Morning at Notre Dame

Morning at Notre Dame

One morning in Paris I was up and out shooting really early. I started at Notre Dame and although the sunrise wasn’t interesting, it was great to have this icon to myself!

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Up early in Paris

Up early in Paris

Before sunrise in Paris, when all the tourists are asleep...

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The only one out shooting

The only one out shooting

An early wakeup one morning in France gave me the opportunity to photography Notre Dame without another soul around...and it was perfect!

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A good morning in Paris

A good morning in Paris

A lovely pre-dawn shot of Notre Dame in Paris, that most beautiful of cities...

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Notre Dame in monochrome

Notre Dame in monochrome

A pair of old photos from a couple of years ago, while I was wandering around Notre Dame in the rain.

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Notre Dame morning

Notre Dame morning

Notre Dame in Paris is always crowded, so my solution was to get up and shoot it at sunrise.  Turns out I had it all to myself!

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Christmas with Quasimodo

Christmas with Quasimodo

Ah, the beauty of Notre Dame in Paris!  And even prettier with a huge Christmas tree out front!  Click on through and have a look - there are 7 photos for you to enjoy today my friends!

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Golden hour at Notre Dame

When I was planning the trip to Paris, I knew that Notre Dame was one of the places I wanted to photograph.  You pretty much have to, right?  Along with the Eiffel Tower, it’s a type of proof that you actually went there.  

And though I love to shoot the “smaller things” in famous cities, I make time to shoot the “big things” too.  This one definitely qualifies...and it’s well worth seeing.  We also took the tour to the top, which involved climbing a massive amount of stairs - my legs are still tired.  :-)  But when you get up top, the view is pretty impressive.

Anyways, I obviously didn’t shoot this one from the top.  I got lucky with some good light that evening, and nice clouds which happened to be in the right place when I was in the right place.  After shooting around the front of Notre Dame (which in addition to being incredibly crowded also had a huge set of bleachers there) I went looking for a more interesting view (and what would prove to be a prettier picture).

It took a little back and forth, but ultimately I made my way down to the River Seine and found a nice spot, just out of everyone’s way.  With the strong golden light coming from behind me (that’s my shadow along the path, if you haven’t noticed) and illuminating the face of the cathedral, it was just a matter of firing brackets one after another and experimenting with slightly different compositions.

In other words, I have a million more of these to share some day.  :-)