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Twenty Minutes to Get Your Photo!

The bane of bus tours!

We literally had twenty minutes to get up close and personal with the Eiffel Tower. I took a few shots, but my best ones were actually from the bus window. This is a photomerge of two shots, with some cloning out of unsightly objects and people.

This was taken in the first week of May, 2004. In spite of how the sky looks, we were later hounded by a hailstorm- the very same one that had attacked us and left us damp for the rest of the day while we visited Stonehenge earlier in the week.

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Street Light in Paris

A modern one.

during a trip to London in May 2004, we went to Paris for lunch. Well, not exactly, but a day trip on the Eurostar did feature a pretty nice lunch there. Our group was given the drive-by tour of many sites that we wouldn't have time to visit, including some monuments, the Paris Opera, and so on. I got a fabulous twenty minutes at the Eiffel Tower before busing off to the Louvre Museum.

We were signed up for the later half of the Louvre tour, so we went across the river seeking lunch, and then walked about a bit, eventually making our way to the Notre Dame cathedral. On our way, we got smitten by the same !@#% hail storm that had soaked us to the skin at Stonehenge two days previous, getting only moderately dampened this time. Hail stings, you know.

We ended up having to catch a cab back to the Louvre to meet up with our group. Then after a too-quick-to-take-it-in tour, we boarded our bus back to the Gare du Nord station to catch the train back to London. On that leg of the trip I took several shots from our moving bus- although sometimes we were not moving, since it was rush hour.

This photo has always been a favorite of mine, in spite of the glaring flaws in the original capture. My camera at the time was little more than a toy with a plastic lens that couldn't resolve to the 5 MP of the sensor. Something else was that the focus plane was not quite parallel to the lens, making one side (or the top when framing vertically) always just out of focus.

The sky also was a dull grey mass. So here, I have swapped in a sky and made massive adjustments in Photoshop to bring about this version of this photo. Given all of the flaws, even at full resolution, I wouldn't print it larger than 8×10.

I'm also usually not a fan of frames and borders on photos displayed on the Internet, but this is an exception where I think the white border actually enhances the overall look and feel.

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