The Eiffel Tower from Le Printemps


The view from Le Printemps’ rooftop is one of the best you can enjoy in Paris, especially at sunset. Here are some pics to convince you.

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Burning sky over Paris

Paris at sunset, Le Printemps

Here we are again : winter is slowly leaving, and spring is coming faster than I expected. In fact, I’m beginning to think that it was better when I didn’t have to wake up at 6 a.m. in order to enjoy a beautiful sunrise.

However, one good thing about the days getting longer is that I can leave work around 6:30 p.m. and be in Paris downtown at 7:00 p.m., to enjoy some of the last winter sunsets, which are mesmerising.

Consequently, last week, I went to Le Printemps’s rooftop in order to capture the last rays of sunshine of the day. It was a perfect opportunity to try my new 90mm f2.8 lens, which I’ve bought mostly for landscape, even though it’s first designed to be a macro lens (you don’t have that many choices in Sony’s lens line-up when it comes to telephoto primes, unfortunately).

Quite fortunately, that special one evening was above my expectations regarding the light : the sky was clear, yet marbled with some thin clouds. Just perfect !

I’ve kept shooting for approximately one hour, anxious to get the most perfect moment of the evening. I must confess I first experienced some troubles, especially since I was not used to shooting with such a heavy lens on my tripod : every tiny gush of wind would make my camera slightly move, which was a nightmare. However, using the security fence to support the tip of the lens, I managed to stabilise the camera, and take the pictures I had been wanting to take for so long.

I hope you will enjoy the pictures I took that evening, and I am thrilled to get a new opportunity to use that new lens which has already made me so happy.

Saint-Augustin and La Défense in the background

Saint-Augustin, Le Printemps

Eiffel Tower by night

Paris at nightfall