Dear Nat Geo community and all others,
I would like to leave my sincere thanks to all that contributed to the conversation and made this image even more valueable to me as it already was before it became Photo of the Day.
Meanwhile, I met JoeMcNally, Frank Doorhof and Glyn Dewis during the Professional Imaging Fair in the Netherlands. All of the three hand signed a print of this picture for me. I am so honored and emotionally touched by all this, I can't tell you. I will have this picture framed and put this in my studio (which I am currently building up) as the picture that changed my life.
Again, thank you so much for everything and your patience reading my bad English.
Hi, Oliver, What an exquisite photo of the Eiffel tower in Paris, the city I love!! I have never really attempted night photography on a consistent basis but, your picture is a great inspiration as to what can be accomplished after dark. Was wondering what camera and lens you used for this shot? To get such fabulous clarity, you must have used a tripod and very long exposure. Do you recall the exposure time? I would say you shot this at an f 16 or 22?
You have a beautiful talent, Oliver, and I wish you great success in your endeavor as a professional photographer!!
Written from Yonkers, New York
Very brown. Love it. Good luck in your new endeavor. If this photo is any indication you're going to do well.
I too would love to be in Paris to visit, James W. Missed the chance some years ago, stupid me! And now its too late I feel. I missed too seeing the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra, ,tho'I called India my home. So this is just to say, go if you can, jump at it!. j.e.s......
Refreshing perspective of the classic Eiffel. Your personal story that goes with this photo and your clearly honed photographic skills gives hope that you just may be getting those needed provisions for your family via your new career. All the best.
Thanks so much Genevieve for your kind words. Yes, I do remember how I took it.
I used a Nikon D3X with a Nikon 17-55 f2.8 glas. That is a DX lens. This is not a single shot. It is a series of 5 shots at ISO200. I let the camera measure the brightest and darkest part of the image at f5.6. I took note of the exposure times for those parts of the image (0.4s and 6s)and calculated linearily additional 3 frames in between. I then merged the 5 frames later using Photomatix' HDR plugin for Lightroom. Further, I used the hyperfocaldistance to focus at 18mm focal length. That is why it is very sharp end to end. And you are right, I used a tripod to make sure no camera movement for each of the shots. I used a remote control to release the shutter to not even touch the camera. Sorry that there is no easy answer to your question but I hope I could help a bit ...
Best regards and greetings to Yonkers/NY, Oliver
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