A few weeks ago we went to Paris and battled with somewhat snowy weather. Paris is a beautiful city, full of fascinating architecture and fantastic food. I’ve visited before, one summer during school days, but going at this time of the year was good for seeing a different side to the city.
March seemed like a good compromise to escape the worst of the winter weather and avoid the crowds of late sping/early summer tourists. Much like Rome there’s lots to photograph, most famously the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.
We did the usual tourist things, the Louvre, Champs Elysee etc. But my favourite expedition was to the Grande Gallerie de L’Evolution, which is the Natural History Museum complex adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. I’m a biologist by trade and absolutely loved seeing the displays and using my incredibly rusty (and not extensive) French to muddle my way through the various exhibits and marvelling at the range of animals and plants on display. I’ve seen pictures of the gallery before from Trey Ratcliff and knew I wanted to have a go at getting my own shots, but was unsure how the camera would cope without a tripod, because museums are not normally well lit for photos.
Fortunately I was able to crank my ISO and try some individual shots, such as the one with the elephant in the gallery below, as well as finding a convenient display case to rest my camera on for a 5 shot HDR, shown above, which came out surprisingly well despite the low light and moving people.
All in all I really enjoyed Paris and the wintry state we found it in, perhaps we’ll make it back one day but for now please enjoy the photos I captured from this adventure.