An astounding gigapixel panorama of Paris affords “an eyeful of the Eiffel”
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I shot this gigapixel photo in autumn 2018 from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Using an SLR camera and a variety of telephoto lenses, I shot a few thousand photos from both levels of the Eiffel Tower. The image you see here was shot from the top level, and you can actually see the Eiffel Tower itself in the image.
The Eiffel Tower, for those of you who haven’t been there before, is an astonishingly huge bunch of cast iron, bolted together sometime in the 1800’s. It is unbelievably large and tall for such a thing. No matter how iconic it is, no matter how many times you’ve seen it in pictures and movies, it doesn’t fail to amaze with its sheer size when you’re standing under it, or in it.
Anyway, on this particular day, all I knew was that Paris, being Paris, was totally mobbed with tourists, and I’d better get there early. I tried buying tickets online but they were all sold out – the tour companies buy up all the tickets and resell them for 3x more. Every day. This is kind of unfair, isn’t it? Ok, so I paid for one of those tickets, not knowing any better at the time. (As it turns out, the tickets for the elevators are hard to get, but the tickets for the stairs are easier to get – just show up before the tower opens, and buy a ticket for the stairs. Read the rest “An astounding gigapixel panorama of Paris affords “an eyeful of the Eiffel””