Monday, August 22, 2011

Finding inspiration…

I’ve been in a slump these past few weeks and have hardly picked up my camera.  I’m feeling a bit homesick lately and even though I am grateful for the opportunity to live overseas, I am ready to move home and be closer to family.  Homesickness, lack of inspiration, and other life events had gotten the best of me lately and photography was not on my priority list. 

But, what better way to get out of the photography slump then to head to Paris to celebrate our 2 year anniversary!  Both Brandon and I have been to Paris before, but this was the first time that the two of us have gone alone.  We hit most of the major tourist attractions, but decided to make this Parisian vacation a relaxing one.  The first photo pretty much sums up our vacation.  We wandered around Paris and made several stops along our adventure to lay on the grass, chill in the park or dip our feet in the fountains.  This was exactly what I needed.

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I’ve been playing around a bit with HDR and decided to try it with the scene below.  The lighting and shadows were extremely harsh with the mid-day sun so I was hoping that the HDR would bring back some of the detail lost in the blown highlights and dark shadows. 

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and then, she {snapped}  Favorite Fridays at Skinned Knees

No matter how many times I go to Paris, I always love to visit the Louvre.  Even if we don’t go into the museum, I love the scene outside.  The gorgeous architecture and pyramids still amaze me with their beauty; and I absolutely love watching all the people relaxing and walking around outside. 

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10 comments:

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

Love these snapshots of Paris. Next time, remember to invite me. ;)
Thanks so much for joining Alicia and me again in the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge. You won’t want to miss the giveaway extravaganza we have planned for next week’s Sweet Summer Finale. Photography and scrap booking goodies galore! Just share your favorite summer pics. That’s it!

Cedar said...

These are beautiful~such a gorgeous blue sky and wonderful architecture!

Amanda said...

Wow, what a great way to spend your anniversary. Congratulations!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful, beautiful images. Paris must be a stunning place to visit.

Karen said...

Beautiful! I love the first and last ones.

Lisa said...

These are great shots!

tenoonephoto said...

Love the Eiffel Tower HDR!

Jen said...

Such great shots...I sooo want go to there someday!

Erica said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! These are just lovely. Great job with the HDR!

Jen O. said...

Now I really want to go back to Paris! These are great! Happy Anniversary!