The Photo(s) of the Week

photo: blois, angle degres, papegaults, pourtour st louis

Streets and houses below the cathedral in Blois.

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

Paris:- Tuesday, 20. March to Sunday, 25. March:- Wednesday was spent in Blois on the Loire because it was supposed to be the first day of spring. This season did not seem to be at the rendez-vous, so the town was given a visit instead.

Photo No 1:- The photo above shows an intersection of streets of stairs, called Degrés, meeting two other streets just below the Saint-Louis cathedral in Blois. The other street's names are Rue de Papegaults and the Pourtour Saint-Louis, which circles to the right, towards the place in from of the cathedral.

The one car in view will probably have to reverse out of the Rue de Papegaults because a smaller car had some difficulty turning around at this intersection, which is a deadend for cars. As the camera was making up its mind to expose the scene, the pigeons took off, giving the sky more action than it already had.

Photo No 2:- In Paris on Friday, the rising level of the Seine had not reached its crest. Unless the river's water completely fills bridge arches, the best way to show the Seine in flood is a shot of the downstream tip of the Ile de la Cité's park called the Square du Vert Galant.

Seeing the little park flooded is not unusual because it is not greatly higher than the river's average level. All the same, a steady file of photographers came by to record the scene while I was there. To get away from all the click-clacking I went down the stairs and lurched across the pontoons to the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf barge and had a café in its neat little onboard bar. [See below]

About the Photos

All of Metropole's exclusive photos presented here have been taken in Paris or the Ile-de-France during the week preceding each issue's publication date of Monday. You can expect to see a new photo - or photos, or images - offered here each week.

How To Order the Photos or Images

1. - Choose the week's offer of a photo or an image presented above. Or choose one or more from past issues - or from the links below. For other photos from past issues, select the photo you want and 'save it.' The copy saved on your hard disk will have a Metropole reference file name something like 'cafe610b.jpg.' Send this reference with your email.

2. - Send an email to Ric, saying you want the photo, and give its reference name.

3. - In return you will receive an email giving you details of how to order the photo or image. If you reply to confirm the order, the photo or image will be sent to you as an attachment to an email with a minimum of delay.

This is all there is to it. No forms to fill out, no card numbers to type in, no messages from 'robots' other than 'Ed.' No 'spam' either.

Photos From Past Issues

A Metropole photo was offered in the last issue. The photo shows a view of the unusual Passage des Marais, near the Canal Saint-Martin, and close to a similar street named Rue Legouvé.

The first Metropole photo was offered in a recent issue. This photo shows a view of the Rue Norvins on Montmartre, very similar to a well-known scene by the painter Maurice Utrillo.

Details About the Images

Each photo begins with an original size of 1024 by 1280 pixels, which is too large to view on many computer monitors. After photolab treatment by 'Ed,' the photo size is standardized at 750 pixels high by 1000 wide - or 5.2 by 6.9 inches, orphoto: sq vert galant, 23.03.01 13.2 by 17.6 cms. Compressed in the 'high-quality' JPG format, each photo will be from 350 to 550 Ko for Internet transmission.

Cartoons and drawings may be slightly odd sizes. Metropole's 'Posters of the Week' are not available because of copyrights.

The Seine on Friday, 23. March 2001.

When possible, each photo or image will be accompanied with its 'history.' This will include the original image's date and location in Paris, and perhaps some additional comments by 'Ed.'

In rare cases the photo image file may be damaged by transit through the Internet. If this seems to be the case, please complain bitterly and the photo image file will be re-sent as soon as possible.

Viewing the Photos

The photos can be viewed on your monitor's screen by placing the photo image file in the directory or folder with your other 'screensaver' or 'wallpaper' images. Software utility programs for viewing the photos are usually provided with operating systems, or can be obtained from third parties. Many of these are 'shareware' programs - to be paid for somewhat like Metropole's photo/image offer.

Copyright of the Photos and Images

All reproduction rights are reserved by Richard Erickson. You are allowed to use the photos for personal and non-commercial uses only. The resolution of the delivered photos is 144 ppi and prints of the photos are permitted for personal and non-commercial use only. For any other uses, write to Richard Erickson. Your name and email address will not lent, sold or given away to any third parties.

All photos/images: Richard Erickson © 2001
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