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Photography in France
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:46:50 PM »
Off on a quick trip to Paris this weekend - any one know of any regs regarding photography in France?

I would like to come back home on Monday as planned...



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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 07:09:01 PM »
Hi Andrew

Have a great time

There are Publishing restrictions on night time Eiffel Tower photos, Clicky linky

Q :     Are we allowed to publish photos of the Eiffel Tower?
A :    There are no restrictions on publishing a picture of the Tower by day. Photos taken at night when the lights are aglow are subjected to copyright laws, and fees for the right to publish must be paid to the SETE.

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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010, 07:23:02 PM »
The law is pretty analogous to UK rules and regs.

You can take any pictures you like in or from a public place, with the exception of military establishments and the like. You may take pictures of identifiable individuals but may not use them for commercial purposes without the agreement of the individuals concerned. Museums/public buildings etc may make rules about photography as in the UK. In private property you need to get permission, although this is often granted.

Basically just use your common sense and be polite, as you would at home.

Paris isn't in Greece, so you should be OK :)

As for the Eiffel Tower copyright, technically correct, but the world is full of pictures of the tower at night and most of them would not have involved any payment whatsoever.
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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010, 07:30:19 PM »
Been to Paris myself a few times and never been stopped by the Gendarmes, usual rules apply I think with regards to personal safety etc...
If you are around the Moulin Rouge/Red Light district keep an eye on your gear and keep your money/passport etc very very close to you the pickpockets are notorious in this part of town (as bad as the West End if not worse) Believe it or not we've stayed in this part of Paris 3 times now and love it even though it is the seedier side of Paris it is so vibrant it's great. The Sex Museum just along from the Moulin Rouge is highly recommended and no it's not sleazy at all it is actually really interesting and well worth a visit it's on 3 floors and is open until about 10pm possibly later again google it and not much to get in (think it worked out at about £3.50 each when we last went about 3 years ago)

You must however take the obligatory shot of the Moulin Rouge at night, if you face the Moulin Rouge on the right hand side is little road called Rue Le Pic, go up this road (be warned it's a bit on the steep side) go all the way to the top, you come to a T Junction look across the road to the left and there is a bar there called the Zebra Bar.....I can highly recommend this place the food is fantastic and very reasonably priced  :tup: :beer: Excellent Bordeaux. Come out of there and turn left out of the door, walk in a straight line and you will come to Sacre Couer well worth photographing particularly at night. If you go to Sacre Couer just politely decline the street artists offer to draw your picture most of them are crap and are extortionate.
Also near the moulin rouge to the right but diagonally opposite is a casino walk past this (stay out of the escort bars along here 100euros buys you a coke) at the end of the casino as it curves round is a magnificent stained glass window (not worth shooting during the day obviously)

Check out the Catacombs if the weather is lousy (google it for directions), Cimitiere Pere Le Chaise has to be seen to be believed do yourself a favour though and buy a map (about 1euro ish used to be 10 francs for a map from the albino guy) if you go here though you must go to see the memorials to the concentration camp victims, plus Oscar Wildes, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrisons amongst others are all buried there..The Rough Guide described Pere La Chaise as a miniature city devastated buy a neutron bomb a very apt description....During the day The Isle de Citie is worth a visit just to see the Conciergeriie, Notre Dame etc, and some great coffee shops around this part of town
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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010, 07:50:52 PM »
Thanks all for your comments, and especially Keith for the tourist guide.

Saves the missus doing the research  :tup:

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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2010, 08:00:46 PM »
I think you can if its not the main subject of the photo, eg a image of YGLW with the tower in the bg is OK
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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2010, 08:13:46 PM »
I went years ago to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower and they did not mind me taking a photo the problem I had was standing on the grass and this is not allowed

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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2010, 04:00:19 PM »
OK, trip done, still recovering but hope to be back to normal by the end of the week - i hate flying.

The Airbus A380 Super Jumbo - what can i say? It's a bloody big plane that requires a tourist guide to navigate your way round it. 3 separate queues needed to board just to get passengers on board any where nearly smoothly. Landing is like stopping in a Formula 1 car - the G force is amazing, taking off is just as mad but no G forces.  :dance:

Pictures - not as many as i liked so a trip on Eurostar is in the offing. Eurostar does not leave the ground and does the whole trip in the same time or less. I kid you not - nearly 4 hours from entering the terminal at one end to exiting the other for a 45 minute flight - and a Eurostar leaves you in no doubt it is traveling fast by ground vehicle standards.   :legit:
I'll post some when i've recovered  :tup:

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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2010, 06:35:36 PM »
Eurostar is the way. You can get from London to Paris faster than we can get from the Dordogne to Paris. Mainly because it is a nearly 2 hour drive to the TGV station in Libourne. Or 5-6 hours on the motorway.

Hope to see some lovely pictures in due course.
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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2010, 08:18:08 PM »
Glad your trip went well Andrew. Look forward to the pictures.  :)

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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2010, 11:40:37 AM »
Pictures and tales of my weekend posted As Jonathan has been known to say - full story here: http://www.theworldthroughmylens.co.uk/section411456_143019.html


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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2010, 06:56:56 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it Andrew, and yep Eurostar everytime, even though it would take me a bit longer than when it went from Waterloo as we would have to make our way to St Pancras (a station I still want to go to as they are photographer friendly) I would never fly to Paris....
If you decide to treat the missus to another trip there, if the budget stretches to it go first class on the eurostar you get spoilt rotten I loved it (only got to come back 1st class on one of our trips but it was a free upgrade courtesy of eurostar)

Did you manage to get to any of my suggested places? if not there's always next time.... ;)
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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2010, 07:33:23 PM »
Keith,

sadly no - time was to short by the time we actually got to catching a train into town.
What was also annoying was finding out that the previous night had the Notre Damme lit up in one of its lighting displays.

All your key points are down on the list and i am now planning a return trip for a bit later in the year. According to a rumour, Air France don't plan to fly to London for much longer either. So the rumour goes, they have plans to replace the service with some even faster trains than Eurostar  :dance: I will definitely give the first class bit a go though.

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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2010, 07:52:29 PM »
Glad you had a good time and found the flight bearable Andrew. Your blog tells the story very well. I'm looking forward to the Las Vegas pictures.  ;)

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Re: Photography in France
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2010, 09:33:16 PM »
Yeah - if i make it!

 

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