Le Arc de Triumph from the Champs-Élysées

This wonderful landmark is always fun, but challenging, to photograph. It’s right in the middle of a roundabout that is as dangerous as that thing Bond got stuck in to test G-forces in Moonraker.

There was a recent rain, and the Champs-Élysées was shiny and perfect in the cool dusk air. I set up and kept the f stop as high as possible so that the French passerby would fall out of the frame during the long exposure.

Le Arc de Triumph from the Champs de Elysses (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • http://zoom.florentchevallier.fr Florent

    As a French I have to tell you that it is “Champs-Élysées”.
    Btw, nice “rendu” of the rainy floor…

  • http://flickr.com/photos/akanksh sathya sayee

    Wow…. this is one of my favorite places too. Not sure how many a times I walked across the same street. Paris is awesome… especially the mood captured in this photograph.

    I wish I can see a Trey specialty Eiffel tower by the night… Do you have one coming trey?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gail-Moshier/513775196 Gail Moshier

    Beautiful shot, Trey. The lights reflecting on the wet street is especially eye catching, leading back to the Le Arc de Triumph. I love this one!!!! Happy Father’s Day!!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all!

    Forent – you are right of course – I will fix it!

  • casusan

    Oh wow – beautiful Trey – love the description too! A super Happy Father’s Day to you!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sammers05/ Samantha

    Nice work – I like the post-rain sidewalk and the unique angle. I think I made the mistake of getting too close to it when I went and barely getting it all in.

  • Facebook User

    Beautiful photo Trey! Brings back some great memories of my time in Paris.

  • Brad Truxell

    Trey,
    Saw some of your photos in an HDR book today. I have always loved your work over the internet, but seeing it on high quality paper was something else. Your work continues to amaze me and I come here in hope that one day I can be as good as you. Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/ Matthew

    Great colors and mood here. Happy Fathers Day Trey!

  • Lorraine

    This is a beautiful photo of L’Arc de triomphe…. I am a French teacher, and I think this will be my new wallpaper on my work computer :)

  • Kazuo

    Those reflections off the wet pavement are especially vivid.

  • http://Yahoo.com Bob the builder

    To see it in person would probably be a disappointment after looking at this picture! I would like to visit there one day…someday…

  • http://bbluesman.com Mark Forman

    Beautiful shot and very much not what I would have expected. You made something iconic not larger than life,but still beautiful and poignant. Pleasant counter-intuitive surprise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trey-Ratcliff/502475833 Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks all!

    Yes Mark – I am a fan of the counter-intuitive for sure…

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  • http://zoom.florentchevallier.fr Florent

    I hope the way I posted wasn’t rude, however I’ve a question for you, tray (and all other photographers here, of course) : do you think that a title is an important part of a picture? Or has it to express it’s own ‘being’ by itself?
    As far as I am concerned, I like to play on words in the title I give to my posts/pictures, especially when breaking the words, using informatic symbols…

  • http://www.scottphotographics.com Michael

    Stunning image, some really fantastic HDR photos here!

  • http://www.scottphotographics.com Michael

    I really like this comment system, and would like to adopted it to my own website – did you make it or is there a place where I could find?

    Thanks in advance, you may delete this post if you wish.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all! :)

    Florent – no problem… I don’t even really consider those to be titles of the photos… kind of more titles of the post

    Michael – this is a custom system that was modified from the default WP system

  • http://vtcaribbean.com sean chandler

    Amazing photo – when you say you kept the f-stop “high” so as not to get pedestrians in the image, are you referring to being wide open or closed down on the f-stop?

    And wouldn’t a longer exposure take care of that anyway?

  • Speed

    It definately did not look that empty when I was there! Maybe because I was just there (in the middle of summer) and you were there during winter(?). Definately a beautiful picture. Did you go up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe? I went up and snuck my foldable tripod in with me. I only got a couple shots in before they told me to pack it up!

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