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Le Moulin Rouge, Paris

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 12 January 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Following on from the photo of a few days ago, this is a close-up of the Moulin Rouge's spinning illuminated windmill and neon signage.

This is my first ever attempt at combining two seperate photos in Photoshop. The first was a 7 second exposure where all that could be seen was the blur. The second photo was a 0.7 second exposure which gave a bit of definition to the windmill sails and the lettering on the sign.

NIKON D40 71/10 second F/36.0 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a good edition and a very original image of the Moulin Rouge, so photographed.

12 Jan 2009 6:39am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Your efforts paid off. It's a very striking image. I like the idea of what you were trying to achieve and it's worked perfectly. The composition is very good too. I took some photos for my local pub so they could use them in advertising and I decided to merge two exposures together so I could retain detail from within the dark pub lounge and also out of the patio doors. It was out of the cameras dynamic range to succeed with just the single exposure. The picture's not special but you can take a look here if you're interested......

12 Jan 2009 6:41am

@Mike: Thanks's always interesting to try something new. I thought your pub photo was superb...very professional!

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Wow, big wow. That's really original!

12 Jan 2009 7:37am

@yz: Thanks yz!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Cool!... I think you achieved an outstanding montage.
I must pay a visit to this place next time I'm in Paris.

12 Jan 2009 8:55am

@IanSmith: Thanks Ian...well it was certainly a lot of fun producing this image!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Between your knowledge of French and my bad English, the important is that we understand each other :-)
so, I think it's an outstanding processing you realize here ! the close-up is also very original and this effect so beautiful !

12 Jan 2009 10:59am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!....I always enjoy trying new things in photography.

Cheryl from Texas, United States

great job of combining 2 images!! this is super special, I love it.

12 Jan 2009 12:08pm

@Cheryl: Thanks Cheryl!

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Thanks for the description the technique you used; very interesting and very rewarding result!

12 Jan 2009 1:40pm

@Hoshisato: Thanks Hoshisato!

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Very nice effect Ian. Excellent edition, creating a striking image. I think of you didn't explain would notice that this was a combination of 2 photos.

12 Jan 2009 3:16pm

@Rui: Thanks! The two seperate photos weren't as good as this combined version.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

It was worth the effort, this is really stunning!

12 Jan 2009 4:03pm

@MadScientist: Thanks very much!

peter from new york, United States

wow what an amazing shot. excellent work combining the two pics. awesome job!

12 Jan 2009 5:05pm

@peter: Thanks Peter!

Frida from Sweden

What a cool effect. It's well processed and you have done an excellent work here.

12 Jan 2009 5:10pm

@Frida: Thanks Frida!

Betsy Barron from Glenmoore, United States

holy gorgeous spinning whirlwind of a shot! Terrific!

12 Jan 2009 5:26pm

@Betsy Barron: Thanks Betsy!

rio from United States

THIS IS INSANE! love it! ~rio

12 Jan 2009 6:04pm

@rio: Thanks!...that's very kind of you!

greg from Denver, United States

very cool!

12 Jan 2009 6:27pm

@greg: Thanks Greg!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


12 Jan 2009 6:34pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Oh ! excellent shot !

12 Jan 2009 6:34pm

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Works well! best...jerry

12 Jan 2009 7:33pm

@ordinaryimages: Thanks Jerry!

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Awesome capture. Excellent composition.

12 Jan 2009 7:46pm

@Suzanne: Thanks Suzanne!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Good work! Well done!

12 Jan 2009 8:45pm

@tom: Thanks Tom!

613photo from DALLAS, United States

Excellent shot. Very good idea to shoot and process it the way you did. Expertly done, too.

12 Jan 2009 11:19pm

Momo from Montpellier, France the color and composition...what a great poster that would be for them or maybe a advertising in the form of a postcard...hope you're doin' fine Ian...M

12 Jan 2009 11:33pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Wow, fabulous and very creative image! Great work!!

13 Jan 2009 5:50pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

je suis heureuse que cette photo originale et remarquable soit dans le spotlight d'aminus ! Bravo !

14 Jan 2009 12:44pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Very original! Nice work. Congratulations on being in the spotlight! Well deserved.

14 Jan 2009 8:46pm

@Magda: Thanks Magda!...I didn't realise this had gone onto the front page!

Liquidspace images/Daryl Seyforth from London, United Kingdom

Ian, superb shot, yourself and Hugo have superb collections, great photographic eye, love the graphic look. Especially some of the smaller details like the windows. Seen you guy's on dpreview. I have a Fuji F31 and a F100FD, maybe I should not sell the F31?

15 Jan 2009 12:41am

@Liquidspace images/Daryl Seyforth: Thanks Daryl.

I've kept hold of my Fuji F31 as it's such a good camera even though I only mainly use it for recording work on badly lit building sites these days. In some ways, for handheld low-light photography it's better than a cheap DSLR with kit lens.

Put a low fstop lens like the Sigma 30mm f1.4 on a DSLR of course and it's a different matter (but just that lens on it's own cost more than the F31.

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama


15 Jan 2009 9:53am

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

So Parisian style ! Beautiful !

15 Jan 2009 2:10pm

phil76 from France

Superb, magic !!

15 Jan 2009 4:07pm

alireza from tehran, Iran

wow!! thats realy nice

17 Jan 2009 9:38am

Laura from Eindhoven, Netherlands

I really love the effect of the combined photos!

1 Feb 2009 12:03pm

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

This is some really wild looking stuff :-)

23 May 2009 7:11am

TofiX from Tebriz, Iran

super , I like the lightness

15 Apr 2010 12:26pm

Sina Sohi from Tehran, Iran

Excellent shot!!!

24 Nov 2010 7:44am

71/10 second
ISO 200
105 mm (35mm equiv.)