Arc de Triomphe

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The “Arc de Triomphe” is probably one of the most photographed landmarks of this city, right after the “Tour Eiffel,” but I still decided to take this shot during my last visit to Paris.

The monument honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

The photo itself was taken at right after dusk, using a long exposure to try to capture the motion of the parisien rush hour. Luckily even a providential bus passed by at the time of the exposure, which in my view gave quite a substantial contribution to the composition. HDR of 3 brackets, vertically shifted for perspective control, processed in photomatix and final adjustments in photoshop.