Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Gare d'Orsay at night


I know you think I photoshopped this photo but I did not! I took it last night on my way back from work while the sky was very cloudy. Those who've been to Paris will recognise the Orsay Museum, a museum that was made from a former train station (gare d'Orsay) and which is a real wonder inside and out. The white light in the background belongs to the Eiffel Tower.

58 comments:

  1. This could be a choice for next year's "best of the year" January 1st post!

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  2. Wonderful photo! The different colors reflecting on the water is great.

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  3. Oh my goodness....this is stunning!
    The light is gorgeous.
    The city of light....indeed!

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  4. EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

    Hey, what can I say. I'm easy.

    Beautiful photo, dear Eric. Truly a work of art. Do you plan these shots or do they just happen to you?

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  5. Mesmerizing! Can't take my eyes off...

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  6. All I can say is wow!

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  7. Merci Eric pour ce photo, c'est magnifique. Quand j'ai vu ça, une souffle d'air me a manquée...ce bâtiment, la ancienne gare D'Orsay, est vraiment un de les plus beaux endroits de Paris. Et maintenant c'est aussi mon desktop!!

    (so beautiful it inspired me to try a little french, sorry for the errors...)

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  8. Wait a minute... don't you mean "a former station that was made into a museum" or do I have it backwards?

    ;)

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  9. This is why I have to check your blog everyday. Wonderful.

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  10. Beautiful photo Eric and the spotlight shining on the clouds adds an extra oomph. The clouds look wonderful too. The Gare or musee is beautiful and the reflections on the water just lovely. That's a lot of superlatives but this photo earned them. Bravo!

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  11. and a beautiful museum it is, too.

    i've never seen it from that angle. lovely! great sky. great colors on the water.

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  12. Eric, this is an amazing picture! ...sigh...My favorite museum looking more gorgeous than ever. I hadn't seen it from this angle before.
    The Eiffel Tower light in the background just makes the shot.
    Thanks so much for giving me my 'Paris fix' for the day!

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  13. Apres l'ile de la cite,cette pte ballade sur la Seine est loin d'etre desagreable...Une superbe photo d'un superbe musee..

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  14. Another fabulous classic, Eric. But of course you already know that.

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  15. I'm getting a cup of coffee in a library. This picture makes me feel good. ^_^

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  16. Eric what a shot! Another stunning photo. I also liked your 12/26/07 Empty Paris photo. You should make some really large prints and matte and frame them and shop them around to galleries for exhibition and sales if you aren't doing that already! I spent a Christmas and some winter days in Paris and those photos sure capture the feeling. A Happy New Year belatedly!

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  17. Eric, Merci merci merci merci!!!

    This is my favorite museum and it's one of my favorite buildings in Paris. You've just reminded me to take night shots the next time I visit! My photo list is getting rather long :)

    Merci beaucoup Eric!

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  18. New desktop background for me! Love the light on the clouds. Impressive Monica - you're braver than I am.

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  19. New desktop photo for me, too. Eric, this is spectacular.

    On a warm day in May, 2006, my husband and I stood next to one of those statues on the terrace outside the musee cafe, gazing across the city to Sacre Coeur. It's one of my fondest memories of Paris. But I've got a million of 'em and I intend to make a million more!

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  20. Lovely shot. One of those great moments of being in the right place at the right time.

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  21. Great picture, Eric ! Love it ;-)))))

    Arnaud

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  22. and I completely agree with Buzzgirl, that's exactly what I though when I saw this picture...

    Arnaud

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  23. Quel talent !!!!! Cette photo fait du bien par un petit matin parisien tout gris et humide ...
    So talentuous !!!! This photo helps to feel better in the grey and wet parisian morning, we have today ...
    Monica : it inspired me too to try a little english and sorry for mistakes too ... Btw, you did pretty well in french.

    A french paris lover ;)

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  24. Wow. Just.... wow. I want to say it's a murky photo, with the dark water and sky, but there is so much light to it as well. Such great contrasts!

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  25. New wallpaper for me too. My goodness Eric this is surely one of your classics. Truly stunning and yes i may have suspected photoshopping before i read your text, it's just so beautiful.

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  26. Eric, this shot is gorgeous! Thank you for bringing back memories of a high school french class trip to Paris almost 40 years ago. We stayed at the hotel here at the station, way before the museum. Oh did we have fun! It was beautiful then and, as you've shown us, beautiful today.

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  27. Gasp, Eric, this photo is GORGEOUS! I am so excited as my sister and I will be back in Paris the end of April. Squeals of Delight!

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  28. LOL Michael. Braver than you?... naah.. I doubt that!

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  29. im getting the next flight to paris hehe i wish i could that was soo fab..

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  30. I believe you. Clouds can do wonderful things.

    -sigh- We wanted to see the Orsay Museum, when we were there. But unlucky us, there was a strike going on, which kept it closed.

    Mari-Nanci

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  31. Amazing photo! One of my favorites!

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  32. Oh gosh! This one is absolutely fabulous...
    A force d'y vivre, c'est dur de voir encore ce genre de chose et de s'en émerveiller. Je devrai réapprendre à ouvrir les yeux...
    What a pity. For me.
    And thanks.

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  33. Mon musée de choix à Paris. Cést très beau!

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  34. Is the Eiffel tower playing a dragon hidden in the sky or is she putting a caring spell on Paris ? I’m not sure … inspiring shot ;-)

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  35. I'm back in town after a long holiday break and was overjoyed to see this incredibly gorgeous photo on PDP!! You have outdone yourself encore, Eric!! Happy New Year, and I'm so glad to be be back.

    P.S. Love my new PDP calendar with the carousel horse for the month of Janvier!

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  36. Eric, this may be your best photo yet, and that it saying a lot! C'est magnifique!

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  37. OK, I think you all liked this photo LOL! I liked taking it actually.

    I'm just back from Disneyland Paris - a company seminar - and I am exhausted. I will have a look at all your nice comments more in depth tomorrow ;)

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  38. Ah sleep tight, dear Eric. I bet you went there to ride really...

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  39. This photo is amazingly gorgeous and takes me immediately back to a fine day spent at the Orsay. The museum may be contacting you for a copy of this one. :-)

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  40. Lovely..absolutely lovely! Wish I were there right now..Cold or not! ;-)

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  41. Oh la la, comme c'est joli! Majestueux!!! Bravissimo!

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  42. wonderful! I miss Paris, and cannot wait to return.

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  43. Incredible night shot, beautiful colours!

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  44. I remember seeing this on my boat ride in Paris! I love how the Eiffel Tower is just visible. Stunning!

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  45. parts of the sky and water look like they were hand-painted. stunning.

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  46. colors are lively like flame..

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  47. Bonjour:

    In November of 2002 my wife and I experienced this same exact image as we crossed a bridge. The beacon of the tower was doing the same thing to clouds. It was a breath taking moment. Reliving it in this photo is fabulous. Thanks Eric.

    I too have it on my desk top.

    Stef in bone chilling Chicago

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