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While wandering Paris on a drizzly evening I stumbled across this view of the Eiffel Tower. I consider myself fortunate to have all these conditions in place at...
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While wandering Paris on a drizzly evening I stumbled across this view of the Eiffel Tower. I consider myself fortunate to have all these conditions in place at just the right moment.
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vitor PRO+
 
vitor May 14, 2017
Vive la France!
brianbaitystudio
 
brianbaitystudio May 14, 2017
Indeed Vitor!! thank you
730popper PRO
 
730popper June 26, 2017
Yes, really difficult to get an original view of something, photographed millions of times. This is one of the most unique that I have seen, great job, luck or no. You recognized it and captured it. I really like it.
brianbaitystudio
 
brianbaitystudio June 26, 2017
thank you, @730popper. i count myself fortunate for certain
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden August 24, 2017
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
brianbaitystudio
brianbaitystudio August 24, 2017
thank you. @eelcovanroden. I am honored to know that my peers feel I have a photo of this caliber
Eduardbetz PRO+
 
Eduardbetz October 19, 2018
This is different and nicely composed. Being a photoshop user, I would work on the sky or replace it but many people might not agree with this.
brianbaitystudio
brianbaitystudio October 21, 2018
I think it would be interesting to see how you would change the sky. As I don't possess any photo manipulation software I leave the images as I shot them. Sometimes I think it would be beneficial to learn to manipulate photos, I have seen some amazing things done to images. Thanks Eduard, for sharing your thoughts

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot occurred while wandering Paris, trying to take in a few sites during my very short evening in France. I was using the Eiffel Tower as a landmark while I wandered the streets.
Time
Shot in March just before 8:00 PM local time
Lighting
Lighting in this shot was all natural. The sun had set and the sky, as you can see, was overcast. The weather changed frequently from light rain to drizzle.
Equipment
This is the part that surprises many people when I share the story. I did not wish to carry my camera in the rain as I did not have any way to protect it. Therefore, the only tool I had on me at that time was my Samsung S5 Note mobile phone. I did not want to lose that captivating view so I shot it handheld with my phone camera. I would like to have carried my Nikon at that moment but it did teach me a valuable lesson to always be on the lookout for that rare moment that will never be repeated. I am thankful for the technology that allows us to carry a capable camera in our pocket.
Inspiration
My flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA to Sofia, Bulgaria was delayed overnight for maintenance issues.This caused everyone to spend the night in Paris. I had never seen Paris prior to this day so I wanted to see as much as I could in the short time I had. I decided on a self guided walking tour of the area between Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. As the evening progressed I approached Eiffel Tower and caught this view down a side street. The vehicles and people all bustling to get to their destinations. This is my favorite view of the tower that I found that day. Like everyone else, I have seen many different views of the tower but I don't recall this angle and location in any photo I have seen. I believe the lights from the buildings and automobiles reflected in the water on the road and the fog in the background really add to the atmosphere of the moment
Editing
There is no processing at all in this photo
In my camera bag
As I stated above, this shot was captured with my mobile phone. My kit contains a Nikon D810, which has been my goto setup with a Nikkor 105 mm f2.8 lens. Recently I upgraded my second body to a Nikon D500. I bought this body for it's lowlight capabilities. Normally the Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4 lens resides on the D500 and is the setup I carry when I want to travel light. For those special occasions where I need a wide view the Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 fills the void and a Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 helps me reach out long and far for those subjects that don't like us getting close or the animals that might cause severe bodily harm. The Nikon speedlight system works wonders for all my supplemental lighting and I Manfrotto tripod when needed.
Feedback
My advice to capture a similar image or for that matter any interesting image is to slow down, always be looking at the world around you, and "take the path less traveled". Pay attention to both the distant and up-close worlds within your view. Nearly any given moment offers something worth photographing if we think beyond the obvious. And finally, I would say remember that it isn't the tool that ultimately makes a memorable image, it is the eye of the artist.

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