Thursday, May 22, 2014

PARIS - Eiffel Tower Illusion



In Late September, it's strolling weather in Paris.


The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero, Paris, by DG Hudson



The Eiffel Tower stands across from the Trocadero, two worthy guardians of the intersection. On the left is the lower end of the Trocadero fountains. Straight ahead, the traffic appears to go beneath the tower, but the roadway diverts. Foreshortening of the distance through the camera lens provides the illusion.

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Up close, you can see the detail in the ironwork of the supporting legs. That traffic light is at the intersection where the traffic diverts.




Detail of Eiffel Tower, Paris, by DG Hudson



The Iron Lady's mood can change with the weather, turning from a warm bronze color to cold gray metal matching the clouds.




Eiffel Tower Ironwork detail, by DG Hudson



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La Tour Eiffel appears to change when viewed from different angles and distance. Standing underneath, you feel sheltered. At a distance, it appears solid and balanced. Up close, you see more design elements.


Eiffel Tower and Pont D'Iena, Paris, by DG Hudson

 
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Have you photographed images like this where an illusion is created? Were you aware of it at the time you snapped the photograph? Did you enjoy seeing more outtakes of the Eiffel Tower?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and thanks for dropping by! I'll respond.
 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower  Details about the construction  of the Eiffel Tower

http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2012/04/t-trocadero-paris-to-z-challenge.html The Trocadero post from the 2012 A to Z challenge.

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26 comments:

  1. I've been up the Eiffel Tower, it was scary how many people they jammed in to the elevator to take you up, packed in like sardines but worth the views.

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    1. We went in September and it wasn't as crowded as during the summer, Sally. It was about the same person capacity as on our skiing gondolas.

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  2. There's a view of the Hancock Bldg in Boston where it looks flat because of the way it was built and the street you are on which is Dartmouth Street, in the Back Bay. I am hoping to shoot it when I go to Boston one of these days. I have pics of it from the 80s.

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    1. I hope you do photograph it and show us. I am a fan of optical illusions in photos. . .So the perspective again plays a part in why the illusion is produced. Interesting, JoJo.

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  3. The Eiffel Tower is an extraordinary piece of engineering. I have been fortunate enough to have taken the lift several times to enjoy both the view and the structure itself.

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    1. A woman after our hearts. It's a beautiful monument .

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  4. I've never had a chance to visit Paris yet, someday perhaps! There's something about monuments that gives me the goosebumps though. Walking through a bit of history. I always find myself overwhelmed while visiting any historic monument.

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    1. That just means you're a history buff. My first view of the Eiffel took my breath away. It delivered and surpassed my expectations. They are meant to impress us and they do.

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  5. Never visited Paris, so this is the first I've ever seen of the tower's ironwork up close. Much more intricate than I expected. Very cool! I still have to visit one of these days.

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    1. I never knew it had such detail, being ironwork, but it was created in the time Art Nouveau was in the air. It is worth seeing, as is Paris.

      Someone (in the news) recently was trying to climb the tower on the outside (a bit too much of the good French wine - perhaps?) He was discouraged before things got dangerous.

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  6. Though I really enjoy snapping photos, I don't believe I've done so with an illusion in mind, but have had such taken! Interesting, though! If I was to ever visit Paris, I would visit the castles and everything ancient. I find history fascinating. Thanks for sharing your photos with us! xD

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    1. The Eiffel impressed me. I couldn't admire it enough. You would have loved the castle tour or the Parisian Roman ruins.

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  7. Your pictures bring back great memories. I used to live about four blocks from Trocadero. :)

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    1. Lucky you! I love that area, we bought a few paintings from a guy selling work by the Seine on two different occasions.

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  8. I'm proud to say I walked the whole way up it (with no shoes on I hasten to add, I had blisters, my feet were filthy by the time I got to the top!) The view was so worth it!

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    1. Wow, that's an accomplishment. Barefoot, no less! You must have been very young or very much in shape! Me, I took the elevator, but I did walk up the Arc de Triomphe. Next time: Notre Dame.

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  9. I like this part of your blog because I love Paris, I think it is the "idea" of Paris in my head. Gweneyth Paltrow's father insisted on being with her on her first trip there because, "I want you to see Paris for the first time with someone who will always love you." I remember reading this years ago. Does Paris break people's hearts?

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    1. Perhaps some expect too much from Paris? I don't understand Gwyneth's dad's comment. I think it's more important to explore it with someone who loves Paris. Paris stole my heart, it didn't break it. I'm glad you like the Paris posts, loverofwords! Paris is dear to my heart, too.

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  10. Every time I have seen the Eiffel tower, it has looked gray. How interesting to see it look the bronze color!

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    1. I thought so, but not sure why it has that changing effect, whether from the metal, or the effect of sunlight on the metal.

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  11. I've always wanted to go to Paris. I would love to see the Eiffel Tower with my own eyes. But pictures are also great!

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    1. I've got lots of photos Al, see the Paris Posts at the top of the blog. Nice to see you dropping by here!

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  12. Our Paris adventure was in 1986 while we were living in Ireland. We were in our 30s, had a great time.

    Our photos with illusions are pretty corny.

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    1. I think I know the ones you mean. But at least you have been to Paris.

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  13. I went up in the tower at night, but I'd like to see the daytime view at some point. Mighty fine photos, DG.

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    1. Thanks, Milo! I didn't get to go up at night, we were usually at a café, but I plan to next time. Plus I went on a Seine River cruise in the night, next time it will be in the day, too.

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