.3 / 17-40mm @ 17mm / HDR

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So far from Paris I have given you shots of the Eiffel Tower at sunset, a dark Eiffel Tower in the dark and even a blue Eiffel Tower. What I haven't given you is the more recognised gold Eiffel Tower. So here you go.

Out of these four images, two of them are not allowed. Can you guess which ones? If you guessed the lit up ones, you would be correct. The lights on the tower have been deemed by French courts to be an "original visual creation" and therefore any image of it is under copyright and cannot be published, at least in France. It might also apply to other countries. Due to this, these two photos will not be on sale until I find out the ruling in the UK.

If you ask me, this is a ridiculous law and very stupid of the French. I can understand the actual lighting display being copyright and no other towers / replicas / etc. being able to use it, but forbidding photographs is just plain silly and archaic. From this day forth, I now copyright all photos of sunrises.

Please let me know what you think about this strange law. Is it fair? Is it actually protecting the artist's lighting work?

As usual, this photo looks better when viewed in the lightbox. I am at a conference tomorrow, so this is probably the last photo of the week.

Photo Processing Tip
I had a huge amount of banding in the sky for this one. I'm not too sure why, perhaps it was the colour difference in the gradient. To solve this, I duplicated the final layer, went into the channels separately and added 1% uniform noise. This seems to mask it. Play around with the settings, as sometimes you need slightly more noise or to change the setting to gaussian.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 200 / f/6.3 / 17-40mm @ 19mm

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Explore #2

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Well, after giving you a brief break from my Paris photos, we're back again with the Eiffel Tower. I think this is actually the third photo I've posted of the Iron Lady, but it's because she's simply so photogenic. And it's not like I haven't made each of the photos of her completely different!

Every hour on the hour at night (until just after 01:00) the Eiffel Tower sparkles for 5 minutes. This used to be ten minutes, but a few years ago, they cut this in half to save energy and become more green. I congratulate them for this. What I didn't realise until I saw this photo, is that the sparkling lights are blue, so when you capture the event using a long exposure, the tower ends up a different colour.

This night shot looks better on black (press L) and this make the beautiful iconic tower stand out even more. I was away this weekend, so I'll try and catch up on all your photos this week. I'm also away again this Thursday, so sorry if my comments and favourites are a bit sparse.

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Sorry if I've just faved your photo, but not left a comment; it's all I've got time for at the minute and I figured it would be better than nothing at all. If I get more time, I'll go round again and add some comments in.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 200 / f/5.6 / 17-40mm @ 40mm

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View on black please!

After spending a huge amount of time photographing in and around the Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel) we decided to call it a night. Mainly due to the fact that it closed at midnight. I got a few snaps of it at night, then at 01:00 it sparkled blue, as it does every night on the hour, every hour. I got yet another photo of this famous landmark and thought I'd frame it using the Wall For Peace (Le Mur pour La Paix).

It turns out that they turn the lights out at 01:00 until the next evening. I was slightly gutted at this, but I thought I'd take this shot anyway. As it turns out, I really like the result. It's not often you see the Eiffel Tower at night, not lit up, framed by this monument. The whole thing has a sort of futuristic feel to it. I'm not too sure if that's the right word, so please tell me what you think. I'm quite happy with the colour contrast of the grass and the subtle colours in the night sky. A nice semi-accidental shot.

This image rocks a lot more when viewed on black. (Press L)

I'm also now on Google+, albeit not with my normal account as they don't allow Apps, but you can still add me.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 200 / f/8.0 / 17-40mm @ 17mm

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The Year in Photography 2011

Our train got into Paris Gard du Nord around 17:30, then we walked to our nearby hotel, just by Gare du l'Est. It was a quick turnaround, as I wanted to be out at a Parisienne landmark by sunset. Now, I know that most of my photos are at sunset, sunrise or the blue hour, but there simply is no better times to shoot landscapes, especially colour and HDR ones. There are exceptions to the rule, obviously, but 95% of the time this rule holds true, at least in my style of photography.

We got to the Eiffel Tower ridiculously early, so went for some food while I waited for the light to change. As soon as the sun started dropping, I raced to this little park in front of the tower and started snapping away. Poor Anna had to wait patiently while I ran backwards and forwards changing position, getting different angles and adapting as the light changed. When the sun got to a certain point, I noticed how it shone through this gap in the hedge. I waited until I could frame it with this little tree as well.

We were quite lucky to get any type of decent sunset, as it had been spitting a few minutes beforehand and the sky was covered in dark storm clouds. We even saw thunderstorms later on from the top of the tower. Thankfully the clouds broke up for a while as the sun dipped beneath the horizon.

The Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel) was completed in 1889 in only four years and was the entrance arch to the World's Fair that year. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel and held the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world (324 metres) for 41 years until it was surpassed by the Chrysler Building. To make it look more uniform to people on the ground, the tower is actually painted in three different shades of paint; the lightest at the top and the darkest at the bottom.

This is a 7-shot HDR. You nearly always need to take more than three exposures if you're shooting directly into the sun, as the range of light is far greater than most normal scenes.

This photo is for Carol (in a barrel), as she went to Paris a few days before me and probably didn't bother taking any sunset shots.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/14 / 17-40mm @ 17mm

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