Morning on the Seine

Morning on the Seine, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

Our last morning in Paris and I hope to find just one more memorable photograph. In the pre-dawn hours I grabbed a Velib bicycle and cruised down along the Seine. It was much quieter than it had been just a few hours earlier.

It was not a brilliant morning. Grey clouds blocked much of the sun. But as I rode past the Pont de l’ArchevĂȘchĂ© and looked back at Notre Dame, I was struck with the pastels in the sky and just a glint of dawn light touching the cathedral.

I made a few initial photographs with the D300 and super wide Nikkor 10mm before switching to the D700 at about 24mm on the zoom. I propped the camera up as best I could on a railing for stability, with no tripod available.

It was okay, I though, and rode away.

Just a few days later I brought the image into Photoshop and saw just how wonderful the light had been. Beautiful pastel skies with grey morning clouds whisping over Paris. Very little direct light but the splash on the east side of the cathedral really helped to make the photograph work.

It was a great way to end a weekend in Paris, spending a morning on the Seine. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly