View to the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris
The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world.
I took the photo from the Arc de Triomphe.
This impressive promenade stretches from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe. At its western end the Champs-Elysées is bordered by cinemas, theaters, cafés and luxury shops. Near the Place de la Concorde, the street is bordered by the Jardins des Champs-Elysées, beautifully arranged gardens with fountains and some grand buildings including the Grand and Petit Palais at the southern side and the Elysée at its northern side. The latter has been the residence of the French Presidents since 1873.
17th century - The Elysian Fields
In the 16th century this area was nothing but fields outside the center of Paris. In 1616 Marie de Medicis decided to create a long tree-lined path going east from the Tuileries. The route was redesigned in 1667 by renowned landscape designer André Le Nôtre as an extension of the Jardins des Tuileries. The promenade, now called 'Grande Allée du Roule' or 'Grand-Cours' had become a fashionable place but was still isolated from the city with few buildings surrounding the area. 27 Years later the promenade was renamed to 'Champs-Elysées', or Elysian Fields in English. The name was derived from Greek mythology where 'Elusia' is a place where heroes come to relax.
18th & 19th century - Further Development
In 1724 the Champs-Elysées was extended all the way to the Chaillot hill (now known as l'Etoile, the site of the Arc de Triomphe). Its current form took shape in 1838 when French architect Ignaz Hittorf - who was redesigning the Place de la Concorde - created the Jardins des Champs-Elysées. He also installed sidewalks, gas lamps and fountains. The Champs-Elysées started to attract more and more restaurants and hotels, especially after 1900 when the Paris métro line nr 1 reached the Etoile station.
The lastest redesign of the prestigious avenue was done in 1994 by Bernard Huet. The side lanes were converted into pedestrian zones, an underground parking lot was created and new trees were planted. Cars now only occupy half the width of this grand avenue.(Source:aviewoncities.com)
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vrabieionut (2189) 2012-09-24 1:27
I really like Paris.
I love this view, the buildings are fantastic, and the park is green and lovely. Well done!
carlo62 (37171) 2012-09-24 1:31
spettacolare vista degli Champs, il POV ci regala una panoramica diversa dalle solite, belle le linee diagonali tracciate da strada, alberi e case.
tedesse (25133) 2012-09-24 1:38
Excellent POV, interesting views.
Beautiful architecture, good sharpness and colors.
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (51394) 2012-09-24 2:01
Impressive boulevad, a true lesson of urbanisation. I like the POV and the colors. Well taken, have a good week.
kordinator (19840) 2012-09-24 2:40
Nice way to present city life scene,from high point of view.
Gigidusud (17615) 2012-09-24 2:42
Great view on the Champs-Elysées!Excellent POV and framing.Well done!
snunney (88281) 2012-09-24 2:51
A splendid downwards point of view on this famous Avenue where cars seem to stream day and night. I like the slightly oblique point of view with the long line of trees giving the image great depth. Very good sharpness.
JFS (32459) 2012-09-24 3:52
I specially like this one George, never seen this perspective of champs Elysées before, I love it!!!!
Thanks for sharing!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-09-24 4:17
excellent shot of this famous Avenue. Great light and lines that give such a great idea of its size and atmosphere. Executed and presented beautifully.
Have a great week - Brian.
finlay (1549) 2012-09-24 4:39
The view from the high vantage point works very well to capture the feel of the busy city. Framing the shot in a vertical format increase the perception of a long avenue, I like how you have placed the line of trees on a diagonal that runs perfectly from bottom to top corner of frame.
Sergiom (65153) 2012-09-24 5:02
Tu sembles bien haut dans les airs pour nous montrer une aussi belle vue sur les champs élysées. Beaucoup de trafic en cette belle journée ensoleillée.
mjdundee (4663) 2012-09-24 8:30
Great capture from a great place.
Is this taken from the L'Arc de Triomphe?
Guenther (10915) 2012-09-24 8:36
a gorgeous view of the majestic Champs-Elysées! I like especially the strong perspective effect and the diagonal, asymmetric view...
Have a nice evening,
cornejo (34626) 2012-09-24 10:10
Hello György, great shot with excellent POV, forming a perfect diagonal of this lovely view of the famous Parisian avenue, wonderful and interesting image technically very well done, with clarity, depth, good light and good color. Excellent work my friend, my congratulations. Tfs.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-09-24 10:27
Very good point of view which gives a deep insight of the Champs-Elysées. An interesting photo and good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
macjake (59954) 2012-09-24 10:32
perhaps not the sharpest of photos, but its the overall POV that makes this one stand out so well.
also, its the lighting and long lines that visually make it unique.
great to see new photos like this!
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-09-24 10:59
Ola George ,
Bela visão da avenida dos Champs-Elysées , gostei muito da faixa verde de vegetação leva o nosso olhar a a percorre a foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sonata11 (33526) 2012-09-24 11:05
What a spectacular from high POV. This is an impressivly beautiful shot of this endless avenue. Magnificent execution and fantastic view. I love it a lot. Thanks for sharing. I love Paris too.
All the best,
Cricri (110279) 2012-09-24 11:14
Une superbe vue de cette grande avenue, j'aime les arbres toutes en perspective entre la route et les bâtiments, belle lumière, bravo pour le POV
siudzi (34131) 2012-09-24 13:43
Wow! What a superb view here of this crowded street! Perfectly seen and presented with a superb sense of perspective. Well done, TFS.
jjcordier (78360) 2012-09-24 22:37
Une vue spectaculaire des Champs depuis l'Arc de Triomphe (je suppose?) et une bonne composition avec les rangées d'arbres dans la diagonale.
abmdsudi (45630) 2012-09-25 8:27
The compo is super in this format rendering the immense depth and great perspective offered by the strong diagonals. The row of lush green trees break the color monotony to this city view, but the liveliness is so well depicted with feel of height. Well done, TFS.
sacavem (18614) 2012-09-26 9:16
Like the composition of which presents great depth. Good vertical.
siamesa (27753) 2012-09-26 14:21
Boa noite George
Spectacular capture of this avenue. the trees and the movement of the daily life make a very nice composition.
Silvio1953 (128283) 2012-09-27 1:19
Ciao George, great POV of famous street, excellent perspective, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-09-28 17:01
Nice close up image!
Love the layers and patterns that I see. Very nice composition! Well captured and beautifully presented! Compliments!
RegisMinot (1543) 2012-09-29 1:42
I like the way you occupy the diagonale in vertical mode. A sharp and sunny picture contributes to the overall pleasant atmosphere of theis avenue.
francio64 (39641) 2012-10-13 4:58
bella vista dall'alto su Champs-Elysées.
Scena vivacizzata dalle macchine in transito.
omid266 (6700) 2013-04-12 22:49
Hello George ,
Thanks for sharing ,
God Bless !
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-24 0:54