If this looks familiar, it’s because it’s a wider capture of a previous shot of La Défense. With the last shot, I really wanted to capture the sun, sky and La Grande Arche. With this one, I wanted to capture the whole sky, the colours and the magnificent road layout around the axe historique. I think that a sunset makes a wonderful picture in itself, but is made better ten-fold by an interesting foreground.
For those that don’t know, this photo was taken from atop the Arc de Triomphe, facing towards La Défense, Paris’ financial district. It was a bit of a rush to get here in time for sunset, I had to jog up Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and my use of a tripod was frowned upon. By frowned upon, I mean completely disallowed and I got told off several times.
It’s shots like that that reaffirm my opinion that Paris is one of the most photogenic cities in the world.
Canon 5D MKII / 17-40mm / HDR / Photomatix / Photoshop