The Photo(s) of the Week

photo: champs elysees, fri, 1 june

Exit, métro George V, Champs-Elysées, Friday, 1. June 2001.

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

Paris:- Sunday, 3. June:- During the past week I didn't make any wide-ranging tours and tried to cut down on the number of photos. An average issue of Metropole may contain 35 to 40 new photos, and lately these have been selected from as many as a 100 shots.

All of these require at least some minimum treatment. Generally it means making them as 'ready-to-use' as possible, so a selection for the weekly magazine doesn't take much more time than reducing their sizes so that they will display quickly.

To put it in a nutshell, treating 50 new photos takes half the time of 100. It also means that there is less to chose from for this page - but this means little because interesting photos are 'found' and not made. As it has turned out, the two here are not 'super,' but they are worth more than just putting in the archive.

Photo No 1:- Last Friday was not a super weather day when I got into the métro but it had changed its mind when I came out of the George V exit on the Champs-Elysées. It is like Paris is giving us these little hints of what it can be like if it feels like trying.

Photo No 2:- The photo below, shot on my way out of the club meeting in La Corona on Thursday, is merely of the crosswalk and the Louvre opposite the café. Again it was a dodgy-weather day, and this was a split-second image of Paris' promised summer weather.

About the Photos

Metropole's exclusive photos shown on this page have been taken in Paris or the Ile-de-France during the week preceding the issue's Monday publication date. You can expect to see a new photo - or photos, or images - offered here each week. Many of Metropole's photos from past issues are also available.

How To Order the Photos or Images

1. - Choose the week's offer of a photo or an image presented on this page. Or choose one from past issues - or from the links below. Select any photo you want by clicking on it and then 'save it.' The photo saved on your hard disk will have a Metropole reference file name like 'cafe620b.jpg.' Note this file name.

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

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

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' at all.

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' made a false start 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 instead of a long line to get in, and another features a detail from a Latin Quarter restaurant exterior.

Several weeks 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 issue's '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 'photo of the week' for Issue 6.17 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.

Issue 6.18's 'photo of the week' showed a more usual view of a storm coming. In this case it was coming to my own street in Paris, just after I'd made a 'between storms' tour to get the week's poster shots.

The 'photos of the week' in issue 6.20 featured a view of Concorde's Fontaine des Mers on a good day and the second photo depicted some stone paving work, in front of the Institut de France in the Latin Quarter.

Issue 6.21's 'photos of the week' showed a view of a sunny Sunday in the Rue Daguerre and the second photo showed Latin Quarter types hanging out at one of the most popular places in the quarter, La Palette in the Rue de 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 and are reduced to 350 to 550 Ko for Internet transmission. With dialup access, a photo of this fileposter: crosswalk, thurs, 31 may size takes three to five minutes to download.

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

The crosswalk near La Corona.

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 a 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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