We all have favorite photos of the most popular monuments in Paris. They might feature loved ones posing in front of the Eiffel tower or standing arm before Notre Dame, but these pics usually share common characteristics:  either the people are so small you have to move in close to see them (usually the case in my photos) or half of the building has been left out of the shot in order to capture the faces.  Today, I decided we would have a little fun by checking out some less traditional images from around Paris featuring nothing but the sites themselves.

The Christmas lighting was pretty spectacular at Place Vendȏme and a handful of more serious photographers were busy adjusting their tripods for the perfect shot.  Very much the amateur and not wanting to dilly-daddle, I whipped out my iPhone and used a setting on the Hipstamatic app to capture this shot.  Easy, cool, and quick!

I have always wanted to visit Shakespeare & Co., but something always got in the way of my plans, so this trip I was determined to make the trek  from my apartment in the 7th to the English-language landmark in the 5th, opposite Notre Dame.  When I double-checked the address on their website, I discovered that George Whitman, the long-time owner of the shop, had passed away the night before at the grand old age of 98. (The shop’s story we’ll save for another day.)  You can see in the lower right corner the beginnings of what would become an incredible memorial to a man who gave a place of respite for traveling and aspiring writers.

Back outside and just down the street, I was met by a beautiful view of Notre Dame just as the sun was setting.  The color of the stone of the church against the blue sky was lovely, but the people in the foreground were not what I wanted in the shot. So, I fiddled around with the photo and came up with this:

The color is gone, but so is the clutter at the bottom of the picture.  Below, a picture of retro Metro sign gets a “boosted” look.  A bit fuzzy in the low light, though.



No story here.  I just thought it looked cool.

A complete departure from the other ideas is this unique interpretation of the city’s most famous landmark.

Postcard-perfect pictures are great, but if I wanted that, I would just buy a postcard.  Angles and colors can provide a fresh, unexpected perspective to familiar travel scenes.  Have any cool Paris photos to share?

Note: Picassa 3 was used to create all other effects.





2 thoughts on “a fresh take on some Paris classics

  1. J. Mark Sullivan


    Vous avez écrit une bonne histoire et les photos sont très belles. Felicitations!

    Nous étions à Paris pour le weekend. Nous avons vu l’éxposition sur Bob Dylan au musée de la musique et nous avons assisté à une pièce de théatre “How to become Parisian in one hour.” Très drole!


    1. Katie Schwausch Post author

      Merci pour votre réponse. I have enjoyed my trips all over again through these pictures and I’m thrilled you have enjoyed them as well.

      We are renting at a mas in Crestet for two weeks this June before heading on to Paris for a week. (I’m already in France so why not?) Funny you mention the show “How to Become a Parisian in an Hour”; I had hoped to see it when I was in Paris last spring, but never did. I’ll make a point of not missing it this time!


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