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The City of Lights II

The City of Lights II
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Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 273 N: 1552] (9271)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-19
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, JPEG 100 ISO
Exposure: f/5.2, 1 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Night Shots, PARIS AT NIGHT, landscape, Views of Paris, Ballades nocturnes, Beyond Magic, Best of Paris, WebDesigners inspiration, Night Chimeras, Twins? [Part IV], MY BEST OF on TE, My favorite images of you, Impressive Shots, Most voted photographs, trekks' favorites 1, My favorite photos (13) (Gatti Matti), More than 300 points to 400 - (photos), A Considerable Number of Views!view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2003-07-21 4:49
Viewed: 40036
Favorites: 228 [view]
Points: 373
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a night version of my first chimera picture taken from the towers of Notre-Dame for which I received some nice comments.

The night was not as deep as I wanted but this undefined night & day may be interesting for the Chimera creature.

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  • Great 
  • Skorj Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 399 W: 12 N: 1] (581)
  • [2003-07-21 4:50]
  • [4]

Let me the first of many; WOW!

('Wow' of course because of the excellent color of the sky, the burn-in of the distant lights, and of course your inspired positioning of the main subject.)

  • Great 
  • Edwin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 831 W: 374 N: 26] (188)
  • [2003-07-21 4:57]
  • [3]

I won't be the first, and probably also not the last to say... Wow!
Perfect powerful angle and a very attractive balance between the beautiful natural light of an early evening and the city lights. 6 out of 5!

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  • Aegean Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1276 W: 14 N: 740] (2571)
  • [2003-07-21 5:01]
  • [2]

Simply AMAZING!!!!You did create a shot of an imaginary world!

Superbe, vraiment une très belle image, digne d'une carte postale ! l'exposition est parfaite, et tu as su choisir le meilleur moment pour declencher, quand le ciel n'est encore pas trop sombre... bravo !

"The night was not as deep as I wanted but this undefined night & day may be interesting for the Chimera creature"

I love it just the way it is, the gargoyle has a menacing look about it, but if you do want to alter a sky, it's quite a simple matter with Photoshop, I've done a quick workshop for you to compare.

I like this one even more than yesterday's, given the strong subject in the foreground. I also like Mike's workshop idea.
One thing waiting a little later would have done was bring out the colours on the busy streetcorner (pastel purples and blues, it appears) more, as well as on the monuments. But this is already a striking image as it is. Awesome!

Great shot! Nice and evil looking Gargouille. Seems some Paris virgin won't see the next sunrise. Now buy a tripod and get a higher viewpoint ( so you get more of the city.)

Superbe photo, la composition est très bien réussie. Nice shot..

The other photograph is already well, but that with fallen the night is really superb, the colors are perfect, the sight is incredible.

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  • thien Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 150 N: 210] (2112)
  • [2003-07-21 11:20]
  • [2]

The trip was worth it many times more, Steven. Simply wonderful. Of course now we would ask you to bring a staning ladder a longer tripod so you can take one from the gargoyle point of view :)

  • Great 
  • Darren Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1468 W: 120 N: 1049] (6823)
  • [2003-07-21 11:38]

This is just great Steven. Every element works very well here, the gargoyle (chimera?), the sky and the city all stand out nicely, yet blend together well at the same time. Very nice, I really have nothing constructive to add.

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  • PiotrS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 157 W: 32 N: 5] (443)
  • [2003-07-21 11:58]
  • [2]

As all the previous comments have said, this is a superb photo. I like the semi-night light, and the composition is perfect. Of course, the next thing you need to do is to capture this scene in a thunderstorm and line up the lightning 1/3 in from the right, and have it striking the Eiffel tower....

WOW!tres jolie photo!Bravo!

Just simpley brilliant

  • Great 
  • acari Gold Star Critiquer [C: 81 W: 0 N: 3] (526)
  • [2003-07-21 17:21]

Contraste et couleurs extraordinaires

Incredible ! dito, dito, dito and dito.

  • Great 
  • Motrem Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1107 W: 132 N: 319] (2392)
  • [2003-07-21 19:56]

Wow! Wow! It is magnificent! I am under the charm of this photo.
Wow! Wow! C'est magnifique! Je suis sous le charme de cette photo.

Outstanding... This is a place I would return to often to catch the different moods that nature could provide. Really like how the gargoyle is looking over the town.

Une photo superbe! rien d'autre à redire... µi

  • Great 
  • gard (142)
  • [2003-07-22 4:49]

Great shot :-)

Fantastic! The shot is so clear and crisp. The Chimera is very lucky to have such a beautiful city to look over!

Other have said it all... Absolutely stunning.

Beautiful colors!

Beautiful! It's all been said...

E incrivel aqui. Ouvi dizer que Paris é a cidade da Luz. Aqui é a confirmação.

Foto lindo.

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  • Giando Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (80)
  • [2003-08-13 4:43]
  • [2]

wow i was there 2 days ago but with day light and the effect of my picture are nothing of spectacular.. With this night color the gargoils is fantastic . Only 100 ISO ? really great shot

Superbe prise, magnifique endroit, le bon angle au bon moment, magique...

il manque juste...Quasimodo!!!

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  • Bayleaf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 0 N: 104] (1484)
  • [2003-08-21 23:39]
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I can't add much that hasn't already been said, but congratulations on a great shot.
You worry about the night not being as deep as you'd wanted seems unfounded. This is the perfect time to have photographed this. The light is the sky makes it interesting and also illuminates areas of the city which would otherwise have been invisible if it were darker. Amazing!!

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  • ornis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 569 W: 268 N: 69] (1271)
  • [2003-08-23 11:53]

It's not too late to coongratulate you for such an original shot. The sky turquoise color is stunning as well as the details down on the Seine quays. The chimera is also a very well exposed piece of art. One of my favorites.

I have no words... Excellent!
The colors are amazing!


Very good. Great angle and a suggestive scene.

  • Great 
  • xhoss Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 3 N: 0] (88)
  • [2003-08-29 19:26]

cover of a magazine nice.

Really Nice, No more to say

Missed this one...with 72 points already collected, what can I say? I'll start from the beginning and say what Mark said: WOW!

How clever - how nicely this photo carries out the message... It doesn' t matter what each one gets... i' m sure it is clear for each one of us.

Very inspiring!

  • Great 
  • hmgg Gold Star Critiquer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 2] (66)
  • [2003-10-01 15:43]

What to say more after so many good and positive critiques??? I just love this photo! Is really beautiful! Totally expressive!!!!
The theme and framing just excelent!

  • Great 
  • iamxa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 216 W: 24 N: 242] (3103)
  • [2003-10-07 7:36]

Very good picture. Really it's one of better I've seen. Congratulations. I was several times in Paris and never I imagined to do something like of this.

So greathe, one of the best pictures of the Gargoyls.. ever..

Quote Aerosmith, its amazing... Speaks for it self...

  • Great 
  • vad Gold Star Critiquer [C: 104 W: 9 N: 6] (342)
  • [2003-11-03 3:41]

Du tout grand art!
Quelle prise de vue merveilleuse. Tout est parfait, le sujet, l'éclairage,...

Perfect shot. This incrdible view is amazing. I have never seen a point of view from there like yours.

Great work. It´s my favorite until now!!!

  • Great 
  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2003-11-08 15:43]

Truly a great shot - feals like Quasimodo.
I never been to Paris but I feal like now.

What else can I say... Brilliant. Maybe there's just a little "green" in the picture, but that's not your fault. They have not made a perfect digital camera yet, I guess.
Anyway, 5 stars fot composition and exposure.
Great picture. Congratulations.

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  • emax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 334 W: 53 N: 54] (919)
  • [2003-11-20 19:15]
  • [2]

On a pic like this I must say a word too, even if the pic says all. It's all perfect: the statue, the town and amazing sky. The Eifel's tower makes incredible balance to the statue. One of 10 best shots on TE. The pic deserves to be edited in all best magazines on the world.

The gargoyle presiding over the most 'romantic' city on earth. An interesting angle and the lights work well below. You seem to have captured some of the most well known and essential elements of Paris. The image is sharp, I am not sure about the composition.

Brilliant Photograph. I love the colors, the fact that it's not over exposed and that you have the panorama of the whole city in the picture.

Well spotted, and well executed. I've added this as a favorite!

I love to see the skyline of Paris. It's so different then other cities. No skyscrapers, no tall buildings, the rooftops make a wonderful texture. I read somewhere that it was due to the massive amount of tunneling in the soft rocks below Paris - that this precludes the firm foundations necessary to build tall buildings.

This image, of any I've seen, is one of the best of Paris. Wonderful job.

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  • appie Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 1 N: 0] (8)
  • [2003-12-04 9:32]
  • [3]

Two things drove me for a two pointer here...
First, the statue almost perfectly resembles of myself when I critique photos I totally distaste.
Second, it is a great photo indeed with superb use of DoF even in 5.2 you have it all clear!
Well done!

  • Great 
  • Mrg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 313 W: 29 N: 141] (825)
  • [2004-01-09 16:38]

What a great great image! This photo was the first WOW of myself here in TE.Of course is on of my favourites. the blue sky next to the yellow statue.Incredible Steven

This is the sort of photo we all want to to have taken ourselves.

Steve opppps.....missed this one first time aroud, cant really add anything that has not been said before but lets make it (100) for the points.......STUNNING

  • Great 
  • genka (90)
  • [2004-01-16 13:54]

This is a truly incredible photo. Light, weather, composition and technique all came together for perfection!

just to let you know I am aware of this photo ;-)
absolute classic, I think it is the first picture that scored more than 100 points on TE. absolutely great work.


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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2595 W: 86 N: 4067] (21833)
  • [2004-01-23 5:33]
  • [+]

Let's bring it on! The best picture here in TE. This is really superb! Great colors, great composition, smart viewpoint... a perfect shot. I need one picture of this caliber to truly claim that I have a potential to be good photographer. CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Great 
  • PTAH Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 43 W: 12 N: 23] (287)
  • [2004-01-24 6:20]

Incredible ammount of points :) , I'm glad to add my points for a record :D (even if i don't think this is the best pic on TE, I think that is just a proof of the advertisment power, as the pic is added to many themes and so on..

The pic, nothing new or what hadn't been said, great panorama and sharpness everywhere. Nice.

  • Great 
  • lost Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 262 W: 18 N: 44] (694)
  • [2004-02-13 8:37]

Amaizing photo, with excellent compositon, good colors, excellent.

is so great gold on statue and tour eifel and streets and this blue city, i love this one :)
thank you

Une composition et une maîtrise de la lumière simplement parfaites!

I'm going to ad my big smile too.
A pic that inspires me!!!!
Bravo Steven

Justement Steven... la qualité de cette image provient essentiellement des lumières naturelles que vous avez su capter au bon moment. Paris est bien plus beau au crépuscule.

Bravo aussi pour le cadrage et la belle profondeur de champ.

  • Great 
  • Riz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 134 W: 61 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-03-18 16:03]

Steven wonderful shot you have here I really don't know what to say there is so many critques on this image.
Excellent all around. stunning.

that's awesome
looks like something out of movies
does it come alive? :P
nicely done

background looks a bit ordinary though
maybe an improvement would be to reshoot this @ sunset for little more interesting sky?

I find this to be a very good crisp and clear shot of this wonderful night scene. The lighting on the statue has been captured well. Good sky colours and tones, putting very pleasing emphasis on the Eiffel Tower. This is good work.

This is great...It puts me in mind of a Frank Peretti book. Nice long exposure!

Félicitations pour cette fantastique prise de vue, la lumière est parfaite, image surréaliste une des plus belles sur TE, je me suis permis de l'ajouter à mes favoris!
Bien vu Steven

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  • Zanni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 152 N: 1266] (6108)
  • [2004-04-17 10:49]

Really one of the best photo in TE up till now. How much to learn here!

OA! You hurt me! I think I am droped. The high sky and low town. You make clearly the sky day and the town night!

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  • Piotr Gold Star Critiquer [C: 886 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-05-01 4:00]

Great composition, not typical photo of Paris, good work :-)

If something is great, this is!
Nice job Steven!!


well... this is a superb photo ... a night photo that is not saturated ... i'm curious .. how can the lights not be saturated ? only choosing the right exposition ? my photo was with 0,5s and the lights become 'over-exposed' but yours is 1s and is 'perfect'...


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  • Rangel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 13] (54)
  • [2004-05-08 19:31]
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One pf the most beatiful pictures I saw around here.
Excellent sharpness in the state and exposition of the street lights.
But one curious fact is that almos all of the buildings in the second plane have their lights off. Are these commercial buildings in a sunday shot ???

I saw this FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS picture a long time ago and I'm so confused: I didn't put any critique ... don't know why ;-)
I guess I have noting else to add !!

Just one word: SUPERB!

i've got to throw my lot in there.

studio lighting incredible.

a pro photo.

good job.

wow wow wow.

Wonderful!!! I like this photo a lot, for me it`s simply perfect! Congratulations!

Lovely picture , simply great photo. Well done

Wow! Now why they call Paris "town of light". Extra fine photo with great atmosphere!

It coul be the cover of a brochure about Paris, indeed. Fantastic.

Adding my impressed voice to the other members. Could this be a perfect shot? Bravo.

Very good pic! I like the creature looking at the town. Could be on movie poster!

Wonderful photo!Great colors,definition and point of view.It's a piece of art!!!

Que rajouter de plus à toutes ces bonnes critiques ? J'adore. Parfaite profondeur de champ et netteté. Cadrage impeccable.

Un très beau Cliché, la perspective, l'exposition, le grain sont parfaits. Tu as vraiment l'oeil. Félicitation, rarement vu une si belle photo de Paris by night!!!

Tout a été dit alors je n'ajouterais que BRAVO !!!
C'est chimérique !

Une photo parfaite de la ville des amoureux.
Beau travail

WONDERFUL shot Steven! This is a masterpiece! Congratulations, this is an excellent work!

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  • kLe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 113 N: 540] (2196)
  • [2004-11-11 13:17]

I am member since two days ago and I had not yet sent a critique, but when I saw this excellent foto I though it would be unfair not to send my congratulations. It is one of the most beatiful fotos I have ever seen. When I watch for a while I get the impression I am floating out of the world.

Its an beautiful and very interesting shot!!

I wish I could give more than 2 points for this picture. This is an incredibly good shot, and I must say that you chose exactly the right moment here. The clouds really add to the atmosphere here. My compliments!

Wonderful photo!!! Composition, light, colours, ... everything is perfect. Brilliant!!!

  • Great 
  • Maru Gold Star Critiquer [C: 359 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-20 19:25]

Just PERFECT!!!!!
The superb POV made much more than magic.
One of the best shots I've ever saw in my life.
My hands are clapping now!!!!

Awesome! invraisemblable! ¡genial! amazing! great! spitze! ¡bravo!
Wonderfull one.
Thanks for sharing

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14254 W: 1033 N: 28539] (135736)
  • [2005-01-30 3:29]

Hi Steven

I like the juxtapositioning of the blue & yellow. A superb pov with excellent sharpness & color. C'est magnifique!

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  • quino Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 118] (693)
  • [2005-02-02 13:37]

Without words... imaginative, impressive, mysterious... amazing...

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  • stefi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 201 W: 10 N: 192] (1230)
  • [2005-02-15 11:36]

Very good work! I like mainly:
A) composition, very well done
B) exposure

One of the best shots I have seen in this site. Seems like the devil is ready to take over Paris when the night falls. I especially like the colors in the sky and the way the face of the deamon is lit.

awesome photo! makes me want to go to paris.. nice composition and exposure, love the light at dusk

la compo , les couleurs...
rien à dire quasimodo...lol


Hi Steven. Splendid composition. You has selected a incredible view. I like very much the illumination of the scene. Very good job.

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2005-04-14 9:14]

In Spain we say: "Una imagen vale más que mil palabras" (only one imagine say more that a thousand of words).

nice one. i love this one.

It's all been said - composition & exposure are excellent, well done! :)

rien a dire, juste à apprécier, obserever et déguster! c'est une très belle photo de paris comme jamais j'en ai encore vu!
vraiment et sincèrement! bravo

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1558 W: 61 N: 2195] (9043)
  • [2005-06-27 7:26]

Bonjour Steven
Bravo pour cette magnifique photo.
Je suis bien heureux de m'être promené aussi loin dans le passé de TE,ce qui m'a permis de découvrir ce chef-d'oeuvre,surtout que nous étions à cet endroit en septembre 2004.

Tout a été dit sur cette fabuleuse photo de nuit de Paris, un cadrage superbe, une exposition aux petits oignons... Allez hop, ma favorite du jour ;)

Bonjour Steven,
Je viens juste de découvrir tes photos sur TE(Il y a tellement de monde...!!)
Celle ci est superbe et j'aime beaucoup le travail que tu fais.Allez hop...tu files tout droit dans mes favoris.
Bonne journée.

Très belle photo de la chimère la plus connue de Paris...

Très belle exposition et très beau cadrage...

Probably one of my favorite shots on the entire trekEarth site!

Magnifique photo!!
La lumière, la clarté, le cadrage... que dire de plus! Le ciel, la tour Eiffel, le pont... partout où l'oeil va, c'est parfait!

C'est bien magique tout ça! Quelle image puissante avec la vue d'un maître. Paris n'a pas vraiment besoin d'être promouvoir mais cette photo servira ce but à merveille! Chapeau!

Superb colors, clarity, idea and composition! I adore how La Tour d'Eiffel, that another building and the street with the bridge are lit on that turquoise sky's background. C'est magnifique!

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 913 W: 23 N: 338] (3233)
  • [2005-09-10 11:46]

superbe photo prise juste à l'instant où il le fallait. Que des éloges à faire ! Tout est dit. Merci

I Can´t said nothing. I lost my voice, paralaized !!!!
Thank you very much.

This is just GREAT photo Steven. Amazing shot and superb composition. I like the contrast between the sculpture and the sky.
This devil which looks to the Paris is fantastic :))

Best Regards

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  • atif30 (61)
  • [2005-10-03 14:04]

Uff..I mean look at this ..what a shot ...
great job ..dont have to comment .

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  • jkos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 114] (981)
  • [2005-10-04 10:56]

Great POV!!! Amazing.
Great contrast of collors.
The sky, the city light!
Thanks for sharing!

The night seems perfect to reveal the structures of the building at the same time highlight the glow around street lights. Distant Tower is a masterpiece in your picture. the statue to the left is a nice decision. You picture is viewed 8027 times so far. Amazing. Good one Steve.

This is probably the best picture of Paris that I have seen. I love the gargoyle in the foreground and how you captured the Eiffel tower in the back. Everything is so clear. Love the colors--especially the sky. Nice job.

ok another WOW! Excellent shot, great colours, great DOF. The Chimera has a great view of a beautiful city!


Excellent photo. I love how the gargolye seems to be watching the city. And the whole image is sharp. Superb.

Hello Steven
Very nice view to Paris, the "Quasimodo" friend :) really is a privileged figure. Very nice colours in a excellent environment.
Good work



This picture is incredible, the contrast between the blues of the night, the city lights, and the statue are great. Good composure

Hi. Fantastic photo. It goes to my favourites list. cheers!

What a view! Just brilliant!!! TFS.

The Dragon overseeing the safety of the shining city!

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  • Lisak (13)
  • [2006-01-10 15:01]

Wow! I like very much your photo, it is very original, looks clear, and the colours are beautiful. Thanks for sharing! :o)

Hi Steven
Wonderful picture, precious light and great composition, it looks like the statue is looking after the city, well done!

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  • atctim (73)
  • [2006-01-17 19:29]

The lighting is great and you certainly captured a great photo. The gargoyle is nicely lit up and frames the rest of Paris beautifully with the identifiable monuments of the Tour Eiffel and the Hôtel national des Invalides lit up predominantly in the background.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2801 W: 157 N: 4803] (19762)
  • [2006-02-16 6:53]

Excelent picture showing a nice and so different view of this wonderful city! The POV and DOF are amazing, and so are the sharpness, colours and depth. Great work, Steven!

I can't find good words to describe it...
it, it is GREAT!!!!!
And of course I add it to my favorites :)
Greetings form Poland

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  • sound Silver Star Critiquer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 5] (242)
  • [2006-02-28 9:28]

excelent, hard to find the new words for appreciating it

This is a wonderful picture. Nice job!

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  • asival Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 293 W: 109 N: 750] (5307)
  • [2006-03-12 16:57]

Hi Steven

Very impressive photo, the POV that you choose is outstanding
well done

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  • elmec Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1495 W: 64 N: 762] (12210)
  • [2006-03-19 4:35]

BIG ++++

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  • kai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 50 W: 18 N: 17] (422)
  • [2006-03-31 2:46]

very nice shot, your subject and composition can tell a lot of story. great job : )

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  • mjunge (123)
  • [2006-04-08 6:20]

Very nice shot,

interesting lighting. Thanks for sharing

I love the sky as it is, I think it contrasts perfectly with the darkness of the city and the lights of the streets and the towers. Great photograph, well done.



good comp. nice POV
thx 4 sharing.

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  • sufi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1705 W: 165 N: 1512] (9588)
  • [2006-05-13 12:11]

Hi Steven...
Perfect composition... And very effective photograph... The sky, colors and perspective are incredible... Also perfect point of view and DOF... Of course gerat shot...
Stay well..

Great shot. I can understand your point about hoping the night was darker than it is in this shot, but I still think it's really effective. Good work.

Hey Steven! Great idea and very well done! Super sharp phote - I like it very much!
Best regards, Schobi

Hello Steven, i like most this one from your serie, the view is just amazing, poverfull angle and the sky - a dream, PERFECT, goes to my favourites ;)

Salut Steven,

Mieux vaut tard que jamais... J’ajoute mon nom à ta liste d’admirateurs pour cette fabuleuse photo. Le bottin complet de Trekearth est déjà aligné sous cette oeuvre et avec raison! Ton point de vue et l’heure du jour où tu as immortalisé cette vue contribuent à en faire une des plus belles sur ce site. Magnifique!


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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2006-05-28 18:09]

Steven,Marvelous composition. The beast in the foreground and Icons in the distance. Well done. Murray.

Steven, this is an incredible picture. What can I say that others haven't already? Exposure and colours are perfect. But for me it's the expression on this creatures face and the way he mockingly looks down on the whole city that really makes it for me. Great shot and worthy of all the smileys it has so far collected.

Salut steven,

Bravo pour cette photo
Tres bon cadrage, la lumiere est parfaite avec un tmps de pose de 1s.

Encore bravo

Hello Steven,

nice shot. The colours are incredibles. The composition is perfect.

Thanks for share.

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  • nex Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 30 N: 231] (2738)
  • [2006-06-10 4:14]

Outstanding! I have better morning now

Hi Steven,

This is just perfect, colours, contrats and sharpness.


What a wonderful image from Paris. I didn't see it before. What a shame. The perspective is great. Colours so special.

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  • pady Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 880 W: 60 N: 445] (4800)
  • [2006-08-06 16:02]

Cela n'avait pas été encore fait, bien que je sois venu voir cette image plusieurs fois, mais aujourd'hui je note.
C'est très bon cette image, l'éclairage est magique et celui sur la gargouille ajoute un petit côté phantomatique.
Amitiés (et hop dans mes favorites)

very good picture!!!!a nice view of Paris.

Bellissima fotografia!
Niente da aggiungere!


C'est magnifique! You can even recognize the detail way down below on the Seine! Vraiment extra!

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  • tdsi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 4] (246)
  • [2006-08-25 9:28]

Amazing pic of Paris.
Pzdr tdsi

Salut Steven,

Excellent colors & nice pov of Paris. TFS


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  • veal (0)
  • [2006-09-15 21:53]


This is one of my favorite photographs of all time. Your sense of color is radiant and joyful in this work. This is an extraordinarily evocative view of Paris. Bravo.

A very impressive image, Steven. There's not much I can add to all that has been said above, the number of people who have added this to their favourites being evidence of the quality of this. The composition, DOF and sharpness are all superb. Cheers . . . David

WOW! This is a Great shot Steven !
I like the Sharp focus...
Again, a great shot.


  • danarm Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 14] (157)
  • [2006-10-11 19:13]

I have been to this very spot and it was well worth the climb. However, my photo pales in comparision to this! The colors in the sky contrast so nicely with the warm lights on the gargoyle, and the clarity of the city below is brilliant. Well done!!!!

Hello Steven.

Excellent picture, very good details an colors.
Great composition.


Incredibly nice shot!

I also liked the light and the color of the "creature" on the left.



And a big smiley from me as well:)
Beautiful capture and such anice view. perfectly framed my the chimera:) Love it!

The chimera waits when will make a sacrifice. Fine work, an excellent shot.

Wonderful managing of light, dof, colors and sharpness!
Let me say a masterpice! TFS, Andrea

Gorgeous..one of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen!

Hello Steven,
this is one of the best shot I've ever seen from Paris...it's stunning, outstanding, as simple as that.
Compo is perfect, superb pov and dof..
I don't know what else could I say
Best regards

I am sure I won't be the last: WOW!!
Thanks for inspiring

Tout à déjà été dit, félicitation !!!

i love it!!! chimera looks fantastic in the foreground of the city, and seems to be observing it in an ill manner:)spooky! it's needless to say that Paris at night is beautiful. great sharpness and colors.

Well Done

Wonderful photo. The colors are great.
Best regards. Tomek

Hello Steven!
Without many words - excellent! Congratulations!
Greetings from Austria!

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  • KKar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 118 W: 0 N: 76] (486)
  • [2007-08-08 0:38]

Excelent shot indeed Stevan No wonder for the 194 favorits
Let s make them 195

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  • rhamza (118)
  • [2007-09-07 0:36]

Hi Steven,

Wow, excellent phot! I have been to Paris and have visited all the tourist spots, but never imagined one could capture such a nice view of Paris from Notre-Dame.

It's so so beautiful!

Steven, this is an awesome shot, it is of course masterfully executed but the composition is exceptional and not at all post card like, the detail is so crisp and the colors are so warm, great capture.


A perfect shot Steven,as is proved by the many,many glowing comments.
The lighting,colours and clarity are wonderful.
The sky is a beautiful colour which complements the ochre coloured stone of the gargoyle.
Regards Jean.

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  • Truja Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 661 W: 89 N: 1457] (4953)
  • [2007-10-29 4:13]

Hola Steve,
wowwww impresionante fotografía!! excelentes colores y nitidez de imagen. Excepcional punto de toma para realizar la fotografía, ya que vemos toda la bella ciudad de París iluminada. La vista que tiene esta criatura realmente es excepcional.
Superba imagen. Felicidades
Desde Catalunya, Jordi

absolutely brilliant :)

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  • pacd Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 14] (132)
  • [2007-12-11 3:08]

Great shot! I think this is the perfect time of the day to get a good photo. Less light and you don't get that level of detail in the city. I think the balance is great between the light in the creature, the city, the city lights and the sky...! One of the little improvement could be the bridge in the bottom of the photo... it could appear a little more along with the river...! But that's a little little little detail that doesn't matter!

This photo is Fantastic!!! Congratulations

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-28 0:10]

Belle photo de Paris assez particulière, cette gargouille qui observe Paris, belle prise bien nette, jolies couleurs et POV vraiment recherché, rare et bien pensé.
Je vous souhaite une bonne et heureuse année 2008, que celle ci vous apporte bonheur et prospérité a vous et votre famille.
Amitiés Thomas

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 580 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-22 12:31]

Bonsoir Sreven,
Je tombe sur la page de présentation dont tu fais partie des favoris, J’ajoute mon nom à ta liste d’admirateurs pour cette fabuleuse photo.
PHOTO MAGNIFIQUE, les couleurs sont superbe et ce ciel ! quel ciel très beau,
merci pour le partage ,

Very good photo. Great colours and Details.

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  • dan75 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 13] (149)
  • [2008-04-09 4:16]

Semplicemente unica e bellissima

Hi Steven,

great shot !!! Astonishing view that the statue have...
Well done!


Hey!! Great Composition, idea, and light. It`s a very good shot with the stone Gargool.
My best regards I like it

great photo
great colours
perfect view

thanks for sharing it

Non avevo ancora visto tanti punti in una foto.
Mancavano solo i miei.
Te li meriti con tanta stima!

Magnificent view!!



What can I say that other people haven't said yet?!

It is a most impressive photo, catching some of the most famous and fantastic icons of Paris.


Hello Steven,
Une photo magnifique...d'une beauté extraordinaire.
un travail de Pro.

Lovely capture here. The exposure is spot on.
My only thought is, would you try using a tripod and longer exposure that would alter the background.

Wonderful capture. At least I have missed a beautiful place in Paris. Thanks that you let join this amazing picture.
TC Gerrit

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  • oncel Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 102 W: 26 N: 27] (1407)
  • [2010-01-18 14:29]

very nice photo.

grat viewpoint

Bonjour Steven,
this is an amazing image.
Mask / chimera / devil/does not look kindly on the night city.
For me,it's a lot of allegory in this picture.
An interesting capture of the night streets of Paris near the Seine, after a dark belt, and only the lights of the Eiffel Tower.
Best regards and greeting from Poland Tomas

Nice shot, nice POV, nice colors.
Greetings from Serbia.

C'est ca qui est génial dans la photo, c'est réussir à capturer CE moment... Le Night & Day avec les lumières sur la ville, whaou !!! La chimère en contre plongée et illuminée. Tout y est pour un bon cliché.

Bravo le photographe... Chapeau

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  • iamysl (71)
  • [2010-05-14 8:13]

Very impressive picture!
Composition of colour, and lighting create a harmony atmosphere.
The dramatic POV somehow looks like a movie poster.


excellente prise de vue de cette gargouille

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 0 N: 868] (6619)
  • [2010-08-17 13:55]

One of the better Paris pictes Ive seen for a long time
Steven,the lightcontrol and details are amazing,my compliments.


Fantastic setting, angle, sky, colours... You were lucky to catch such a perfect moment.

Hi Steven,
Another wow here as well. The composition, the lighting, the atmosphere. This is just perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Hi ya Steven,
Fantastic Capture, Composition is really good. Lots going on. Colours are excellent & love the partial night shot. Great stuff.


I am joining the group of fans of this picture :-).

You made a very nice picture and perspective used is great. It is well done and without artifice. Bravo
Well done!.
Good weekend of France.

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