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Stairway near Sacre Coeur in Montmartre at night time
Stairway to Heaven?
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Shadowgate

Stairway to heaven came to mind when I was trying to think of a caption for this very atmospheric night time photo of a stairway leading up a steep hillside in Montmartre, a historic district located on the highest hill in Paris, France. Just go towards the light! Of course at the top of this hill is one of the most significant and recognized landmarks in Paris – the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, a highly religious symbol itself. But, the reason I chose this photo wasn’t so I could come up with a catchy caption. I came across this photo while doing some research for another project and the intense mood it evokes caught my attention right away. The architecture and buildings in Paris lend themselves well to the overall romantic feel of the city and in this beautiful photo the composition and lighting play right along. The brilliant street lamps bath the entire scene in a beautiful soft light that accentuates the stairs and the architectural features of the adjacent building with soft shadows where no single detail is lost – quite remarkable considering the bright lights beyond. The way the light splashes off parts the iron railing is also a very pleasing effect. All in all, everything in this photo is beautifully bathed in interesting lighting.

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