I was in Paris last year and I made sure to stroll by some of the important landmarks around the city. I’ve been to Paris before, but it was a long time ago. I was quite young and didn’t remember much. One of the landmark which I wanted to see was the Notre-Dame Cathedral. I went a first time, but the day was cloudy, so it didn’t make for especially nice pictures! Fortunately, further down the week, I had some free time and managed to go a second time by the Cathedral when the sun was out.
I found a nice vantage point on the Pont de l’Archevêché, which is one of the two bridges in Paris where couples used to attach love locks on the railings. When I was there, the locks were still on the bridge, though unfortunately a few months later they were removed in order to take some weight off the bridge.
Since I was there not too long after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, there were armed guards everywhere. I could see them all around the city, but when I sent back to take the subway after my photo session, I remember being on the subway platform by myself, with 6 or 7 other armed guards and no one else in the station. Was that supposed to make me feel safe? I’m still not sure!
Anyways, I took many pictures of the Notre-Dame Cathedral on that day, but quite liked this one. I did some retouching in Lightroom and in Photoshop and attached the before and after below. I mostly did some color and exposition correction, but also experimented with making the water blurry and smooth, as well as adding some fuzziness to the sky. I’m still experimenting with those tools and I probably didn’t do it in the most efficient way, but it’s a start! Let me know what you think!