Saturday, July 12, 2008 – Before Bastille Day
From Our Man in Paris, Rick Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, getting prepared for Bastille Day –
I absolutely want to score well for Bastille eve at the Bastille with stunning night shots, followed by stunning fireworks shots at the Champ de Mars on Monday. The weather forecast has been stunningly uncooperative. No sunshine is predicted but decoding the prevision leads me to believe it will not be raining, and, since it'll be dark, it matters not that the sun don't shine. I don't foresee being up early enough for the parade, to see Sarkozy and the President of Syria, Assad the Younger.
Out on trial on Wednesday I got as far as the Tuileries, the location of the annual fun fair with cotton candy and shooting galleries. The Ferris wheel is always a treat. But the spinning thing is really wild - I think the eyes don't believe what they see happening to the riders. The camera is dumb and just records. Next time I'll get an audio recording of it too.
The photos - a series of photos - were taken after dark but there were a lot of lights around.