Martin Soler Photography

A lonely Eiffel Tower, Paris without the lights

Taken from atop the Montparnasse tower (have I ever said that it’s the scar on Paris’ face) here is the Eiffel Tower at twilight just after the sun set behind the clouds and just before the city lights turned on.

While it’s rarely the case, sometimes the Eiffel Tower lights up before all the city lights go on and we get this interesting scene, dark but not night. If it wasn’t for the Eiffel Tower being lit up like this it would be a pretty bad time for photography just because everything looks dull.

I shot quite a few pictures from there, waiting for night to turn on and the street lights to go on etc. But none of the shots came out very well. I wanted to get something that looked like this picture by Serge Ramelli:

Panorama of Paris by Serge Ramelli

However none of them turned out so interesting (besides it’s a picture that has been done by so many better than me so I might as well do something different).

I’m not sure it’s a great idea to put Serge’s image in my post as the instant comparison shows how all the errors I made, but why not.

Hope this gives you an idea for a picture next time you’re in Paris.

As pictures are best enjoyed in high-res, click here for the high res version of the image.

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This entry was published on April 21, 2013 at 9:23 pm. It’s filed under HDR, Monument, night photo, Nikon D300, non-HDR, Panorama, Paris, Parisian Classic, photography, Sunset and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “A lonely Eiffel Tower, Paris without the lights

  1. I really liked this picture though! why such negativity about your own photo..I think it came really nice! 🙂

  2. I’ve never seen any pictures of Paris with the Eiffel Tower like this!! This is gorgeous ~I’m using it as my laptop wallpaper now. Thank you 🙂

  3. Avital Pinnick on said:

    Very cool photo! The sky is really different

  4. I like it and posting it with your site on my blog!

  5. Pingback: Paris by Night From the Top | Martin Soler Photography

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