Bright and early for our final day in Paris with a sunrise at Trocadero, just west of the Eiffel Tower across the Seine. The lights on the Tower aren’t lit in the morning so it has a bit of a different feel than what we’re used to at sunset and evening. I decided to play around with soft focus to create bokeh and a dreamy effect for the morning’s sunrise.
And zero in on the details of the Tower with its coolness against the warm colors of sunrise.
After breakfast, we headed up close to get some detail shots.
As we left I liked the swooping curve of the Tower’s leg.
We walked along the Champ de Mars to the Wall of Peace. This was built in 2000 and placed here as a symbolic gesture as the Champs de Mars is typically associated with a reminder of war. (The military school is just behind this.) The glass portion of the structure has Peace written in 49 languages.
Our final stop of the day was the Paris Philharmonic designed by Jean Nouvel and is a cultural center dedicated to music. There are images of 340,000 birds etched in the surface of varying shades to resemble a grand take-off. However, there is much controversy around this building. Nouvel sued the Philharmonic for “non-compliance” with his designs, asking for 26 corrections and his named removed from association with the building, but he lost. Either way, still a fascinating building. And much different than the first time I photographed it on a very cloudy day. So nice to have sunshine and the contrast of all the grays against the soft blue sky.
The underside of the lower level and various parts of the upper levels have all these spikes hanging from the ceiling. They make for great photo subjects!
Thanks for joining me in my photo journey all over Paris these last couple of weeks. If you missed the first 3 posts, here they are – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. And, while I’ve shared quite a few images, there are SO many more over here if you’d like to get lost in the City of Light for awhile 😉
Coming soon, Paris 2019!