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:
Or if the photographer happens to be a pro, then you find a more creative composition of yet another typical landscape shot like this:
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:
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:
…or keeping it straight on, keeping the vertical lines parallel to suggest elegance and majesty:
…or taking a more tighter shot to show more details of the structure:
…or a more close-up shot:
….showing decorative arches to the base:
Then focusing on details:
….including the base:
and the upper level:
And lastly, the tip of the tower:
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!