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Arc de Triomphe - Paris by octane2 Arc de Triomphe - Paris by octane2
Well, I can't believe I'm doing this -- you guys have twisted my arm. So, here it is -- a terrestrial image amongst all my astrophotography.

I shot this whilst I was in Paris, earlier this year.

I loved Paris so much, and could imagine myself moving there to live.

One of the things which really blew me away about Paris, and in actuality, most of Europe, was the efficiency of their metro systems. I thought Sydney had a good train system. Boy, was I wrong. Well, to be fair, Sydney did have a good train system, until late 2005.

I think I came back to this location three times, each time, telling myself that I would brazenly cross the road and play chicken with the chaotic traffic. But, I didn't. Walking up the spiral staircase, I had to pinch myself to remind myself that I was actually in another city, in another country, far away from home. I remember spending about an hour up there, walking from face-to-face, looking out and staring at this remarkable city. It was a surreal experience.

I hope I have done this majestic landmark some kind of artistic justice.

Please ignore the misleading timestamp in the EXIF information; I forgot to set my camera's time correctly. If you're really interested, just subtract 8 hours off the stated time.

Full view is highly recommended.

As with my astrophotography, comments and critique are most welcome.
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Toop Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my lord. This photograph is incredible. I don't know why it looks so... did you do something to this photo? The colour and texture quality is mind-bogglingly awesome. Definitely worthy of being in the same gallery as your astrophotography.
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lucky-april Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Featured here: [link]
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AwkwardScience Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
An exquisite exposure.
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melllic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
wow
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Elorine Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist
Love the feeling of movement you captured here. I think it makes the monument seem timeless; as if it stood tall and proud amidst the passing of time and every day life. Well, that's the feeling I get when I look at the shot. :)
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lunarying Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
hi

i agree really with the opinion of "overview"!!!

you've made a good job, respect
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terceleto Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
this is really awesome! I love the wispyness of the clouds, the lighting.. its spectacular!
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KarySky Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Wow you've just had me speechless here...
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
I think it's wonderful, love the movement too :)
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SiguyTheDoodler Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Awesome! I wouldn't normally favorite a picture of such a well known landmark, but your image stands out. That's pretty hard to do with something as touristy, overphotographed and exploited as the Arc de Triomphe.

HDR can work wonders. It's so sharp and detailed, and you can see every part of it well. I like the halo effect, too.

Your terrestrial photography is just as wonderful as your astrophotography.
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