Montmartre in Paris is a magical place, the hill is visible from almost anywhere in Paris and the basilique is a constant reminder of what architectural beauty is. Aside from it’s spiritual reminder that there is more than just today and this instant. But now we’re entering a wholly different subject which this blog isn’t about.
I took this photo from a funny angle, funny because very few Montmartre pictures (HDR or otherwise) are taken from the north east side. The majority of the pictures of the hill are taken from south west. It’s not a huge difference for you, unless you’re a bit into it but the tower in the back is often hidden.
While this isn’t a recent picture I found it when I was working on my light writing image and was putting some order in Lightroom files. I took it at the same time as I took the Paris Panorama with the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur.
I edited the photo quite a lot as it was just not interesting enough when it came out of the box. Of course I had shot it dead-center so I re-cropped it. Then I retouched it in Lightroom quite a bit to recover as much as possible (it’s not HDR’d) and once done there I took it into Topaz adjust and turned it to black and white, adjusted the exposure and plenty of other stuff.
The buildings in the foreground either had to be totally underexposed and thus all black, or the way they are now, any other adjustment just doesn’t work. In B&W they are interesting whereas in color they look off. The Paris rooftops are quite photogenic when turned to black and white.
I quite like the edit and hope you like it too.
PS: For Valentine’s, Sacre Coeur is probably the most romantic place in Paris. But then again not too difficult to find great places in Paris.