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Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of this World

While I was in Paris I saw a lot of photos showing the Eiffel Tower under construction. These days it comes to mind as part of the Paris landscape but to folks in 1889, it must have seemed like something from out of this world. Honestly, I don’t think it is all that pretty but I do find it pretty unique:

ISO 200 10mm f/11 1/125

That is my edited version, the original is below.

ISO 200 10mm f/11 1/125

I took plenty of photos near the tower, but this is the angle that appealed to me the most. I liked the cloudless, brilliant sky. As it was February, the shots that include more of the garden are a bit dull, since it was cold and had been overly rainy in Paris the few weeks before this photo was taken.

The edited version has a film filter on it. I wanted to keep the jeweled look of the sky but mute the overall tones in the photo. Doing this also took some of the rust off the tower. The rust was part of the reason my youngest was pretty disappointed in the Eiffel Tower.  I documented her reaction on Instagram:

It turns out she had seen too many Photoshopped versions online, so the real thing was a bit of a letdown.

As you can tell from this post, I am just adding to that problem. Has that ever happened to you, you see photos online of a place that looks out of this world and then when you see it in person you can’t help but feel a bit, meh? Do you like my not-true-to-life version?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of this World

  1. I think that filters are just fine. Photographs are not real life; color, light, and dimension are altered by capturing a three dimensional object in two dimensions. It never looks exactly like reality. Having said that, I do think that garden photos where color is extreme is kinda creepy!

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    • Thanks, Tina, I thought her reaction was funny too. As far as the rust, it’s a bit hard to imagine how they would keep it completely rust-free given the climate, not to mention the expense! But it did make me wonder if that had been considered during construction? I honestly don’t know.


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  3. I like filters, but this time I prefer the original. The angle is great. And yes, I have experienced the same. In January I hoped to get some fine shots from St Michaels Mount, but the sun, light and time of the day were wrong, it appeared as a silhouette. The next misty day, it was raining cats and dogs and the castle was hardly visible.


  4. Due to its age, I am always curious as to just what engineering standards have to be met in order to permit millions of people from all over the world to be anywhere near the tower each year.


    • Yes, that would be interesting to know, perhaps they could put a display about it at the top? 🙂 Seriously though, I’m sure there is an actual answer, I just found myself staring at it, and not really thinking about it critically.


  5. Your view of the tower would have fitted right in with those of Parisians when the structure was being built. A petition called “Artists against the Eiffel Tower” was published at the time to much approval. I think photography is a medium for storytelling, so determining reality from a photograph is never a good idea. Always much better to go see for oneself.


    • Yes, I always find it interesting when a work of art is produced and panned at the time but later becomes iconic, reminds me of Degas’ statues of the ballerina, very controversial at the time.
      Also, I agree, it is always better to go and see for oneself as photography can be very deceptive.

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  6. Hi Amy, I really like the edited photo you created. Nice! My daughter (at age 11) also really despised the Eiffel Tower. I enjoy its majesty and the lines of its design. Our favorite “overrated” sight was the Mona Lisa. It is quite a modest sized painting and everyone was crowded around it in the Louvre. There seemed to be lots of other sights more appealing. 🙂


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