Friday, January 18, 2008

Paris at dawn


I had an early meeting a the Lutetia hotel this morning and on the way there, I passed by the Pont de La Concorde and saw this skyline. I had to stop and take a photo! Again, no Photoshop here...

54 comments:

  1. Stunning, Eric. An amazing colour. Am i first? Am i, am i? :)

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  2. I AM! :) hehe. Why that's exciting, i'm not sure, but it is.

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  3. lol G'nite Eric x You're very welcome over at mine for a nightcap you know.... !

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  4. Spectacular! I like the fact that the foreground is not a total silhouette but you can still see the detail. Perfect exposure. Very nice indeed.

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  5. Hi Eric. I love this photo. It has to be one of the best skyline photos ever. Much nicer than Pittsburgh.
    Deb

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  6. Really breathtaking, Eric. Looks more like a painting and hope you add it to your calendar for next year.
    Terri
    http://www.islandwriter.net

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  7. Incredible, Eric. Makes me want to move to Paris right now... and just sit there and stare at Notre Dame as the sun rises :)

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  8. You don't need Photoshop when taking pictures of Paris. It's always more beautiful than anywhere else.

    That is a gorgeous photo. I wish I was there, too.

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  9. Lovely colors in this postcard perfect photo! I like it a lot!

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  10. I am always longing to be in Paris, but it is photos like this that just make me sigh and long to be there more than ever! Thanks so much for this one-- it is just lovely!

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  11. Beautiful photo. Lovely interplay of light, darkness and shadow. I'll be there in April myself.

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  12. I noticed that when you have more traditional photos, you get more commentary. This photo is absolutlely thrilling. The French architects turned the land into something magical, mother nature produced a spectacular sky and you composed this unforgetable photo. What a combo.

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  13. Ditto, tangobaby.

    Lynn, you made me laugh out loud.

    phx-cdg: so true.

    All that history, all that art, all those lives...then a sunrise, and Eric there to capture it and share it with us. How fortunate we are!

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  14. Oh, yes!!! And we're glad you did!

    I'm a big fan of the "typical Paris" category! :-D

    Ehhh... what's happening? Blogger is all in French, today! Hmmm...

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  15. Eric, you DO need photoshop for this. All you need to do, is drop Tour Eiffel in that gap on the left ....

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  16. Oh---My---Word!!!! That is just stunning.... you will battle to beat this for best photo of the year next New Years Day!!! Bet it made it worthwile getting up so early!

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  17. Eric

    This photo reminds me that it's vital to carry a camera at all times if you're a keen photographer. Stunning picture. Congratulations!

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  18. And Ham, don't forget that Sacre Coeur could go on the right while Eric's at it.

    Seriously, you've got to stop this Eric. I've had to change my desktop photo 3 times this month and it's only the 18th of January!

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  19. lol Glad to hear it Petrea! He didn't make it over to mine for that nightcap though :(

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  20. I have a bad cold and my daughter made me a get well card. In the front she printed this picture and here is what she wrote inside the card:
    "Feel better soon. This is what is in the Paris Daily Photo Blog today so no need to get out of bed!"
    It was so sweet...

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  21. What a great idea your daughter had, Rose. Wish you better. Hot lemon and honey, a duvet, PDP and a good DVD is what i recommend. lol

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  22. I think a sky that color would look great anywhere, but when you put it in Paris it is truly gorgeous. I wonder what color the sky will be when the sun comes up here. Hmmm.

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  23. The photo is great - I wonder what time it was?! :) Really early morning I guess..
    Marcia: the color of the sky is grey now, as the sun seemed only to show up for Eric this morning ;-)

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  24. Hi!DEAR ERIC! THANKS FOR ANSWERING MY E-MAIL.
    I WANT TO TELL SOMETHING,I AM A WOMAN OF WRITING!REALY I AM PROFESSIONAL IN CHOSING,WATCHING,AND ENJOYING PHOTOS,BUT I AM NOT GOOD AT TAKING THEM!!! I REALLY LOVE TO HAVE A TEHRAN DAILY PHOTO,SO I'LL PROPOSE IT TO MY FRIENDS WHO ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS.
    BUT I CAN DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, I'LL WRITE SOME PIECES IN ENGLISH IN MY WEB(www.haman-hamishegi.blogfa.com)YOU CAN READ THEM IF YOU LIKE!wooooooooooooow!HOW LONG IS MY COMMENT!SO DON'T FORGET! I ALWAYS CHECK YOUR PHOTOS EVERY MORNING! EVERY

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  25. Amazing !
    I'm living in Paris and i've never seen a so wonderfull sky !!

    wooow

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  26. What are you doing to us??? Wish I could get a plane right now and in 11 hours I´d be in Paris... and then maybe tomorrow I would see a dawning like this...

    How come it was such a beautiful morning sky when the weather in Paris has been all terrible and gray since yesterday?????

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  27. OMG, I just did what Michael did... I set this photo as my desktop, it´s amazingly beautiful!!

    oh and I love the story behind Hotel Lutetia, I must include a visit to it next time I´m in Paris.

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  28. Hey Eric, it´s me again.
    I just came across this phrase by Emile Zola:
    "A mon avis, vous ne pouvez pas dire que vous avez vu quelque chose à fond si vous n'en avez pas pris une photographie"

    It immediately reminded of you and your photos and how we all see the city so thouroughly through your eyes...

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  29. Eric-

    Stunning.

    Help me with my Paris geography, s'il vous plait.

    Ste. Chapelle on the left, obviously Notre Dame in the center and perhaps College Mazarin on the right?

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  30. Gino,
    It´s Institute de France on the right.

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  31. Oh, Eric. It takes my breath away. I wish I had seen it yesterday when you posted it.

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  32. Ciel, Paris serait-elle en feu ?
    Très belle photo que voilà et qui doit te donner de la vigueur pour entamer ta journée.

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  33. Sublime Eric!! Merci!! I think I have spent more time in Paris in the Autumn and Winter than in the Spring and Summer so I feel so comfortable in this photo. I identify with the man on the bridge trying to quickly walk across the Seine and as I scroll the photo the barge with it's wake comes into view and I can almost feel the cold air from the river coming up to surround me. The winter trees against the beautiful sky evoke such sweet nostalgie!

    Like Rose, I am suffering from an obnoxious winter cold..so I'll drink my tea, stare at this photo and dream of the most beautiful city in the world!!

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  34. Sorry Lynn, I missed your "Dernier verre" (Night cap) invitation - I was already in bed!

    Hey Stuart, soon you'll be able to see it everyday!

    Well Deb, I actually love the Pittsburgh one too ;)

    Yes Terri, I will probably use this one somewhere this year...


    PHX : "I noticed that when you have more traditional photos, you get more commentary." True, but I don't want to post only traditional photos of Paris on this blog. Hard to come up with the right mix though!

    Blogger all in French. Tomate, what do you mean??

    LOOOOOL Ham. I'll do that next time!

    I'll be honest Suzi-k, it was not THAT early (8:45am)

    Rich painter, I do carry one at all time and it's not convenient at all!

    Michael LOOOOOOL! Sorry!


    Rose: "Feel better soon. This is what is in the Paris Daily Photo Blog today so no need to get out of bed!"
    This has been voted the sweetest comment of the day but a unanimous jury composed of me myself and I!!

    Frau K. Like I said above, it was not that early : 8:45 am.

    You're sweet Farnoosh ;) Please do talk to your friends photographers, I'm sure Tehran is really worth a daily photo blog.

    Titlap : you don't wake up early enough LOL!

    Actually Monica, 5 minutes after I took this photo the light disappeared and gave way to clouds...
    Emile Zola said that?! That is funny because I, personally, think the opposite. I prefer to see with my eyes, when I want to remember something, and take a photo when I want to do something creative.

    Thanks Monica for the info. I was not even sure myself (shame on me!)

    Get better Tonton. Why don't you have a "grog" that is a mix of Rhum, hot water, honey and lemon. They say there is nothing like it to kill your cold!

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  35. Oh what a shame you missed it Eric. I was having my dernier verre in bed too. ;)

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  36. I can't tell you enough how much I love your blog! It takes my breath away, thank you!

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  37. Farnoosh:

    I would love Tehran Daily Photo!

    Eric: I love them all. What you started is truly amazing.

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  38. Heaven. I'm in heaven. And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak...

    This is so stunning.

    Merci Eric.

    (PS. I like that Blogger is en Francais! I say keep it this way!)

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  39. Oh yes Farnoosh, A Tehran Daily Photo would be awesome! Can't wait!

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  40. After all the other comments, the only thing I can add is, Stunning!

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  41. Magnifique photo! Du coup, je vous ai cité sur mon blog... !
    http://battrelepave.blogspot.com/2008/01/paris-at-dawn.html

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  42. Ditto Kate - stunning and original.

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  43. Stunning, beautiful, magnificent, sublime and all natural. (The sky that is). The skyline is lovely too. Together they make a beautiful photo. Sometimes it just pays to get up early, doesn't it Eric?

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  44. Just beautiful, nothing else to say xx

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  45. Wowie Zowie! I thought it was Barcelona at first with that brilliant orange. What a capture! Kudos. I'm so happy you saw this very special scene.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  46. Thank you for sharing that moment. It's priceless.

    LeAnne from Sg

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  47. Fantastic photo! Thank you for sharing it.

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