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Exploring Paris: The romantic terraces of Montmartre at night

Even though I’ve lived in Paris for 3 years back in the 2000s, I take even more pleasure capturing the city now that I don’t live there anymore. Maintaining a fresh eye and a unique perspective is easier that way.

So, for this episode of Exploring Paris, we will spend a delightful evening in the district of Montmartre, the picturesque neighborhood of Paris known for its romantic ambiance and its famous terraces.

So sit down and enjoy the nice walk.

  • a nice perspective on Rue Norvins and Maison Catherine near Place du Tertre
  • People at the terrace of cafe le Sabot Rouge  enjoying the view of Place du Tertre
  • Beautiful light on Eglise des Abbesses

Equipment used for the shoot

Nikon D700

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4 G ED VR : a wide angle lens like this one is really ideal for travel photography and even though I wouldn’t recommend using the range from 16-20mm for classic editorial travel photography because of the distortion, it’s still a great tool to capture urban scenes (especially if the streets are very narrow).

Gitzo Leveling 6X tripod GT2540LVL

Default ISO settings : 200

Equipment used for the shoot

Most of these pictures are HDR tonemapped in Oloneo PhotoEngine and blended with LDR exposures in Photoshop along with levels, curves and sharpening adjustments. Non HDR files are also available for licensing.

Thanks for viewing!

David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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2 Comments
  • Bob

    David, you definitely inspired me and I am not embarrassed to say that I imitated some of your shots in montmartre when I visited Paris few days ago.
    I am not gonna talk about your angles and composition as they are superb, but what I wanna comment on is the way you process your photos, oh man, these montmartre shots are absolutely beautiful and inspiring.

    I kept running from one location to another and imagined how you were shooting here and there and I will try to use the software you recommended to process my shots and I hope to get a similar outcome.

    Keep up the great job Dave, I am sure there are many excellent photographers around the world but the truth is, I didn’t see anyone who could represent montmartre the way you did and the passion you gave for people who saw these pictures, well at least I am talking about my personal experience.

    I will keep visiting your website for more inspiration and I would be more than happy to learn from an expert like you.

    Regards

    2013/08/14 at 7:16 am
  • These pictures are beautiful. I am so inspired!

    http://blog.jessicapei.com/

    2015/05/19 at 10:25 pm

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