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A few shots from Paris this past weekend (BWW)

A few shots from Paris this past weekend (BWW)

Old 02-17-2009, 08:39 AM
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Default A few shots from Paris this past weekend (BWW)

Went there for a short vacation with my wife. Love the city and this was personally my first trip to Europe.

I would consider these some of the more "artistic" shots that I took and I liked how they turned out. Upgrading to a DSLR from my old P&S was well worth the money spent. I welcome any feedback or comments (suggestions for improvement). Thanks.

Disclaimer: I've only had the camera for 2 weeks and never owned a DSLR before, so go easy on the n00b (this was my first time really using this camera). Shots were taken with a Nikon D90 using a Nikon 18-200 lense. I also used a Nikon 50 1.4D but none of those pics are shown here. Light touch up using Photoshop for color level and contrast (and a few were cropped to straighten them out)

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Default Well done, esp for your first outing with it!

It's hard to comment specifically without numbers on each image (I could count, but I'm lazy). Are you shooting RAW?
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Default Try RAW and compare to the results you get in camera.

If you have Photoshop, the RAW converter is quite easy to use and it gives you some added flexibility (without altering your original file). You can quickly get carried away and end up with something worse than a straight from camera jpeg, but don't be afraid to play with it! You'll thank yourself later.

I originally started shooting in jpeg, and moved to RAW later. I find myself going back and re-processing old RAW's as I learn new tricks or techniques. I've always got the original RAW image to work with and I have more latitude in post processing.
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Default Nice

Some winners there - especially 10 and 17. Composition on 14 is a bit wacky - maybe try rotating the camera to the right to get the Tower more on the left 3rd of the frame and get the entire tower thing on the right in the frame for some foreground interest. 12 isn't bad either. I would have shot 1 in portrait to lose the side clutter.
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Fifth from last should be hangin on your wall.
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#6 and # 14 do it for (-:
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Default If you're still there, go back to the Ile de La Cite, across the plaza from Notre Dame.

There's a chapel there called Sainte Chapelle. It's 1/10 the size of Notre Dame, but you go up these little windy staircases and the upstairs is more stained glass that you've ever seen. It is breathtaking, and fantastic for pictures. Definitely a must-see in Paris.

Teaser pic, showing about 1/10 of the stained glass:
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Also, if you haven't been to the Musee D'Orsay you need to hit that too. The building is stunning, and that's where they got all the impresionist work, which is quite beautiful.
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This same shot done stopped way down with a 2-3 second exposure will give cool "ghosty" images as people move around.

Finally head back to the Moulin Rouge at night, and shoot on a tripod or with your camera braced on a post -- shoot some long exposures so you can get the windmill turning. The same works very nicely for the traffic on the Champs Elysees.

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You've got a bunch of great shots already, these are just things I've done myself and seen lots of other people do, so I know it works great.
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Default Sweet.. Looks like a great trip.

I love your shot from the top of Mont Martre with the Eiffel tower in the background. Huge kudos for that one.
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Great great pics!!
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Nice, your pic from sacre coeur is awesome. It was a nasty view when we were up there
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