20 More Favorite Photos I've Taken in France

Some of you may know that my other passion besides teaching and French is photography.  I have a photography blog where I share many of my photos.  I like to share other culturally relevant materials on this blog besides just lesson ideas, so last year I shared 20 of my favorite photos that I've taken in France.  Since I have been re-editing some of my older photos I have come upon quite a few more that I thought were worth sharing as well.  So, here are 20 MORE favorite photos that I've taken in France.

Sacré-Cœur Sits Atop Paris, 2009
Sacré-Cœur Sits Atop Paris
This is a 560mm (35mm equivalent) field of view - or in other words, a very zoomed-in view from very far away, taken with my old Canon PowerShot superzoom compact.   The great thing about that camera was the ability to take shots like this without having to lug around a huge lens.

Looking Up at the Louvre - Pavillon Richelieu, 2009
Looking Up at the Louvre - Pavillon Richelieu
Although I.M. Pei's pyramids (including one of the smaller ones you see in this photo) were controversial when they were first added in 1989, I like the contrast of old and new.

My First Close Up of the Eiffel Tower, 2004
My first close up photo of the Eiffel Tower
I can remember the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower with my own eyes.  I took this photo not long after, and although I didn't have any special technical skills in photography at the time, it remains one of my favorites.  It was taken at a time of day when it was just starting to get dark, and the tone of the light was very pleasing.

Admiring the Mona Lisa, 2012 Admiring the Mona Lisa
I prefer shots like this to the standalone shots of the Mona Lisa, isolated with no context.  Here, you can really get a sense for how small the painting is, and also how popular.

Notre Dame la Nuit, 2012
Notre-Dame la Nuit
It is hard to capture photos at night on a bateau mouche while it is moving, but I managed to get this one blur-free.

Château de Chenonceau, 2012
Château de Chenonceau
This photo was my desktop all last year at school.

Musée du Carnavalet, 2012
Musée Carnavalet
You just can't find architecture like this in the United States.

Palace of Versailles in the Morning, 2012
Palace of Versailles in the Morning
There aren't a lot of buildings more impressive than this one.

Château de Chambord, 2004
Chambord is my favorite château in the Loire Valley that I've visited.

La Seine, 2012
This photo was one I took out a bus window.  Sometimes you don't have the luxury of stopping!

Inside Notre Dame, 2012
Inside Notre-Dame
Using a wide angle lens I was able to take in an expansive view of one of the world's most famous cathedrals.

View from Le Printemps, 2009
The best free view of Paris just might be from the rooftop café at Le Printemps.

The Fountains of Place de la Concorde, 2009
An early evening view of this Parisian landmark.

A Window on Château de Chenonceau, 2012
I love shooting through windows; they offer such a nice composition.

Quartier Juif, 2012
One of the things I love about Paris are the smaller streets that have such a wonderful European charm.

Gargoyle at Notre Dame, 2009
A cliché shot that's hard to resist.  I seem to remember climbing lots of stairs on that trip.

Windows on Versailles, 2012
Another window shot; but this time in beautiful Versailles.

Eiffel Tower and Palais de Chaillot, 2012
La Tour Eiffel depuis le Trocadéro
This is probably my favorite place to view the Eiffel Tower.

View from the Eiffel Tower, 2012

Probably one of my favorite photos from the Eiffel Tower.

Arc de Triomphe la Nuit, 2009

With just a point and shoot and a small Gorillapod tripod, I was determined to get a good night shot of the Arc de Triomphe.  The tilt is due to the fact that it was difficult to get the Gorillapod to hold the camera straight, but I ended up liking it.

iPad Diaries: Volume 5

This is my fifth post on using iPads in my classroom.  In case you missed it, you can read Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, and Volume 4 as well.  In this post I'm going to share with you a video my students made using the incredible Adobe Voice app.

Every year in June, I have my students make a video for next year's incoming students, showing them what they will learn in a fun way and sharing their thoughts on what helped them learn.  This year I decided to let students use the iPads to create the videos.  I allowed students who were all caught up to work on this while I worked with students who were behind, so they had very little guidance from me while they made this.  That being said, they really did a great job.

Adobe Voice is a video-making app that's sort of like PowToon but less comic-y.  It's only available for iPad.  Users make slides for each idea they want to present and then add text, icons, or photos, as well as record audio for the narration.  The photos are all Creative Commons photos and are automatically cited at the end of the video.  You can also upload your own photos.  The app has a number of songs you can use in the background as well as professional-looking themes and fonts to choose from.  It has just enough options to spur creativity but not so many that it's overwhelming.

I basically gave the students a list of all the topics we learned this year, had them open up Adobe Voice and make example sentences showing what types of things they will learn how to say.  They were also free to share their experiences in English using the iPad's camera in video mode.  I combined all the videos and edited them in MovieMaker to make one long video.  For this blog, I edited it down further and took out the student interviews.  The clip you see in the beginning was done by a student in his own time.  He was the one who brought the app to my attention and he made the video to show to incoming middle schoolers at our orientation night.  I thought it was perfect for this video as well. I cut off all the credits slides and put them all together at the end, which seemed more logical then putting them after each video, since it's supposed to play like one big video.

The students had a lot of fun making this and I think next year's students will really enjoy it.  In my next installment, I will share how students used Adobe Voice for another, much different project.

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