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SNAPSHOT SATURDAY PUDDLEGRAMS OF PARIS

louvre at sunset puddlegrams in paris

I love making photos. I use the word ‘making’ because you don’t just ‘take’ a photo. The colours, the lighting, the focus, the editing; everything combines to tell a better story than pen to paper ever could. You recreate the world through a simple lens.

So for the second instalment of ‘Snapshot Saturday’, after PORTRAIT OF PARIS, I’ve decided to do ‘Snapshot Saturday: puddlegrams of Paris’. Taking photos in the actual rain is an absolute nightmare! Even if you angle your camera lens down and avoid the direct rains, the lens still manages to get misty and those odd water droplets ruin the picture (grr).

However, as soon as the rain stops, you’ll be the only person to ever get that exact shot in that exact location in that exact puddle.

Tips for making puddlegrams:

  • Find a puddle (duh- and besides, finding puddles in Paris is easy considering how much it rains!) be surprised by how a little or muddy puddle can actually make quite a cool reflection…
  • Set your camera settings before you start (when you’re leaning close to the puddle you don’t want to be messing around with the dials).
  • Bring the camera right down to the level of the water, ensuring that the lens is as close to the water as possible (without getting wet, of course).
  • Keep the camera as level as possible and make sure that it is not facing downwards as you’ll end up with too much reflection and not enough ‘object’!
  • Finally, practice practice practice!

Some of these are literal puddles, others are fountains: all are reflections:

Notre Dame

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Jardin des TuileriesIMG_20160113_201126

Near the Eiffel Tower

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The base of the Eiffel Tower

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The Louvre (but not inside the ‘fountain’ area)

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Trocadéro

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Mauricio Campos
    10th February 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Awesome post! Super creative and great shots. It’s always great to get a new perspective of any city especially one as popular as Paris!
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    Emily
    8th February 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Love these photos, and great tips! I need to try this. 🙂
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    theStyleJungle
    7th February 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Absolutely love, how you brought this idea to life! Looks like an art.

    Ksenia,
    thestylejungle.ru

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    7th February 2016 at 8:27 am

    awesome photos! what a cool idea!
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    Darina
    7th February 2016 at 6:37 am

    Beautiful photos! Especially the Eiffel Tower photo!
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