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Paris, Banks of the Seine - France

From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from the River Seine. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle are architectural masterpieces while Haussmann’s wide squares and boulevards influenced late 19th- and 20th-century town planning the world over.

One of the many fine statues that you find in Paris. This one, with a particulary cheeky face, is on a bridge over the Seine. Facing west, the Effiel Tower is silhouetted against a nice sunset. As the statue was reasonably dark and the sky was bright, I used the on-camera flash to give detail against the strong light. I particularly like the soaring bird and the trail left by the airplane in the top of the frame.

This shot was taken just after sunset on the Pont Alexander in Paris. I noticed that the half moon could be positioned to relate to the raised sword if I stood in the right place – the middle of the road! – so I quickly took two or three images, hand-held, using the FZ30 with its great zoom lens. I like this composition best and it has a heroic feel … very Paris.

An abandoned rose on a bridge overlooking the Seine with Notre Dame in the background seemed a very iconic image of the ‘City of Love’. This was taken hand-held on the FZ30. I used the wider aperture that the low ambient lighting needed; an advantage, as it helped to keep the background soft, making the image more evocative. I also like the graffiti scratched on the bridge rail in the foreground.

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Paris, Banks of the Seine - France
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