Walking Through Paris

Daily Photo – Walking Through Paris

Sometimes things on the map look really close together… and then you start walking and get about 25% of the way there and you become quite shocked at how far it actually is. This feeling can be a little defeating, until you realize of course that you are in a beautiful city like Paris and there is fabulous stuff all around you. And then, you remember you are a photographer with a ridiculously easy job, and everything comes right back in perspective.

And, speaking of that, believe me… I am super-grateful for this strange life I have. I never take anything for granted, and I get excited like a little kid on all these trips… love getting on planes… love the adventure… all of this sort of stuff. I know a lot of jaded people out there that do this stuff, and I just don’t understand them.

Walking Through Paris France

Walking Through Paris

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  • Aperturef/4.8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length14mm (21mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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  • http://rsathya.wordpress.com Sathya

    Amazing Textures. Love the treatment and the aged look of the shot !!!

  • Stephen

    I loved visiting the hotel-des-invalides. You are so right about walking around Paris. It was the best. I wish all towns could be as interesting to wander about.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Sathya and Stephen!

  • George Green

    Like the composition and the details of the building – not sure I like the texture though. Makes the photo look old and faded. Maybe that the idea.

  • Andy Bird

    You’re right about the ‘jaded’ guys Trey – I started my job as matchday photographer at my hometown SFL Football Club last Saturday (yes I have a proper photography job) and introduced myself to this guy (i say guy but mean ‘hack’) who was just absolutely miserable and rude when I introduced myself, he didn’t even shake my hand. I couldn’t understand why – it was a beautiful sunny day, he was at a football game and getting paid to take photos. Fortunately I had a blast and got some decent stuff into the bargain. I remember there were a lot of grumblers at the photowalk in London -that opened my eyes alot that day – if photography is that much of a burden to some people then they need to ask if it’s all really worth it.

  • http://unafotounastoria.com Paolo Russo

    This kind of shoot is amazing similar to a real nature portrait.
    I love the effect.
    A question: how much of this effect is due to camera settings and your style and how much is due to post-shoot photoshop work?
    I hope is mostly on-camera settings + your ability! In this case I would try to find a way to copy the style :-)

  • http://www.thenightboat.com Pete Halewood

    Wow, I had no idea from reading Trey’s and Andy’s comments, that working in photography is such a burden for some people. It was Paris as well that sparked my passion in photography last year and every day I live now is geared towards making sure I fulfil my ambition of making photography my living. Only yesterday I’ve just managed to arrange and confirm my first exhibition that will be happening in the Autumn and I couldn’t be more excited about that.

  • http://JimiJonesVisuals.com Jimi Jones

    I like the texture and treatment you applied here, very nice.

  • http://www.themarkeworld.com/ Mark Esguerra

    Very nice. I’m digging the textures as well. When you’re ready to process a shot, do you take a look at the photo before you begin and already think of specific textures to try? Or do you go through your normal process, then start looking for textures?

  • http://www.wowphotoshdr.com Jim

    Just a perfect shot to use textures on. Really a nice application and the colors are perfect.
    Trey inspired inside church shot Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Use Trey’s tip to just act like you know what you are doing…… such fun. http://www.wowphotoshdr.com/Other/FEATURED/14413329_yegt6#1406234316_X3hpH7v

  • http://justshootingmemories.com Daryl Clark

    It is hard for me to believe anyone could feel “jaded” when they are able to have a life of travel and see so many new things. I can only imagine how their work turns out. I look at photography as capturing memories. Half the memory is taking the photo, so why would you even want that half it it is just “jaded” memories?

  • Gail in Montana

    Very pretty textures, Trey!! Thanks for sharing, have a great Friday. :-)

  • Susan

    Lovely Trey – I love the textures! I also like the way they trimmed the bushes like look like little pointy Christmas trees!

  • http://www.flickr.com/d_lewis09 Derek

    Awesome texture on this one, it fits perfect with the scene! And I think your excitement and love for photography is what makes your pics and stories so speical, its truly inspiring, keep up the good work!

  • dale_coz

    Nice shot, but just a touch too much texture for me. Interesting comments about the “jaded”. I hope you never become one of the “jaded”.

    Question, do you use your nikon’s adr function?

  • http://www.banakasdesigns.com Alex Banakas

    Your work is amazing and every completed photo has some new/different technique that makes every photo unique.

  • http://vickiwilsonphotos.wordpress.com Vicki Wilson

    Great choice, I love the use of textures on this image!

  • http://simonmorris.me/ Simon Morris

    Wonderful shot Trey – cool looking texture, gives that old/retro look to the image… I thought it was Sacré Cœur at first – but no!
    Great reading your comments about the excitement of it all… that’s just one of the magical things I like about photography, the excitement and thrill of seeking out new places, etc. Regarding the ‘jaded’ characters… I’m like you Trey, I just ignore them – they’re really not worth the effort!
    Have a fab weekend all :-)

  • http://www.mycruisetravelpictures.com/ Sailor

    Beautiful Picture!

  • LindaJay

    Such nice texture! Did you achieve it by blending from another photo? I especially love the “crack” running diagonally across the right corner of the sky. Just a beautiful, inspiring image.

  • http://www.gagemphoto.com Gage Caudell

    Love the texture!

  • http://www.brucemichels.zenfolio.com Bruce Michels

    Beautiful shots as always. Do you have a favorite hotel you stay at in Paris and Rome?
    I will be going there (Paris and Rome) in September.
    Thanks,
    Bruce

  • Dick Carl

    Great image, very much like the aged effect. Would be interested in knowing how you achieved it. Enjoy your website. Dick

  • Ian Johnston

    I’m with you Trey, my ass is currently in Shanghai and I just came over from Hong Kong and Bangkok Thailand before that. What a privilege to travel! It was a pain in the butt to lug my photographic gear along with me (my biz travel is not photography related) and I even bought a tripod in HK so I experiment with HDR photos.

    You’ll see some of my shots in the clubhouse soon.. :) for what it’s worth anyway… I’m still not entirely happy with my post processing or my original raws. Good times…

    What I can’t thank you enough for though Trey, is reawakening the spark and my love of photography. Your photographs just scream ‘wow’ to me in a very visceral way. I *had* to try this technique for myself.

    Cheers,

    Ian.

  • http://www.lowtidehighstyle.blogspot.com Kat

    Your work is so inspiring. I’m so new to photography, but I can’t ever imagine becoming jaded when you get to see such amazing things every time you pick up the camera. Even the same place can take on a million different looks depending on the hour, the day, and even my own mood! Thanks for the daily dose of beauty through your blog!

    Kat :)

  • http://parispassionnee.tumblr.com Anna

    Can totally relate to the trouble gauging distances comment. I read someone say that in Paris the Eiffel Tower always looks way closer than it is and it’s so true. My first visit there during winter, I wanted to walk from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower and get there before the sun went down. Well the walk ended up being much longer than I expected so by the time I got there and up the tower the sun had gone down and it was completely dark.

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    Nice photo.

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