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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A Sinister View of Notre Dame

As part of our attempt to develop better photography skills, we have been exploring Adobe Lightroom and Google’s Silver Efex Pro. We had an image we took of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral with interesting architecture but little color and a flat sky, so we decided to convert the photo to black and white as an experiment. When we used split toning to make the highlights slightly blue and the shadows slightly amber, the result was positively creepy. Since Halloween is less than three weeks away (and today is Friday the 13th), we thought we’d post this sinister image of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/5, 1/125 sec,  35mm-equivalent focal length 77mm.

Notre Dame at Night – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters M or N

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters M or N.

This is a long exposure photo of Notre Dame in Paris, France. It was taken from the Pont de la Tournelle. The green filter preset in Lightroom was used to convert the image from color to black and white.

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Notre Dame, Paris

This photo was taken on October 8, 2015 at around 8 pm. Specs are:

Canon SX40, ISO 100, f/6.7, 16 sec, 10 mm

Places of Worship

Since today is Easter Sunday, the featured topic is places of worship from around the world. The pictures are presented alphabetically by country.

Since, by necessity, the description of the religious significance of each site is very short, the interested reader is encouraged to research further.

Cambodia

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This photo shows the sun rising behind Angkor Wat in Cambodia. During its long history, Hinduism and Buddhism have both been practiced here.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

Egypt

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Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan, Egypt

The Temple of Kom Ombo is located  in Upper Egypt for the worship of two gods: the crocodile god Sobek (god of fertility, who created the world) and the falcon god Horus (son of Isis and Osiris; god of the sky, war and hunting). Images of Hathor, depicted as a cow goddess, are also  prevalent here.

This photo was taken in February, 2013.

France

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This photo of the historic Catholic Notre Dame Cathedral was taken in October, 2015.

India

Here are photos of Indian temples for each of three ancient religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) and two newer religions (Islam and Sikhism).

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Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

The Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and named for his wife, the goddess Parvati. Shiva is the destroyer, recycler and regenerator of universe and all life. Parvati is the goddess of love and devotion. Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Ganesha and Kartikeya.

There are 14 towers; the tallest tower is the southern one, at 170 feet.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

 

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Jain Temple at Ranakpur, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

This photo shows pillars in the interior of the Jain Temple at Ranakpur, in the city of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.

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Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India

This photo shows the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath, about 13 kilometers north-east of Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Sarnath is the site of Buddha’s first sermon after his enlightenment.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.

 

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Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India

This photo shows the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi; it is one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. The photo is taken from a window at the top of one of the towers, a twin to the taller tower reaching above the skyline. The two (shorter) minarets visible in the middle are 130 feet high.

This photo was taken in March, 2013.

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The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab, India

This photo is of Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple, which is the holiest Gurdwara (place of worship) of Sikhism.  The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar in the state of Punjab, India.

This photo was taken in October, 2014.

Spain

 

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Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

This photo shows part of the exterior of the Sagrada Família, a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Antoni Gaudi.

This photo was taken in April, 2015.

Thailand

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Buddha statues, Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

This photo shows a row of Buddha statues inside Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand. The photo was taken in March, 2013, before the restoration of the wall behind the statues.

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Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

This photo shows the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand.

This photo was taken in February, 2016.

Vatican City State

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Sistine Chapel ceiling, Vatican

This photo shows part of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Roman Catholic Vatican.

This photo was taken in February, 2013.

 

 

 

Play with Light

Although we planned to complete this exercise today in our back yard, the weather has not cooperated, progressing from merely overcast to active rain. Instead, archived pictures are used.

These pictures were taken of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, in October 2015, on several different days. Three different cameras were used, experimenting with f-stop settings and exposure time. The times of day include morning (one picture), afternoon (one picture), and evening (four pictures). The pictures are taken facing West.

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This picture was taken at 11 am with an Olympus TG-4 camera. Settings are:

ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f 4.9, 100 mm

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This picture was taken at 2:30 pm with a Canon SX40 camera. Settings are:

ISO 200, 1/500 sec, f.6.7, 41 mm

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This picture was taken at 7 pm with a Canon 50D camera. Settings are:

ISO 100, 1/6 sec, f 16, 50 mm

 

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This picture was taken at 7:30 pm with a Canon SX40 camera. Settings are:

ISO 100, 1/6 sec, f 8, 132 mm

 

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This picture was taken at 7:30 pm with a Canon 50D camera. Settings are:

ISO 200, 20 sec, f 16, 50 mm

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

This picture was taken at 8 pm with a Canon 50D camera. Settings are:

ISO 100, 20 sec, f 22, 25 mm