Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Paris rooftops at dawn


Sometimes the simplest things - like these typical Paris rooftops - can make cool photos. I took this one this morning from my office (on the 8th floor) while there was still a pretty thick mist in the air.

34 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more about the 'simplest' things! And Paris rooftops are kind of special, so we definitely like a lot! :-)

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  2. very special photo, i agree. lot's of chimneys, very impressive shot.

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  3. Oh you bring Mery Poppins to my memory with your photo!

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  4. I love the contrast between the vivid clarity of the foreground and the uniformly hazy "lost-in-the-mist" background. Unreal. One can almost imagine the subtle-hued background shimmering as a silken theatrical backdrop hanging just behind a foreground stage set.

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  5. Ooh, I really like this shot. The mist gives it a sort of mysterious quality.

    Mmm...I'd love to be in Paris on a misty morning.

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  6. I love the purple cast to the sky - the mist.

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  7. A perfect new desktop photo for me Eric. Thanks. In reality, I can't imagine this is very pretty, but the photo makes it gorgeous.

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  8. When I first logged on, I thought it was a photo of a graveyard - gorgeous photo, and I love the ghost-like silhouette of the building in the background on the left. In the words of Forrest Gump: PDP is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get! Thanks for intriguing me chaque jour, Eric!

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  9. Absolutely fantastic shot Monsieur Tenin!

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  10. Eric, I just LOVED your blog. Last exactly on this day I was in France. You made me remember those wonderful days I spent over there. It was one of the best period of my life.

    I had written this to Cergie also.
    I have been to France last year, In Rueil Malmaison for my work. It was my first international trip, and that too all alone without knowing French. But I njoyed it like anything. I had a real good time over there. Since then, I have a very soft corner for the French people and people who stay in France. They made me experience the best period of my life and made my trip very much memorable.

    Oh man.. I am missing Rueil very much :(.

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  11. Pontgirl I agree with you, Eric's photos can be quite intriguing sometimes, and that certainly gives us the chance to explore and discover many aspects of Paris.
    This photo reminded me of a graphic chart!

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  12. You and Lulu have both brought us paris rooftops today!

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  13. .....and the buildings in the background hide behind a ghostly mist in the most ethereal way.
    Perhaps they are really not there, and yet, when the mist departs.........

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  14. The chimneys push on the roofs in Paris :)

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  15. A delightful shot. Yes, the simplest things often work best, but don't understimate the skill involved in spotting the opportunity and composing the photo.

    A haunting reminder of Paris.

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  16. ..... and the chimney pots, when one turns the other way, become animated, dance, sing and laugh.
    But when one returns to gaze at them again, they resume the life of chimney pots, silent but with mischief in their souls.....

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  17. The controlled palette here is really lovely. Bravo!

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  18. M Benaut: I think you have spilled their secret!

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  19. Very joli indeed your rooftops monsieur with les cheminées !

    Very typique et very plein de charme !!!

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  20. And very belatedly I'll add that I'm sorry that I missed valentine day to say how much I admire your work mon cheri mon cheri mon cheri mon cheri..... LOL

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  21. Oh I love this photo! My first thought was Mary Poppins, like dsole! My 2nd thought was desktop wallpaper, like Michael! It's just so beautiful. You made my day much better, Eric, and I'm needing it. (Owen was yucky sick all day yesterday and now, of course, I'm yucky sick. Bleh.)

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  22. Love rooftops - this is such an evocative photograph. Reminds me of my first trip to Paris many moons ago. Thanks for the memories, Eric.

    Jilly

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  23. Simple...but beautiful! This is the kind of photo that evokes all the "nostalgie" of Paris!! I feel as if I am in a little apartment somewhere...drinking coffee, reading a book and gazing out a window!

    Trenet singing the "rooftops of Paris....." I have that recording...Ahhhh!

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  24. Michael : "Thanks. In reality, I can't imagine this is very pretty, but the photo makes it gorgeous"

    A long term expat or someone who used to live in Paris years ago and had a good experience will probably find beauty in things that Parisians find not so appealing on a daily basis.

    Take the Metro, for instance, or the old chipped coffee cup with expresso in it, or who knows what ...

    Personally, I love Paris rooftops, as well as certain off-the-beaten bath working-class neighborhoods of Paris (yes there are still a few left ;) especially those areas that no tourists in their right mind would want to go visit because there is "nothing to see..."

    I find that these "average" sights have an incredible charm, especially when seen with the eyes of someone who lives on the other side of the planet ... :)

    Oh, but wait, maybe you know exactly what I'm talking about, uh? ;)

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  25. Tomate Farcie: I would like to agree with you. To me, what you mention are very 'real' things.

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  26. Yes Tomate, I do. If we just stopped and looked once in a while we wouldn't need a daily photo blog to show us. Unfortunately, day to day activities prevent us from just taking a look for an extra second.

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  27. Rooftops of Paris, what could be more magnificent? This photo is lovely. We look like "hicks" when in Paris because we like to stand on the sidewalks and look up to survey the buildings' architecture and ornamentation. We find incredible sights that way. The perspective shouldn't be missed.

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  28. I love this picture! Simple and sublime.

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