Rita Crane Photography: Tour Eiffel & Eglise Americaine at Dusk, Paris

Dear Flickr Friends, Here is my third postcard from Paris for you, in this series of One Postcard a Day. [Je venais d'avoir fait la photo ci-dessous, je me baladais le long des quais, la lumiere douce du crepuscule arrivait gentillement....je me suis retourne'. Oui, il etait bien le temps de faire une autre photo. Alors, trois "tours", la balustrade du Pont des Invalides, un bateau mouche presque invisible, et les arbres qui nous montraient leur feuilles tendres d'un printemps qui approchait. Vite, je me suis positionee au milieu du Pont des Invalides lorsqu'il n'y avait pas de voitures....et ............Click!!! Voila! Carte postale de Paris! ]


"We just went to see the Tour Eiffel, and I got a shot of it (see below) in the last glow of sunset from under that amazing structure. I have seen it from the base during other visits to Paris, but each time it impresses me all over again, as it is WAY bigger than one could ever imagine,and so beautifully delicate in its fine details. It truly is just like something out of a fairytale or science fiction movie.


Wanting to watch the city change colors as night approached, we walked along the Seine on the Quai d'Orsay. Since the light was getting interesting, we crossed onto the Pont des Invalides, waited until no cars were coming and I stood in the middle of the bridge to get this view of the Eiffel Tower looming from behind that interesting layer of apartments. I had no idea WHAT that church to its left might be at the time (it's the first American church ever built in Paris - in the early 1900's), but I loved the variety of architecture here, including the humble lampost.


This and several other shots made me realize that it was time to buy a tripod since I most prefer taking pictures in the evening and early morning hours when the colors of the world are rich and atmospheric, but in this case it meant a high ISO because the camera was handheld to shoot. I've used some smart blur to soften the textured quality in the trees. Dusk was quickly approaching and it promised to be a beautiful night, with just a hint of Spring in the air.


The picture below is the photo of the Eiffel Tower I had taken just 30 minutes before, as the sun was just setting! Tomorrow I'll post the picture I took a half hour after this one."


Wish you were here! =) - Rita

  • Denis Collette PRO 7y

    Your pic under the tour Eiffel is fabulous...!!!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Rita Crane PRO 7y

    @denis collette: thank you very much! =)
  • *~Yogini~Astra~* 7y

    wonderful treatment!
    I love Paris
  • 1bluecanoe 7y

    awesome pics, tripod or not!
  • Don Pedro de Carrion de los Condes 7y

    very nice

    just back
  • morphyne 7y

    great work!!

    church, tower, and... lantern

    lovely light!

    This photo deserves a 'Like a postcard' award,
    please post this beautiful picture at

    'Like a postcard' Group .
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Philippe Sainte-Laudy PRO 7y

    PHENOMENAL shot!!!!!!
  • earthrhythms PRO 7y

    This is picture-postcard perfect. I've never seen it photographed from this angle before.....
  • Jeanette Lowe PRO 7y

    Just back from a wonderful weekend there myself! I love that city....
  • Rita Crane PRO 7y

    Thanks for your visits, everyone!

    Have a great day!
  • "Seatreker" 7y

    What a great city...................captured by a great artist.
  • Mohsan' PRO 7y

    So Beautiful !
    This brilliant photo is like a shooting star, extraordinary!
    SHINING☆STAR - Post 1- Invite 1- Give 5 Stars
    Please consider posting this picture into this group, thanks!!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Monique Lavoie 7y

    Wish you were here! =) - Rita .... Moi aussi
    Merci pour toutes ces belles photographies qui nous démontre encore une fois ton immense talent de photographe et nous également merci pour nous faire apprécier les merveilles de ce monde car heureusement il y en a encore beaucoup.

    Bonne journée Rita
  • anneinparis16 7y

    Bonjour Rita! Cette carte postale est bien sur magnifique, mais je préfère nettement l'image du pied de la Tour Eiffel en contre-jour (ou peut-etre contre-coucher du soleil....)! C'est vraiment beau! Tu es ici pendant combien de temps?
  • Rita Crane PRO 7y

    @rekertaes: thanks underwater seagoing man. your photos of the little creatures of the ocean are pretty wonderful as well.
    @Mohsan: merci pr la visite! bien appreciee. Bonne journee a un Parisien qui fait des photos merveilleuses de la Cite de Lumiere!
    @Monique: merci mon amie Flickr et sa gang de =^..^= ... bisous.
    @anneinparis16: oui je comprends, la photo en contre coucher du soleil est vraiment dramatique. merci! A Paris? Non, pas a Paris en ce moment. Cette annee je reste aux USA. Je suis en californie, chez moi, et Paris me manque, donc je poste une 'carte postale' par jour des photos dans mes archives, pr partager les bons souvenirs sur Flickr. Je retournerai certainement en 2009 ou 2010. Bonne journee et merci pr la visite!
  • cratesset 7y

    I enjoy a lot your photos, especially this ones of Paris. Thank you for your comments!
  • vegasjunkie001 7y

    Be still my heart! Fantastic shot, perfectly framed and terrific atmosphere.
  • @petra 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ImagePoetry-ImagePoésie / ADMIN INVITE ONLY / +15f, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    simply fascinating and you make me want to
    go back there...
    ...I still have some things to see in Paris...
    and places I want to be:))
  • @petra 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Chapeau! (invited only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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