Lisa Cirincione, QPSA  

Paris Pyramid by Lisa Cirincione, QPSA

November 2021 - Paris Pyramid

November 2021 - Lisa Cirincione, QPSA


About the Image(s)

It is the famous pyramid, designed by I.M. Pei, in front of the Louvre in Paris. It is a great place to hang out, walk around, and take thousands of photos because it looks different every time. The courtyard was mostly open all the time to walk around even if the museum was closed.

June 2018, Canon 5D Mark II, tripod

15-second exposure, f/22, 28mm lens, ISO 400

14 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Lisa, this is a lovely image both in color and monochrome. I really like how you brought out the luminosity and detail in the pyramid. Your choice of a small aperture gave a lovely starburst appearance to the distant lights. I do, however, find the highlights of the reflections on the wet pavement to be slightly blown out for my liking. I reimagined the scene two different ways. In the mono version, removing the museum and doing a quick and dirty (read: poor) job of cloning out the reflections. Then I took your original, made a copy and flipped it and merged the images which made the right side a mirror image of the left. Let me know what you think.   Posted: 11/02/2021 22:25:04
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Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Very interesting perspective, hope you had fun with it. It does look cool, but my sensibilities know that the Louvre museum is missing, so it feels wrong to me. But well done on the color and black and white version. Very futuristic.   Posted: 11/21/2021 15:38:14

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
  Posted: 11/02/2021 22:25:19
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Michael,
I love your edited color version that eliminated all the distractions and added nice starbursts to the right.
However, in my opinion, the pyramid structure serves as the main entrance to the Louvre museum, and it marks the landmark of Paris. Without the museum in the background, I totally lost the feeling of the Louvre pyramid architecture.   Posted: 11/10/2021 22:10:11

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Lisa, It's a beautiful night shot of the pyramid at the Louvre museum! Your post processing and the conversion to B&W work well that created a crispy sharp glass & metal structure, illuminated the Louvre in the background as well as the starbursts of the small aperture setting (F/22).
I like the angle you shot with a triangle corner on the floor that looks like an extended reflection of the pyramid. I'd prefer to darken the long reflection of the light from the Louvre's window a bit more because it's a bit distracting. I also wish to see the top of the Louvre in full. Overall, it's a nice shot, and I really like it!   Posted: 11/05/2021 06:07:02
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
thank you Kieu-Hanh, I would prefer that I had got the entire top of the Louvre in it as well. Maybe next time I get back there I'll try again.   Posted: 11/21/2021 15:39:55

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
B/W over color win again. I have to agree the only thing I would suggest is the removing or greatly darkening the light reflection on the left side.
The Louvre museum in the back ground gives the photo place and time.
Well done.   Posted: 11/07/2021 10:08:12
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
thanks Randolph, I agree, some of those reflections in the water could come down in brightness.   Posted: 11/21/2021 15:40:59

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Lisa,

The pyramid comes alive in your black and white conversion. I agree with Kieu-Hanh that removing the museum is not something you would want to do, as Michael suggests, mainly because it is a historical sight; he may not have realized this. People know the museum is behind the water fountain; they expect the image to produce that reality.

My recommendation is two-part. Work on the brightness of the light, as others have noted, and consider removing the person walking by the museum and the bright light. The person doesn't add anything to the photo, so either darken that area or crop the person out. If you had the time and patience, you could clone him out if cropping is too restrictive. Also, you should have no problem burning that area of light; it was easy enough in Lightroom. I don't fancy complicated edits.


  Posted: 11/13/2021 11:27:39
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
thanks Luann, I never realized that person was in the frame over there. It's a couple taking wedding shots, and I obviously did not check my borders! I'll try working on those edits. But all of that will limit me from entering this photo into Photo Travel.   Posted: 11/21/2021 15:44:43

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Lisa, this photo is a great monochrome image. I like the shapes and the triangular shape of the foreground leads the eye right into the photo. I also like how you included the museum. My thought is to take down the brightness on the right just a bit and (I don't know how this would be done) but if there was a way to bring out the water in the fountain a bit. Regardless, this is a great image and iconic photo bringing me right into Paris.   Posted: 11/13/2021 17:05:09
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
thank you Mary Ann... I'm glad you felt that you were in Paris. Brightness seems to be the task I'll be working on.   Posted: 11/21/2021 15:46:28

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Lisa, what a strong image of the pyramid and the Louvre. I like how you've lined up the point of the Pyramid and the point of the fountain's pond border. In your b&w version the structure lines of the Pyramid really stand out, adding to the image's appeal. The starbursts of light on the left side bring an element of glitter to the night scene. My preference is to keep the Louvre in the background, but include the entire roof front. What a lovely memory of Paris!   Posted: 11/18/2021 09:52:51
Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
thank you Ruth! I need to go back to get the entire roof... I must have thought I had it, or didn't even pay attention at the time. Ugh! lol   Posted: 11/21/2021 15:47:12


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