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Arc de Triomph

Arc de Triomph
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Copyright: Lars Zwemmer (Tue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9503 W: 57 N: 16172] (59844)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot A720 IS
Exposure: f/2.8
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Paris Highlights
Date Submitted: 2008-03-28 11:33
Viewed: 3075
Points: 82
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Arc de Triomph

Another picture from Paris and my first real night photo from that trip.
I had prepared this photo already a long time ago, but had my doubts about whether I should post it, mainly because of the two street lamps in the foreground, but apart from that I liked this photo a lot. Anyway, my father told me I should post it, so here it is. ;-)

Seen here is another famous landmark -also reason why this photo can't be missing in my travelogue "Paris Highlights" ;-)- in Paris: l'Arc de Triomph taken from Avenue des Champs Élysées. I placed my tripod on the entrance of the underground station Charles de Gaulle-Étoile.

L'Arc de Triomph (the Arch of Triumph) is located on Place de l'Étoile (Star Square) or Place Charles de Gaulle, the meeting point for twelve avenues, one of them one of the most famous avenues in the world, Avenue des Champs Élysées (Avenue of the Elysian Fields). The square and arch are in the middle of the Axe historique (Historical axis) through the heart of Paris.
The Arc de Triomph was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, who took ancient Roman triumphal arches as an example. It honours those who fought for France, during the Napoleonic Wars in particular. Beneath the Arc de Triomph there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The arch is almost 50m tall.

Hope you like it and thanks for your visit!

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-28 11:47]

Bonjour Lars,
bel hommage à cette ouevre magnifique qu'est l'Arc de Triomphe.
Belle impression de vie et de mouvement avec le déplacement des cars.

Hi Lars, as a composition looks very interesting, the people staying in front of the majestic Arc, the view though it with the deep blue color and the bus with the motion effect are nice parts-details of it.
Have a nice night.

Hello Lars,
Excellent night shot with very pleasant light to enjoy the details all around.I like very much how nicely put into the frame the motion of the bus.It gives a lot of dynamism to the scenery!

enjoy your weekend,

Hoi Lars,
Goede foto hoor! Leuk dat contrast tussen de massive Arc en de voorbijsnellende bussen en de toeristen die foto's maken, de weg aan het zoeken zijn, of gewoon stilstaan. Groeten, Martijn

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7887 W: 56 N: 3790] (25320)
  • [2008-03-28 17:19]

Excellent exposure and lighting management. An excellent photo from the "Arc de Triomph".



Hei Lars,
You make this famous landmark look like it is made of brass! Or maybe gold, hehehe...
I like the point of view that gives fine dynamic lines to the capture...
Sharp fine details in the architecture, the blurry busses add life!
Pablo -

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2008-03-29 0:34]

Hi Lars,
beautiful night shot of this famous place!
excellent lighting and clarity,
well done!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24837 W: 520 N: 41831] (179402)
  • [2008-03-29 0:35]

Dag Lars,

De Arc de Triomph vermoedelijk samen met de Eifel toren een van de meest gefotografeerde plaatsen in Parijs.
Ik zie dat u met een statief werk, wel dan zou ik proberen iets langere sluitingstijd te nemen, maar ik weet niet of dit mogelijk is bij uw camera.
De kleuren vind ik echt mooi, prachtig licht effect, goede hoek keuze en goede presentatie.

Prettig weekend,

Hey Lars,

Wonderful exposition, perfect lighting and the general dynamics on this photo. Composition is very nice too. Good job.

See you around.

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2008-03-29 2:41]

Hi Lars,

A very nice night shot. You have really captured well what it looks like there in the night. There are always a number of vistors photographing the l'Arc de Triomphe. I really like the red bus to the left. It is really good with some extra colour. Very good timing with the bus. TFS and have a nice weekend!



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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2008-03-29 3:44]

Hola Lars,
Estupendo nocturno con muy buena luz y animación. Excelentes detalles y colores.
Buen fin de semana.

Hi Lars,
Beautiful nocturnal image with full of life atmosphere, I like the attractive details and the attractive POV. Note is very good, Great! Have a nice weekend

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2008-03-29 4:30]

Hi Lars,
good night shot, interesting view of famous Arch of Triumph. Nice colours. Interesting informations.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14682 W: 1049 N: 29949] (140775)
  • [2008-03-29 4:35]

Hi Lars

A good capture of l'Arc de Triomph with superb motion blur of the red bus at left. The people add scale. Good illumination on the facade, with a pleasant color contrast, between the ochre coloured arc, & navy blue sky.

Lars bonjour.
C'est une bonne photo de l'Arc de Triomphe. J'aime cette atmosphère de ville la nuit bien rendue avec les lumières, les passants et le bus en mouvement.
Bien réalisé.

Hi Lars

Wonderful composition !!



Hallo Lars,
Alweer een schitterende avondfoto. Een heel boeiende compositie met die verschillende groepjes mensen. Ook de rijdende bussen zijn een krachtig element.
groet Rob

Hi Lars,
Beautiful night picture.Excellent light and composition , well presented and composed picture , very well done.

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  • crckt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 70 N: 1324] (7222)
  • [2008-03-29 18:25]

Hi Lars,
The clarity and colors are just brilliant here. Even for a night shot, you've managed a perfect exposure and DOF.
Really nice.
Well done,

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  • Stepan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 89 N: 3989] (27210)
  • [2008-03-30 2:14]

The contrast between the sharpness of the Arc and the blurry life is excellent. And you've got a perfect sharpness. I don't know why but I find the scale a bit strange. Funny, more precisely, because it makes the Arc looking... tiny !! A pocket Arc !!??

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  • ifanik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 52 N: 3687] (21679)
  • [2008-03-30 8:32]

Hi Lars
Nice capture
Very beautiful photo with nice colours
Best regards

Good night-shot of one of Paris' famous icons. it is also interesting to look at all the activity of the people. The motion of the buses is also a good feature of the image. Well done

Bonsoir, mon ami Lars,
Paris by nigth, place de l'Etoile, emblématique Arc de Triomphe qui pourrait raconter beaucoup de choses historiques depuis son édification au cours du dix-neuvième siècle.
Très belle mise en image avec de très belles couleurs.

Hi Lars!

Excellent nightshot (I am a nightshot lover!) fantastic composition with those people on the foreground enjoying the wonderful view, and excellent sense of movement caused by the bus on the left side. Beautiful colours! congratulations!

Best regards,

Hi Lars
Wonderful colours in this nice night picture, Very well managed the light and a very good use of exposition time.
Have a nice week

Hello Lars

A place compelled to visit when you go to Paris, but what you have filed in a different way, for his dynamism and sobriety in a night image.

Gan sharpness of the main element, a good definition of colors and appropriate approach.


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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2008-03-31 8:17]

Hello Lars,
nice this night shot in front of the Arc of Triumph.The watching visitors add life in the scene and the passing bye cars add a dynamic.I like the artificial lighting conditions as the colours that you record.Informative your note too.


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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 580 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-31 9:07]

Bonjour Lars,
Magnifique oeuvre l'Arc de Triomphe belle impression de vie par ces personnes et de mouvement avec les déplacements du bus.
Excellente compo

Bonsoir Lars,
Vitesse de fermeture bien choisie, elle permet de garder un effet de mouvement sur les véhicules mais fige les personnes.
A+ Joseph

Hi Lars,
Indeed it is not easy to make photos during the hastily trip, nice effect of the moving buses, clear to see the sculpture on the the monument and nice deep blue sky, thanks for sharing.

Hej Lars,
good night capture with a lot of dynamic by the bus and POV. The exposure is well done as the lights are strong but not overexposed and all parts have details till the arc itself. Just a pity that nobody turns to you and we have only their backs in the shot.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

Hi Lars, splendid nocturne shoot by Paris, wonderful light and beautiful colors, great composition with a lot of people, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15961 W: 159 N: 27829] (146286)
  • [2008-04-01 10:23]

Hi Lars,
Belle ambiance dynamique autour de l'arc de triomphe, bien éclairé et resorti sur le fond sombre, belle image de Paris
Good evening for you

Hard to get the Arc de Triomphe without some people around, but the monument is perfectly visible. Ansd I like very much the blurred images of the two passing coaches.

All the best,


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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2008-04-08 3:43]

Hi Lars,
I find particularly difficult to photograph in these crowded places, so I am amazed with what you achieved, even more at night. It's not the ultimate and the most wonderful POV, but it's quite accomplished in every aspect and remarkably well lit and sharpen.
There are 3 things that impress me much, to which I put off my hat. The cars not disturbing the image because of the blur and the long exposure needed to that not affecting much the sharpness of the people. The 3rd thing is how the monument looks much smaller than it is in reality.
Regards, José.

Hello again Lars.

I think this is a really good night shot. Everything is really clear as well. I also feel the motion of the buses add to the whole feel of the picture!

Thanks for sharing!


P.S. I have just uploaded a workshop because I had nothing else to do!! :-)

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2008-04-18 22:20]

Hola Lars.
Excellent night photo of the famous Arc, your f/2.8 really worked, the presence of the blurred bus and the people enjoying the view is a very good add to your wonderful shot. Good POV, light and colors.
Well done. TFS.
Best regards.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10312 W: 174 N: 18392] (81949)
  • [2015-05-12 17:53]


it is a beautiful compo. it is different because the people and the sense of movement got by the red bus. precious colors and nocturne view. I liked it.



Hi Lars,

The presence of the people is animating the scene. Using a tripod and a slow shutter spped is allowing me to see the details of the Arc de Triomphe. It also has a special effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Lars,
This is a nice nocturnal image, even with the street lamps. I love the motion blurred buses.

Hello Lars,
Red double-deck bus is a bit contradicting, but your timing was perfect - because the traffic is actually endless on this circle.
The main subject, the arch, is well placed and shown immaculately clear on this night shot.

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