Saturday, October 04, 2008

Photo Shoot


I came across this unexpected photo shoot yesterday (Friday) on my way back from a meeting in the 8th arrondissement. I could have you guess where these two guys were standing but I won't play games with you ;) As you can see in this broader view, they were on top of... the Opera. I'll probably never know why they were there (probably a photo for a fashion designer or something) but I could not help but stopping my scooter and take the photo. That is all for today. I've had a tough week, I deserve a little rest! Have a good weekend too.

49 comments:

  1. Perhaps, that net on the side of the building needs to be extended out. Then again, maybe the handsome gent likes living on the edge. Since I'm not one for heights, this photo makes me a bit ill. Do love L'Opera though. I am amazed at all the places you get with your camera. Have a great weekend, Eric.

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  2. Like Carla Bruni tiret Sarkozy on the top of l'Elysée...
    That's a fun picture. You were here in the right time.

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  3. Wow, I don't know how much I would like being that close to the edge. I guess you never know what you may say when you look up...

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  4. I try to imagine the view on the top of l'Opéra...probably amazing.
    Coltrane, GF: I was not fast enough!

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  5. Lil G...my reflexes are cheetah-like, especially when the GF is at stake! LOL!!!

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  6. Oooh, very cool scene Eric! Thanks for catching it for us.

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  7. I'm new around here....so, just what is GF? I assume some recognition at being 1st to post in the comments?? Wonderful photo, lucky to have been in the right place at the right time!

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  8. Hi Hope, GF is Golden Finger for commenting first with 2 full lines about the picture. Bon Chance to you!
    Talking about games, Why don't you MAKE us guess where something is, Eric? Let's say, a montage of 4 pictures, and who ever gets all 4 places right first, wins!!!!
    I will give a prize to the very first winner, like I did with UKLynn when she won the very first GF.
    What do all you Permanent Parisians and wistful Parisians think?
    Or the most important person, Eric, are YOU game for the game?

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  9. After some research, I learned the truth. It is a sad story. These two men are from the coroner's office. They are taking photos of the Phantom. Yes, after all these centuries, le Phantom de l'Opera ascended for air and light. Like a vampire, the poor spook met his demise in the unfamiliar...yes, you guessed it..."atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere".

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  10. Ooooh a game? A new game? How exCITing Phx! Oh yes I'm up for that. I won't win that one, it's too hard for me, but I will love to play! I just had a cup of tea out of my mug....!

    I'm with Coltrane here, I am not one for heights at all. I dared myself to click the pic and it was far worse up close. OMG they are C-LOSE to the edge! Brr.

    It's a great shot, nonetheless.

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  11. Guille said it -- perfect timing! And those clouds. Yes to guessing games. Great weekend everyone (and a restful weekend for Eric). And thanks for the warm welcome.

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  12. L'Opera is such a gorgeous building! I can't gaze at these two photos enough. Thank you, Eric, thank you!

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  13. Whoa~~~to scary for me. In the broader view there is the gold winged thingy up there, maybe they are trying to get a picture of the guy with the gold thingy in the background. Just a thought.

    Coltrane~~~DRUMROLL~~~~~GF GUY...

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  14. Looks like it was a little windy up there and those clouds remind me of cotton candy! Love the angle and depth..tres coool!

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  15. Okay... I'm not fond of heights, (even though I've been skydiving), but I don't think I could have done this! Standing on top of the Opera. Gorgeous shot, Eric, hope you didn't have to be up there as well! :) Have a restful weekend too!!

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  16. Who wouldn't want the Paris rooftops as background for a photoshoot?!

    I wonder what's sticking out of the photographer's back, though. I prefer your second shot on the Making Of because it gives you a much better idea of how massive that building is by comparison to the people on top of it.

    Have a nice WE everybody.

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  17. Who wouldn't want the Paris rooftops as background for a photoshoot?!

    I wonder what's sticking out of the photographer's back, though. I prefer your second shot on the Making Of because it gives you a much better idea of how massive that building is by comparison to the people on top of it.

    Have a nice WE everybody.

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  18. Great shot Eric. They look awfully close . Were they really??
    V

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  19. I thought they might be up there collecting honey, as you have talked about. Apparantly they sell honey from the hives at L'Opera at Fauchon. Cool pic. Have a great weekend everyone!

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  20. .. a game? .. most definitely.

    .. bonne chance à tous

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  21. First I must say Eric, you are suppose to keep your eyes on the road while driving, not have your head in the clouds ;-)

    I like the "broader view" photo much better.

    At first glance, your photos made me think of one of the most controversial artists of the Art Nouveau movement, Aubrey Beardsley, and his pen and ink drawing of a large woman farting. He drew sort of a little cloud coming out her backside.

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  22. i wonder what the shoot was for? i like that you cropped the picture but the broad view gives a better perspective.

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  23. Very cool pic! Just think how they got up there...

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  24. I'm in a rush ... I commented on the "broader view" photo but wanted to say WOOHOO to Coltrane for GF! And Petrea, I, too, wondered if they might be collecting honey. Of course, Jeff's explanation sounds quite plausible, too.

    Phx, your contest sounds like fun. :)

    Oh, and when it comes to photos of the Opera, I'm rather like Suzy with the Eiffel Tower ... always glad to see this remarkable spot!

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  25. Eric, the close/cropped photo shows the wonderful detail and the other does indeed show how huge the building is. What a great vantage point, but I don't imagine just anyway can climb out onto the roof.

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  26. Super photo! And I like the wide-shot photo too. The model does look a little nervous being up that high. Or maybe that's just a typical model look. PHX I like your photo game idea; plus I think a good game for this photo is to be the first to see the photo of the model in a French magazine. I'd love to see the view the photographer captured from the top of l'Opera! Isn't it fashion week in Paris? The photo might pop up in an ad soon.

    Coltrane I can't wait to see what you add to the GF crown!

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  27. Only just clicked on the broader view, great!

    Happy GF Coltrane!

    By the way what's Guille doing, over with me, in England? ;)

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  28. AH YES -The Phantom Pharter of the Opera -silent but deadly!

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  29. .. at first glance of this photo, I took the photographer to be some sort of gargoyle with the head of a horse.

    .. I am all for a "name that paris location" contest. When do we begin?

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  30. So Eric - I am picturing you on your scooter right now, rushing up in front of the important visitors, camera in one hand, other hand up in protest saying "Just hang on a minute, can you, Messrs. Sarkozy, Brown, etc.? quick couple of shots for PDP please. That's it, good.. except Mr. Brown? Could you move away from Mr. Sarkozy a little, I feel he is squashed; no need to hold his hand, no.... thanks." Snap.

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  31. Katie...I will wrap the GF crown in the music of Coltrane and Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" because that's how I'm feeling right now. (Z that's for you)

    Gramma, Lynn, Parisian Heart...merci for GF wishes.(And I thought GF stood for Godfather.)LOL!

    Alexa...if you're checking in,! hope Italy is treating you and your brother well, too!

    Lois...shocking, dear one! ;-)

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  32. Should make for a lovely background, especially if it's a fashion shoot. But just looking at them in your photo is making me dizzy!

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  33. Hard to find something to say today. I guess I can only think, "Don't jump!"

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  34. If it is no bother to you, Eric, are you up to a new game for us, sometimes, maybe once a month ?

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  35. If it is no bother to you, Eric, are you up to a new game for us, sometimes, maybe once a month ?

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  36. S,

    I love you, but I have to do what is right. Zoé

    I miss you already.. I will see you on the blogs, but you won't see me.

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  37. "When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain, Before high-piled books, in charact'ry, Hold like rich garners the full-ripened grain; When I behold, upon the night's starred face, Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, And think that I may never live to trace, Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;And when I feel, fair creature of an hour That I shall never look upon thee more, Never have relish in the faery power Of unflecting love;--then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone and think, Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink." ~Keats (Be well...S)

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  38. OK, I hear you! I think this game idea is excellent. I could even make it a monthly thing, how about that?

    After the theme day, you would have the "Guess where this was taken day"!

    Let me work this out.

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  39. Zoe sonnet pour toi {my gift bisous S}

    "My eyes upon the sheets before me part
    Your mystery unfurls upon the night;
    Billowing tenderness against my heart,
    Soft doe-eyed girl who kisses oh so light.
    Youthful shadows remind me of the age
    Of manuscript writers caressing their words;
    Between the question marks that snake the page,
    I find myself doubting the minor chords.
    And when my chest gives that final heave,
    Will you still be around my love, my joy?
    Spring is eternal in the land of make believe,
    But ours, it is real, thought admittedly coy;
    Yet, forever it shall in my soul be blessed,
    Whispering your name into our own darkness."

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  40. Gosh all this poetry, tis fair and true.

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  41. Anonyme (S) and Zoe are having a love dialogue here.

    Intriguing.

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  42. I just read your blog & I am broken. U are wrong. Never a joke at you,ever. Trust me love. Remember you dropped me with the final word. Look between the words,&think about them. Never a joke with you. email me soon & don't write me off, I haven't you.

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  43. Z~
    "Some words are meant to be read at night
    When hearts filled with pain may cease for awhile
    Mine languishes in this hellish twilight
    Until the morning glow might again your smile
    If my words like arrows through your soul did strike
    I lay down and bury myself in your arms
    Begging forgiveness, I drive home the deadly spike
    Myself into my chest that aches for the harm
    I brought upon you, troubling this day
    You once advised me about "empty noise"
    Littering the page, having nothing to say
    Listen please, I'm not like one of those boys
    Who would throw stones at innocent birds
    So I ask you to trust me, no empty words"

    {I have nothing left. I am spent. bisous S}

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  44. Zboring?never, love you?do you really have to ask?, {mon coeur entier est a vous ce soir} S

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