Notre Dame Cathedral Before and After

Paris is a gateway city to Europe for us with (relatively) cheap and (relatively) short flights from our home on the East Coast of the US.  After we had departed Paris for Prague this April, there was a massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. We went to see the damage during our final day of vacation in Paris while waiting for our return flight home.

We used Google Maps to get directions from our hotel to Notre Dame. When we asked for the route, it said “Notre Dame is permanently closed.” We went anyway. The area around the cathedral was surrounded by barricades. The area around the barricades was surrounded by a sea of tourists snapping photos. We waded in.

We took a night photo tour of Paris in 2015 when we were just getting serious about photography. A location we used is down a set of steps to the Seine River opposite the cathedral. It wasn’t blocked off and it wasn’t full of Instagrammers, so we took some shots from there. Fortunately, one of the pictures we took this time matched a photo from the night tour.

We put the before and after shots in the following slide show. The slide in the middle is an overlay of the two photos aligned as layers in Photoshop with the 2015 “before” shot at 50% opacity. It helps (us at least) visualize what was lost in the fire.

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Downtown Container Park — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K – Needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word.

Downtown Container Park, on downtown Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a newer shopping center constructed using renovated shipping containers.   Here you will find retail shops, restaurants, bars, and live family-friendly free entertainment.  Just for the kids there are a tree house, a play area, and a 33-foot slide.

At the entrance to the Container Park is a 150:1 scale model of a female praying mantis. This 40-foot-tall insect breathes fire from its two antennae and blasts flames 20 feet in the air in time to music played in the park.

There are no casinos and none of the grit that is so prevalent only two blocks away in the better-known area of Fremont Street.

These photos were taken on October 27, 2017. Specs are:

First photo: Olympus TG-4, ISO 500, f/2, 1/30 sec, -1 EV, 19.8mm (35mm-equivalent)

Second photo: Olympus TG-4, ISO 800, f/2.7, 1/20 sec, -1 EV, 33mm (35mm-equivalent)