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Paris in the Snow

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 5 January 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

A photo from my Christmas trip to Paris.

It snowed early one morning and I was lucky enough to be able to take a few photos. This photo shows a seagull perched on the ice on a frozen fountain in the Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre .

You can see the ferris wheel of the Place de La Concorde in the background.

NIKON D40 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 450 mm (35mm equiv.)

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bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

What a great shot Ian! The shallow depth of field makes the background just perfect for this shot! Nice black & white tones.
Happy 2009 to you!

5 Jan 2009 5:33am

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon....I'm slowly learning the best ways of using such a long telephoto lens. I prefer wide angle photography normally.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is a sweet composition with excellent DoF.

5 Jan 2009 6:02am

@Laurie: Thanks very much Laurie!

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Happy new year! Great shot for starting 2009, I like the shallow dof.

5 Jan 2009 7:00am

@yz: Thanks yz!

Paco Díaz from Spain

Welcome back, Ian!
Very good DOF and b/w for this unusual picture of that place. The composition is very good and one can feel the cold.

5 Jan 2009 8:13am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco...we had a great time in Paris and I managed to get out with the camera a fair bit so I've got lots of photos I want to post.

JTF from Netherlands

Just an amazing shot!

5 Jan 2009 8:18am

@JTF: Thanks JTF!

Frida from Sweden

Great shot! Love the DoF and the PP.

5 Jan 2009 8:45am

@Frida: Thanks Frida!

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Beautifully composed!

5 Jan 2009 9:32am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I like it! So very different. Happy New Year to you!

5 Jan 2009 10:20am

missparis from Paris, France

Très beau cliché

5 Jan 2009 10:44am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

the depth of field is wonderful - great shot

5 Jan 2009 11:05am

zOOm from Paris, France

Great DOF Ian, and marvellous b&w ! Really nice atmosphere... silhouettes seem to shiver in the cold. A very wintered parisian picure indeed !
I wish you a very Happy New Year !

5 Jan 2009 12:01pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

I like the surprise bird at the end of loading. An original image, Ian.

5 Jan 2009 12:15pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great composition and dof ! nice picture ! happy new year !

5 Jan 2009 12:29pm

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

Excellent compo and focus in this one.

5 Jan 2009 1:18pm

k@ from Paris, France

Love the blurry background and that great parisien beak !

5 Jan 2009 2:45pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

wow, I love this! that bird looks frozen also! can't wait to see more pic's from your trip!

5 Jan 2009 2:48pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

So glad to find that you're back Ian!:-)
Beautiful air of mystery... wonderful lyricism!

5 Jan 2009 3:46pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Very nice image, Ian. The out of focus area has just the right amount of acuteness and the bird is so crisp and fantastic. Happy New Year!

5 Jan 2009 4:54pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Such a contrast in focus, with a bit of wry humor. best...jerry

5 Jan 2009 6:58pm

sorter from tehran, Iran

here you are BIG BOSS . ..... thats wonderful as always

5 Jan 2009 7:23pm

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

This is wonderful! Great composition (as always) and the selective focus makes for a stunning shot. Bravo.
Happy New Year to you!

5 Jan 2009 7:27pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Terrific capture.

5 Jan 2009 7:39pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

This gull looks cold and depressed. Does it snow often in Paris?

5 Jan 2009 8:38pm

@Viewfinder: Hi Glenn....we often go at Christmas to spend some time with my wife's family. It is usually a lot colder than where we live in the north of the England and I've been there when temperatures were as low as -10degC. I guess it's more of a continental weather system than the UK. As for snow though it's pretty rare and I think I've only seen it snow there 3 or 4 times at Christmas in the last 25 years or so.

The weather lady on the French TV said the snow on the morning of this photo was unexpected and they put the cause down to pollution in the air above the city combined with the cold weather.

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Wonderful vibrant image.

5 Jan 2009 10:01pm

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

An original view!

5 Jan 2009 11:39pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Brilliant as always, Ian! Truly brilliant! I think it's the almost shallow dof that still allows the viewer to see life going on around this loan gull but can feel it's consternation, if you will (and sorry for humanizing the gull's emotions.. if they have emotions... LOL!)

6 Jan 2009 2:58am

Bahar from Toronto, Canada

nice DOF, and composition!

6 Jan 2009 3:44pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Absolutely brilliant. Fantastic BW.

6 Jan 2009 5:55pm

João Mourão from Amadora, Portugal

Fantastic B&W shot. It seems the seagull is part of the fountain, like if it's made of stone.

7 Jan 2009 12:55am

613photo from DALLAS, United States

Excellent shot. I love how the people seem to all be walking toward that thing that looks like a starburst. Honestly, the foreground with the bird is definitely nice but I think the photo may have been stronger without him.

7 Jan 2009 11:43pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Outstanding image! The bokeh is beautiful! Love the framing

14 Jan 2009 8:48pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Such a lovely expression of light and shade! :)

23 Feb 2010 3:22pm

Will from Gainesville, United States

beautiful composition and bokeh:)

2 Oct 2012 5:34pm

1/80 second
ISO 200
450 mm (35mm equiv.)