View large on black please!
So far from Paris I have given you shots of the Eiffel Tower at sunset, a dark Eiffel Tower in the dark and even a blue Eiffel Tower. What I haven't given you is the more recognised gold Eiffel Tower. So here you go.
Out of these four images, two of them are not allowed. Can you guess which ones? If you guessed the lit up ones, you would be correct. The lights on the tower have been deemed by French courts to be an "original visual creation" and therefore any image of it is under copyright and cannot be published, at least in France. It might also apply to other countries. Due to this, these two photos will not be on sale until I find out the ruling in the UK.
If you ask me, this is a ridiculous law and very stupid of the French. I can understand the actual lighting display being copyright and no other towers / replicas / etc. being able to use it, but forbidding photographs is just plain silly and archaic. From this day forth, I now copyright all photos of sunrises.
Please let me know what you think about this strange law. Is it fair? Is it actually protecting the artist's lighting work?
As usual, this photo looks better when viewed in the lightbox. I am at a conference tomorrow, so this is probably the last photo of the week.
Photo Processing Tip
I had a huge amount of banding in the sky for this one. I'm not too sure why, perhaps it was the colour difference in the gradient. To solve this, I duplicated the final layer, went into the channels separately and added 1% uniform noise. This seems to mask it. Play around with the settings, as sometimes you need slightly more noise or to change the setting to gaussian.
No images in comments please.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 200 / f/6.3 / 17-40mm @ 19mm