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, Le Printemps
Paris at nightfall