The day I took this, it started raining right around the sunset. I thought about going back to my hotel, but as I was leaving the Paris next day, I thought I wait, maybe the rain stops. So i hid under one of the bridges, and spend the next 30 minutes watching a couple playing chess there :) And not that it stopped raining after that, but at least it stopped raining enough for me to take few photos.

I tend to use my 24-70mm lens when it rains. The reasons is very simple, and I think you would see it once you see the lens hood on it. It’s just massive, and it keeps the front of the lens nice and dry.

This is a HDR from 5 exposures, created in Oloneo PHotoengine and finished in Photoshop.
After the rain

First of all, thank you very much for all your comments, responses, shares and likes to my yesterdays post. Your support is very appreciated. Still if you like the article, please share it further. I think more people still need to understand the value of photos.

My photo for today is a little less colorful than my other photos, but I think it nicely captures the mood of the day I took it. It was a rainy day, with heavy clouds covering the sky most of the time. It was a day like made for B&W photography. I even tried this one in B&W and I quite liked it, I just always miss the color so much, that I never use the B&W version :)

This is of course the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, captured in May last year. I used the Hoya ND400 filter to get a long exposure to blur the water. This is a HDR created in Oloneo Photoengine (I was lazy to blend the moving leafs of the trees, and so I used the deghosting in Oloneo) and finished in Photoshop.
Rainy day at the Notre Dame


Think Tank Sling-o-matic review

I added a review of the bag I’m currently using quite some time ago, but I updated it recently, so if you missed it, you can find it as all my other reviews on the Reviews page, or you can directly view it here.

Evening at the Arc de Triomphe

This is one of those color combinations I hate. Yellow lights shining on a yellow building. I think I spend more time with tweaking the yellow color, than I did with blending and editing this photo. And I still don’t like it. Could be that I just don’t know how I would like it to be.

This is a manual blend from 5 exposures, created in Photoshop.
Evening at the Arc de Triomphe

1 000 000 views

And I just got another milestone for one of my accounts. This time it’s the first 1 000 000 vies on my Flickr portfolio under I actually started publishing my photos there, and it’s the oldest of all my photo accounts :)

The colorful Eiffel tower

I never can edit photo when my head hurts. And as I just got a cold, my head hurts like crazy. So for today, I only have a very quick edit of a night photo from Paris. And I’m going to bet to get some sleep :)

This is a HDR created in Oloneo Photoengine and finished in Photoshop.
The colorful Eiffel tower


Photo selected for Editor’s choice

For the first time ever, one of my photos has been selected for the Editor’s choice category on 500px. Recently I’ve been posting there more and more and my photos get quite a good response there. So it look like more photos will find their way there :) You can see the selected photo here, or my account on 500px here.

Flooded by the sunlight

This looks almost nothing like what I got from the camera. This was such a low contrast scene. The sun with the low clouds and the air being full of moisture, just filled everything with light and it all looked the same. As the name says, it was flooded by sunlight :) When I edited it, I added a lot of contrast, but still wanted to keep the feeling of all the sunlight. I’m not really sure about the color. Somehow especially by photos like this, they look different on every monitor. Sometime the yellow is more red, sometime more green. One would think with all the standards, the manufacturers of screens could finally create all monitors with the same colors. But we can just dream about that.

This image is created from two shots, both 5 exposures. One taken normally, one with the sun covered, so I can remove the flares (check my tutorial on removing flares for more details). I then created two HDR images in Oloneo Photoengine and blended them in Photoshop.
Flooded by the sunlight

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