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Sacre Coeur by Alex Howen

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Taken from a lane in Montmartre, Paris.

Handheld (plus some leaning on a wall) 1/10 sec ISO 1600. Grayscale conversion by desaturation and selective brightening of features. Canon 5D

Taken in January 2006 – 604 views as at 18/5/10.

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dark, paris, night, lane, streetscape, church, france, coeur, sacre

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  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work Alex, A superb mono and another fav for me.

  • Thanks Simon especially as I know how much you like your b&w work.

    – Alex Howen

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 5 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thanks. Now to work out how I can get back to Paris ASAP!

    – Alex Howen

  • Karen Scrimes
    Karen Scrimesabout 5 years ago

    A gorgeous shot!! I have a similar one taken in daylight, however this night shot and your postprocessing make it SHINE!!

  • Thanks Karen. It shows how we can photograph the same thing differently.

    – Alex Howen

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...about 5 years ago

    What an incredibly dramatic shot! I remember walking this road up to Sacred Coeur when I was there, such a great sight. It’s really given Montmatre such historical value in this shot.

  • Thanks. Doing the processing of this image took me back …. dreams of doing nothing except wandering around Paris …

    – Alex Howen

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    stunning,

  • Thanks again Scott.

    – Alex Howen

  • Justin Waldinger
    Justin Waldingerabout 5 years ago

    great mood and lighting! well done.

  • Thanks Justin. It felt just like it looks here.

    – Alex Howen

  • SD Smart
    SD Smartabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful contrast and perspective. An example of night photography to aspire to… now I just need to get to Paris!

  • Thanks Shane. You have spotted may plan as well. Missed out on the big lotto the other day so I will have to work on more conventional plans to get back to Paris. I hope I can keep up the standard of b&w work.

    – Alex Howen

  • dbiggins71
    dbiggins71about 5 years ago

    Fantastic night photography, mono works really well here. A fave!

  • Thanks. I have a colour version of this scene and I almost used it – I still may upload it. I really enjoy night photography – maybe it is the solitude – it is almost like meditation.

    – Alex Howen

  • Alessandro Pinto
    Alessandro Pintoabout 5 years ago

    excellent shot, brilliant capture!

  • Thank you Alessandro. Cities with such old buildings are a wonderland for people like us.

    – Alex Howen

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 4 years ago

    Hey Alex,,, instant fav,, the tones you have here are marvelous..fantastic pov and compostion!! ’-)

  • Thanks Linda. Paris is such a good place for night photography. I did not have a tripod with me so I am glad I did not consume much wine that night – I could hold the camera still. The big challenge here was the post production. I did not want to over produce the final image. I am very happy with the end result.

    – Alex Howen

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