Church Exterior at Night, Paris, France

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 24mm.

Here's a simple architectural study of a very old church in Paris, France. The image was made at night on a warm summer evening in the region commonly referred to as the Latin Quarter.

The composition relies, primarily, upon the contrast between the warmly lit buildings juxtaposed against the cool night sky. The fact that the buildings are also illuminated helps them stand out against the darker, brooding night sky.

The skewed perspective that occurs when we photograph from a position that's not completely parallel with our subject (e.g. when tilting the camera upwards) can be problematic, particularly when using a wide-angle lens. But this phenomena can also produce a more visually dynamic result. The inclusive of the buildings on either side of the church adds a sense of cohesion by acting to frame the church, the image's primary focal point.

I visited Paris at the beginning and end of a major 6-week European photography adventure from early July till the middle of August 2011. It's a very beautiful city, rich in history and architecturally splendid. I can't wait to return.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru