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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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Tour Eiffel sur le pont by m4photo

Taken across the river Seine, this image of the Eiffel Tower is one of my favourites from this short visit to the city of Paris, France.

I did not have my trusted filters with me so I opted for a 30 second exposure to smooth the water as much as possible. Although I really like the effect on the water, next time I’ll remember the filters and see how this image can be improved.

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Santa Maria del Mar (Barcelona, Catalonia) by marcgc

I took this image inside the Santa Maria del Mar, an imposing church in the Ribera district of Barcelona. I hadn’t planned to visit, but when I found myself very near the church with my camera, I decided to go inside and photograph it. It is an impressive building; you cannot realize how huge it is until you are inside.

Built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia’s maritime and mercantile preeminence, it’s an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic. The architects in charge were Berenguer de Montagut and Ramon Despuig.

The church is also known due to the historical novel “The Cathedral of the Sea,” written by Ildelfonso Falcones. The story takes place in the 14th century Barcelona at the height of the Inquisition, with the construction of Santa Maria del Mar serving as background to the story.

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Boat under Pont Alexandre III Bridge Paris by m4photo

This is the first of two images of the Alexandre III bridge in Paris during this visit. The bridge was not necessarily on my list of possible photo opportunities for this trip. I’ve seen the bridge photographed a thousand times and most of the images look pretty samey I’m afraid. However, following a leisurely walk from the Louvre, down through the park and onto Le Place De Concorde, we found ourselves at the bridge somewhat unexpectedly.

Taking advantage of the opportunity and having my filters with me, I caught a couple of fairly unusual shots of the iconic view. This image, the first of two, caught one of the huge river sightseeing boats travelling down the river. The lights alongside the boats are blinding as they light up the banks and tourist sights for the travel guides to point out. Get caught in those lights and you know it for quite a few seconds.

Unusually, the boat that I caught on this occasion had a bright blue light as well as the usual brilliant white lights along the side of the boat. This gives the image an unusual lighting effect both through the image and also lighting the water beneath the bridge.

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