Monday, September 8, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 37: Eiffel Tower anno 1905

When one thinks about Paris, one of the first things that come to mind is probably the Eiffel tower! Shooting such an iconic monument in a way that hasn't been done before is a challenge. And that was precisely what I was after, on my visit to the French capital a week ago...

While I was in Paris on a 24 hour layover for the flying job, I gave myself the challenge to photograph the 125 year old building in a way that could have been done at the start of twentieth century; no cars, no people, no modern buildings, in Black and White!

Given it was the last weekend of August and the end of the Summer holiday period, leaving the people out was probably the hardest challenge. 

Eiffel tower anno 1905
The image above was made under the Bir-Hakeim bridge, a few kilometers to the Southwest of the 324m monument. This bridge over the Seine river, dates back to 1905, 16 years after the Eiffel tower was finished, and has been used in several movies like "Inception" and "last tango in Paris".

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 14mm 2.8 Fujinon lens
ISO 500, f11, 14mm, 1/400s
RAW development in Lightroom 5.6
Nik Analog Efex to give the Black and White vintage film look

One of the things that always surprises me is that the height of the Eiffel tower is almost exactly the same as that of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai (324m versus 321m). 

Remember: "For all that all lost, there always will be cities that feel like home" - Simon Van Booy


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