Parissienne Sunset

Parissienne Sunset, originally uploaded by tomkellyphoto.

From the Arc de Triomphe you can see the spokes of a city fan out from the historic monument. In many ways, it is the heart of the city!

It had been a few grey, rainy days in Paris with little sign of the sun. It wasn’t much difference as I climbed the steps to the observation deck – hardly thinking I would find a sunset photograph waiting.

But as so often happens when the sun dips towards the horizon, the clouds lifted like a Broadway stage and the sun created an orange glow over the western edges of the great city of Paris.

My Nikon D300 had been the workhorse camera of this trip, fitted with a Nikkor 10-24mm. This photograph was made at ISO200, 1/40th at f9 – camera propped carefully outside the black metal fence on the edge of the monument.

It’s a photograph that, to me, represents the grandeur of this great city with neat streets pointing towards the Arc de Triomphe as the sun sets on yet another day in Paris.