I had been home in the Netherlands only once in the past 7 years, for a very short two weeks and was even sick for the most part of it. Since my dad’s 70th birthday was coming up and I was already traveling, it seemed like it was a good time to go back.
After having spent a couple of weeks at home, I left to France to visit two friends (and Fair Photo colleagues). The first stop was Paris. If you are wondering why most pics are taken at night, it’s because I usually worked on the Fair Photo website during the day.
The capital city of romance.
Taken from the windy top floor of the Eiffel Tower – and now being in a winter time zone – I was a little underdressed for the new climate after coming from Bangkok. The consequences were felt severely over the coming weeks.
There were many roads leading up to the roundabout around the Arc, originally fearing a great amount of possibilities when trying to find the perfect one with the most immaculate streams of traffic. Luckily, the amount of potential locations was cut in half due to one side being under construction. This side actually had a broken light, come to think of it. Oh well… a little extra contrast I suppose.
A tripod would have been a great aid in absorbing the remarkably infinite repetition of circular traffic light beams. Upon entering the rooftop of the Arc de Triomphe, it quickly became clear that the arc actually had a team of countertripod specialists deployed – whose dedication to their mission with ninja precision could – at the very least – be described as commendable. This was making it near impossible to capture a long exposure photo, if it wasn’t for my secret counter-countertripod manoeuvre up my sleeve, or should I say… pants: my long legs. They were just long enough to hide most of the tripod for the couple of seconds it took for their patrol to pass.
Thus one could argue that maybe it wasn’t really me who particularly chose this angle. Perhaps it was more derived from what could be moulded behind the shape of my legs, thus in fact the credit for this photo should really go to the Arc de Triumph security? Merci.
Spending a couple of days in London, to visit another friend and Fair Photo colleague before continuing to China. The bus to London from Eindhoven, a city in The Netherlands, costed a whole 5 euros.