I just returned from a lovely two-week vacation to Paris, which now tops my list as the most beautiful city I've ever seen. I was determined to take some decent photos, so I brought home Scott Kelby's The Digital Photography Book
to glean a few tips before my trip.
I sheepishly admit that book sat unread on my kitchen table until the very morning I left for the airport. As luck would have it, my flight got delayed so I grabbed the book and read as much as I could in the time I had left.
Later I clearly remembered one thing from the travel photography chapter: Even if I took a thousand beautiful photos, everyone would notice if I didn't take a picture of the Eiffel Tower. So when my French friend Celine asked what sights I wanted to make sure I saw while I was in Paris, you can guess where we went.
I've always resisted taking photos of famous landmarks because I know my little point-and-shoot camera will never match the quality of the professional-looking images I can find on any postcard. But another tip from that book suggested taking photos of landmarks from nonconventional angles, so after I took the requisite straight-on photo, we kept walking until we were situated right under the massive metal structure.
Celine made me feel less guilty for having dragged her there after she admitted she still gets great pleasure from seeing the tower lit up at night. I can relate; I feel fortunate that I get to view that little pointy tip of the Transamerica Pyramid in the skyline of San Francisco during my daily commute home from Peachpit. So here's to the Eiffel Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, and all the other landmarks that make us feel happy that we've arrived.