Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

Wednesday, February 17th 2010

My Three Best Photos 2009

I was leafing through my photos in Lightroom, rating all the ones I hadn’t rated during the last year.

Rating photos is really hard! Well, that’s food for a whole post on its own.

Anyway, this gave me the idea to try and find my three very best shots from 2009. Having gone through all the photos and starred them from 1 to 5, I had at least narrowed down the choice to 44 five star photos.

My three favourites are all composites of several exposures. They were all taken using a tripod. Two were shot in very familiar surroundings.

Eiffel Tower panorama

This panorama of the Eiffel Tower is, in my eyes, easily the winner. Even though it is quite probably the worlds’ most photographed object.

Panorama of the Eiffel Tower

The Flickr 1024 pixel size doesn’t really do it justice, so if you have a large screen you can see it 1800 pixels wide here.

It might even be my best photo ever. I really like the blue light in the sky and how it mixes with the orange glow of the city. I guess part of it is also being happy that my planning and lugging around my tripod actually paid off. 🙂

I took the panorama from the top of Tour Montparnasse, which I highly recommend if you’re visiting Paris. You get an arguably better view than from the Eiffel Tower itself, and only have to battle a fraction of the number of people.

This is a slight crop from a panorama made of nine vertical shots stitched together using Autostitch. I have bumped the colours and contrast slightly.

Dandelions at sundown

The second shot is this tonemapped image from a field by Kronskogen here in Eskilstuna.

HDR dandelion in sunset

I really like the green colour of the grass and the glow from the sun. The out of focus oak in the background also adds to the score.

I took this using my Gorillapod, which is great for getting low angle views like this.

Vaksala Church/Jan Jansson’s family grave

This third shot, of Vaksala church and churchyard in Uppsala, has a lot similarities with the previous one even though it is taken in the middle of winter. This is also tonemapped, and taken from a low angle using my Gorillapod. It also has a low sun in the background.

HDR of Vaksala Church, Jan Janssons family grave

Here I like the bare trees, the grave stone, the cold blue sky and the low sun rays on the frost.

Conclusion

This was really fun! If you like taking photos, I really encourage you to have a go at finding your three/five/ten best photos from last year. It really gives your ego a boost! 🙂

Do post a link in the comments if you do!

Runners up

Here are some more shots I considered:

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22560-22562 - HDR

24154-24160 - Panorama

Friday, May 8th 2009

Paris: Tour Montparnasse

Day three was spent entirely at Disneyland Paris. Since it wasn’t a very photogenic day, I’ll just leave it out.

So, on to day four. Which consisted mainly of two things. L’Arc de Triomphe and Tour Montparnasse.

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The view from our hotel window.

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Handheld, triple exposure HDR of the Arc.

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Jenny resting her feet (and waiting for me to finish taking my photos).

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Tour Montparnasse. Huge (~210 meters) office building with the top floor + roof open for visitors.

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The lift did 56 floors in 38 seconds!

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Great view from the top. Very nice and relaxed since there weren’t many people there really. A great visit for any photographer.

Wednesday, May 6th 2009

Paris: The Louvre, et al

On day two of our Paris trip we visited the Louvre, Galeries Lafayette and Notre-Dame.

Edit: Republished with larger photos.

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At the Louvre there were about a million people in the Mona Lisa room. All trying to get the same photo.

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This woman obviously didn’t think much of the frame, since she seems to be trying to crop it out of the picture.

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Since it was raining this day, we had our picnic at a Metro station. Not the most romantic location, but at least it was dry. Meanwhile I had a little shutter-speed fun and managed to catch this one-legged man who actually wasn’t jumping to get where he was going.

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Galeries Lafayette. The only thing we could afford was some pie at the cafeteria.

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French parking.

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Nothing beats having a pigeon on your head.

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Jenny consulting our trusty map at one of the many Italian restaurants we visited…

Monday, April 27th 2009

Paris: Versailles Palace

The first day of our stay in Paris was spent at the Versailles Palace. We were a bit slow getting started so didn’t get there until 12.30 and had to fight a two hour queue to get in.

When we finally managed to buy our tickets it was a great day though.

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The day started off a bit grey, but soon improved.

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Heja Frankrike!

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Endless amounts of art indoors. Flash photography was prohibited, but it was fascinating to see how many people obviously didn’t know how to switch their flashes off. In the crowded rooms flashes were popping constantly.

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The gardens were open until 8.30 pm while the palace itself closed at 6. The strange thing was that everyone seemed to go home after 6 instead of staying on in the garden. This made for some good tourist-free shots though.

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Friday, April 17th 2009

Panorama of The Eiffel Tower

On day four of our Paris trip we went to Tour Montparnasse in the evening. We specifically went there to take photos for a panorama of Paris with the Eiffel Tower, to hang in our bedroom.

All in all we took five different panoramas at different times during the evening. This one is our favourite:

Panorama of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, Eiffeltornet

We will probably need to crop it for it to fit in our 30×88 cm frame though.

You can see it in full resolution at Gigapan.

Monday, April 13th 2009

Back From Paris

I’ve been for a week in Paris with my wife. I have around 700 photos to go through and develop, but when I’m done I will post some here. Did a few panoramas of the Eiffel tower, among other things.