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Montmartre at Night

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 January 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This is the part of Montmartre that 99% of tourists never get to see as it is on back of the hill, facing away from the city centre.

It had been raining during the night and the stone paving setts were still glistening in the light of the streetlamps which gave the place a magical feel like something from a fairytale.


I've been having problems for ages with my uploaded landscape orientated images looking fuzzy and not as sharp as they should be....well I finally found the answer recently in an answer by Jason Kravitz to a query in the forums .....if you too have been having this problem the answer is to make sure you resize your photos to a maximum horizontal dimension of 800 pixels (vertical size is not limited). Anything greater than 800pixels and AM3 will automatically resize it leading to the reduction in sharpness.

Please feel free to copy and paste this advice into your own AM3 blogs as I'm sure there are lots of our fellow AM3ers out there having this same frustrating would be great to sort the problem out for as many of us as possible.


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NIKON D40 4 seconds F/8.0 ISO 200 46 mm (35mm equiv.)

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See The Light from Newcastle, United States

I had the size problem for some time also and have done the above with good results. Your image is beautiful.

10 Jan 2008 6:22am

@See The Light: Thanks Mary! - regarding the resizing issue I'm sure that there must still be lots of our fellow aminus3 contributors having this frustrating problem.

eddy from Tehran, Iran

beautiful perspective

10 Jan 2008 11:57am

@eddy: Thanks very much Eddy - that's very kind of you!

Rhys from Darlington, United Kingdom

excellent shot. looks like you had fun on your travels. Oh, and thanks for that top tip- much appreciated.

10 Jan 2008 12:06pm

@Rhys: Thanks Rhys.....and I'm pleased that you found the tip useful!

blackivory from Singapore, Singapore

That's a lovely shot. I like the mood in this one.

10 Jan 2008 12:29pm

@blackivory: Thanks very much!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

steal my breath why don't you, oh the drama! You've said it, there's such appeal, I can't possibly identify which area I enjoy the most, although I have to that the pavement is 'brilliant' in all connotations of the word!

10 Jan 2008 2:30pm

@Lorraine: I was hoping you'd like it Lorraine!

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Lorraine is right on! Everything is appealing on your take, I am speechless and I have benn there several times. Wonderful ;)

10 Jan 2008 2:57pm

@ManuelaR: Thats really kind of you Manuela!

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Beautiful night shot ! I like it a lot : light on pavement is perfect.

10 Jan 2008 4:27pm

@Calusarus: Thanks - the degree of light and contrast to use on the pavement was something that I had a few goes at before settling on this version.

Momo from Montpellier, France

This is a sweet image...kind of invites you in...

10 Jan 2008 6:14pm

@Momo: Thanks very much Morris!

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very nice image

10 Jan 2008 6:46pm

@yiannis krikis: Thanks very much Yiannis!

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful photo Ian, great composition!
I also had the same problem with the size of the photos until I read the FAQ and finally understood the problem, now everything is ok, another problem I had before was with the color space, but that is another story, but it has been taken care of thanks to Jason Kravitz!

11 Jan 2008 2:26am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks very much Alfredo!

Steven from Montreal, Canada

Terrific shot!

11 Jan 2008 2:41am

@Steven: Cheers Steven!

theys roland from Charleroi-loverval, Belgium

Beautiful night shot ! very good traitement !

11 Jan 2008 11:09pm

@theys roland: Thanks very much!

Pedram from Esfahan, Iran

Excellent !

12 Jan 2008 1:07pm

@Pedram: Cheers!

tom from Germany

This is a fantastic B&W!!!

13 Jan 2008 9:42pm

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

I used to live close to Paris (Montmorency) and I think you really captured the essence of Paris really well in this photo. Plus that I have a weakness for cities in black and white :-)

17 May 2008 3:28pm

@Hoshisato: Thanks very much for that lovely comment....I'm so pleased that you think I caught some of the essence of the city!

cnc machine from Ontario, Canada

Nice picture, the black and white technique make it even nicer, that street remind me my home town.

26 May 2008 6:28pm

Hans Stellingwerf from Netherlands

A very strong b/w ! !

30 May 2008 10:47am

@Hans Stellingwerf: Thanks very much Hans!

Jesse Moscoe from Toronto, Canada

Great detail and lighting. Very impressive.

31 May 2008 9:12pm

@Jesse Moscoe: Thanks very much Jesse...I'm really pleased that you liked it!

bram antareja from Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Excellent shot. Night shoy that was beautiful with tone perfect silver.
Regards From Yogyakarta Indonesia.

11 Jul 2008 2:27am

4 seconds
ISO 200
46 mm (35mm equiv.)