Eiffel Tower, 7th arrondissement, Paris.
What to say about this most photographed of structures? Well I learned that it was initially designed by Maurice Koechlin and ╔mile Nouguier, two senior engineers at the Compagnie des ╔tablissements Eiffel. I'd always believed Gustave Eiffel himself had designed it; he was in fact the boss of the company, and was initially unenthusiastic until Stephen Sauvestre, the head of the architectural department at the company, was drafted in to add embellishments. He added the decorative arches to the base, a glass pavilion to the first level and the cupola at the top. The enhanced idea gained Eiffel's support for the project, and he bought the rights to the patent on the design which Koechlin, Nougier and Sauvestre had taken out. The rest is history, as they say.
I'd like to add that I was with my son during this photo-shoot, who showed admirable restraint for a 16 year-old during the protracted fiddling about with positioning, tripod, and so on!
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dkmurphys (63729) 2014-04-03 1:11
Superb detail of this impressive and attractive structure. I like the good management of light and the high quality. Well seen!
chrislo (4097) 2014-04-03 1:15
There are so many photos of the Eiffel tower around, it is always a challenge to get something new. Yet you did an excellent and unusual view and crop showing the different parts of the metal structure with a good graphical appeal. I like the tight symmetrical crop and the warm colours of the artificial lighting, contrasting so nicely with the dark blue sky and creating a special atmosphere. A big WELL DONE for finding this original angle.
kasianowak (10225) 2014-04-03 1:24
Graphic subject, almost abstract patterns and symmetry - great recipe for a successful shot. The combination of blue and orange works well and so does the almost square format.
tyro (26142) 2014-04-03 1:28
From your title I fully expected to see a portrait of Margaret Thatcher appearing - but this is far more attractive. An interesting note too about the history of the design of this amazing structure - like others, I had always mistakenly thought that it had been pretty much the brainchild of Monsieur Eiffel himself.
An excellent and well thought out composition for which I must compliment you on your strict and disciplinarian attitude to child rearing. But perhaps it was your perfect choice of time of day which made this picture so special - the perfect "blue hour" timing to produce a background of a fine indigo sky against which the warm tones of the ironwork lit by artificial light stand out so beautifully.
Fabulous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
abmdsudi (57176) 2014-04-03 4:40
A magnificent structure to visit and photograph, but standing underneath it made it look particularly diff & awesome with enormous impact and mass of detail you manged to register under low light condition. Exposure control is spot on.. .very tricky lighting to work with. The mass of glittering light detail is just prominent enough to break up the night sky and helps to concentrate on the essential. It's beautiful and striking image remarkably shot, Tfs
P/S many thks to your critiques, points noted and much appreciated.
jhm (158950) 2014-04-03 5:25
These picture is extraordinarily through the nice sharpness and clarity.
Also the colours make these picture very attractive.
Excellent very well detailed image of the Eifeltower.
A nice composition also a lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-03 6:09
like this shot of the old ET, it is a beautifully captured blue hour shot, with lots of wonderful lights and detailing. Surprised we did not get a monochrome workshop version too ;-).
Regards - B.
GyurMaster (6909) 2014-04-03 9:22
Nobody told you that it is ill-mannered to look under the skirt of a lady? :)
Nevertheless its a good composition in the proper time (the blue hour).
macjake (71731) 2014-04-03 9:24
haha...good on your son to wait it out for you, thats always an extra bonus - fantastic company :)
this one looks sort of like a Christmas Tree, just a little bit bigger!
love the close up, the what the iron bends, the xmas lights sparkling as if if were Dec 25th, and the blue hour light in the bg.
see you around
Noel_Byrne (33426) 2014-04-03 12:13
It cant be easy to make a unique scene on an icon like this, but you've done it, by golly you've done it! I have not seen an image quite like this of the tower and it looks spectacular! THe combination of blue and gold, with all these little points of light and the perfect framing, really a cool shot.
Thanks as always
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-04 13:55
Wow! What a spectacular shot of the famous tower! Extremely well composed and executed with an outstanding quality. A perfect capture. TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-04-04 21:35
Very nice shot of the famous landmark from Paris.I love the colors and the brightness.Keep sharing.TFS.
jemaflor (102261) 2014-04-05 0:04
Good angle, impressive result, perfect light capture, well made.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-04-05 2:37
a beautiful nocternal image of this very famous tower. I like your chosen POV. Excellent light and sharpness is good. The dark blue sky helped it a lot... A nice framing indeed. Tfs.
brianmcc (6221) 2014-04-05 5:09
i love the colours in this picture; the golden tones from the illuminated tower work superbly well with the deep blue of the sky. excellent framing to create a wonderful symmetry.
Silvio1953 (151665) 2014-04-06 12:51
Ciao Will, great POV on fantastic tower, fascinating blue hour, excellent exposure, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-04-07 4:35
spectacular picture of the iconic structure with beautiful details depicted with great sharpness. the management of the exposure is masterful and the out of the box POV superb.
thanks for sharing and have a nice new week.
delpeoples (59684) 2014-04-25 6:46
An excellent shot, with an inventive pov of this Parisian icon. I think I've seen it from every angle, including this, but yours is exquisite, with amazing colours and superb light regulation. Well done.
PS: I saw the photo of your Spanish football fan. If that had been me, I would have killed you for taking a shot like that :p
SimoAle (646) 2014-05-07 8:03
grazie per il tuo commento e complimenti per la tua bella, originale e simpatica bacheca!
La Tour Eiffel Ŕ sicuramente una delle pi¨ belle opere al mondo, cosý imponente e maestosa che ti lascia a bocca aperta ogni volta che la osservi. Di notte poi trovo che sia ancora pi¨ bella decorata tra quelle migliaia di luci scintillanti! Ottima scelta quella di spezzarla, i colori sono ottimi come la luce e la nitidezza! Bravissimo e grazie per avermi fatto sognare!
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (11760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon E5700
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Abstraction, Evening and after [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-03 0:56