Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite – L’Hôtel de Ville in Paris

I love Paris! And who doesn’t? I walk the streets like a kid, as interested in the old cobblestones as the old architecture. I picture red wine crashing to the ground and spilling through the cracks, as in the opening of the Dickens novel. And then I look up, and everything is right out of a movie. I tend to ignore the tourists and idiots because they kind of take away from the… je ne sais quoi!

Here is a shot of the Hôtel de Ville, just about a 15 minute walk at midnight from Notre Dame, where I had just shot a stirring sunset shot. I wish I could freeze sunset and run around and hit every landmark at the same time… but since it’s impossible… I suppose I just have to go back another time. Anyone want to join me?

Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite - Le Hôtel de Ville in Paris

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  • I’m guessing by the people at the bottom that this is a single raw processed as an HDR? Brilliant as always. No noise at all…..fantastic!

  • Thanks! No – it was a 5-shot HDR… but I have been doing a number of new things to reduce noise and to get rid of ghosting… I should include when I update the tutorial! 🙂

  • did you use layer masks for the people? breathtaking as always.. i really wish i _could_ join you!

  • I find that Photomatix 3.1 does a great job of reducing noise, at least from the previous version.

    I don’t know if it is just my eyes, but I would like to see the building a bit sharper.

    The top left of the building with the light is amazing!

  • Ziad, yes that is true… it’s getting better and better.

    Stephen, yes layer masking the people, after HDRing the single image too to make sure the tones match in the masking otherwise you get this “realism halo” that LOOKS masked.

  • even timed is perfection beautiful trey…

  • Great shot and I am looking forward to the tutorial. Thanks for sharing and keep up the excellent work.

  • Mike Diblicek

    Hi Trey,

    Beautiful image as always.
    As an English Graphic Designer, living and working in Eastern France for the past 8 years, it”s true that their are some fabulous buildings and places here, like the images you also took in Lyon.

    By the way, if your ever back in France i would definetly love to take you up on last 5 word”s of your description “Anyone want to join me” that would be great, for a day or even half. a day. ‘one can always hope’

    All the best


  • Hi Trey,

    Amazing pic! Looking forward to the tutorial too. Just so you know, in french, you should write: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité – L’Hôtel de ville in Paris.

    All the best


  • I’m in. Let’s shoot something together 🙂

  • Thanks! JF Noel — you are correct of course – I will fix that!

    Oliver – let’s do it! 🙂

  • Van

    Count me in. Would love to learn something from the hdr master 😀

  • Flo

    If you should decide to go to Paris before end of February 2009, I’d be more than glad to be your local support!!


  • Too bad I don’t have time for Paris right now. I would be available for NYC, though. Or what about Princeton University campus?

  • I’d love to go…I wonder what a room or suite goes for??

    …sadly, I’m sure I can’t afford it 🙁

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