We are going to Paris…Next week

Next week we are going to be in Paris.  This trip is supposed to be our honeymoon of sorts as we got married in November but due to moving countries all honeymoon ideas had been put on hold.

We will be staying in the Montmartre area which is about 5 minutes from the Sacre-coure, and so hopefully I’ll be able to get some great sunrise photos!  This brings me to todays post topic:

Planning the trip!

Planning Paris

My wife isn’t a photographer and as such has no want to get up before sunrise, thankfully booking the hotel close to the Sacre-coure means I’ll be able to nip out of bed  early, get to the view point take my image and then get back for a delicious French breakfast.

To plan for sunrise or sunset images I normally use the Photographers Ephemeris which allows you to look at the sunrise and sunset data for any GPS coordinates in the world.  This has told me that sunrise will be about 7am, so I need to be at the view point by about 6:30am.  In addition to the PE, I like to use Flickr and other blogs to find images that have previously been taken at these places to get an idea of what I can expect.  I’ll most likely scope out the area the evening before for the best vantage point meaning I won’t have to get up too early and do this on the day!  As for the other sites: The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, I am looking to be a bit more fluid with their time of day.  The Louvre I’d like to get around blue-hour, and the Arc de Triomphe at night with some light trails.  The Eiffel Tower on the other hand, is a whole new kettle of fish, and I really don’t know what would be best.  I anticipate that I will have to do a few long exposure shots, or at least blend a few concurrent shots to try and remove tourists for the images.  As we are away for 5 days I shall take a wide variety of lenses as well as my tripod and filter system.

Candice has been researching the different quarters and museums and has an idea of where she would like to go, which also gives me the chance to partake in some street photography too.

How about you guys out there in the blogosphere?  Any tips on photographic and locations that are must see’s? Should I shoot the Eiffel Tower during the Day or the night?