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New Camera-best photo op's in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam

Feb 6th, 2007, 02:44 AM
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New Camera-best photo op's in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam


We just bought a digital camera and will be visiting Paris, Giverny, Brugges, Brussels and the Amsterdam area in early May. Can anyone suggest places for great photo op's. Looking for gardens, fountains, great views, architecture, scenes characteristic of each country. We will not have a car in Paris and Belgium, but will in Netherlands.

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Feb 6th, 2007, 04:48 AM
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I think the best photo opps are the ones you find yourself. Giverny is easy, of course. But why not just wander the cities and find the different items you are looking for? I plan to walk from the Vincennes park area in Paris, where I'll be staying, into central Paris. It's a few miles, and I expect to find some lovely photo opportunities along the way.
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Feb 6th, 2007, 04:57 AM
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If you like architecture, in Brussels, make sure you follow one of the Art Nouveau walks (most of the main guide books seem to include one) that take you past some incredible and beautiful buildings.
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Feb 6th, 2007, 09:48 AM
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I have always had "theme days" in addition to "regular" photos, and kind of concentrate on themes in my taking of pictures in Paris -- doors, architectural elements, store windows, food, the Eiffel Tower from every angle possible, gardens, street lamps, cafes/restaurant fronts, fountains, etc., etc.

There are alot of sites that Google can bring up to give you some wonderful ideas.



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Feb 6th, 2007, 06:41 PM
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My favorite place for photos in Paris in the spring would be the gardens at the Rodin. Fabulous roses, and a great chance to line up a shot of "The Thinker" with the golden dome of Les Invalides and the Eiffel tower.

Like luvparee, I also like to pick a theme: doors, windows, metro signs, shop windows, and others that I can't recall.
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Feb 6th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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Practice taking night photos before you go.. I haven't mastered those at all with my digital. It seems to be more affected by the slightest movement of the camera - shots are not clear enough.

There was a discussion elsewhere about it being illegal to take photographs of people (at least in France) without their permission. A street shot with people in the background might be ok, but a photo of a chic lady sitting on a cafe terrace might not be. Wonder if any Fodorites can speak with authority on this...
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Feb 7th, 2007, 02:38 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions!

Travelnut: I think you might need a tripod for night photos. My camera guide recommends one.

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Feb 7th, 2007, 03:57 AM
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Hi K,

You will get better pics of any major tourist sight by buying postcards.

The best pics are the ones you come upon by accident.

Enjoy your camera.

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Feb 7th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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If you have a car in the Netherlands, consider visiting either Zaanse Schans or Kinderdijk for windmills, lots of them! Zaanse Schans is closest to Amsterdam. Amsterdam its self is of course very picturesque. I don;t know how long you have in the Netherlands, butyou could also visit the Delta works or the Afsluitdijk. If you go over the Afsluitdijk you come to Friesland, full of lakes, pretty villages, old harbours (Harlingen is a favourite)and Franeker with a lovely old wooden planetarium.
Closer to Amsterdam you have Naarden, an old fortified town, and Bunschoten-Spakenburg, an old fishing village where traditional dress is still worn. It is a lot less touristy than Volendam too. Not far way is also Paleis Soestdijk, home to the late queen Juliana, now open to the public (www.paleissoestdijk.nl) - tickets must be bought online in advance.
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Feb 7th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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Forgot to add that in May you should stillsee tulips if you head up north f Zaanse Schans, or over to the KEukenhof gardens!
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Feb 7th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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I'm a photographer and was greatly inspired on a recent trip to paris. The cemetary of Père Lachaise has some beautiful monuments and statues to photograph. The statues in the Jardin des tuileries also, or the horses on the roof of the grand palais, or the view over the 'pont alexandre III' one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with a view of the eiffel tower....Paris is really a living museum! Enjoy
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May is tuliptime in the Netherlands, so be sure to visit keukenhof.http://www.keukenhof.nl/nm/english.html
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Feb 8th, 2007, 02:35 AM
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Thanks for all the suggestions!
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