We took the overnight train (without reservations) from Munich. The train arrived to Gare de l'Est around 9:30AM, so we had a full day to explore Paris today.
And what a day of exploration it was! Sights seen today included the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg Gardens, to name a few. In the evening, for the last activity of the day, we proceeded toward the Eiffel Tower.
The image seen in today's entry I captured from the Champ de Mars, a few minutes after the sun had set and the Eiffel Tower became illuminated. This was such a great place in which to relax, stretch the feet, and drink some wine.
In most of my landmark architecture photography, I try to exclude people from the frame. But in this particular case, this would have been impossible (there were people all over the grass lawn), so even if I moved forward, I still would have had people in the frame. I tried to remove the 'distraction' by focusing on the Eiffel Tower and using an extremely large aperture (f/1.4 on my Canon 35mm f/1.4L) to make the people appear out-of-focus. The end result works, I think, because it gives the photo a certain balance: you immediately realize that the Eiffel Tower loves company. There's so much going on in this scene if you look carefully: girls laughing on the left, a couple lying down in the center, and a couple holding hands on the right side of the frame.
NOTE: If you missed the recent entries I've been posting on Erudite Expressions, I recommend starting from the beginning here, and proceeding forward through the posts (click on the '>' button on the bottom right of the image to go forward one day at a time).
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