Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

I wanted to do a series on how to shoot Eiffel Tower the unconventional way…something that defies the standard clichés in taking a photo of famous landmarks — > that is avoiding the typical landscape shots!

Incidentally, the photo challenge for this week is about getting lost in the details which is exactly what happened to me when I first saw the Eiffel Tower – I was overwhelmed by the intricate architectural details of the tower that I ended up taking close-ups or detailed shots.

So here is the first part of the Eiffel Tower series: GETTING LOST IN THE DETAILS.

Eiffel Tower is usually shot in a typical landscape format like this:

eiffel 1

Or if the photographer happens to be a pro, then you find a more creative composition of yet another typical landscape shot like this:

eiffel 2

However, if your intention is to offer essential details of the structure for the benefit of those who have not seen the tower in person or up close, then your best option is taking closer/tighter shots. The challenge though is finding the right angle or composition and taking the right shot in order to have your own unique photos of France’s global cultural icon.

Here are some suggestions:

Showing only the first and second levels:

Eiffel 3


You can take it at a low angle shot changing the angle by tilting the camera to make the lines come together to convey depth and a different perspective:

eiffel 5

…or keeping it straight on, keeping the vertical lines parallel to suggest elegance and majesty:

eiffel 6

…or taking a more tighter shot to show more details of the structure:

Eiffel 8

…or a more close-up shot:

eiffel 9

….showing decorative arches to the base:

eiffel 10

eiffel 11

Then focusing on details:

Eiffel 9

….including the base:

eiffel 12

and the upper level:

eiffel 12

And lastly, the tip of the tower:

eiffel 14

You can shoot even more closer if you have a telephoto lens to capture more details of this iron lattice tower. Otherwise, just play around with different camera angles and composition…


Remember, if you want to create something uniquely different…then be unconventional!




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37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

  1. I think I’m dizzy after this one 🙂 My favorite is depth and a different perspective.

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  3. Very nice. Thanks for the tips. I just got back from the West Bank of Israel and did a lot of shooting at “The Wall” which is an amazing site. Any tips of those sorts of shots wold be great. The wall is covered in political art and graffiti on the Palestinian side and on the Israeli side looks like the outside of San Quentin prison–stark and sterile.

    • thanks ricky…i have not been to israel yet so i have no idea of the actual setting there…ive done a lot of graffiti walls in europe particularly in spain. what i did was i took several shots from wide, medium to tight shots and tried different angle like from below or if there is a passerby i try to include in the composition to tell a story or include the street or road as part of the image…are these two walls located back to back or adjacent to each other? if yes, it would be good to find a spot on top of a building just to illustrate the difference of both walls….otherwise, you have to shoot separately. just be creative with camera angle and try to stay away from the usual vertical straight line concept…..good luck and do send me a link when u post some of your photos….

  4. fantastic pictures, you certainly got all the details and different angles.

  5. Wonderful!! This series really emphasizes the scale of the structure! The third one in particular! Great tips!

  6. Bruce Ruston

    Great shots, really liking the angles

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  8. Beautiful. A bucket list item of mine 🙂

  9. Great post, I like the shot that shows the words on the tower. I’ve never been to Paris and had no idea that there was any writing on the tower. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Serenity

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  12. Serenity

    Awesome! I have never seen the Effiel Tower in person and I never even stopped to think the detail of the structure. I didn’t know there were words on it as you captured in one picture. That is sooo kool! Love this post!

  13. Great shooting! Thanks for stopping by nightlightblogdotcom and liking “A Kitchen Prayer.”

  14. I visited Paris in 1989 and had a 35mm with me. I was just figuring out how to use it. No zoom. I remember lying on my back beneath the centre of the twoer and gazing up, desperate to get detail shots of the girders. These are great.

    • thanks michelle….your are more creative! didnt think of it…guess the crowd of tourists lining up for the tower gave me no option but to take it from afar…

  15. beautiful perspectives

  16. Looking at things in different perspectives is good for everyone from time to time.
    Neat blog! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  17. These are amazing, Susan! Great, unique shots, great perspectives, great angles! A whole new view that’s a simple move of the equipment.
    On another note, you have been most kind by clicking that wonderful, feel-good “like” button from my Colorado vacation, “Winter Playground for the Elk”, “Winter Park, CO”, “Winter Ballooning” and my favorite “A Fine Walk to Remember”. Many thanks!

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  19. Love Paris, love the Tower, love your photos.

  20. I have seen the Eiffel Tower many times and been up and down several time and never noticed the names of the French scientists inscribed on the first lever – thanks for showing me something new in something I thought I knew well! And thanks for liking my blog…

  21. These are wonderful photographs. I lived for years with the Eiffel Tower practically in our front yard, and I have never gotten tired of looking at it. Your photographs bring out all its beauty.

    • how i envy you! i would to go back again…i was there for 2 months and i never get tired of looking at it either….thanks for dropping by…

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