Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. Fantastic food, great history, wonderful sites and amazing architecture makes this city a great destination. I had the opportunity to visit Paris in the spring of 2012 and at the top of my list was a walk down the Champs-Élysées and a visit to the Arc de Triomphe. After purchasing a ticket, one has to go up the spiral staircase to reach the top of the Arc. As I climbed up I spotted what I thought was a great photo opportunity. The stairs went down and around in a very tight spiral. The problem? Lots of people coming up behind me. So, I snapped a few photos making sure that I had captured enough of the stairway to enable a successful people extraction in post processing. This image is the result of that processing.
This image was taken with my LEICA V-LUX 3 set on 5 mm. The camera was hand-held and set on Program mode with the aperture set at f/2.8, shutter speed at 1/4 of a second and the ISO set at 400. Post processing was done in Photoshop and Lightroom. A square crop was done to improve the composition.
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