A Photographer’s passion for Eiffel Tower

Paris holds a special place in my heart as I started my passion for photography from the city of Paris when I was a graduate student. Six years later, I came back to this city with my DSLR, years of learning and my life partner, Anu. We decided to spend 8 days in Paris with one most important target, “Capture Eiffel tower from all possible viewpoints“.

It wasn’t a piece of cake to find the correct vantage point to capture the Eiffel Tower. After hours of roaming around the streets every day, waking up early in the morning (around 5 am) and a couple of night outs, we were able to get a good number of worthy shots of the Eiffel Tower. We decided to share our list of viewpoints and final output to help fellow passionate photographers and travelers.

1.Look up

The first thing everyone does in Paris is to buy a ticket and climb up the Eiffel tower. While you are waiting in the queue, just look up for this perfect frame of Eiffel Tower.

 

 

Distinctive view of the Eiffel Tower by Travel Anubhav.
Exif: ISO 100, 11.5 mm, F/9.0, 1/250 sec

 

There are several great angles while you are really close to the tower, I found this one very interesting with a carousel right in front.

Carousel in front of the Eiffel Tower by Travel Anubhav
Exif: ISO 100, 13mm, F/9.0, 1/80 sec

2. Explore the streets

People say that you can see Eiffel tower from every street around but you must choose the right one for the best view. Rue de l’Université, is exactly the one with a nice uncommon view.

Eiffel tower view from a street of Rue de l'Universite by Travel Anubhav
Exif: ISO 100, 11.5 mm, F/9.0, 1/100 sec (Exact location: 228 Rue de l’Université)

 

3. Bir-Hakim bridge

There are several bridges on river Seine but Bir-Hakim is the one which is most famous among photographers and least famous among tourists. This place is just at a walking distance from Eiffel tower and still remains hidden from the tourists which lead to an uncommon frame of Eiffel tower. We got some of our favorite shots from this location.

Couple shoot at Bir Hakim bridge
Exif: ISO 100, 11.5 mm, F/9.0, 1/250 sec

 

Long Shutter photography of Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.
Exif: ISO 100, 16mm, F/9.0, 80 sec (with ND 8 filter)

4. Love locks and Paris

Love locks and Paris has a special connection which doesn’t need any introduction and to be reminded again that it is not permitted. The fun part is that after authorities put an end to love lock tradition on Pont des Arts, tourists now put locks on any random location. I read somewhere on the internet that, “Don’t lock your love but make it free instead.”

Love Lock tradition of Paris is common among tourists.
Exif: ISO 100, 18mm, F/9.0, 1/125 sec

5. Walk along the Seine river

There are many possible frames if you walk along the Seine river from one bridge to another.

Walk along Seine River with cloud trails as long shutter photography paris by Travel Anubhav
Exif: ISO 100, 10mm, F/9.0, 122 sec (with ND 8 Filter)
Another candidate from Paris photo shoot locations for Eiffel Tower by Travel Anubhav.
Exif: ISO 100, 13 mm, F/9.0, 1/640 sec

6. Ride a metro with a camera

This one was an unprepared shot when we took a metro and it went over the Bir-Hakim bridge but I got a very uncommon frame of Eiffel tower.

View from Paris metro going over Bir-Hakeim bridge
Exif: ISO 100, 17 mm, F/9.0, 1/200 sec

 

7. Montparnasse Tower

Climb up the Eiffel tower and click the amazing city of Paris is what everyone does and it is definitely great. I would rather prefer a shot of this amazing city with its iconic monument in the frame and there is no better place than Montparnasse Tower for the same. This tower is only the tallest building around Eiffel Tower and offers a great view from its panoramic rooftop.

Tip: Book your ticket online and reach there at least 1.5 hr before sunset otherwise all vantage points will be gone to setup your tripod.

Tilt shift effect photography from Montparnasse Tower
Exif: ISO 100, 26 mm, F/9.0, 13 sec (With a miniature effect)
Light trails of Eiffel Tower from montparnasse tower
Exif: ISO 1250, 98mm, F/9.0, 0.5 sec (Merged 5 shots with Lighten mode for the trail)

 

Light trails view of Eiffel Tower
Exif: ISO 1250, 105mm, F/9.0, 1/30 sec
Glittering Eiffel Tower in the night
Exif: ISO 250, 105mm, F/9.0, 3 sec

 8. Climb Arc de Triomphe

My second favorite place to click the Paris city with Eiffel tower in the frame is the rooftop of Arc De Triumph. This place also offers a nice view but it is not very photographer friendly like Montparnasse tower as it is more crowded and they don’t allow you to setup the tripod (but you can still try your luck as you are allowed to carry it to the top).

arc de triomphe champs elysees - Travel Anubhav
Exif: ISO 100, 11.5mm, F/9.0, 13 sec
Champ Elysees with glittering Eiffel Tower - Travel Anubhav
Exif: ISO 100, 18mm, F/9.0, 13 sec

9. Give cliche a twist

Place du Trocadero is the most common photo spot for Eiffel Tower as it undoubtedly offers the best view and is most easily accessible but at the same time, it is the most crowded spot as well.

Tip: Tourists can afford to be lazy but photographers can’t, so get up early in the morning to reach there by 6 am and you will get the whole place to yourself.

Paris couple photoshoot - Travel Anubhav
Exif: ISO 200, 18mm, F/9.0, 1/30 sec (With selective Color for the red)

 

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