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Tripods Over the Beach: Five Places Available, Meet Wednesday @ 20h30

Paris Plage is kind of fun, even at night, since people are still walking around these warm nights, enjoying the beach, and it's well-lit for tripod photography.

But rather than shoot on the beach, where the guards have different opinions about using a tripod, and what you are allowed to shoot, there are nice angles from the bridges and upper quays, including of the night-lit Eiffel Tower they've constructed there, with the real Eiffel in the background.

So, I propose a tripod night shoot, beginning at sunset, which is at 21h30 p.m., and continuing for two hours. We may wander off to other sites, like Notre Dame, in the central city, but let's at least start at Paris Plage.

Meeting point, one hour earlier (20h30) at Bistro Marguerite, which is directly across the esplanade from Hotel de Ville, on the Seine side. It's where the Quai de Hotel de Ville and the Quai Gesvres meet. I picked it solely because it's a nearby place for a drink, and we can talk about techniques, cameras, tripods, etc., and get acquainted, rather than have drinks afterward.

So, bring a long lens or a long zoom, and definitely your tripod and camera. Bring a light jacket or sweater, since the temps could dip as low as 18 at that time of night.


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  • Gwladys

    Coucou Richard ! Are you scheduling a new tripod event soon ? I missed this one !
    Have a nice day !

    July 31, 2014

    • Richard B.

      Yes. Unfortunately, two people who RSVPed didn't come (which is RUDE, folks), so we had two extra spots.

      We kept it to five because Paris cops get anxious about tripods (and in some places, you need a permit) and didn't want to draw too much attention.

      Next time there's an occasion to do so, another tripod walk.

      And those who sign up, come, because if you don't drop out officially, you take up a space that someone else could have used.

      July 31, 2014

  • Emmanuel

    Richard here. I can't get a signal, but Emmanuel loaned me his phone. Two people haven't shown up, so if anyone on the waiting list gets this, c'mon along. We will be at Bistro Marguerite until 21h00, then go to Plage. My phone is[masked]

    July 30, 2014

  • Joël H.

    Mais je viens de tout préparer. J'irai donc faire de la photo dans le coin. Dommage de ne pas saluer les membres Meetup.
    A plus tard

    July 30, 2014

  • Mafe P.

    Hello! is possible to go if I dont have a tripod?

    July 30, 2014

    • Richard B.

      Well, it's full, Mafe; we would have accommodated you just for the thrill of a Meetup if it were not, but for long exposure night shooting, handheld speeds below 1/30 of a second are shaky, and pretty much demand a tripod.

      July 30, 2014

  • Mona

    shucks, zutt and all that jazz, not able to make it, maybe next time. happy beach hunting!!!!

    July 30, 2014

  • Genevieve M.

    Hi Jim, Wish I was back for this one - I'm on my boat heading for Paris, but 2 still months away! I'll look forward to seeing the posted photos.

    1 · July 30, 2014

  • Deb

    Jim -- What a great idea !!! But I am back in NY so can only be with you in spirit ( -- but hope to be there in person by next summer at the latest!)

    July 30, 2014

  • Cécile

    I'm not available neither :( Hope I can come next time !

    July 29, 2014

  • Marcos L.

    Sorry I wont be available.
    The concept is good and beautiful for night photography.
    Thank you,

    July 29, 2014

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