Friday’s Flickr Pick: The Arc de Triomphe

Arc de TriompheArc de Triomphe / Photo by Jim Nix

In a city filled with iconic structures, the  Arc de Triomphe may be the second most photographed landmark in Paris behind the Eiffel Tower. If it’s not number 2, it’s definitely in the top five, along with Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Pyramid.

I love this photo by Austin, Texas photographer Jim Nix, who writes about his recent trip to Paris on his blog, Nomadic Pursuits. Obviously, the colors pop and the clouds emanating out from the Arc are pretty cool, but I also give Jim kudos for his gutsy crop, whether it happened in the camera or in post-processing. Google the Arc. Seriously, go do it and in the first batch you’ll see dozens of photos and, except for detail shots, you’ll see only three or four photos of the Arc without its base. And, frankly, those three or four are kind of …. blah.

The biggest challenge of photographing iconic structures is that every conceivable angle and technique has already been done. It’s pretty hard to stand out from the crowd. Face it, you’re probably not the first person to stand underneath the Eiffel Tower and shoot up with a fish-eye lens.

Of this image, Jim writes:

One evening I headed over to the Arc de Triomphe for sunset.  My plan was to take some shots of the Arc from a few different angles, and I accomplished that – and more.  I ended up on the little concrete island where the Arc resides in the middle of the road, at the confluence of 12 streets.  But it’s easy to get to, since there is an underground tunnel.

Anyways, it was sunset, and there was great light, and I was in Paris, and I was firing brackets at one of the world’s most famous monuments – so all in all, a pretty good evening!

The photo of the Arc de Triomphe by flickr user Jim Nix is made available under  a Creative Commons license.

Joe Newman

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  • Jim Nix

    July 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    thanks Joe for the feature, I appreciate it – FYI the crop was set up this way, not cropped down in post – I did it b/c I was sick of all the tourists hovering around the base and I wanted a human-free shot 🙂

    • Joe Newman

      July 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Ah, that makes sense. In D.C., you have to go out at 5 a.m. to get shots without bunches of tourists in them. Forget about it during Cherry Blossom week.

  • Simone Anne

    July 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Gorgeous! You have an eye for evening/night photography!