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Wordless Wednesday: Paris

 

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Added to: A Photo a Week Challenge: Street Lights.

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Thursday Doors: Jour et Nuit

Day and Night, that’s the translation of the little sign next to these doors in Paris. They are the doors you can’t park in front of, something I thought Norm who runs the Thursday Doors community would appreciate, so I took the photo:

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When I was looking at the scene, I was also thinking about an upcoming selective color challenge. The blue sky reflected in the windows, I thought that would be fun to accentuate by desaturating the image but leaving the blue:

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It turns out that I didn’t want to leave the red out either. This edited version which leaves in the red and blue gives the photo a bit of a jewel-toned feel that appeals to me.  When the original image was sitting waiting to be edited, I also thought I would crop it using the straighten feature. I gave that a try and was surprised at how much I did not like the straightened version. So, my final edit is cropped but not straightened.

Have you had that happen to you, an edit you think is going to be straightforward and an obvious choice backfires on you? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

 

 

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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:

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That is my edited version, the original is below.

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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.

Cheers!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet

Just imagine, a sunny day in February in Paris, pretty sweet, particularly if you consider the lousy weather they have had there lately. But there I was, on a beautiful day:

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This color version is fairly close to the scene as shot.  I have cropped it a bit. When I was editing I was interested in seeing a black and white version:

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And also a slightly different take on the color tones:

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I’m not sure I have a favorite here. The first I like because it is very close to the view I saw, including the vibrant blue sky. I like the black and white version because it adds a feeling of timelessness to the image. The bottom color version I like the way the gold and blue tones work together.

Do you have a favorite version of these three? I’d appreciate your thoughts in the comments below.

Cheers!

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