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Breakfast In The Dungeon

We barely had any time in Paris. We arrived on the train in from Bordeaux around noon, leaving us just enough time to watch the final laps of the Tour de France along the Champs Elysees. If I didn’t get out and shoot, I wasn’t going to be able to live with myself. I knew I had to get out, even if it was only for an hour or so. We had a bit of time the next morning before our flight left, so I decided to set my alarm for 6:00am and schedule up a taxi to pick me up at 6:30. My plan was to have the taxi drop me off at the Eiffel Tower, make the tourist images that are required by all photographers visiting Paris, then follow my pre-planned walking route back to the Hotel. That was going to give me 3 hours of nothing but uninterrupted image making while Paris slowly awoke from its slumber. Images and their respective stories will follow in subsequent posts. This image was the final one of my walk. I had arrived back at the hotel, where I had met up with ‘pops’ who had just finished breakfast. I was starving after walking around for 3 hours with camera gear. I followed him down a winding staircase into what seemed to be the dungeon of the small hotel we were staying at. The walls were lined with century old bricks and a small archway led me into the dining area. What a place to have a breakfast! Beats the heck out of the Best Westerns here in the states. It felt as if I had just pulled up a chair to share a croissant with history itself. Too bad I didn’t have much time to talk, I had to catch our Taxi to the airport in 10 minutes!!!

Capture Notes:

Nikon D700
Sigma 15mm 2.8
Gitzo Traveler
Lexar UDMA

Processing Notes:

Capture – 7 images @ 1ev
Photomatix – HDR/Tonemapping
Nik Color Efex Pro – Pro Contrast
Nik Color Efex Pro – Glamor Glow
Photoshop – Curves adjustment
Photoshop – Levels Adjustment
Sized For Web

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  1. Will Shanken says:

    I really like the mix of light and dark and the mildly hyperreal look. Is this HDR?

    • Howdy Will!

      Yep, it is an HDR shot 9 images @ 1ev. I added some Nik Glamour Glow to it as a finishing touch. The layer blend was about 35% opacity I think?

  2. ron rudolph says:


  3. Incredible image! The detail is incredible but there is no color noise. I’ll be back…

  4. Well done. Found you on Spotting.
    Best regards,

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