The Photo(s) of the Week


In five minutes, my street is going to turn into a river.

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

All photos/images: Richard Erickson © 2001

Paris:- Wednesday, 25. April:- In the last issue this page featured a photo shot during 'a break in storm fronts,' which showed a hint of sunset. Not many such 'breaks' happened last week in Paris. When it wasn't raining either medium or hard, the light was flat - which is not bad for getting the posters, but not much good for anything else.

Photo No 1:- Names for photos are either apt or simply another way of remembering what they were supposed to be. If this week's photo had a name it would be 'storm coming,' or more accurately, 'another storm coming.'

These weren't real storms, but the things weather experts call fronts. I went out today fully expecting to find myself in rain, but managed to collect all of the poster shots before returning to my street - only to see how finely I had cut it. When the front arrived a few minutes later, it dropped hail as well as a hard, thick rain.

Photo No 2:- This is a small black and white version of the same scene, shot a few minutes later, in a vertical format. This photo also appears on this week's Café page.

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 'cafe616b.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 photo was offered in Metropole's issue 6.10. This shows a view of the Rue Norvins on Montmartre, very similar to a well-known scene painted by Maurice Utrillo.

Other 'looking for spring' photos were featured in issue 6.13. 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 a few weeks ago with the annual 'free Sunday' for museums in France and Europe. One photo shows a view of the Louvre's Pyramid insteadphoto: storm coming of a long line to get in, and another features a detail from a Latin Quarter restaurant exterior.

Three 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.

Issue 6.16's 'photo of the week' pictured some informal boules players in the Arènes de Lutèce, built by the Romans about 200 AD. As much as a monument Paris may be, it is still a playground for today's Parisians.

The most recent 'photo of the week' showed a sunset view of the Tower and the Flame, shot from the Place de l'Alma towards the Flame of Liberty there and the Tour Eiffel beyond it beside the Seine.

Details About the Images

To fit most computer monitors, the photo size is standardized at 750 pixels high by 1000 wide - or 5.2 by 6.9 inches, or 13.2 by 17.6 cms.

The photos are compressed in the 'high-quality' JPG format, with each being reduced to 350 to 550 Ko for Internet transmission. With dialup access, a photo of this size takes three to five minutes to download.

Cartoons and drawings may be slightly odd sizes. Metropole's 'Posters of the Week' are not available, for copyright reasons.

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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