The center of the Place de la Concorde in Paris is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. It is one of two the Egyptian government gave to the French in the 19th century. The other one stayed in Egypt, too difficult and heavy to move to France with the technology at that time.
The obelisk once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. The Ottoman viceroy of Egypt, Mehmet Ali, offered the 3,300-year-old Luxor Obelisk to France in 1829. It arrived in Paris on 21 December 1833. Three years later, on 25 October 1836, King Louis Philippe had it placed in the center of Place de la Concorde, where a guillotine used to stand during the Revolution.
The obelisk, a yellow granite column, rises 23 metres high, including the base. Given the technical limitations of the day, transporting it was no easy feat — on the pedestal are drawn diagrams explaining the machinery that was used for the transportation. The obelisk is flanked on both sides by fountains constructed at the time of its erection on the Place.
Missing its original cap, believed stolen in the 6th century BC, the government of France added a gold-leafed pyramid cap to the top of the obelisk in 1998. Source: Wikipedia
No tripod used.
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carlo62 (49225) 2013-11-24 1:17
Sono senza parole, continuo ad ammirare queste due torri così diverse e così uguali, che uniscono l'antico e il moderno in una unica soluzione, impregnate della luce dorata in questo momento magico.
I miei complimenti.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-11-24 1:19
Its a lovely piece of historical milestone for all of us .Nice shot with good control over light.TFS.
papagolf21 (102390) 2013-11-24 1:43
Bonjour, chère Gosia,
Je crois bien que c'est la première fois que je vois côte à côte la Tour Eiffel et l'obélisque !
De plus, cette vue nocturne est de toute beauté.
Royaldevon (39344) 2013-11-24 1:47
What a fine blue hour shot!
You have captured this scene, with its artificial lights, to perfection.
I just love how the obelisk appears to be glowing, sending its hierglyphical message out to the world!
Your composition is exquisite. The obelisk makes a natural connection with the Eiffel Tower.
Have a great Sunday,
dta (78558) 2013-11-24 1:56
Hello Gosia ,
A wonderful capture at the blue hour of these two iconic buildings , in a perfect perspective and composition .
annjackman (21899) 2013-11-24 2:04
I love this shot. The obelisk, the tower and the surrounding area are so beautifully illuminated. A very sharp picture and a dramatic blue sky. I also like the detail such as the two men standing together on the kerb.
Kind Regards, Ann
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-24 2:05
una composizione interessante per l'intuizione della bella contrapposizione tra obelisco e Torre Eiffel, il tutto in un ambiente dominata dalla splendida luce dell'ora blu e con la tua consueta nitidezza.
Un altro successo della tua bella serie dedicata alla città di Parigi e ai suoi dintorni.
Ciao e buona domenica
snunney (100076) 2013-11-24 2:06
A splendid blue hour composition presenting two Parisian icons for the price of one:-) Cleverly framed and expertly exposed. I like the presence of the people, who animate the scene and offer a sense of scale. Great colours and clarity. Excellent night photography.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-24 2:10
hi gosia. as far as i've seen, this is a very rare angle from paris. it is like "two towers" from middle earth. excellent sharpness for 1/15 hand held.
ourania (46320) 2013-11-24 2:16
your point of view and composition are excellent and your skillfull management of exposure and contrast has resulted in a gorgeous photo with lasting allure. I like very much the balanced view of this superb city scape, the interaction between warm and cold tones, the attractive luminosity of both. I also like the sense of depth and how you froze the people's movement making the scene look so calm and natural. Exceptional work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great Sunday,
Gigidusud (21151) 2013-11-24 2:51
Wow! Great shot on these historical monuments at blue hour. I like a lot!
Have a nice Sunday,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-24 3:28
a wonderfully constructed composition and a flawless execution make this quite special. Stunning lights and clarity all captured serenely at blue hour. What more could you want - quality imagery! Love it!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
cornejo (42959) 2013-11-24 4:04
Hi Gosia, excellent view of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life, with the obelisk and illuminated tower, very well composed and captured by a great POV with excellent and beautiful photography. A wonderful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Excellent and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
yquem46 (38752) 2013-11-24 4:36
Splendid shot at blue hour, nicely contrasting with the lamp posts lights and the golden Eiffel tower and Concorde obelisk
Excellent control of exposure
bravo, have a nice sunday
Sergiom (80746) 2013-11-24 5:16
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur l'obélisque qui pousse le regard aussi loin que la tour Eiffel au loin. La gestion de la lumière est superbe à l'heure bleue. Une image profonde et nette.
mirosu (16265) 2013-11-24 5:33
Outstanding blue-hour photo. The obelisk is excellently captured from very well selected viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the obelisk majestic and dominant. The lighting is perfect, the contrast against dark sky excellent. Well done.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-24 7:13
Hello Gosia - The relationship between the obelisk and the tower is really well balanced here creating an good diagonal across the frame. I am really impressed by your light management here, all the hieroglyphics are clearly visible and that must take some doing under light like this. Super shot where the colours contrast beautifully. Warm regards Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (31424) 2013-11-24 9:05
This is a superb composition, really beautiful. The lights of both the obelisk and the Eiffel tower stand out so wonderfully against the blue light of the sky, and you managed to capture this so perfectly crystal sharp. A fascinating scene (the obelisk is really a treasure) and a perfect photo of it.
Thanks as always
PaulVDV (29167) 2013-11-24 9:40
This is a great sight of the Egyptian obelisk with the Eiffel Tower on the background, both beautifully illuminated in a golden colour making them stand out strongly at the blue hour.
The hieroglyphs look so beautiful with this illumination.
Wonderful sky in light and dark blue shades.
Best regards, Paul
macjake (68480) 2013-11-24 12:33
do you know what part of the scene I enjoy the most? haha
its actually the man standing in the dark suite with the umbrella striking the ground like a stake!
and its great how perspectives can change as of course we know the Eiffel Tower is taller than the Obelisk.
love the light, the ambiance and the overall feel.
m (0) 2013-11-24 12:40
I like the angle you chose to show off those two famous golden towers. They do look in perfect synch though belong to different cultures. Beautiful golden light and fine clarity of the image.
Wish you all the best!
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-11-24 17:58
nice rhythm in this pic to makes it very attractive.fantastic light and light management,and the golden yellow colors contrasts so attractively with the blue n grey of the evening hours.nicely thought out.
Alco (7441) 2013-11-24 20:10
Superb night picture of the obelisk and the tower in the background.The sharpness of your picture is remarkable and the golden color offered by the lighting
is splendid.Very well done.TFS.
Have a nice week.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-11-24 23:30
Superbe rapprochement photographique entre ces deux "objets pointus". Une heure bleue de très belle qualité, très bien composée, très nette et parfaitement exposée.
Nicou (143158) 2013-11-25 2:35
quel ciel en deux partie à l'heure bleue sueprbe et ce obélisque et la tour en fond quelle compo noscturne et enchaînement de ces deux monuments fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
Oceania (5202) 2013-11-25 6:23
The golden Obelisk is glowing under the dark blue sky. It echos the Eiffel Tower beautifully. The larger picture does help me to admire it more. Thanks for sharing.
ikeharel (72191) 2013-11-25 6:30
Fabulous night shot over the two known monument of paris, Gosia.
An excelent tech. details on camera settings, the Hieroglyphs ( the ancient Egyptian writing's), is in immaculate sharpness. Golden light in great contrast against the darkening cloudy sky aloft.
Impressive stuff to look at, cheers.
Mics (978) 2013-11-25 21:01
Fantastic shot! Very beautiful. Love it :-)
delpeoples (58314) 2013-11-26 0:13
Witaj dear Gosia
Ahh this is a joy to behold. Not just a stunning Blue Hour, but an exquisite composition, amazing subject matter and truly sensational details. Wow, you must be delighted with this one, congratulations!
olive224 (2719) 2013-11-26 9:31
Blue hour against yellow light equals success !!
Great idea and nice composition
The presence of human is a plus in the image
Very well done
Cricri (120143) 2013-11-26 10:42
Belle prise a heure bleu, un contraste magnifique du jaune et du bleu, belle vue sur les deux tours très différentes, netteté et POV, superbe
bukitgolfb301 (42330) 2013-11-26 12:59
Hi dear Gosia
So gorgeous and fantatsic twilight image at all.
Long shutter speed setting makes this great image, gerat light effect, so attractive and also dramatic.
Thanks a lot and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
Periko (5370) 2013-11-26 20:43
Magnificent golden obelisk against such a splendid sky. Great work.
Regards and TFS
jemaflor (98061) 2013-11-26 23:11
Lovely blue hour shot with a perfect light capture at the blue hour, well composed, I like the contrast between blue sky and golden lights.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-11-27 11:12
super kompozycja i super zestawienie kolorystyczne!
Wiem,ze sie powtarzam,ale kontrast pomiedzy sztucznym oswietleniem miasta a wciaz pieknym blekitem nieba wyglada zawsze niesamowicie.
Piekna scena i znakomita jakosc obrazu!
mesutilgim (95380) 2013-11-27 12:01
Very nice blue hour capture from Paris. The Aegyptian obelisk in competition with the Eiffel.
Very good layout and perfect light management.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice evening
willperrett (10894) 2013-11-28 1:02
Your choice of viewpoint, and the resultant perspective, make us wonder which of these is the taller structure. But I must remember. Small: far away; large: near at hand! I think I've got it now. Gorgeous colours in this late evening shot.
wolf38 (31296) 2013-11-30 1:10
Hello Gosia. The Obelisk and Eiffel Tower are two outstanding attraction of Paris. I like the presentation of the scene very well. Best composition, fantastic light and good technical quality.
chrislo (4097) 2013-11-30 14:25
Great night shot taken from a well selected viewpoint that has enabled you to include two of the most iconic Paris landmarks. The blue hour has given you the opportunity to produce a fine, sharp photo and bring out lots of detail in the scene despite not having a tripod. The colours are brought out very nicely and you've mastered the light perfectly. Congratulations !
Have a nice weekend.
claudeD (39267) 2013-12-01 11:58
Wonderful night picture from Paris with a perfect light managment and very good sharpness. I like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ebingul (1984) 2013-12-02 9:02
Fantastic capture of these two landmarks of Paris at night from a very well chosen POV.Excellent clarity,colours and light management.Well done,TFS and best regards.
InasiaJones (31566) 2013-12-04 18:38
I hate it when the sky is covered by heavy clouds during the blue hour, as it corrupts the tones and blocks all the luminosity from the residual light. But when it is partially covered like on your photo, then you get the best of both world, with a very dramatic effect. Very catchy!
I like the juxtaposition of these two famous monuments, something I don't recall to have seen before, with the magic of all these street lamps and there golden halo. Very well done Gosia!
nikkitta (17066) 2013-12-07 14:35
A well taken and composed capture of blue hour with the golden monuments shining brightly against such a background
Well presented with space at the front and good perspective
Always think this obelisk must be at the places where it belongs as well as the one on top of the stairs at the Piaza D Espangne
adores (45637) 2013-12-07 15:40
Another fantastic night shot! We can see very well the details of the obelisk and I like the composition, the blue sky and those people around. Exposure is perfect!
Silvio1953 (144416) 2013-12-09 10:55
Ciao Gosia, fascinating blue hour, lovely composition with oblisk and fanous tower, great exposure, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, brava, ciao Silvio
npecanhuk (75502) 2013-12-11 18:06
A classic Paris sight, but always welcome when we see it in such a high quality photograph!
Exposure, colors, sharpness, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
kato (11630) 2013-12-15 10:23
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the wide Concorde sqaure with a giant Egyptian obelisk in blue hour. It looks like a beautiful obelisk with a good design. It harmonizes well with blue sky. And, it's also tasteful for seeing the Tower Eiffel at right side as a option.
josepmarin (58359) 2013-12-16 2:50
what a splendid overlapping of these two icons of Paris, as the Obelisk and the Tour Eiffel.
The golden lighting of both monuments gives a fantastic contrast with the sky at blue hour.
I like the suitable framing related with the slender vertical elements, and the good perspective between both.
An exposure managed well, and a great sharpness, it make this composition very pleasant at sight.
Angshu (56758) 2014-01-14 1:05
Hope you had a great Christmas and a New Year. I wish you and all your loved ones the best for this New Year
This is a lovely picture, superbly exposed with the two famous landmarks of Paris, beautifully lit up in golden glow....
Beautiful capture in the blue hour and that too handheld! Bravo!
tatadalou (7459) 2014-02-03 18:43
Great two-ones picture ! The complementarity of yellow and the perfect position of the obelisk and Eiffel tower makes it very attractive. Excellent sharpness that permits us to look at the details of hieroglyphs of the obelisk.
halikarnas (7678) 2014-02-12 8:43
Eyfel kulesi ile güzel bir komposizyon olmuş.
Istanbul Sultan Ahmet Meydanı'nda aynisından var:yalnız Istanbul'daki bir metre kadar dah yüksek.
jmdias (64970) 2014-07-30 17:36
I have a similar photo, took during the day. here it is fantastic the contrast of the colors and this use of light and framing. a very nice job. congratulations.
- Copyright: Gosia Siudzinska (siudzi) (34141)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Panasonic 20mm F1.7
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-24 1:07