There is one place in Paris which is fantastically romantic and that’s the top of the Montmartre hill in the evening. Unfortunately a few million people know about that so it’s often pretty crowded.
For Valentine’s this year we went up to Montmartre (I was hoping that due to the cold weather it would be rather empty… it wasn’t). But after a bit of walking around and enjoying the great view on Paris (and a beautiful sunset), having a crepe and a coffee, I took a few minutes to shoot the Sacre Coeur.
It’s not as easy as it seems to shoot this church, due to the massive amount of tourists and people walking around you can hardly get a shot without plenty of passers by. Out of the several I took, this one is turning out to be the best and with the 20 seconds aperture the majority of the passers by disappeared.
It’s an HDR photo (three shots) which I processed twice through Photomatix to get more detail, the first time still left burnouts, and corrected in Photoshop on perspective (wide angle made the dome look like a pyramid) and a bit of dodge and burn.