A view over the lower end of the Canal Saint-Martin, looking toward the Place de la Bastille and the July Column.
The Canal Saint-Martin is a 4.5 kilometre long canal in Paris. It connects the Canal de l'Ourcq to the river Seine and runs underground between Bastille (Paris Métro) and République (Paris Métro).
Construction of the canal was ordered by Napoleon I in 1802, in order to create an artificial waterway for supplying Paris with fresh water to support a growing population and to help avoid diseases such as dysentery and cholera.
Gaspard de Chabrol, prefect of Paris, proposed building a canal from the Ourcq River (starting 100 kilometres north-east of Paris). The canal was dug from 1802 to 1825, funded by a new tax on wine. The canal was also used to supply Paris with food (grain), building materials, and other goods, carried on canal boats. Two ports were created in Paris on the canal to unload the boats: the Port de l'Arsenal and the Bassin de la Villette.
By the 1960s, traffic had dwindled to a trickle and the canal narrowly escaped being filled in and paved over for a highway. Today, the canal is covered for a portion of its life: from Rue du Faubourg du Temple to the Place de la Bastille. It is now used mainly by pleasure craft.
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Royaldevon (32543) 2014-03-24 1:11
A slightly more unusual view of Paris but one which is very nicely composed, taking advantage of the colourful, receding line of boats, the reflections and making the July Column a very rewarding focus.
I like this very much.
Have a great day,
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-03-24 1:51
a beautiful photo of this famous place with spectacular composition and vibrant colours, great atmosphere,
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-24 2:09
Good view of this canal and good note. Good composition with the famous July column giving a nice reflection in the water.
Gigidusud (17599) 2014-03-24 2:09
Excellent POV on the city with the canal in the midst. Splendid reflections, well done!
Have a nice day.
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-03-24 2:30
a nice frame from the nature in which those boats in FG added dynamism to it. Excellent depth and sharpness. Excellent composition. Tfs.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-24 2:34
Beautiful view of Paris. Good compostion with the canal and the row of boats on both the sides. Love the reflections of the blue sky with floating white clouds on the water. The green tower acts as a nice focal point. Attractive view of Paris with natural light and colours. Thanks for sharing.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-24 2:45
Beautiful picture of the canal. The reflection of the tower is marvellous.
Great light and POV.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-24 3:16
a bit of tranquillity in the buzz and bustle of Paris. A real sense of the setting in the heart of the city too here. These historic canals are so fascinating and one wonders what this view looked in Napoleon's day. A different view of this wonderful city.
Have a good week - B.
dip (23820) 2014-03-24 3:44
beautiful and rich in detail your shot,very good point of view,
nice colors and light as well,
mirosu (15126) 2014-03-24 4:02
You makes it easy to comment this beautiful photo. Excellent view over Canal Saint-Martin, not very usual view to famous Place de la Bastille.
The light and colors are very good, reflections in calm water perfect. Nice composition with the white boats in foreground.
Very well done.
Sergiom (65111) 2014-03-24 4:57
Je n'ai pas vraiment beaucoup suivi ce canal dans la Capitale.En le voyant sous cette lumière je le regrette. J'aime beaucoup cette tour verte au loin ainsi que son reflet.
jhm (142780) 2014-03-24 5:01
This is one of the most quiet places in Paris, without cars.
I like the reflections and the great panorama view.
Sharpness and clarity are very pleasant.
Excellent captured, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice workweek,
Nicou (127694) 2014-03-24 7:09
C'est un très beau canale quelle vue et compo avec tous ces bâteaux quelle iamge et les reflets sur l'eau sueprbe compo et ensemble très profond et très belle perspective vue de haut.
Bravo et amitié
ikeharel (61359) 2014-03-24 7:20
Good evening Stephen,
A fine view down the canal in the city, with DOF and clarity that was superbly applied.
Boats in juxtaposition anchiored, with diff. colors gave yet another vivid tones.
The bronze culumn with the golden statue is a nice focal point, draw the attention at first look.
Fis2 (88735) 2014-03-24 13:16
Curious view from Paris.
Good frame and colours.
I like reflections.
Have a nice evening
carlo62 (37153) 2014-03-24 15:55
molto bello il riflesso della colonna di Piazza della Bastiglia, la composizione è molto bella, ma quello è un particolare molto accattivante.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-24 20:34
Beau point de vue sur le canal Saint-Martin avec ses reflets dans l'eau. J'aime bien la colonne de la Place de la Bastille qui se reflète entre les bateaux. Belle composition. Salutations.
ChrisJ (102685) 2014-03-26 4:24
Nice repetition of all the neatly moored boats with a good deep perspective added by the converging lines of the canal. Excellent sharpness and nice reflections of the cloud studded blue sky. The bg obelisk makes a fine focal point. Tfs!
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-03-26 14:21
Great Pov, over this super Canal with it's boats, love the reflections especially the clouds and the the July Column. Interesting note,
Still very cold here, rain, hail and sunshine in between.
fabbs99 (16813) 2014-03-26 22:21
I like this image of the canal from Paris.Nice colors and clarity.Keep sharing.Have a great day.
emka (83992) 2014-03-26 23:42
How packed with the boats is this canal. Stunning composition with the column and its reflection, great depth and very nice colours.
Here the spring hasn't come yet. Beautiful shot.
Warm regrads Malgo
Kielia (24073) 2014-03-27 8:53
superb light brings out the colors and contrasts in this attractive scene. Different boats make a great subject. The photographer’s perspective is excellent. My compliments!
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-03-27 9:12
another wonderful photograph that is composed with great precision. The level of detail and clarity that is achieved is spectacular. Lovely view of the boats in the rippling water with the tower forming a perfect focal point.
Thanks for sharing and have a great evening.
pierrefonds (59300) 2014-03-27 17:50
Les reflets sur l'eau du canal sont des atouts à la composition. La longueur du canal donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des bateaux. Bonne soirée.
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-03-27 22:14
Hello Stephen - The big attraction here is the canal lined with pleasure boats and the super reflections of the sky. There is a tranquil look here which seems quite at odds with the city environment. A super cityscape with plenty to occupy the eye. My only suggestion is that you burn in a tiny bit more detail in the sky.
ourania (35009) 2014-05-12 11:31
a very well balanced composition, a view that's deep, clear and rewarding, giving us a thorough description of this picturesque place. I like very much the perspectives you chose and the neat arrangement of so many details around this luminous blue surface. A very interesting place with fine, moody colours. The definition of the reflections in such low lighting is impressive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (88246)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-24 1:00