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Dawn At The Sacré-Cœur | by TheFella
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Dawn At The Sacré-Cœur

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Sunrises are often much different than sunsets. The light tends to have a colder feel, with much more of a blue and magenta to feel to them. Sunsets on the other hand tend to be warmer, with more reds and oranges and a little more fire in them.


They are both appealing to me as a photographer, but I seem to only get up for sunrise when I'm on holiday. This time it was in Paris. I had to get up just before 06:00, which was actually a relief, as I had to get up at 04:00 in Prague to hike to the top of a hill.


Sunrise at Sacré-Cœur is good, because it's a beautiful building and location. The downside is that it's possibly the filthiest place in Paris, and that's saying something. The amount of rubbish I had to remove from this photo was phenomenal. Maybe some locals can tell me why? Is this where all the weekend drinkers go to hang out?? As a stroke of luck, the place was actually open at this time, so I nipped in for a look and a sneaky photo. I'll post it up something in the future.


For those that don't know, the Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica and stands on top of the highest point in Paris, the butte Montmartre. After 39 years, it was completed in 1914 and is made of travertine stone, which seeps calcite, meaning that the church always looks white, even after pollution and the weather have taken their toll.


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On another note, at the weekend, my Flickr account surpassed 250,000 views. As I've only been a photographer for seven months, this is delightful news (I've had my account longer, but never used it properly). This wouldn't be possible without you lot, so thanks very much!


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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/8.0 / 17-40mm @ 17mm

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Taken on August 20, 2011