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Eiffel Tower - Fisheye ... Fishy?



Night shot below the Eiffel Tower with a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. Editing was done using On1 Photo and Adobe Lightroom.

Night shot below the Eiffel Tower with a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. Editing was done using On1 Photo and Adobe Lightroom.
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GeraintRowlandPhotography
 
GeraintRowlandPhotography October 12, 2016
Cool
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JohnHoke October 12, 2016
Hey thanks! Got a surprise tonight logging in and seeing it featured on the hall o' fame ;)
jmgranier
 
jmgranier October 12, 2016
magnifique
Wildatlanticwanderer
 
Wildatlanticwanderer October 13, 2016
Amazing
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JohnHoke October 15, 2016
I normally would thank each person individually for all the love they show my photos, but I've never seen a response like this before and lost the uphill battle of doing that - so let me say THANK YOU! to everyone here and now!
jen4582
 
jen4582 February 28, 2017
Stunning!
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JohnHoke March 02, 2017
Jen - thank you!
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sethfinkel March 15, 2017
so, so good!
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JohnHoke March 15, 2017
Thank you so much!
cjaimaging
 
cjaimaging April 16, 2017
Phenomenal shot!
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JohnHoke June 02, 2017
Thank you! :)
MikeBoyle
 
MikeBoyle June 14, 2017
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
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JohnHoke June 15, 2017
Thank you so much :)
rose12
 
rose12 June 14, 2017
brilliantly done congrats on winning!
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JohnHoke June 15, 2017
Thank you!
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JohnHoke August 03, 2017
I am utterly amazed ... 4th time as featured on VB's wall ... #humblebrag seriously.. never thought this would happen, nor get the response it has.

Thank you to everyone who liked/awarded this and to VB for everything :)

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the middle of a cornfield in Nebraska ... No? Ok, yes, this was taken in Paris while on a business trip and walking back to my hotel from a late dinner. I must have taken hundreds of photos of the Eiffel Tower in my life, but I wanted to try something 'different' ... not the typical postcard image of the tower and lights ... but well... a bit odd, I am a self taught photography hobbyist and do like to try and turn things on their heads, as well as tweak things in post
Time
Honestly, I dont recall the time ... probably between 8p and 10p things were busy, but not excessively so, and there wasn't a lot of tourists around. I was able to linger and get a number of good shots with little disturbance.
Lighting
Lighting? Are there many cities that are better at night? The most important thing I found about the lighting in this series of pictures is to not worry about it. The lighting around the Tower is fine for shooting - and the Tower itself is like an iron and steel Christmas tree. Shoot and Go!
Equipment
For this image I swapped out my walkaround Tamron and put a Sigma 15mm Fisheye lens on my Nikon D610 and kept it fairly simple. Unfortunately my tripod was back at the hotel, so other than the camera it was me sitting on the ground with my backpack supporting the camera the best I could.
Inspiration
I really did simply want an odd angle and view of the Eiffel Tower, something that was off kilter and different. I think I was able to achieve that between the lens and angle ... It was the last night in Paris and I wanted "the" night shot - something special for my house.
Editing
This photo required quite a bit of post-processing to get from the original RAW image to here. The initial cleanup, lens corrections, and some coarse refinements were done in Lightroom as part of my import workflow. I then used On1 Photo to work the image, accidentally selecting a TiltShift filter and it created this gorgeous bokeh along the street - literally transforming trash and debris on the ground into light - I knew this was the way I had to go with it. I spent some time sharpening the tower itself, but the majority of the effort was in getting the bottom third or so of the photo where I wanted it - while masking the tower's legs I learned a LOT working this image, and probably the most important lesson - patience (and when that fails that Single Malt can be a good assistant)
In my camera bag
I am not a professional by any means, and I try to travel light when possible. I'll have my Nikon D610 with a walk around lens, a 15mm Sigma Fisheye and depending on where I'm going either a longer zoom or a 12-24mm wide-angle lens. When I can I strap a tripod onto my backpack and throw some cleaning gear etc. I initially tried carrying the kitchen sink around with me - but I found I really didn't need to (nor did my back appreciate it). The gear can help - but just sitting around looking at things then taking the shot works better all around
Feedback
Stop and look. Seriously. Look around, lay down on the floor, climb a tree, sit on a wall ... look for a way to see things that is yours. People love to say "Think outside the box" - rubbish! The box ITSELF is the limitation. There is no box other than the viewfinder :)

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