Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Place de La Concorde, this morning


I know, another of these sunrise photos, but I'm sure you won't mind me posting it. I took it this morning on the Place de La Concorde on my way to work. The scenery was so breathtaking that you would not believe the number of cars stopping to take a photo with a camera phone! And to think I thought of taking a shorter way this morning because I needed to drop something somewhere before going to the office...

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  1. Mind? Mind? Are you kidding?

    This looks like a California sunset!

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  2. "I know, another of these sunrise photos"... come one Eric, how can you say that?!
    This one is wonderful, stunning. Really gorgeous...
    A shame I didn't wake up before 11am. ;)

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  3. Simply beautiful!!! You are so lucky to live in Paris, Eric!

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  4. Hey Suzy, well done but according to PHX rules, ya know... LOL

    "to drop something somewhere", ttttt, que de mystères!

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  5. That's a great photo, Eric!...should I say "as usual"?
    But was really this morning? I left Paris (to Perpignan) at 7.00 am, and it was raining !!!

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  6. Take it, Guille. I'd like to see you try and walk around with that Ferris wheel on your head!

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  7. Beautiful!

    I'm glad you didn't take a different route — someone loves us up there :)

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  8. Wow, wow, woweee!! Amazing!

    You must get about 3 hours sleep per night, notre knight de Paris. You are out at all hours and you are all ours! So coy - you knew we'd go nutty for this one, didn't you? (Ho hum, so sorry for another dawn shot - don't want to bore you all!)

    The ferris wheel looks great on you, Guille. ; } What's wierd about the photo to me tho is that the christmas trees look like they're behind the ferris wheel and they can't be, unless I'm all turned around.

    Thank you, thank you, Eric. Every day is a new and wonderful surprise!

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  10. These are the moments worth photographing and living for, then posting on your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Goodness what time were you up??
    ...drop something somewhere....hmm the mystery man of early morning huh. Do tell.

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  12. Just stunning! I think my heart stopped briefly when this photo came up on my screen. I can just see all the cars screeching to a halt at the Place de La Concorde and people jumping out to take a photo of this breathtakingly beautiful sunrise! And I agree with Suzy that this is a very California sunset -- there was a beautiful with lots of orange on Sunday night. Thanks for getting up early for us!

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  13. I know obelisks are usually associated with phallic simbols, but putting that one next to the big wheel is a bit to graphical... or maybe I have an impure mind :P

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  14. I love this ferris wheel no matter what time of day it is pictured.
    Stacey Snacks

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  15. Just lovely, Eric. I have a weakness for apricot in any form...

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  16. I like how it looks like the Ferris wheel is holding up the obelisk. Well, and the sunrise is beautiful to. =)

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  17. Oh, how beautiful! (And I feel shamefully lazy right now. "I took it this morning ... on my way to work." ??? You are inspirational, Eric.)

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  18. I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly don't mind! GORGEOUS!

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  19. Even Eugene Atget would be proud of this color photo. I am entranced by the shapes and the colors.

    BTW, I found a street named after Atget leading up to Buttes aux Caille. I think we PDPers should storm the equivalent of the Bastille to get a street named after Eric Tenin.

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  20. Really a lovely photo.

    Nonetheless, I can't help laugh at Fox's observation. An accident? Hmmm. Is art ever an accident?

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  21. We're all glad you changed your route today!!!!

    This is spectacular!!!

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  22. "Breathtaking" does not even begin to define this sunrise! Glad you decided not to change your route this morning, Eric!

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  23. Wow!! That is what I call an AMAZING shot Eric! Perfect!! Do I have to come to Paris in January to catch something like that?? ;-)

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  24. Je suis eblouie, Eric! It's pure serendipity that you were there at this perfect moment in time. I can just picture all the traffic coming to a screeching halt on the Place de la Concorde for this photo op!
    Merci mille fois for sharing this.

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  25. I like how you lined up the ferris wheel between the obelisk and the perfect line of street lamps. It's a lovely, lovely shot. You and Paris are a good team.

    What time do you get up, anyway?

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  26. That is so-o-o-o beautiful! Merci!

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  27. How can you possibly resist when you have such wonderful sunrises and sunsets there? I love the almost purple color high in the sky contrasting with the brilliant gold of the sun.

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  28. Nature makes the sunrise, you decided how to capture her. Well done! A happy reminder as to why I live in this beautiful city and will even, yes even, put up with the cold from time to time. I think it's neat that people actually stopped their cars to take photos, especially at Place de la Concorde. I can imagine the traffic jam...

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  29. Magical sunrise! Brightens my day. Merci.

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  30. Hi Coltrane! Do you remember this one? It seems appropriate today...


    THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE
    Written in 1919 with words by Eugene Lockhart & music by Ernest Seitz

    Dear one, the world is waiting for the sunrise.
    Ev'ry rose is covered with dew
    And while the world is waiting for the sunrise
    And my heart is calling you.

    (instrumental break)

    Dear one, the world is waiting for the sunrise.
    Every little rose bud is covered with dew
    And my heart is calling you
    The thrush on high his sleepy mate is calling
    And my heart is calling you.

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  31. Question: is that Ferris wheel only there during the Christmas and New Year period? Or is it a permanent fixture? For the 2 times I was in Paris, I saw it but both occasions were at the end and start of the year.

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  32. Beautiful...Beautiful...Beautiful..I have nothing to add... except; what time DID you get out ?

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  33. E, I see a letter "d"....FANTASTIC!
    Idea: now find two "p" images to create a PDP logo made of Paris monuments. If anyone can do it, you can--and well, of this I am sure.
    dali

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  34. Oh WOW. What a treat I just found when I was able to drop by PDP! How I would love to find a view like this on my way to work ... AND be able to capture it as beautifully as you did.

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  35. The Obelisk and the Ferris wheel looks like a tank rotated 90 degrees!

    Lovely colours.

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  36. You can never have enough of sunsets. This is just so nice!

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  37. ... all what I love, what I need, what I'd love to admire, take, get, share every day... what I cherish.

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  38. If only I could manage to get up early enough to see sunrises. Thankfully you get up early and enable me to see such beauty.

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  39. Sunrises and sunsets are easy money for the photograhper. They never fail to please. The colours bouncing off the pavement and road ares sensational.

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  40. Excellent shot Eric. Proves the adage that a photographer should carry a camera at all times.

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  41. It's amusing how people see this image in different ways - it looks to me like the obelisk has tilted and come to rest against the ferris wheel, stopping it from turning and trapping all the people on the ferris wheel. (er..if it wasn't early morning and there's probably no one on it anyway.)

    Fox, I think, on balance, you probably do have an impure mind.

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  42. Excellent :))
    Well, in a certain way hmm!

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  43. It's so beautiful. I wouldn't care if you posted thousands of photos like this. The beauty of sunrises and sunsets never get old. The photo captured the colors so perfectly. Is it too early to nominate this one for the best of 2009? :)

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  44. What a Beautiful photo Eric! I am reminded, tho, of an old sailor's saying "Red sky at night, sailors delight...red sky at morning sailors take warning". Paris has really be undergoing some intense weather....more snow or ice in the forecast perhaps?

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  45. Well, can a photo be the reason to move to Paris? :) When I see this I start to believe that it can.

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  46. That IS breathtaking! Wow. I love that Ferris wheel but have yet to convince anyone to take a ride with me...

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  47. honza03, I'd definitely move to Paris if you lived there.

    Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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  48. Oh, Eric. We don't mind. Really. It is GORGEOUS!! I hope you have such fortuitious circumstances again sometime!

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  49. Love the lyric Miguel...it's perfect for this photo. Great catch.

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  50. Well I took a lot of photos there when I visited last November, but this is FAB! Take a bow Eric. I am not an early riser. When I come back in May.....maybe I"ll try one morning!
    V

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  51. This is almost postcard Paris. It makes me want to revisit...and enjoy the magic of the very early mornings in Europe. There's something different about them than there is here in the States. Don't know what...perhaps that's a blog topic to consider.

    At any rate, fabulously brilliant shot. I'd love to see a collection of these from all over Paris - people who stopped to take photos all posting their photos in one place.

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