Day 2 – Tourist in Paris – Paris Photoshoot …

Paris, Photography, Travel

Day 2, Tourist in Paris…

Despite the predicted rain, I was blessed with clear blue skies and sunshine. So was up and out early to avoid the crowds and ready to capture the city like never before, I was here to take photos after all! First up the Eiffel Tower…

 I took almost the same route as the day before but stayed close to the main street looking for a bakery and something for breakfast, before heading straight towards the iron icon to capture it in the brilliant morning light.

After a walk around the tower base and a few clicks later, I met up with my friend at the carousel in front of the tower where we then caught a tour bus. The hop on hop off bus tour took us past the golden dome of Les Invalides, across the Ponte Alexendre bridge and through Place de la Concorde.

We was close to at a great little spot I had heard about from a fellow travel blogger as a great way to see the Eiffel Tower for free, so we stopped off for brunch with a view on the roof of Printemps. Not only can you walk through a posh department store, admire the designer clothes and grab a roomy lift to the top….there is a reasonably priced cafe on the roof with fantastic panoramic views of the city! A perfect photo opportunity, if there ever was one!

The view from printemps is well worth it and if you on a tour bus its stops just outside the store before the Lourve.

We re caught the tour bus and headed to the Louvre to take a few snaps in and around the courtyard, it’s a fantastic area to photograph as there are so many angles, perspectives and lines to play around with.

Next up was another on my must see list the Pont Neuf where we took some snaps of the padlocks. The weather was changing and deciding it wasnt on our side, we walked towards Notre Dame in the hope of some dramatic light. By the time we had arrived it had grown stormy and the clouds descended so I switched to black and white for a more dramatic effect.

 

Deciding it was time to stop for a late lunch and the weather to pass we found a little cafe and settled in. By the time we finished eating the sun was back out and we decided to finish the afternoon at the Arc di Triopmhe before heading back to our hotels to rest our feet and charge our cameras.

Later that evening we met up Trocadero to catch the first light display of the night on the Eiffel Tower. 

Coming soon! Day 3 – Sacre Coure and the Montmartre

You can read about my 1st day in Paris here.

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Padlocks of Paris

Paris, Photo Post, Photography, Travel

One of the places at the top my list to photograph in Paris was the padlocks on the Pont Neuf bridge, after a visit to Notre Dame I spent some time taking photographs of the many differant padlocks there.

Over the past decade, love locks have popped up in cities across the world, decorated with lovers’ initials, declarations of affection and sometimes even marriage proposals.

 There is an incredible variety of padlocks, from old and rusty to gold-coloured padlocks personalised with laser engravings.

They will probably meet the same fate as those of the Pont des Artes, the first Parisian bridge to be weighed down with the love locks. The worldwide tradition has become so popular, it just isn’t sustainable in citys such as Paris.

In 2015 local authorities were forced to de-lock the entire bridge, removing 45 tons of metal for safety reasons and to protect the structure which was severely stressed from the weight.

Leaving a padlock on the bridge is no different from carving initials into a tree or writing ‘I woz here’ on a bus stop, but it gives us photographers a chance to take some great shots!

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Bees on Pink – Photopost

NaturePhotography, Photo Post, Photography

Now it’s officially summer, here’s a few nature shots from my garden this summer of a bumble bee on a bright pink flower.

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Let me know what you think in the comments below.

These prints and many more are available to buy in a range of sizes on my Etsy Shop.

 

 

 

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Black, White and Red Photography – London…

London, Photo Post, Photography, Uncategorized

I’m not the best at black and white photography (so any tips would be appreciated!) but on my last trip to London, I played around with the classic red of the London buses against a black and white background….What do you think?

 

 

Please feel free to critique in the comments below…

Taken in London, England.

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