In the first of a new series of blog posts, we present five of Europe’s most-visited cities – Barcelona, Berlin, London, Rome and Paris – in a new light. We asked one photographer in each city to provide capture a shot that shows a ‘hidden view’ of their city. We also asked them to provide tips to help visitors capture their city in interesting ways. Here, French photographer, Gerard Planchenault, presents his selection that shows a hidden view of Paris.
Pont Saint Michel, Paris by photographer Gerard Planchenault
In this stunning black and white shot, Gerard captures a unique perspective of the grand Notre Dame taken from underneath the Pont Saint Michel bridge.
Paris – the city of lovers – has long been a destination of choice for everyone wishing to experience the ‘joie de vivre’ of French life, culture and cuisine. Capital city since 508 AD, Paris has been a focal point of European culture, politics and society for centuries. Today, Paris is home to many must-see landmarks for a city-traveller: The Eiffel Tour, The Louvre and The Champs Elysées, to name a few. Yet in addition to these traditional photo subjects, Paris’s galleries, bridges, and monuments offer another view of this fascinating city.
You can see the complete set of photographs Gerard took for the Hidden View assignment here
Our hidden view photographer, Gerard, points out that many people often underestimate the potential for great shots along the banks of the River Seine. “The banks of the Seine are an interesting and unusual way to discover Paris. Just strolling along them can awaken your creativity, which will help you take more original and spectacular photos.” Says the long time photography teacher.
His favourite hidden spot in Paris is by the Pont Saint Michel bridge on the River Seine. There lays a fantastic spot to capture Paris’s beautiful architecture and an alternative view of one of its most famous landmarks, The Notre Dame. The Pont Saint Michel bridge is found in the centre of the city and links Place Saint-Michel on the left bank to the Île de la Cité – one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine (the other being the Île Saint-Louis).
- “If you are planning to shoot in colour, try taking your shot at sunset. The moment when the sky is deep blue and the city lights are starting to turn on, can create a beautiful effect.”
- A tripod and a flashlight are useful, but if you don’t have these with you, make sure the ISO sensitivity is high
- Remember, there are no set rules: photographers must choose their own framing, camera angles and focus settings in relation to how they feel about each location
See the complete set of photographs Gerard took for the Hidden View assignment here
Visit the I Am Nikon blog next week for the ‘Hidden View of London’.