I recently got back from a vacation to Europe with my wife Casey. We spent most of the trip in Rome, exploring the statues, fountains, and monuments! However in the middle of the trip we thought it would be great to take a quick detour up to Paris for a day and night.
While in Paris I made my favorite image of the trip, a long exposure of the Eiffel Tower shown below. My wife has a love affair with the monument and we always have to stop by and have a mixed sandwich underneath it. While we ate I took the long exposures. The sky was just perfect and had just the right amount of light and dark sections to streak along during the exposure.
The Processing: The image is a long exposure using a B+W 10 stop neutral density filter. I set up the shot just below the Eiffel tower on a gorilla pod (nicknamed by my wife the monkeypod).
The Post Processing: In aperture I processed 3 versions of the original file light, neutral, and dark and then tone mapped the three versions with photomatix to get the results you see.
All in all Paris is one of my favorite cities and I am so happy to have this photo as a memory. My wife just ordered this print on a huge canvas from APC. I can’t wait to get it and hang it on the wall. If you haven’t been to Paris I really think you should add it to your bucket list as a place to visit and I suggest you go sooner rather than later.
If you are looking for tips on Paris check out Casey’s blog- (the Macaron Post is a must read).