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Rita Crane Photography: Winter Sunset along the Seine, Paris

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Here is the view over the Seine from the Pont Neuf in the historic center of Paris. You can see the Pont des Arts and the Louvre to the right. The boats are docked along the Quai de Conti.


Despite the cold on this blustery March evening, the sunset reflecting in the choppy water was a fitting tribute to what had been a magical winter afternoon. After a week of overcast (and sadly polluted skies) a storm had come and cleared the air, bringing welcome rain and beautiful clouds. I was in heaven even though my fingers were freezing!


Luckily when I took the reading and focused, I pointed my camera towards the sky and not towards the river to take my exposure, so I didn't blow out the skies nor lose detail in the quai. The camera stopped down just enough to catch the color yet keep the details in the dark areas along the docks.


Apres dix jours avec un ciel couvert, Paris avait ete visite par un bel orage, apportant des couleurs magnifiques tout l'apresmidi, et bien dans la soiree. Il faisait froid, mes doigts etaient geles, mais cela valait la peine .... pour admirer cette belle fin de journee et la photographier! Meme qu'il y a souvent beaucoup de circulation a Paris, des que l'on se promene sur un de ces beaux ponts, on entre un autre monde.


VANVOS is a flickr friend whose outstanding square format presentations of Florence have inspired me all year, and this photo, although never a match to his extremely rich and powerful images, is nevertheless offered as a thank you to his inspiration: his mastery of lyrical urban landscapes. The power and beauty of aesthetic interpretation from the depths of emotion and love of beauty shines through his work, and has very much encouraged me in 2006 to just GO FOR IT when it comes to iconic scenes in square format. For this, I am very grateful!! His stream is here:


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Taken on March 9, 2004