Picture of the month - September 2011

Grand Arche

  Grand Arche


The "Grand Arche" or "Grande Arche de la Fraternité" in Paris is the modern supplement to the famous Arc de Triomphe. Both face each other, so standing on the Arc de Triomphe you can spot the Grand Arche as on this image.

It was a rainy day when we climbed the Arc Triomphe. When entering the upper platform, it started getting displeasingly wet. One minute later most visitors started running inside the building - I didn't - I was fascinated by the outlook and just a minute was not enough (I didn't have any real pictures yet).

Confident about the water proof equipment of my EOS7D I continued checking for perfect views and positions. The rain and emerging haze as well as spots of sunlight in remote areas of the city - such as on the Grand Arche - created a unique atmosphere worth any drop of rain flooding my neck and subsequently all of my clothes.

The camera was fine (some moisture under the additional display protector though, which vanished after two hours).  I looked like a drowned rat (some dry spots on my back which were protected by the camera backpack exempted though). Some stubbornness sometimes makes the difference in your images - anyhow - not necessarily you need to risk health and gear!

Shoot against all odds,
your Mr. Mooseman !