Paris at Night: Photography for Night Owls
|Lamp Posts at the Louvre|
Paris is at night is a fantastic experience. The monuments all take on more splendor and you feel like your are in a magical place. A photographer could spend many nights visiting great locations. I couldn't see them all during my stay but did manage some visits. My favorite are posted here: Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre were all wonderful. A tripod is required for these long-exposure shots. I brought my carry-along-size Gitzo traveler tripod. This is a marvelous tool.
Some individual comments for specific locations:
Arc de Triomphe: those photos of blurred car circling the arc are not typical. You need LOTS of traffic for that, much more than on a typical Paris evening. I liked getting under the arc and shooting up.
Place de la Concorde: the fountain waters turn on and off every few minutes. If they are not on, wait a few minutes and they will light up.
Eiffel Tower: Lights up on the hour ever hour. Something to plan for when you are out on the town. Pick you spot before the hour and you'll be ready for a fantastic show.
|Place de la Concorde|
|Arc de Carosel|
|Arc de Triomphe|
|Paris was a Blur|