The Photo(s) of the Week

photo: tower, liberty flame at alma, tour eiffel

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

Paris:- Wednesday, 18. April:- There's a break in the storm fronts, about 80 minutes before sunset. The city is for seeing at this moment, at this time in this light at this place - or in some other place if it is where you are. If you don't look you won't see it, because it never happens exactly the same twice.

Photo No 1:- 'The Tower and the Flame' - Gustave Eiffel's tower sees the sun longest but the flame from Frédéric Bartholdi's 'La Liberté éclairant le monde,' done just three years before the tower was finished, glitters all night long - especially when cars swing out of the Place de l'Alma to cross the Seine via the Pont de l'Alma.

Photo No 2:- This is a detail, about 30 percent reduced, from the original of the full-sized photo above. [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. An exception is the Photo No. 2 mentioned above, which was shot on 26. October of last year. 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 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 recently. They show a view taken just below the cathedral in Blois and how the Seine looks when it is over-excited by rainy weather.

'Spring in Paris' became official some weeks ago week with the 'open day' for museums in France and Europe. One photo shows a view of the Louvre's Pyramid instead of a long line to get in, and another features a detail from a Latin Quarter restaurant exterior.

Two week's ago the opening photo showed the view from Dimitri's atelier window, over a bit of Paris that hides behind the usual fronts of buildings on the streets. The second photo was of the Pont des Arts, to complement the 'Echoes Along the Seine' excerpt from the book by Robert F. Burgess.

The most recent 'photo of the week' showed a view of some informal boules players in the Arènes de Lutèce, built by the Romans about 200 AD. As much a monument as Paris may be, it is still a playground for today's Parisians.

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 standardizedposter: detail, liberty flame at 750 pixels high by 1000 wide - or 5.2 by 6.9 inches, or13.2 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.

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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