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La Tour Eiffel - France
1st PlaceLa Tour Eiffel - France
Melethia


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Challenge: The Spirit Of A Country (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Paris
Date: Nov 12, 2009
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Black and White, Travel
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2009

From my travel guide: "Engineer Gustave Eiffel's iron creation for the 1889 World's Fair was greeted with disgust by Parisians, who dubbed it the Giant Asparagus." It does go on to say Parisians eventually warmed to the tower, which the guidebook also says is "the ultimate symbol of France.. worth a vist at least once in your lifetime." Agree - everyone should visit Paris once in their lifetime if possible!

The shot is taken from the Trocadero plaza above the tower. It is indeed a very impressive view, and I was fortunate that the place was not very crowded. Most of the few folks who were there were trying to sell cheesy souvenirs.

(Note that this also meets the other challenge - Centered Composition. I should get extra credit!)

[Nov. 22nd, 2009 04:09:27 AM]

This is scoring WAY better than I expected. WAY better. I think it is a case of the right shot for the right challenge, not a significant overall improvement in my camera skills. :-)

And I do agree that this is a symbol of France but perhaps not of the spirit of France, unless you take into account the slow, begrudged acceptance of the icon. To truly capture the spirit of France would take a lot more time than I had, and a photo essay or book rather than a single shot. And it should be done by 21.gif jjbeguin.

[Nov. 22nd, 2009 02:10:22 PM]

The one thing I did hope would come across with this is the sheer size of this beast. It really is pretty darn big.

Wow - thanks, folks!! Didn't expect this at all. But I'll take it!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 63
Avg (all users): 6.8871
Avg (commenters): 8.2273
Avg (participants): 6.9444
Avg (non-participants): 6.8774
Views since voting: 5833
Views during voting: 441
Votes: 248
Comments: 117
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02/23/2013 07:18:48 PM
I'll give you bonus points! I love this...
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08/22/2011 08:26:38 AM
The detail is stunning, the gray is timeless and mysterious. superb.

Message edited by author 2012-08-03 09:01:22.
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12/02/2009 10:12:04 PM
Congrats Deb on the blue. It is a great image...and you did an excellent job showing us the scale. Terrific!
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12/01/2009 04:29:14 PM
Wow! Congratulations on the BLUE! Well done and well deserved!
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12/01/2009 01:13:47 PM
Deb, how did I not notice this was yours??? It is awesome! Huge congrats on your BLUE!
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11/30/2009 01:00:52 PM
Congrats on your BLUE!!! Nobody could capture this Giant Asparagus better than you...not even 21.gif jjbeguin himself! Well done, Deb!
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11/29/2009 11:40:56 PM
Oh my gosh Deb! Congratulations! I'm so out of touch with everything at the mo. Thrilled I managed to catch your blue ribbon on the front page in time. Stunning photograph.
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11/29/2009 01:15:41 PM
Congratulations, It's an impressive, symmetrical, view of the famous landmark. The eye is drawn to the small buildings and cars in the background at its' base, so that does emphasize the size.
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11/28/2009 08:37:56 PM
Hey Deb, so nice to see you on the front page, big congrats! : )
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11/28/2009 06:40:35 PM
Of all the Eiffel Tower shots I have seen (and taken) this one has fantastic character.
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11/28/2009 06:21:09 PM
Glad to see you get the blue! Well done
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11/28/2009 05:29:12 PM
I believe that in French, you would say "Tour de Eiffel" meaning Tower of Eiffel, but none the less, fantastic photo, congrats on your high score!
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11/28/2009 04:09:35 PM
While you were there did you ask any Frenchmen what the spirit of the country was? I'm curious as to how many said this tower was it.

Great shot and 'gratz :)

I would love to see this exact shot without traffic. Seeing the Eiffel Tower alone in its simplistic beauty would be a rarity indeed.
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11/28/2009 05:31:43 AM
this is awesome photo, really great and i love it because of that :-)
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11/28/2009 12:08:06 AM
Wow,fantastic capture, congrats on the Blue!
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11/27/2009 11:33:47 PM
Please forgive my late congratulations. It has nothing at all to do with this fabulous, iconic, 'spirit of a country' image you've captured. Well done, Deb, and congrats!
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11/27/2009 09:15:21 PM
belle photo... félicitations :)
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11/27/2009 01:29:24 PM
I didn't get no blue ribbons in Paris. I want my money back!
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11/27/2009 11:43:03 AM
Really nice job, Deb! You can sell this one.
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11/27/2009 08:22:42 AM
hey Deb, congrats! Great view, and winter weather makes it better. The blue should make it one happy Thanksgiving!
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11/27/2009 07:27:04 AM
I looked very carefully, not one pigeon, what the hell. ;p, Nice capture BTW.
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11/27/2009 01:32:32 AM
Deb congrats!!! Im so happy for you. I wish the image would load on the work computers so I could see it.
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11/26/2009 04:07:30 PM
I've been getting ready for thanksgiving, so I hadn't had a chance to look at the results. Awesome!!!! Congrats! A blue, even! It certainly does give the sense of size. Very, very nice!
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11/26/2009 11:46:54 AM
Congratulations!!!!! And again, thanks for my Debfort, she will be put to good use.
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11/26/2009 10:37:13 AM
OMG!! LOOK at you w the Blue!!!
Well deserved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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11/26/2009 09:36:36 AM
OMG! I have been so not paying attention to much lately. Congrats on a gorgeous shot and the blue!!!!
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11/26/2009 12:06:37 AM
Deb! I forgot to check in this morning until now! What a great Thanksgiving present to be honored for your fabulous photography with a blue ribbon! You are getting some killer travel photos you lucky jet setter :)

Man, this is beautiful!!!

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11/25/2009 10:44:19 PM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon Deb! This really is a nice photo of the French icon.
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11/25/2009 09:41:37 PM
WOW! Congratulations on a STUNNING image and a well deserved ribbon :-)
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11/25/2009 09:26:51 PM
Oh, Deb. Congratulations on a fine image and a SUPER placement.

Yes, I've see this icon a number of times, each time gaining more from the experience. Once I just sat in the Bateau (the one that goes up and down the Seine & hits the high spots) and drew the thing. I finished its left leg before we had to leave again. It's a high point in my sketchbook of that trip.

Thanks for bringing back that fond memory and for making such a great image.

:-))
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11/25/2009 09:18:14 PM
Fabulous image Deb! Congrats on the Blue! Perfectly composed.
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11/25/2009 08:47:07 PM
Congratulations Deb on your Blue Ribbon, great image.
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11/25/2009 07:39:50 PM
Congratulations, Deb!!!! Absolutely perfect!!
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11/25/2009 07:23:02 PM
superb! congratulations!
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11/25/2009 07:14:16 PM
beautiful shot! congrats on the ribbon!
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11/25/2009 06:11:07 PM
Congrats on the blue! Well deserved.
Fabarooni shot :)
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11/25/2009 05:06:33 PM
Congrats on your first place win, Deb! Excellent shot of the Eiffel Tower and very dramatic in gray tone! Now you can add it to the black & white side challenge! ;-)
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11/25/2009 02:20:29 PM
congrats deb on the blue ...
i love this pic .. i love the b&w and the way it looks like i should see cars from the 20's driving around on the roads ... love your processing .. like stepping back in time .. its such a perfect composition too .. :)
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11/25/2009 01:44:25 PM
Big congrats, Deb!
A really fantastic shot!
Und ist es nicht ein schönes Gefühl, wieder ein blaues Band gewonnen zu haben :-) ?!
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11/25/2009 01:33:37 PM
Congratulations. The weather worked for you in this one.
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11/25/2009 01:24:46 PM
Congrats Deb! Great shot.
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11/25/2009 01:12:24 PM
Well deserved blue Melethia! The depth of field/sharpness is fantastic and excellent choice of b/w.
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11/25/2009 12:25:00 PM
Way to go, Deb! Great image ... the sky helps it look even MORE impressive ...

Congratulations ...

me
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11/25/2009 12:17:46 PM
Congratulations on the blue Melethia! Well deserved for a wonderful image.
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11/25/2009 11:51:07 AM
Melethia, what a wonderful suprise to find you getting a blue :)
Congratulation on the very well deserved one :)
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11/25/2009 11:27:18 AM
Woo-hoo!! Congrats!! this was my pick for the blue. Fantastic!
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11/25/2009 11:10:07 AM
Congrats Deb! This is awesome! What I would give to see this in person.
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11/25/2009 10:25:24 AM
Congrats on your blue for a great image.
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11/25/2009 10:18:34 AM
Great job! Congrats!
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11/25/2009 10:13:09 AM
The viewpoint you chose is perfect. The B/W looks great. Congrats on the well deserved blue!
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11/25/2009 09:57:03 AM
way to go woman. well done!
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11/25/2009 09:11:19 AM
YAYYYYYYYYYYY for you, gorgeous shot
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11/25/2009 08:40:10 AM
Wooohoooo, go Deb go!!! Congrats, it is well deserved.
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11/25/2009 08:21:21 AM
Holy crap, deb. This is fantastic. I didn't vote on this challenge but you certainly got the ribbon you deserved. Geez. It's perfect.
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11/25/2009 08:20:08 AM
Deb! Deb! Deb! Deb! Deb!

Congrats on a wonderful photo! :)
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11/25/2009 07:15:51 AM
Don't be modest. The composition, angle, duotone processing...all absolutely perfect. An iconic image of an iconic location. Very, very well done, and a big congratulations on the Blue.
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11/25/2009 06:39:48 AM
Love the shot, well done and congratulaltions on the blue1
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11/25/2009 05:35:30 AM
I think it's the simplicity of this that works so well. Most people will stand on their head trying to get a novel POV of such a familiar landmark. You bravely tackled it straight on. And to excellent effect.

Beautiful job and a well deserved ribbon. Congrats!
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11/25/2009 04:02:04 AM
fantastic
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11/25/2009 03:56:27 AM
Good work. Congrats on the blue, Deb.
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11/25/2009 03:50:19 AM
YEAH!!! Fantastic!!
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11/25/2009 03:23:13 AM
Magnifique! ~~Congratulations~~
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11/25/2009 03:17:57 AM
Awesome, absolutely awesome!
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11/25/2009 02:53:03 AM
WOW!!!!!!! BRILIIANT shot Deb!! Incredible detail. More than well deserved ribbon!
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11/25/2009 02:44:24 AM
Woohoo! Congrats, Deb! Now you have another blue to keep your doll company. :)
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11/25/2009 02:22:41 AM
B&W is perfect for this shot and another ribbon will add nicely to your colection :- )
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11/25/2009 02:11:28 AM
Great one Deb :)
Congrats on yet another ribbon...
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11/25/2009 01:44:13 AM
Congrats Deb. But where's Hitler? :P
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11/25/2009 01:40:29 AM
fantastic classic shot Deb and well deserved blue
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11/25/2009 01:35:17 AM
Congrats on the blue Deb!
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11/25/2009 01:23:16 AM
Many congratulations, Deb! This is beautifully done.
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11/25/2009 12:57:53 AM
super shot. congratulations.
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11/25/2009 12:57:49 AM
Hey, who's a clever girl, then? ;-) Love this shot, especially the greys. Many congratulations on winning the BLUE.
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11/25/2009 12:55:13 AM
Congrat's Deb!
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11/25/2009 12:51:18 AM
Congratulations Deb!
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11/25/2009 12:39:35 AM
Excellent details - love the composition - And a big, big congratulations!!!
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11/25/2009 12:33:43 AM
Awesome! Way to go Deb!
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11/25/2009 12:33:34 AM
Well done Deb! Congrats.
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11/25/2009 12:24:33 AM
Congratulations Deb!!
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11/25/2009 12:22:47 AM
Easily both competitions. Love the details, the mid greys, the sky, the lines, the many balances. The taj mahal.
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11/25/2009 12:21:53 AM
Well done, Deb. A really good shot of the tower, and the sky is an important factor in this one.
Last time I was there, I had food poisoning but I managed to get to the second level.
(Warning: Do not buy egg sandwiches in the Paris Metro on a public holiday.) ;-)
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11/25/2009 12:19:21 AM
awesome!!
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11/25/2009 12:18:59 AM
Congrats Deb Well deserved!!!
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11/25/2009 12:14:33 AM
Congrats, lovely image.
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11/25/2009 12:12:39 AM
Congrats, Deb! Very well done. It has the feel of an old postcard.
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11/25/2009 12:10:47 AM
Ribbon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah baby - YEAH!
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11/25/2009 12:08:06 AM
wow, congrats! tour de force!
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11/25/2009 12:06:50 AM
Great to see the blue go your way! Well done.
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11/25/2009 12:06:00 AM
Ha, ha Deb! Well done. I guess it didn't drop too low in the end. Very happy for you.
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11/25/2009 12:05:57 AM
The Blue for you! Congratulations, Deb. What a beautiful image with incredibly deep, deep depth of field.
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11/25/2009 12:03:54 AM
Congrats. Great one
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11/25/2009 12:03:41 AM
WOOT! Congrats Deb on the blue! And you were moping along in the 4s for awhile, and then you pull this out of a hat. Great work!

Just one quetion. Where's the pigeon? :-)
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11/25/2009 12:03:27 AM
This is really cool. It looks like a collector's item post card. All the tiny cars and the big structure - very cool. Love it in black and white. CONGRATS on the blue!!!!
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11/25/2009 12:02:07 AM
you go girl!!! Wonderful shot!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2009 10:23:08 PM
Iconic in itself, photographs of the Eiffel tower are done so often that they often become cliché. However, this is not the case with this photograph. The symmetry, texture with the clouds, and perfect use of the zone system not only makes this photograph stand out from the rest (well outside of DPC) but also tops this as my highest vote in this challenge. Nicely done!
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11/23/2009 09:02:28 PM
Great shot, nice sky, good symmetry.
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11/23/2009 07:00:02 PM
Very good simmetry, and good choice on B&W. Maybe more contrast would be nice.
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11/23/2009 05:18:17 PM
Great shot, nicely symmetrical. I am glad you made this a B&W, really works well.. although that said, B&W is not offering enough drama to take it to the next level, it needs more contrast to make the Eiffel tower really pop out! 8
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11/23/2009 03:51:48 PM
I love the water, but the tower looks flat and dull.
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11/22/2009 06:14:49 AM
Great composition!
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11/21/2009 04:09:06 PM
excellent capture, good balance, nice tone
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11/20/2009 11:19:40 PM
Perfect composition. Great sky. Can't go wrong with a subject like this. It lacks a bit in the darker shades for my taste, but it's an excellent exposure with lots of range nonetheless.
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11/20/2009 02:18:27 PM
Nice B&W!
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11/19/2009 09:33:16 PM
Vive la France!! This is really nice in b&w.
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11/19/2009 03:42:49 PM
Nice and I like the b&W.
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11/18/2009 10:22:07 PM
Tack sharp, full of grand little details which make up the whole. What could be more quintessential France than this great architectural monument? The tones & textures in the black & white are beautiful.
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11/18/2009 08:37:55 PM
Love the symetry, leading lines, thirds, dramatic sky. This photos has everything going for it.
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11/18/2009 05:32:42 PM
That's what I think of when I think of France. I wonder would that make it the stereotypical image then?
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11/18/2009 04:53:13 PM
Pretty obvious choice if you live in Paris. Comes to my mind too when I think of France.
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11/18/2009 02:51:26 PM
C'est magnifique!
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11/18/2009 10:25:09 AM
The Eiffel Tower is most definately a recognized symbol of France. I love how you composed this with the fountain and street that acts as leading lines to towards the Eiffel Tower. Those leading lines also travel off to the horizon's vanishing point but not before our eyes see the outlines of the city that center around this grand monument. I also like how you chose the vertical to not only compliment the majestic tower but the shooting water fountains act like a 'parting curtain' that open up so that the eye travels on the leading line to the main attraction: the Eiffel Tower. I do have one critique and that is I think just a tad more boost to the contrast would make the B&W tones even more dynamic such that it pops of the page even more. I do like the B&W because it calls attention to the details, shapes, and lines but I do wonder what this looks like in color. Great work: 8
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11/18/2009 09:05:29 AM
Nice conversion. I've always loved shots from this vantage point because of the sense of scale they provide.
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11/18/2009 06:35:43 AM
Symbol of a country - rather than spirit of a country. Nice photo but not very intimate about the spirit part is it.
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11/18/2009 05:29:50 AM
Cliche but still great! 7
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11/18/2009 02:51:24 AM
Nice shot, captures an icon of France but is it the spirit? I'm not sure but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.
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11/18/2009 01:51:31 AM
Great composition, sky and the iconic E Tower. This says it all. A "nine".
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11/18/2009 12:30:53 AM
Nice shot, like the b&w, 9
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