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Rita Crane Photography: Paris / historic cafe / brasserie / bistro / Latin Quarter / Left Bank / night / La Vagenende, Blvd St Germain, Paris

La Vagenende across from L'Odeon is known for its fantastic glass and mirrored interiors and fine woodwork -- all dating to the early 1900's -- that you catch a glimpse of here.


Here is a photo of the gorgeous interior from Wiki Commons:


It had been raining on this chilly winter evening, so no one was outside. The lights were welcoming people to dinner, but mostly Parisians were just getting out of work as it around 5:30. It being February it was already dark and this shot was taken without a tripod, by propping the camera up on the roof of a car. There was just barely enough light to get detail in the shadows, but the Canon's histogram helped a lot to determine a good exposure, and so did bracketing. How to do all this between dozens of pedestrians streaming by? That is the trick and not always easy!! Often I just have to return another time, when it is less busy. ;-)


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Taken on February 12, 2007