Sydney Opera House from the Harbour Bridge
A World Heritage Site Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House has about a 1000 rooms going 9 floors below for production, logistics and miscellaneous operations. It took 16 years to build. The story of its making, a drama onto itself, with a bittersweet ending.
The roof is made of 2,194 pre-cast concrete sections, which weigh up to 15 tonnes each, is covered with 1 million self cleaning tiles that have never been cleaned. I always thought it was made of large vinyl/canvas sails like the the ones you see at some new airports or stadiums. An amazing feat! Have you been to Sydney? What’s your favorite part of this beautiful city?
Okay so it’s time to catch up on photos from Paris. If you like this post, you can also find previous posts from Day 1 here.
Day two wasn’t as busy as day one. This was mainly because I planned to visit only one destination – La Tour Eiffel. Obviously this was to be a highlight of my visit. I wanted to focus on this one location, experience it’s beauty through the sunset and into the night. I also wanted to get a time lapse while getting some good shots, and just take it all in.
La Tour Eiffel is one sight to behold. It is much larger than it looks in any movie, magazine or photo you’ve ever seen. Truly a wonder to behold, especially considering the era in which it was constructed and the fact that it still dominates the skyline in this age-old, world class city. It is yet another testament to the French and their pride in their ability to construct.
I arrived about 2 hours before sunset immediately began looking for a good, higher vantage point. I settled on the Palais de Chaillot / Esplanade du Trocadero. I wanted to also explore some ultra extended exposures to capture the intense traffic around the tower. I also hoped that the a few 10 minutes exposures with a 1- stop filter might help remove the crowd in the scene. I was wrong. The sheer numbers of tourists in this area was overwhelming! I could barely capture a clear shot of the sidewalks.
Below are choice shots from my evening as I chased the sunset through to the night. I took a time lapse as well in between these shots. I met some great people while out there and made some new friends.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105 f/4 @ 35mm, f/4, 2.5s.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105 f/4 @ 35mm, f/4, HDR
La Tour Eiffel, Paris – 16 x 24 inches
La Tour Eiffel, Paris – 16 x 24 inches
Continuing from: https://bryanallo.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/paris-day-1-galeries-lafayette-heaven-on-earth-for-women/
After exploring Galeries Lafayette, I realized I had lost my bearings and walked too far west. I then took the next south-east street which landed be at this round about. In the middle of the round about was this very old church: Eglise De La Madeleine.
It was here that it began to sink in, just how much the French people value their construction and buildings. Paris is dotted with a plethora of monuments. Not just hastily erected structures with tablets and inscriptions. They are all monuments that took decades or generations to complete. Exhaustive use of granite, marble, stone, copper and iron. It was very inspiring and profoundly moving to walk up to, touch and visit every single one of these monuments. Even simple state/governmental office buildings, stood as if those who built them wanted to make a very pertinent point to all who did as much as walk by. You could feel the deep sense of pride of those who toiled away, cutting those stones, granite and smelting the copper.
Eglise De La Madeleine, was no exception. And to think that, as I explored the city more in the following days, I realized that this church was perhaps one of the most modest of churches dotting the Paris landscape. It was humbling.
It was overcast and drizzling but I managed to get a somewhat clean shot of the front despite the high level of traffic. Fortunately I was able to get some shots of the inside. Once inside, I took extra care not to disturb the faithful who were present for worship. I set my 5D Mark III to Live View mode so as to avoid the loud mirror slap that comes with an SLR. I was able to quietly take multiple HDR bracket shots. I used a high ISO 1600-3200 since I only had enough time and space to shoot handheld. In this respect, the 5D Mark III proved it’s worth with no noticeable noise. Below are some of the shots I got.
Some of the cleaner shots will be processed and made available for print.