16 April, 2014

The City of Lights | Paris

From the top of Montparnasse Tower, the sky above Paris explodes with vivid color and light…

I often say that there are certain places in the world that have the power to take my breath away. On my first visit to Paris last fall, the city exceeded all of my expectations and left me with a strong desire for more. I would even go as far to say that the city of lights could quite possibly be the best city in the world for travel photography. I know that’s high praise but from my perspective, with the wealth of possibilities for strong and beautiful compositions and the diversity of subject matter, it could definitely be true.

This was shot in August 2013 from the top of Montparnasse Tower on a very hazy and grey day. With less than favorable conditions, I wasn’t expecting much for sunset but when this sky appeared out of the grey, I was completely caught off guard. Within minutes, the viewing platform was flooded with a mob of excited spectators. Thankfully, I was also able to capture a quick behind the scenes shot with my iPhone during the peak of the light show above.

Behind The Scenes View: 

The City of Lights || Paris

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, public speaker and highly skilled educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated a highly engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

  • Isn’t there some crazy copyright law issue that forbids publishing photos of the Eiffel Tower when it’s illuminated (without illumination it’s fine) unless you get some special permission permission?

    • Elia Locardi

      From what I understand, the city owns the copyright to the light show on the Eiffel Tower. While you can share photos all you like, I’m pretty sure they cannot be licensed. Paris isn’t the only city to claim copyright on certain buildings either. Unfortunately, it’s a trend that’s happening in many global cities.