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Paris Romance by guner_gulyesil

Alexander III Bridge, Paris.

I took this shot last month in Paris when went there for my wedding. Paris is a very romantic city and there are lots of great bridges. This one was my favorite since I saw it in the web before I go there.

I went the place two hours before the sunset on the shooting day to find a nice spot. After taking a few test shots, I waited for the right time. I start to take series of exposures just after the bridge lamps lit. A few minutes later, I took I want when the blue hour started.

Post-process was not easy. I blended more than 10 exposures by using luminosity masks and luminosity selections for dynamic range, for some light effects and for focus stacking.

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Stockholm King Gustav II Adolf IR by mixbsd

An infrared photo of a statue outside the Kungliga Operan (Royal Opera House) in Stockholm, Sweden.

A nearby plaque reads: “This statue, which depicts King Gustav II Adolf (1594-1632, king from 1611), was Sweden’s first equestrian statue, and the history of its origin is long and complicated. It was commissioned in 1757 by the Riksdag from the sculptor Pierre Hubert L’Archevêque (1721-1778). However, the Riksdag rejected his first attempt and a new statue was produced.

The complex bronze casting was not carried out until 1779. The casting process was not successful, and improvements needed to be carried out before the statue could be put into position in 1791. Another five years of work were then required before the monument could finally be unveiled on 17 November 1796.

The group on the plinth was sculpted by Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814), a student of L’Archevêque.”

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First Great Navigators-II- by joscarati

Western view of the Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon (Portugal).

From right to left:

-Afonso V of Portugal
-Peter, Duke of Coimbra (son of King John I of Portugal)
-Queen Philippa of Lancaster
-Fernão Mendes Pinto (explorer and writer)
-Gonçalo de Carvalho (missionary Dominican)
-Henrique de Coimbra (missionary franciscan)
-Luís de Camões (renaissance poet who celebrated the navigations in the epic Lusiads)
-Nuno Gonçalves (painter)
-Gomes Eanes de Zurara (chronicler)
-Pêro da Covilhã (traveller)
-Jácome de Maiorca (cartographer)
-Pedro Escobar (pilot)
-Pedro Nunes (mathematician)
-Pêro de Alenquer (pilot)

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