The Eiffel Tower in Black and White

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The Eiffel Tower is probably Paris’ most famous landmark and well worth a visit. If like me you happen to visit it in the middle of a rainstorm, all is not lost. Make sure you load some black-and-white film for some atmospheric shots and if you are lucky, some great reflective images!

Credits: rosebud82

Last March we went on a very short overnight trip to Paris. We had a non-stop day taking in a variety of tourist attractions just for the photo opportunities. We visited the Sacre Couer, Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and a whole host of places in between. We walked from the Louvre and got to the Eiffel Tower, this was to be the final place we would visit before heading back to the Eurostar. Unfortunately when we were at the Eiffel Tower ready to take our final photos, the rain started and it didn’t stop. We would have to make the most of the conditions, as we didn’t have any other time to take the photos.

Credits: rosebud82

I was so looking forward to shooting this iconic landmark, and now all we had were stormy skies and torrential rain. But thankfully all was not lost as I had loaded black-and-white film in both my Holga and my Olympus XA2. The wonderful thing about black-and-white film is that it doesn’t need bright blue clear skies to make it look it’s best like slide film can sometimes do. In fact, cloudy moody skies often make for better photos with black-and-white film. So I decided instead of wasting shots with my other cameras, I would focus on the two cameras with the black-and-white film in.

Credits: rosebud82

It turned out that this was the best decision, the black-and-white film gave a far better atmosphere in the photos than slide or negative film would have in the same situation.

It also turned out that the rain was ideal for enabling me to get these shots with the Tower reflecting on the water on the floor, which would never have happened if it wasn’t for the rain!

Credits: rosebud82

I think the Eiffel Tower is an ideal location to shoot in black and white as it adds so much atmosphere to the photos. So regardless of the weather, make sure you load some black and white into your camera, don’t just wait for the rain like I did!

written by rosebud82 on 2012-04-20 in #world #locations #paris-france-europe-city-travel-holiday-eiffel-tower-locations-in-black-and-white-b-w-rain-reflections-trip-landmark #location #urban-adventures

3 Comments

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    reality is in Black and White!

  2. jricagno
    jricagno ·

    A new reality for this fantastic place!!!

  3. pfoten
    pfoten ·

    a good place for bw

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