Would you look here….more light this time! After climbing a grinding 422 steps to the top of Notre Dame, this is the type of view from on top. This particular vantage point is on the South side of the cathedral, looking West towards the Eiffel Tower and spanning out over the Left Bank. The Seine is almost directly below, just “over” the wall, but out of sight.
Dozens of tourists had walked past me as I stood waiting to take this shot, and for the longest time I thought this gentleman was simply exhausted from the initial climb that he was taking a long break before heading back down…which was irritating me having to wait so long for a clear opportunity. It’s no coincidence he’s wearing an unusual hat, as it’s one that offers more protection from the sun….which is just what you need when your exposed to it for hours at a time…..as a guide/employee of the cathedral!? No wonder he was in no hurry to move, this was HIS position! Just another clueless tourist myself. :)
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Adrian_S (1173) 2013-07-18 3:25
this is a good example of really taking into account the framing when you take your photo. The confluent lines take out attention toward every important spot in this photo. The man, the tower in the BG and towards this typical white city jungle of Paris
subhendu_bagchi (25875) 2013-07-18 3:35
interesting composition. Those lines are looking nice providing graphism and the view through it is superb. Excellent light management and good sharpness. A good frame to watch. Tfs.
jemaflor (86104) 2013-07-18 3:54
Well framed, interesting perspective with these lines and with this view on the town, good human presence.
SnapRJW (31613) 2013-07-18 4:29
Hello Jason - An impressive climb to this lofty view across Paris. I rather like this unusual composition with the safety cage becoming a feature to utilise rather than something to avoid. Nicely cropped to use the upper corners with the lines of perspective. Warm regards Rosemary
Cricri (108087) 2013-07-18 4:29
Pff 422 marches, quel bel effort :-) qui valait la peine, la vue sur la ville est génial, pour celui qui a le vertige pas de problème avec cette protection original, une lumière bien gérée, j'ai aimée la note avec le guide :-)
Nicou (124243) 2013-07-18 4:41
Ce personnage dans cette perspective fantastique quel arche de fer et la tour en fond avec la vue sur la ville et ce ciel totalement pur une splendeur.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-18 4:50
I thought the man was Quasimodo ;-). Love this shot it is so unusual and striking (pun intentional - "they made me deaf you know!"). Glorious symmetry and perspective and oh yes a killer view too! Wonderful work!
hope this critique has not given you the hump! :-)
Sergiom (62070) 2013-07-18 5:07
Ce point de vue nous offre une bonne idée de ce que l'on peut voir a partir du sommet de la célèbre cathédrale. J'aime beaucoup l'effet de profondeur que donne ce petit passage.
dkmurphys (50222) 2013-07-18 6:04
Interesting effect of those tunnel wires. The panorama is very spectacular and the shadows are great. Well taken.
serp2000 (40654) 2013-07-18 10:40
Hi, my dear friend,
I like your choice of the point of view! Good perspective, excellent background with the Tower. Very interesting idea and excellent realization!
Why did you hiding from us this perfect photo so long times? ;)
Noel_Byrne (25308) 2013-07-18 10:51
Another unique view, I can safely say I have never looked off the roof of this place like this. It presents an awesome view across the city and there is Monsiour Eiffel in the distance, standing proud in the skyline.
The tour guide kind of has the pose of a monkey in a cage, he looks like he could be about to start swinging about. I don't suppose he threw a banana at you just after you took this?
All the best
marabu61 (8745) 2013-07-18 11:09
I wasn't aware that they are guides on top of Notre Dame? You could have waited for a long time here.
But I could tell straight away, without reading your note that this is Notre Dame, it is such a distinctive view. I like the perspective the protective railing is creating with the city far below and a glimpse of the Eifel Tower as well.
Waiting for a scene to clear of people, oh well how well do I know that frustrating feeling. But then it is always the others that are in the way, it is never ourselves, isn't it ....! it just happened to me last weekend atop of Mount Titlis at an altitude of 3000m (10'000 feet) when I was waiting for the right moment to take a shoot of a suspensions bridge ...
have a great evening
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-07-18 14:05
the view makes up for the hard and long climb(I know what you´ve gone through-I climbed also one time to the top of the Cologne Cathedral-one time is enough:)I guess I´m getting lazy with age:)
But seriously-the view is amazing!One thing I like the most is this safety cage,which creates here so eye-catching patterns and visual effect.Especially the part in the FG because of the strong color contrast to the blue sky,but also because it gives great 3D feeling to us.
Even this tourist or guide with a hat makes the scene takes on a new,also kind of funny meaning.
just one day and we can enjoy weekend
Wish You all the best
carlo62 (34538) 2013-07-18 14:24
422 scalini per ottenere una vista magnifica, ciò che io mi sono lasciato sfuggire, troppe persone in attesa...
Per fortuna ci pensi tu a mostrarmi ciò che c'era in alto.
Royaldevon (30789) 2013-07-18 15:20
This is such an engaging photograph!
The lines, the wall, the sunlight and shadows, all lead with great rapidity towards the seated figure. The leads are remarkable.
Then, there is the stunning view beyond!
Two wonderful images for the price of one!!
My warm regards,
kordinator (19174) 2013-07-19 0:29
Nice places composition with nice scene.
Good composition and perspective.
I like a lot colors.
Fantastic image a real eyecatcher - even from the thumbnail.
emka (80936) 2013-07-19 1:44
Hi Jason, 422 steps is quite a lot. hard job to climb up, pity they didn't built elevators in Middle Ages.. but for such a wonderful panorama I would go even higher despite my old age and laziness. Fantastic this cage. I like your composition with the man safely sitting not quite at the barrier. And the view is just gorgeous. i hope you show somethinfg more of it.
jhm (140643) 2013-07-19 3:49
You found a lovely place in Paris.
You create a lovely perspective and nice architecture picture.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Wish You a nice weekend,
ikeharel (58929) 2013-07-19 4:46
City scenery from the roof of one monument well known in Paris.
Yet another landmark "rises" on far, the Eiffel-tower.
Good clarity & DOF, beautiful day it was, and the pic. taken from a good perspective.
The man could not see the whole town, so climbed to yet a higher level...
macjake (57468) 2013-07-19 7:10
this is very very cool!
I have NEVER seen any photo taken from this pov at the top of Notre Dame!
love seeing how you appear to be locked inside a BEAR CAGE! look out behind you! haha
glad to see there isn't any glass, you can just put your camera through the large holes...makes it much easier indeed.
love the zoom effect created by the cage, and the view too.
Wicked shot, it really shows the size and grandeur of Paris!
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-19 8:24
Perfect photo with splendid composition.depth and background.Splendid look.So clever.Very good job.
Have a nice day
fabbs99 (16739) 2013-07-19 13:10
Wonderful to be right there on the top of Notre Dame.Not many may be as lucky as you were and certainly not as lucky as the guy in the frame.He seems to be measuring the girth of the wires above him.Great shot and thanks for sharing.
mirosu (14988) 2013-07-20 4:36
This is a beautiful view to Paris. Really an excellent photo. The magnificent blue sky color and the excellent light and shadow play also lends a lovely contrast to the scene. The sitting man adds nice life to the scene. Very well done!!! Greetings Miro
ACL1978 (7507) 2013-07-21 13:21
A really nicely framed shot here, Jason - some really creative Paris shots from you. I love the use of the netting - which I'm sure other photographers have fund annoying - as a key part of your composition, and the perfect and subtle placement of the Eiffel Tower in BG. Really nicely done.
adores (38224) 2013-08-15 15:11
A very good and unusual shot of Paris! The Eiffel Tower in background situates us and I like the graphism of the fence and the presence of the man there, enjoying the view. Good work!
frunchy (1517) 2013-08-16 1:10
nice shot with good, converging lines leading exactly to the golden rule. The man stands perfectly positioned.
worldcitizen (7131) 2013-10-10 14:52
There are a lot of cool things about this shot, First of all, I think the man is a welcome addition to the scene; he looks like he's been caught in a strange kind of net and can't get out. :-) This giant metal web creates a nice graphic effect, and interesting shadows. Of course the view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background is nice, too. :-) I like your presentation, with the "web" reaching out across the entire frame.
Didi (57494) 2014-03-20 9:56
Shame on me I never went on the top of the cathedral and I spent 20 years in Paris
Very good perspective with a very good lights ambiance
I think that there is no similar picture in TE
adramad (38876) 2014-11-14 7:54
An incredible photo, for its charm and tremendous visual impact, a frame that I could not think of when I went up to the tower, but I had a lot of people with me, here have the luck of having a single person, which gives a nice touch vital.
The protective tunnel gives a magnificent graphics and I like the perspective that leads to the corner tower, whereas we see a panorama of the city.
Great photo with beautiful natural colors, very good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
You enjoy, a good weekend.
Best wishes, my friend.