First things first: if you’re wondering whether or not it’s worth heading to the Eiffel Tower for sunrise, it most definitely is! Just do yourself a favour and keep an eye on the weather forecast beforehand. If the predicted cloud coverage is too thick, it’s just not worth going (as I found out a couple of months ago when making this Eiffel Tower hyperlapse)…
So you’ve set your alarm (annoying your boyfriend in the process), forgotten to brush your teeth (ew) and used just about every French swear word you can think of as absolutely nowhere in Paris is open for coffee pre 7 AM. Finally you’re finally headed to the Eiffel Tower for sunrise. Now what? Well, if you’re wondering where to head, then make it the Trodadéro (metro station Trocadéro, line 9). It’s the perfect place to view the Eiffel Tower; a little elevated and home to the perfect water mirror: a.k.a. the Warsaw Fountain.
Just a few months ago, I did just this. I’d planned to meet a friend at Trocadéro for sunrise; as soon as I rolled groggily out of bed, I could tell it would be a chilly, miserable morning. Besides, I couldn’t drink enough coffee- you know those days! So I grabbed my camera and headed for the metro station, munching on a croissant as I went…
The main problem with photographing sunrise is that, unlike sunset, it’s hard to tell if sunrise will be worth seeing or not. I mean, it’s dark before the event and so you really can’t see the cloud covering. That day, sunrise came and went but all we could see was grey skies! Luckily, there are ways that you can make the most of grey skies:
How to make the most of a ‘dull, grey and dreary day’:
There are many photographers making a living out of ‘only’ photographing ‘dull’ and ‘dreary’ days so yes, those dreary day shots can work! All it takes is a little imagination, some creativity and trial and error to make your photos work.
The main problem you’ll face will be the light. In order to combat this, make sure you:
- Turn your ISO number up (just watch out for noise).
- Turn your aperture number down (allowing more light into your camera)
- (If necessary) reduce your shutter speed. If you do reduce your shutter speed, make sure you’ve got a steady hand, a flat surface or a tripod to place it on.
And, if you’re still not sure what to do, then a grey sky covering is the perfect excuse to try out making a hyperlapse video (like the Eiffel Tower hyperlapse below); these kind of videos tend to look interesting no matter what the weather…