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Rita Crane Photography: France / Paris / Le Marais / street / buildings / rooftops / chimneys / Rue du Temple, Marais District, Paris | by Rita Crane Photography
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Rita Crane Photography: France / Paris / Le Marais / street / buildings / rooftops / chimneys / Rue du Temple, Marais District, Paris

  

A few more photos for you Flickr friends who are new contacts or who just never saw this little series of my beloved Paris! See the two others below.

  

TECHNICAL NOTE ON PROCESSING: I did selective color treatment here in PS, removing green, cyan, magenta, and blue because the original colors weren't true, since it was late afternoon and the day's light was fading when I took the picture. I didn't have a tripod, so no chance to recover the dim colors with a long exposure. So I decided to turn this into a monochrome and solve my problem. :0) I worked with curves, brightness/contrast, and color balance to adjust the grey tone. Then I used a very slight bit of diffuse glow to soften the mood, and finally, Channel Mixer, and Photo Filter to give an overall warm toned effect.

 

Description: Red Lanterns on Rue du Temple!! One more reason to love Paris and France: a country that has accepted diverse cultures for centuries. How delightful to discover this scene as I was wandering around the Marais, on Chinese New Year 2007. I had come to Paris to photograph historic cafes for a series I am working on, and was crossing through the Marais looking for motifs. I wasn't expecting this: Ancient China meets Rue du Temple in Paris!! My dear, lovely, fascinating Paris.....you are full of surprises!

 

Des lanternes rouges qui formaient une guirlande le long de la Rue du Temple......Quelle belle petite surprise! C'etait la nouvelle annee chinoise, et je me baladais dans le quartier du Marais, etant venue a Paris pour photographier des cafes historiques pour une serie. Je ne m'attendais pas du tout a cette scene si feerique! C'etait comme si la France avait encore une fois ouvert ses bras genereux: aujourd'hui c'etait une ancienne civilization qu'elle acceuillait.

 

Il etait tard, la nuit tombait, donc pas beaucoup de lumiere, mais les petites boules rouges contrastaient joliment avec les murs gris le long de la rue et j''ai fait de mon mieux pour les capturer sans trepied.

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Taken on February 17, 2007