This is the Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre. It is unbelievable, 190BC this thing was made. Click on the pic for higher res.
Like most of my photos, another opportunistic one; here I was waiting at one of our favourite Pizza spots, and Jules took the kids off to the little girls room; the light was bright and allowed my trusty old Panasonic DMZ-TZ6 aspire to greater pretensions.
I was really pleased when I got this up on the PC screen later – it seems so fresh and clean, like an iced-jacuzzi!
The Gateway Arch in St Louis is cooler than most people probably realise. It’s bigger and older than I expected, and far more compelling too. You mostly only see it in silhouette, but all angles give something to contemplate. It reminded me of Brancusi’s Bird in Space, for the feeling of thrust, and it’s feeling of ‘trying to escape’ the ground. Click for the full res photo.
I took this at a beautiful place near Toulouse, where every picture seemed to come out like, well, professional – and maybe that’s why I got this nice shot.
It’s like the frog said: “Ok, ok, I’ll pose with this nice contrast since you’re on a hot streak, don’t take too long or I’ll be some bird’s lunch!”
No photoshop, honest! I did tap down the exposure two f-stops by metering on the bottom of the stairs and then shifting up before releasing the shutter. This is one of those times where digital photography loses the magic of the delay, the wondering, did I get the exposure right?
These stairs may be familiar to tourists to Paris… yes they are the first flight of stairs to go up the Eiffel Tower 😉