The City of Lights

Towering Shots

What is the highest tower you have been in?

Daily Photo – The City of Lights

Oh God I didn’t want to go up the tower… but a strange thing pulled me up there… it sure wasn’t the crowds… And, by now, you know I’m not one of those people that just does things because everyone else is doing them… but I thought just maybe I could get a good shot.

I think the best shots come from the lower-tier instead of the upper-tier. It’s hard to say… although I don’t think I would ever be willing to stand in that line again.

By the way, in case you were wondering, using a tripod up there was not a problem for me. I was fast… but no one ever stopped me or gave me the business.

The City of Lights Oh God I didn’t want to go up the tower… but a strange thing pulled me up there… it sure wasn’t the crowds… And, by now, you know I’m not one of those people that just does things because everyone else is doing them… but I thought just maybe I could get a good shot.I think the best shots come from the lower-tier instead of the upper-tier. It’s hard to say… although I don’t think I would ever be willing to stand in that line again.By the way, in case you were wondering, using a tripod up there was not a problem for me. I was fast… but no one ever stopped me or gave me the business.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://www.mispapelicos.com/ SACRAMENTO

    Stunning.
    I can feel the city´s pulse in all the colours.
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  • Gail Moshier

    You must have just added this one, Trey. Very beautiful!! Have a great day :-)

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    Not many towers in Florida. I suppose the highest tower I’ve been in was the replica of the Eiffel in Las Vegas. The tallest building was the Empire State, but I just can’t think of it as a tower. Definitely no tripods allowed in either of those places, but I like the idea that RC Concepcion shared a while back about bringing a Manfrotto Magic Arm and Superclamp. I bought that combo and have used it in a few places that didn’t allow tripods without getting hassled.

  • Susan

    Oh wow! Beautiful – love the view with all the lights – although I’ve heard stories of all the long lines there!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Great colors! Yes, I was in the Eiffel Tower once, but on the lower-tier. This was more then 25 years ago though. We didn’t take the elevators either… I’ve heard you have a much better view of Paris from the Tour Montparnasse. For one thing, you can see the Eiffel Tower!

  • Yannick

    Taipei 101 is the highest I have been in. It’s design is also quiet unique with its bamboo shape.

  • Stephen

    I love this picture. I wasn’t able to go up in the tower at night, but always wondered what the city would would look like all lit up. Now I know, it is gorgeous! PS : No line if you take the stairs!

  • Mitch

    Hi Trey, what tower in Paris was this taken from?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilarmstrong2/ Neil Kremer

    Love the composition and the aspect you chose….very well done.

  • Andy Bird

    Cool! I just scanned in my old prints from my trip to Paris for the Soccer World Cup in 1998 – they looked good back then but they look kind of gnarly now. I did have a few with a similar view to this. I didn’t make it to the top of the Eiffel tower the first time because I lost my nerve after I looked down the gao between the elevator and the floor of the second level, even then I was sure the crosswinds were going to knock me over or blow me away so I spent the best part of half and hour hugging a girder close to the gift shop. I made it up no bother the next time.

    I never used my big tripod at all during my last trip, instead I used a Gorillapod (with ball-socket head) that I got for my birthday in August – i’ve got to say I was quite impressed with it, it’s pretty sturdy stuff and grips really well – even with my 2kilo+ 1DS attached to it. Here’s one I took from Florida with the help of my Gorillapod…..enjoy

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/6197900927/

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

    Thanks!

    Andy – do you still use the gorillapod a lot?

  • Sergio García

    I’ve never been to Paris. This is the nearest I’ve been from something like the tower ha ha:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgprecords/5300622663/in/photostream/

  • http://dybowski.wordpress.com Michal Dybowski

    Love the greens they are adding so much to the scene :) So cool!

  • http://www.kelleybard.com Kelley Bard

    The CN Tower in Toronto is a good one, although it’s unique enough that shooting THAT rather than the view from it is probably better… It’s exciting to see the super-sized buildings in other places, and I’m looking forward to exploring them more in the future. This photo is beautiful, and I love how uniform all of the buildings are, and how green the lights are in the park area!

  • http://www.projectemp.com Eric

    cool colors

  • http://none louis

    I look back to 1971 and we were only aloud on first level as the top was not open.I did cini 8 then and not stills.Was not that fond of Paris then and saw what I had to and went down to Madrid Spain. I remember all the American student at the hostel where we stayed and they would always as me what do you call this and what do you call that and they would write it down.We were walking around and i said wait for the robots to change and they were looking for a robot ,so i told them it traffic lights. Then they really started asking questions,our lifts are your elevators,bathing costume,swim trunks,our bioscopy then was your cinema then they asked me what bad signs you have,you know like up the finger and the flat hand like the Greeks so i had a long thought about this one I then said like holding a fist with my thumb in between the fingers so that the thumb points forward. They were laughing and wanted to know what was its meaning,so i told them you suck it” that is the thumb” and when you get to the bone you chew on it. After that they just laughed ,we had so much fun in those 5 days i was in Paris. That was the best part of Paris I will ever remember,they were a good bunch of students. Glad you brought back memories to me they were good days then and affordable Nice Pic.

  • Sashikanth

    Trey

    I just love your shots, this is quite amazing. I see you have used the lowest aperture as you are focusing on infinity, even though you ard on such a low aperture the shot is still sharp. Is this due to the lens and camera you are using or is this due to some settings on your camera.

  • http://raw.tristanjud.com Tristan

    The tallest i’ve been on would have to be the Eiffel Tower and I have to agree you get better photos from the lower tiers. I was never really tripod person until recently and I haven’t encountered any problems so far. I just don’t ask and I usually try to get setup as much as possible before i’m in the location so it’s just a matter of composing and pushing the shutter pack up and walk away like nothing is out of the ordinary.

  • http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6173/6164958876_1abd8907bd_b.jpg CM Ortega

    Hi Trey,

    I was there last May and in my opinion the best pictures do come from the lower part of the tower, in fact I took a very similar picture like yours (in case you want to see it)
    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6173/6164958876_1abd8907bd_b.jpg

    The view of Paris at night is great from this point in the Eiffel Tower.
    Great picture Trey as always

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