The Photo(s) of the Week

photo: pyramid, louvre, 1 april

Behind the Louvre's Pyramid on Sunday, 1. April.

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

Paris:- Sunday, 1. April:- Today has been 'spring in Paris' and I had my fingers crossed that the prediction for it would be true. To escape cabin fever I made myself go out and see what folks could get up to, unencumbered by their winter coats.

Photo No 1:- 'Spring in Paris' coincided with the annual open doors day for museums in Europe, and this included the Louvre. While the line for curious visitors stretched from the Pyramid's entry across the Cour Napoléon to disappear under the porch of the Mollien Gallery, another corner of the Pyramid was used for doing nothing much at all.

Photo No 2:- Finishing up my tour in the Quartier Latin to see if there were any free seats on the terraces of the cafés near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, I passed the bistro Le Petit Zinc, which is featured as this week's 'bistro.' Around its side, the oyster bar caught my eye, for what I thought would be a 'throw-away' shot.

Seeing the photo itself, isolated from its surroundings, changed my mind. Paris' details can be more striking than wide-angle panoramas. [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

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.

Other 'looking for spring' photos were featured in the last issue. They show a view taken just below the cathedral in Blois and how the Seine looks when it is over-excited by the weather.

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: oyster bar, le petit zinc13.2 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 oyster bar of the Petit Zinc in the Quartier Latin.

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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