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A grotesque sits atop Notre Dame Cathedral watching over the city of Paris.

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A grotesque sits atop Notre Dame Cathedral watching over the city of Paris.

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16 Comments | Report
1Ernesto
 
1Ernesto August 02, 2014
Great landscape photo made even more perfect with such a wonderful gargoyle
Jeta1websandpix
 
Jeta1websandpix September 08, 2014
Love it! Voted :)
Normanthegr8 Platinum
 
Normanthegr8 August 26, 2015
Great Shot
Avery123
 
Avery123 September 14, 2016
perfect insane
mattarcher_7110
 
mattarcher_7110 October 02, 2016
That is awesome!
FrankJackson
 
FrankJackson October 05, 2016
Excellent Shot. Evokes such an ominous feeling.
kjfishman
 
kjfishman December 05, 2016
Great capture! Better call ghost busters!
fredsaunders
 
fredsaunders June 13, 2017
Lovely shot and composition!
Atoly
 
Atoly September 19, 2017
A Doisneau remake ?
Eduardbetz Platinum
 
Eduardbetz October 17, 2017
Awesome !
lyndabowyer
 
lyndabowyer October 18, 2017
Wonderful photo. Would love to know how you managed to get on the roof to take it!
aspri
 
aspri January 14, 2018
Excellent photo grat.
WolfEyesPhotography
 
WolfEyesPhotography May 25, 2018
This is truly fantastic!!
Cajunsol
 
Cajunsol May 25, 2018
Creepy
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady January 05, 2021
Magnificent
DAsEye Platinum
 
DAsEye January 29, 2021
Before the fire?
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo is taken from the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Time
I took the photograph in the the afternoon. This is one of the great things about black and white photography. You don't need the colourful skies, and sometimes the cloudier, the better.
Lighting
This was taken on an overcast day which helped with the feel of the picture.
Equipment
This was shot using a Canon 60D with Sigma 17-50mm lens at 26mm - 1/25, f/13 ISO 200. No flash was used.
Inspiration
The rest of my days in Paris has been incredibly sunny. As soon as there was some cloud, I knew I wanted a moody shot of one of the grotesques (I had called them gargoyles, but I have been corrected since). They truly do look as if they are watching over this fantastic city! I wanted to of course include the tower in the background so positioned myself accordingly. Although I did take it in colour, I always had black and white in my mind.
Editing
The shadows have been brought out and the clarity and contrast have been increased to emphasise the fantastic texture to the piece.
In my camera bag
I now carry what I feel is the holy trinity of lenses for landscapes - a 16-35mm, a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. I have very recently upgraded to full frame and enjoying the clearer pictures at higher ISOs. Also in my kitbag are some ND filters, a remote trigger and of course a tripod. I never go anywhere without one and so have a number of them from a Sirui carbon fibre one under 1kg to a Manfrotto 055.
Feedback
This does look better on an overcast day as it adds to the moody feel. I don't know if you can go up at night, but I would love to try it again myself at night with some stars and/or moonlight.

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