Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Black And White Photography, Photography
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
From Le Flore en l’Ile cafe, Île Saint-Louis, Paris

It’s amazing the life post-processing can bring to old jpeg files. I took this photo in 2010 with my Nikon D90 and kit lens, before I knew anything about photography (can we talk about cutting off the steeple?). But as I worked on it, Paris came alive before my eyes. And I was transported to the cafe where we spent a wonderful mid-afternoon break people-watching against the backdrop of Pont Saint-Louis and Notre Dame. J’adore Paris!

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26 thoughts on “Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

  1. Ditto to the many lovely comments about this image. One new one … who is the guy (gal?) with the leg over the wall? And why?
    Going for a swim?
    Just hanging out?
    So many details to view in this image, Stacy! Love it!

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    1. Hahaha. I love how you really study everyone’s images, Laurie! As for what he’s doing, have no idea, but he certainly adds his own level of drama to the photo 😉 Thanks, as always, for leaving wonderful comments that always make me smile 😀

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. I actually like the backend of Notre Dame better – I could stare at it for days and never tire of all the angles and details 🙂 Incredible architectural achievement!

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  2. Great image of this magnificent structure Stacy 🙂 Its amazing that most of us can trace our roots back to Europe which has such wonderful architecture and a rich history, yet all we could build over here is bland buildings and glass skyscrapers. Where did we go wrong, LOL? Great work.

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  3. Is there anything less important than a steeple’s tip? 😉
    And could we please refrain from downgrading ourselves?
    This photograph is really great due to its composition (a blob and a half surrounded by space and guided by lines) and the right choice of the time of the day (late noon, I assume?) and the distance between camera and subject. Post processing already subtracted.
    In my opinion, there is a great difference between photographing and processing with photographing essentially being the ability to (consciously or subconsciously) recognise a good frame and processing essentially being the knowledge of a photographs potential and how to bring it out.
    tl;dr: You don’t have to “know” anything about photography to create great photographs.

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    1. Andsel Adams used the metaphor of music in his lectures. He equated the shot as the score and the print (which included the dark room work) as the performance In this age our darkrooms are digital but the Art of great photography is the same.

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    2. I suppose you’re correct that one need not “know” anything to create great photographs, but since then it sure has helped me in taking photos to learn and understand the principles of composition and what makes a strong image. I’m just glad my subconscious was working well when I shot this picture 😉 As for the difference between photographing and processing, I like how you’ve characterized the two. Thanks so much for your thought-provoking comment, Daniel!

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