Debbie DeLong  

Paris by Debbie DeLong

September 2020 - Paris

September 2020 - Debbie DeLong


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken from the deck of the Eiffel Tower in October of last year. We were on a Rhone River cruise and stayed in Paris for three days at the end of the cruise. It rained every single minute of every single day of the entire trip except for the hour we were here. Though I took many images, this one is my favorite because of the leading line of the river and also the replica of the Statue of Liberty. It also shows how dreary the day was. I did some cropping of the sky, then used Topaz Sharpen and Aurora HDR. I would like to put this on canvas so any and all ideas to make it better are appreciated.

Taken with my Sony a7iii, Sony 24-105 lens. Camera settings: f10, 1/500, 400 ISO, 105mm.

7 comments posted

George R Phile   George R Phile
Nice image of Paris from the tower. A few comments though. The image seems to be somewhat flat to me. There is a Texture adjustment in Adobe Lightroom which would bring out more detail in the city without affecting the overall contrast too much. There is a Clarity adjustment also but that would be a more drastic adjustment than Texture. I think the building on the left is somewhat of a distraction. However, I don't think that cropping it out would be very good because then you would have the road or railroad as a distraction. I would suggest opening the cropping on the left so that two buildings can be seen and make sure that the buildings are vertical and the horizon is horizontal. Please remember that this is just my opinion and I am in this group to also improve my photography.   Posted: 09/08/2020 11:39:41

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
As presented you have an image of Paris on a rain soaked day that I am certain carries memories and meaning to you in regards to your trip to the City of Light. If your intent is to preserve this memory that the image works perfectly. Always remember that you, as the maker, determine what you want the image to be and your choice is always the right one. You mention the Statue of Liberty in your write up as being of some importance but as shown, a viewer will never notice the statue because it is so dwarfed by the sheer size of the city.

For me, the biggest issue is the lack of a meaningful subject that stands out. The eye of the viewer is automatically drawn to the lightest and brightest part of the image. In this case that is the river. My eye is drawn to the diagonal slash of the river crossing the image. Unfortunately the river itself is just bright and lacking in interest. There are also a number of distractions around the edges of the frame that cause the eye to drift. As George noted the building on the left and the railyard and road do not work well. I would suggest cropping them to remove the distraction. Additionally, the various bands of sky, trees and the alike at the top also serve little purpose, so I would crop them as well. Both of these crops make the river a stronger subject and have the added effect of drawing more attention to the Statue of Liberty as it is now larger.

With the given light on the river itself I can think of nothing to do that would add impact to the river. However using Lightroom I applied an auto tonal adjustment that on one click added detail to the city building, breathed some life into the foliage. Since you mentioned that you wanted to put this on canvas I added a touch of clarity that created depth and then used Lightroom's sharpening with the Amount set to 65, Radius set to .6 and Detail set to 75.

I've attached a sample worked from your thumbnail. Feel free to discard it should it not capture the mood you desire.
  Posted: 09/09/2020 10:49:57
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Michael Jack   Michael Jack
It seems despite the rain this was a great trip, and you have a good image for a memory. I agree with George and Larry's comments about cropping from the left and top and adding contrast through the software you use. If no texture or clarity sliders are available, then playing with curves gives you some options. I would consider looking at the histogram and making sure the tonal range goes from full black to full white to help the contrast. You have already used Topaz Sharpen, but at least the thumbnail to my eye looks like after adding contrast you may (or may not) want to recheck the amount of sharpening. The point about the brightness of the water I agree with too. Too late now, but for shots like this in the future I would recommend the use of a polarizing filter to reduce the glare and cut down on the haze.   Posted: 09/15/2020 08:18:04

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
I really like the composition of the image. I do agree with the comments about the haze and the brightness of the water. I thought I'd take a stab at fixing it by masking the water in Photoshop and decreasing its brightness. I also used a dehaze filter to cut some of the haze out. I sharpened the trees and the buildings in the foreground and darkened the background a bit. I also decrease brightness and increased contrast on the clouds and enhanced some of the light rays coming out of them. Finally I bumped up the saturation on the foliage. I used your original image as the source and did not bother cropping it. Let me know what you think.   Posted: 09/16/2020 22:36:56
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
You did a great job of editing this. I like what you did with the water and the love the sunbeam up in the left corner.   Posted: 09/17/2020 08:48:50

Richard White   Richard White
Late to the party. Debbie, Paris is one of my favorite cities to walk. I've been there more than a few times, but never went to the top of the tower. Too many people in line. I like what Bill has done to your photo. It is an improvement in that the river is not the main subject and island becomes the focal point. Larry's crop would work well with Bill's. I don't have anything else to say.   Posted: 09/19/2020 17:30:34

Debbie DeLong   Debbie DeLong
I appreciate all of the helpful comments! I like Bill's take on the photo. It shows much more of the landscape and the delails are brought out. Thank you for all of the work you did on it!   Posted: 09/21/2020 10:40:59


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