Tourist in Paris

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by lightning, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. lightning

    lightning Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    Kerava, Finland
    I went a couple weeks ago to Paris with my wife.

    Like a real tourists, we went to see all tourist attractions such as Eiffel, Notre Dame, Pont des arts, Sac de coeur, Arc de Triomphe and so on. Price level in Paris was pretty high, especially eating was pretty expensive which was a little disappointing, although wine was reasonably priced and good as well =)

    However, camera was with me as well, and this is my set from Paris:

    First photos are from "Pont des arts" bridge. I am pretty sure this is the place where people comes to put the locks to the bridge. For some reason all the locks covered with ugly plywood boards, can anyone tell me why?

    16423894854_24bc24057e_c.jpg P1330953 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    17046383405_8940996b41_c.jpg P1330983-Edit by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16858591788_9eeaf14965_c.jpg P1330972-Edit by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16858841910_ab4b2e794e_c.jpg P1330951 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    Then from the Arc de Triomphe:

    16860167789_be3603bd31_c.jpg P1330732 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16423939984_c2cac43ed6_c.jpg P1330837 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16860115259_1df41fdae6_c.jpg P1330862 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    Sacré Coeur/Montmartre:

    I really didn't enjoy this area. A lot of unpleasant paris "junk" sellers, aggressive "lucky rope" sellers, who tried to forcibly put a rope on the wrist and then expected to receive money (?!!)

    Although, area and church was really beautiful.

    17046355135_0e5a67a877_c.jpg P1340167 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    17046357835_48a4a178d0_c.jpg P1340173 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16860153409_43736bd4c1_c.jpg P1340177 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    And of course the Eiffel tower and million different (same) photos =)

    16423918224_181b351510_c.jpg P1340370 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16966621255_31a2bf1ff4_c.jpg P1340395 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16858569978_ea7cf60ef1_c.jpg P1340321 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    17044916392_2d0603a0a2_c.jpg P1340088 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    Night shot from Notre Dame:

    17045511171_bc9a54fd5b_c.jpg P1340014 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    And some random street shots:

    16426183423_967b56f3d7_c.jpg P1330717 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16426204903_06733e173a_c.jpg P1340187 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16740773067_06a09db614_c.jpg P1340028 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    16860118319_c2caeac522_c.jpg P1330895 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    And one bonus, interesting parking :D

    17020379156_3b6d3421e5_c.jpg P1330871 by kervo lightning, on Flickr

    All photos are taken with Panasonic GX7 and Lumix 12-35, Lumix 20mm or m.Zuiko 45mm

    Hope you enjoy, C&C are welcome, cheers!
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2015
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  2. marz

    marz Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 5, 2011
    Pyrenees, France
    Great work, thanks for sharing it...
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  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    great set..lived in paris 2000-2010 you got the essence of a great the metro shot

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  4. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
    Fantastic series, really enjoyed it!

    The "love lock" craze is causing big problems for cities. The locks can get unsightly and cost a lot of money to remove. The extra weight of thousands of locks on popular bridges impose unforeseen loadings, leading to at least one partial collapse. The locks may promote a faster rate of corrosion of the bridge structure, depending on how they trap water or the materials in contact. Measures to remove the locks may also further damage the structure. All in all, love locks, while appealing and, as you have very nicely shown, very photogenic, are litter in its most damaging form. For the sake of the bridges we love, it would be best if people found some other way to leave their mark!
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  5. nardoleo

    nardoleo Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 2, 2013
    Lovely set of photos!!! Love the mood in these series.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  6. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Exciting set, my favorite's the motorbike one, very well done.
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  7. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Excellent shot, and lovely processing. I also love the bike/bus shot.
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  8. martin-jo

    martin-jo New to Mu-43

    Oct 26, 2013
    Since half my family is from Paris, I have been there many many times. However never managed to shoot as many stunning pictures as you did in such short time. Really great shots and perspectives (like the picture of the Eiffel tower on theP&S)... you capture the special atmosphere of this vibrant, gorgeous capital. Thanks!

    As for your not so great Paris experiences, you can have everything: crap food with crap services for insane prices, but also find really fantastic locations, gorgeous food and most charming people. The main annoyance is - like everywhere - being spotted as a tourist and effed over the table as "business opportunity" (while you are expected to bring the table)...
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  9. lightning

    lightning Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    Kerava, Finland
    Thank you everyone for the kind words =)

    Yes i know, and we didn't even pretend to be anything else than just a tourist first time in Paris or France =) It's clear that you can't find the best restaurants or any other places in 5 days, especially when visiting first time in the city. I heard a lot of stories about horrible customer service in Paris, but i am happy to say that almost everyone spoke English and were very kind to us, i had absolutely no experience of bad customer service in Paris, expect in Val d'europe station when we tried to bought train tickets back to Paris. Lady did offer her help to us, i thought first she is just some random who wants money etc, and told her no thanks, after i release she was a staff, asked help but now she refused to help us again :D
  10. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Not sure what it's like now, but when I used to frequent there, it was always best to try and make it clear that you were not English which I did (even though I am - I claimed to be Australian). This generally improved the customer service. Parisians seemed to naturally dislike the English, even more than the Americans which I found surprising given the distance between the countries and similar colonial histories.
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  11. Peejay

    Peejay Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2014
    Paris, France
    Nice pictures Lightning, one thing though, it's not Sac de coeur (meaning heart bag) but Sacré Coeur, meaning Sacred Heart, which is the name of the basilica. Love the Eiffel shots !
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  12. PatrickNSF

    PatrickNSF Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Great shots. Will be visiting Paris for a few days this summer en route to Italy, and your photographs are inspiring.
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  13. lightning

    lightning Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    Kerava, Finland
    Thanks for the correction, ill update my post =)
  14. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Great set, I like the processing as well! I would be interested to hear what sort of post processing you do, to get that slightly faded and muted look?
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  15. lightning

    lightning Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    Kerava, Finland
    Thank you!

    All photos are processed in Lightroom 5, and i managed to get this look playing with curves. Take a look this tutorial on Youtube so you get the idea:
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  16. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Very nice set. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. martin-jo

    martin-jo New to Mu-43

    Oct 26, 2013
    Thanks indeed for sharing this tutorial - I was also wondering how you arrived at certain "feelings". Since I just made the switch from Aperture on Mac (mainly archive & simple adjustments) to LR5, I still have lots to discover in terms of PP in LR. The tutorial really helped me to apply the same to pictures i made of my 2 small, very happy kids, to which I managed giving the feeling of a more sad "desaturated" childhood like back in the 70ies... :)
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