Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Paris in Color

flower boxes outside windows of French building

I'm cross-eyed from staring at the computer all day, but I've finally gone through all the photos I took in Paris. Note to self: take fewer photos next time.

Louvre at sunset

I've narrowed down some of my favorites to show you, but I'm going to break them into two posts. Today will be color photos, tomorrow will be black and white. After I've posted both, I'd love to hear if you have a preference between the two.

Louvre through the clock window at the Musee d'Orsay

rear view of Notre Dame Cathedral in storm clouds

The unpredictable, often stormy weather we had during our trip was mildly unpleasant for walking about, but it made for some dramatic photos.

Pei pyramid and Louvre through the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

chandelier in Notre Dame Cathedral

Even the average building in Paris is stunning and begging to be photographed.

French terraces

Louvre and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel by lamplight

view of the Eiffel Tower from the dome of Sacre Coeur

close-up of Arc de Triomphe frieze

In the rare sunshine we experienced, the colors of Paris just popped. The contrast was particularly dramatic after mostly gray days.

French school from the Promenade de Plantee

view from the inside of I.M. Pei pyramid at the Louvre

I promise that tomorrow will be the last you see and hear about my trip to Paris.

shuttered windows and window boxes in Paris

The sun did not set until around 10 p.m. On our last night in Paris, I noticed the beautiful light just after 8:00. I left my husband in the hotel room to recover from our day of tourism while I wandered the neighborhood--the Louvre area--taking photos before a late dinner. Those photos are among my favorites here.

close-up of fence at the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre

obelisk and Arc de Triomphe at sunset

Louvre at sunset

What do you think? Any favorites? Least favorites? Constructive criticism from the other photographers out there? I'm going to have a heck of a time choosing one to frame. Please return tomorrow to see my black and white favorites.


  1. Beautiful shots. My fav (for the color of the sky alone) is number 8. I think that's the Arc de Caroussel (I had to a google I may be wrong).

  2. Great photos! I love photos 2 and 14.

  3. My favorites are 2, 6 and 14 -- in the order posted. I love the fence posts in sharp focus with the background blurred. I also love the chandelier and column and the architectural details in that photos. Lastly in #2 that sky is fantastic.

  4. Great pics! I loved the one with the columns with the Eiffel Tower in the background, as well as the fence post one. Actually, they are all beautiful. Glad you had an amazing time!

  5. You took beautiful photos! I especially love the ones of in the setting sun as well. My brother-in-law is from France - the last time we were there was for my sister's wedding a few years ago. My husband walked out of the restaurant in the middle of our dinner the last night in Paris and took some gorgeous pics of the buildings in the setting sun. Everything was golden. Your pictures make me miss it and want to go back! Thanks for sharing.... can't wait to see the B&W's.

  6. Thanks to everyone for your compliments and comments. I find it so interesting to see what others like and if it syncs with my opinion. I loved the golden hue of the sunset photos, but much of the trip was rather gray, so I "saw" many things in black and white. I'll post them tomorrow.

    I (perhaps weirdly) love to photograph buildings and architectural elements, and this trip provided many great opportunities.

  7. It's not weird to love to photography building and architectural elements Jim and I have been doing this for ages. I'll show you some of ours next time you are over.