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A Photographers quick city guide

by edjasion 

Posted: 29 May 2010
Word Count: 529
Summary: This is one of the sub chapters for photographing the Eiffel tower. It would also include a picture and map of the area concerned.


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Pont de l'Alma
If you have a bit more time and don't mind a little walking, approaching the tower from the Pont de l'Alma can be very rewarding. Pont de l'Alma is a bridge just under 1km east of the tower along the river Seine and is serviced by the Metro stop called Alma-Marceau. Choosing this slightly more time consuming approach offers another gem which may be of interest to many and that is the Flamme de la Liberte, Positioned north of the Pont de l'Alma at the Place de l'Alma. Flamme de la Liberte is a full size gold leaf replica of the top end of the torch carried by the Statue of liberty in America. More recently this site has also become the unofficial memorial site for Princess Diana, as it was in the under pass directly below place de l'Alma where her car crashed on the evening of August 31st 1997. The site is literally plastered with images of the Princess with many personal messages written on the walls and even on the pavement.
To get to the Eiffel tower from Alma-Marceau is very simple as you will be able to see the tower from here, there are however many ways of going about it. I personally would have a wonder on to the bridge to take a couple of pictures above the water facing west towards the tower then re trace my steps to the Avenue de New York and follow it walking towards the tower. There are many places to stop and take pictures along this path with river Seine between you and the Tower, another which being a foot bridge called Passerelle Debilly, and with the Bateu going up and down it becomes a very quintessentially parisian view. You could spend a while experimenting with different angles and exposures and I'm sure you will want to spend more time on this route than you would of allowed yourself.
The avenue de New York will bring you to Pont d' l'ena which is the bridge that connects the Eiffel Tower to the south, and to the Trocadero, north. At this point its really up to you where you want to go. In the previous two chapters outlined how to get back from either the Trocadero or from the Parc du champs de mars via Ecole Militaire. The closest Metro stop at this point is the Trocadero. However if you have run out of time and need to get back quickly you can cross the river and continue west along Quai Branly and use the RER station called champ de mars Tour Eiffel. This station is on RER line C and although does not go through Chatelet it does stop at St Michel which is just on the south side of the Seine and is a nice walk over the islands and only 10 mins walk to Chatalet. Simply board the train heading in the direction of Massy Palaiseau / Saint-Martin-d'Etamps and get of 4 stops later at St Michel.
Quick directions.
Chatalet → Alma Marceau.
M1→La Defence, 6 stops, changing at Franklin D. Roosevelt. M9→Pont de Sevres, 1 stop. Exit Alma Marceau.






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NMott at 00:39 on 30 May 2010  Report this post
Interesting. From this extract it's obviously aimed at a specialist readership, ie, photographers who are visiting locations featured in the book.

Spotted a few typos:

...have a wonder on to the bridge... - have a wander...

then re trace my steps to - then retrace...

In the previous two chapters outlined how to get back - either 'The previous two chapters outlined...' or 'In the previous two chapters I outlined....' Of the two, I would pick the former.



- NaomiM

Cornelia at 09:43 on 31 May 2010  Report this post
At first I thought there might be a problem with this as a done-to-death subject, but I see how useful it could be to a photographer. It is obviously based on thorough research in situ.

I like the tone very much, the way that you take the trouble to give detailed directions with the vista and point-of-approach in mind. I also like the way you suggest alternatives, which adds a note of courtesy and respect for the reader's own judgement.Very refreshing and a good selling point. Even if I didn't want to photograph Paris I think this would make a good read and an excellent guide to how to get the best city views.

Another couple of typos I spotted in addition to the ones Naomi pointed out:

'would of allowed' should be 'would have allowed'


'champs de mars' should be 'Champs de Mars'

Sheila

edjasion at 12:47 on 31 May 2010  Report this post
Thank you very much for your comments, (and editing )

The main reason I started to write this book was because I wasted allot of my time
in Paris looking for these images. I actually wanted to buy this book but when
I discovered it didn't exist It seemed like an opportunity for me.

Just wondering what the best course of action is from here in respects to getting
this on the desk of some publishers etc,

Thanks allot again for your time and insights.

Ed

Cornelia at 13:26 on 31 May 2010  Report this post
I think you need first to look at some similar books - perhaps the ones you looked at when you had trouble finding one yourself. Those are the publishers you need to approach with a proposal letter saying there is a gap in the market and you can fill it. You can send them examples of text(such as this one) and photographs/maps plus a list of chapers/subkects. If they are interested they may ask for more and an estimate as to how long it will take to complete the book.

Good luck

Sheila

Katerina at 14:16 on 02 June 2010  Report this post
This could be the start of a great 'How To' for photographers. You could have chapters for each major city with clear conscise instructions - but you'd need to check that it really hasn't been done before.

I would maybe define the paragraphs more, with a blank line between each one.

A small error -

another which being a foot bridge called Passerelle Debilly, I would remove the word 'which' and just have - another being a foot bridge called...

Why don't you go into W.H.Smiths or whatever book shop you have nearby, and look at their guidebooks. See hwo the publishers are and send them a query letter. Or look in The Writer & Artists Yearbook - it's a mine of info for all sorts of writers, including travel writing.

Kat

NMott at 15:43 on 02 June 2010  Report this post
Just to add, make sure you get someone you trust to proof read the proposal before sending it to the publisher.


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