Paris – City of Lights
Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris – City of Lights

Paris is often called the “City of Light.” Indeed, beautiful at any time, but she really shines at night. Yes, the pun is intended. Hundreds of the city’s monuments, cathedrals, fountains and bridges are illuminated at nightfall. Now multiply these thousands of lights a hundredfold by the reflected ripples of the Seine and Paris at night is magical.

Hôtel de Ville
Hôtel de Ville
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral

Supposedly, Paris’ fame as “The City of Light” was earned in the eighteenth century, during the Age of Enlightenment, when the city was a center for the arts, education and ideas.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre

Wandering the banks of the Seine, especially after sundown, is my Paris.

Paris Cafe at Night
Paris Cafe at Night
Brasserie de L'Isle Saint-Louis
Brasserie de L’Isle Saint-Louis

Paris - City of Lights

Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down a street that I’ve never been down before is like going to a movie or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment.

___Wes Anderson

The Seine, Paris
The Seine, Paris
The Siene, Paris
The Siene, Paris

A final reminder. Whenever you are in Paris at twilight in the early summer, return to the Seine and watch the evening sky close slowly on a last strand of daylight fading quietly, like a sigh.

___Kate Simon

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Your night photos are outstanding! Especially love the perspective of the one of Notre Dame Cathedral. Thanks for posting these!

    1. Paris makes it easy to be a photographer. Thanks so much.

  2. All these images are truly breathtaking, Ron. It would be very hard to choose a favourite, but I do love the ‘Musée du Louvre’.

    1. It pleases me that you had a difficult time choosing. 🙂 as always, thank you Sylvia.

  3. Ron – Just breathtaking, echoing the comments above. I hope you don’t mind me reblogging this.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I would be pleased if you want to reblog.

  4. Do you used HDR on the first one? Great shots, I really like the cafe’ scene

    1. Yes, the first image is HDR. I want to rework it. I think I can do better. Thanks for you comment Thomas.

  5. Reblogged this on Dr Sze Wey Lee and commented:
    some truly awesome nightshots of paris from ron mayhew. I don’t know what more to say but check it out and be whisked away to beautiful paris.

  6. Wonderful captures Ron – brought me right back to my last visit to Paris. It’s a glorious city and you’ve brought it to life beautifully. BTW, for some reason your current posts are not coming up when I click on your blog category at your home site. Are you having an issue with it?

    1. This was our first visit and we are planning to return next year. Yes, we loved it. I wasn’t aware of any category issue on the blog. Could you give me an example? Thanks.

      1. When I click on your comment on my blog, I go to your website. There I click on blog. The lAst post there was quite old. When you come into my email inbox from my following you, it’s the current post and works perfectly. Hope that helps!

        1. Thanks Tina. I think I found the problem.

  7. Your photos are amazing! You make me want to take the next flight off to Paris! Keep them coming! (:

    1. Thank you so much. You should go. Paris is lovely.

      1. I would definitely go someday! (:

  8. There is something about night shooting that enlivens the soul while shooting ~ and for the view we get a view of life that is often not seen in photographs. The Eiffel Tower shot is beautiful & lively, but I am most drawn to the shots of the cafe and night life. Great shooting Ron!

    1. I agree Randall, but I must say being along the banks of the Seine, day or night does it for me.

      1. Yes, I think you are right ~ that is such a draw, water & sense of peace surrounded by such life.

  9. Aah, that was a sensory treat Ron!! Not sure how I missed all your stunning Paris posts. You do need to link your Gravatar image to this blog.

    1. I thought of you as I was working on these posts. Glad you made it by. I have had a hard time getting the Gravatar image link straightened out, even with WordPress support. Maybe this time

  10. Beautiful, the images are excellent and wonderfully captured. Kudos!!

    1. Thank you so much and thanks for visiting.

  11. Love it!

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