'The Photo Idea of the Year'

photo: r vieille du temple, cafes, bikes

Grim on Friday, luckily right outside three warm cafés.

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

Paris:- Saturday, 24. November:- While many Paris trees still have leaves that are playing at being green, four to six minutes less daylight each day means that morning is late and evening is early. Add this to the twisting and narrow streets of the Marais, and you almost have a return to the 'dark ages' - except for the welcome beacons of light filtering out of the many cafés.

This Week's New Photos

Photo No 1:- Near sundown in the near-winter of the Marais, in the not-nearly new Rue Vieille du Temple, bicycles, mopeds, scooters glisten only slightly less than the narrow sidewalks in front of the warmly-lit cafés.

Photo No 2:- In the same corner on town 15 minutes later, there is that much less light and no heat at all for the string of round café tables lining the narrow sidewalk outside a café with light like florescent raspberries.

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 most weeks. Many of Metropole's photos from past issues are also available.

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.

'Looking for spring' photos were featured in issue 6.13. They show a view taken just below the cathedral in Blois and, back in Paris, how the Seine looks when it is over-excited by rainy weather.

'Spring in Paris' made a false start several times, and 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.

Again last spring, 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.

Other new photos appeared in issue 6.23. The 'photos of the week' showed a sunny day on theposter: cafe, rue du roi de sicileChamps-Elysées and the second photo showed pedestrians crossing towards the club's café La Corona, with the afternoon sun at their backs.

Three weeks later, issue 6.26 photo's showed the Rue Daguerre, where there are about three days a year when the setting sun lines up exactly with the street to produce the longest sunset with very long shadows. This issue's second photo shows the Rue Cloche Perce, built in 1250 as 'Renault-le-Fèvre and called 'Grosse-Margot' in 1660.

Issue 6.34 photos showed the Seine's Voie Express as it appears when it is closed to traffic, and the second photo showed the tip of the Ile Saint-Louis in good weather. Both photos were taken on Wednesday, 15. August.

In issue 6.36 the two photos showed east Paris scenes such as the no-frills Hotel Gambey in the no-frills Rue Gambey and a garage in the Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, which didn't have quite enough room for the motorcycle with the missing wheel.

How To Order the Photos or Images
The long-winded version:

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 'foto638b.jpg.' Note this file name.

2. - Send an email to Ric, saying you want the photo, and give its reference file name, or merely describe the subject - along with the issue's number.

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.

Here is the short-winded ordering procedure - 1. Make your choices from any photos offered on the photo pages above or 2. Choose any fairly recent photos in Metropole, and 'save' them in order to get their file-names. Use these to order the large versions suitable for printing.

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.

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 file 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.

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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