Le Grand Palais

Required very precise engineering.

Le Grand Palais, Paris, France

One of the structures built for the 1900 World’s Fair, which Paris hosted.  It required 15,000 sq meters (162,00 sq feet) of glass.

Posted for the Ragtag Daily Prompt: Precise.

Setting Sun Illuminating a Construction Crane


Posted for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday. Also posted for SueW’s Weekend Challenge: Leap. Now I could say that it would be one mighty large leap to jump from the ground upwards about 25 stories to land at the top of this construction crane. But it is more accurate to say that I am taking a photography course with homework assignments, which is causing me to take risks, break out of my comfort zone and take a leap of faith! Which of course is what artistic study is supposed to do. And it is definitely honing my technical skills!  These were sequential shots with the ISO set at 800 for both. The other settings:

Top photo: f/13,  1/4000
Bottom photo: f/11,  1/400

And yes, I did some post processing (which I wasn’t allowed to do for the homework assignments), but very, very little. I was quite pleased with the way they turned out!

Leading Lines

I have, perhaps, a slightly different take on Cee’s Vanishing or Leading Lines Challenge. Rather than choose a path leading somewhere or a line of trees vanishing off into the distance, I chose lines in construction, buildings, cranes, and bridges. All of these lines lead somewhere. Maybe they lead to the next floor, the next wall, the next support column, or to the end of a machine, but all are necessary to live in our world. And serendipitously, the last photo I chose for the challenge happened to include a Brown Pelican who had his own leading lines. No, they weren’t, “What in the world is that construction crane doing behind me?” They were the leading edges (lines) of his wings.


Posted for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Vanishing or Leading Lines.


It’s not a surprise that patterns exist in construction. If they didn’t, you couldn’t support a roof, or build a staircase, or have walls. But watching a building in the process of being constructed helps you realize just how many patterns there are. How many patterns can you see on this rainy day?


Posted for Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #5: February’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Patterns.