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Paris in Black and White

by habituallychic

09 . 10 . 09

Some of my favorite photos from my trip to Paris were a complete accident. Since I have to look through the view finder of my Nikon camera and not at the screen, I didn’t notice it was on the black and white setting until I was half way through the Tuileries. Because it was grey and cloudy at the time, the results are more moody than the other photos I took in color. This experience makes me also realize how much a want to take a photography class. I enjoy taking photos and it would be nice to learn how to use all the buttons on my camera! I know a lot of people who hate taking photos on vacation but I love capturing the feeling of a place just as much as the actual image. It’s my version of painting or drawing and I hope you enjoy them!

Photos by Heather Clawson

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  1. Karena September 10, 2009 | 4:20 pm

    Heather, I love black and white photography, and these images are superb!

  2. Alice Olive September 10, 2009 | 5:26 pm

    Love the moodiness of the black and white. Perfect!

  3. Pigtown-Design September 10, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    Great images! Black & white always looks so classic.

    I can’t wait to see Stephan next week and hear all about your trip.

  4. Laura Trevey September 10, 2009 | 5:49 pm

    J’aime Paris!

  5. pavlova September 10, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    Have been in this park many times and you have captured its essence in your lovely B/W photos. ~Michelle

  6. Yansy September 10, 2009 | 5:56 pm

    Heather, I love all of your pics. You should really consider selling them. I think you definitely have an eye for photography.

  7. The Liberty Belle September 10, 2009 | 6:00 pm

    Very lovely.

  8. Paula Grace Designs September 10, 2009 | 6:00 pm

    These are beautiful Heather. I want to go back there soon!
    Paula Grace ~

  9. ana September 10, 2009 | 6:22 pm

    Great pictures!!!

  10. maison21 September 10, 2009 | 6:23 pm

    those are gorgeous, chic! you should frame some!

  11. Anonymous September 10, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    You have a good eye for photography!

  12. Brilliant Asylum September 10, 2009 | 7:05 pm

    Quality images. I think the Bachelor Pad could use a few of these. (Not for free though)

    : )

  13. Anonymous September 10, 2009 | 7:12 pm

    The photos are great…they look professional! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip and what you bought!

  14. style chronicle September 10, 2009 | 7:52 pm

    Lovely. The City radiates such elegance…

  15. sarah @ realestatestyle September 10, 2009 | 8:15 pm

    these are great. you are a good photographer!

  16. Diane Dorrans Saeks September 10, 2009 | 9:06 pm


    These are exquisite and classic.

    I suggest you print them out–fine paper, fine printing–and use them in your clients’ rooms.

    By the way–no need to take photo class, clearly!
    happy days, http://www.thestylesaloniste.com

  17. Blue September 10, 2009 | 9:15 pm

    Tres chic – or has someone said that already? Beautiful images!

  18. mb September 10, 2009 | 9:51 pm

    Your photos so beautifully capture Paris. I agree with the person who suggested that you print the images out and use them together on a wall.

    Don’t keep us waiting, just how cute did you look while in Paris?

  19. sarah September 10, 2009 | 10:39 pm

    Stunning! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Lucinda September 10, 2009 | 10:44 pm

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  21. Grant K. Gibson September 10, 2009 | 11:26 pm

    You know I am MAD for the black and white – anything!

  22. Ivy Lane September 11, 2009 | 12:01 am

    Tres..or C’est..Magnifique!!!!! 🙂

  23. Ms. Smart September 11, 2009 | 12:48 am

    I smell Paris…
    moody, nice

    Glad your trip was dreamy for you.

  24. Camilla @ Designalogue Blog September 11, 2009 | 12:49 am

    Beautiful photos -framed perfectly- but what i want to know is how you managed to take these with out a tourist in sight!

  25. Suzy September 11, 2009 | 1:04 am

    They are lovely Heather…really tugging on my heart strings. I am yearning to go back to Europe soon…

  26. Queen of Cashmere September 11, 2009 | 1:05 am

    Those photos are the results of a wonderful camera mishap. It happens all the time -the best creativeness is often accidental.

    I’m glad you had a wonderful trip but may your best trip to Paris be your next one

  27. Grayson September 11, 2009 | 8:15 am

    There is no better way to capture Paris than in black and white.. timeless.

    Now that you have experienced Paris, you should start planning your next visit to Provence.. Avignon( Papal City) then Aix.. and down to Saint- Paul de Vence (9th century and heart-stopping).. and finish off at Le Chateau de la Chevre d’Or in Eze (4th Century and breath-taking) on the Cote d’Azur.. literally carved into cliffs overhanging the Mediterranean.
    And every stop between is equally beautiful.

    So excited to see more photos.. miss France and getting my “fix” through you. Thank you!

  28. pve design September 11, 2009 | 10:11 am

    I said to myself, “These remind me of Grant” and I love them for they are so classically composed. You really must have a book made or prints for sale….
    hint hint.

  29. Sasja September 11, 2009 | 11:10 am

    Love to lonely chair!

  30. Laura Jens September 11, 2009 | 12:08 pm

    The images you captured are lovely. I agree with @DD Saeks, print them on some fabulous paper, and frame em’.
    Joining a local Meetup Group for photography is fun too. It’s amazing how many passionate photographers (professional and amateur)who are out there that want to share all that they know. It is amazing how much you learn along the way with others like that. xo

  31. City Living Girl September 11, 2009 | 1:44 pm

    Beautiful Black & Whites! Love Jardin des Tuileries.

  32. Anonymous September 11, 2009 | 2:12 pm

    these are beautiful. i’ve been meaning to take some black and white photos for a change of pace.

  33. mary September 11, 2009 | 2:17 pm

    Heather, your photos are great! Really professional!!
    Have a super week-end.

  34. Habitually Chic September 11, 2009 | 2:17 pm

    Thanks everyone for all the kind comments and emails! It was so much fun taking them so I’m glad everyone enjoyed them!

    Someone asked how I took them without a tourist in sight. Ha! I will wait for the exact right moment when they all walk out of the frame which sometimes can take longer than would prefer. There were so many times when people would walk into my shot or out of a door that I was photographing. It became a running joke. I hate people in my shots so it’s worth it to be patient and also quick when the moment is perfect!

  35. red ticking September 11, 2009 | 3:01 pm

    heather, these are so lovely and more important… what amazing memories this will always provide for you. glad you had such a wonderful trip. x pam

  36. Ashfield Hansen Design Inc. September 11, 2009 | 3:18 pm

    What beautiful photos…I was transformed back to my last trip to Paris where we stayed very near the Tuileries and wondered through the grounds every day of our stay.

    Thank you for sharing…And no, you don’t need a photography class.

    I look forward to seeing more.

    David @ Ashfield Hansen Design

  37. Greet September 11, 2009 | 3:22 pm

    Well, your pictures are very good taken! And I love black and white pics!

    PS Paris is just beautiful and breathtaking, isn’t it?

  38. Cherish September 11, 2009 | 3:29 pm

    Heather, these photos are stunning and they absolutely invoke the feeling of being there. I think you should consider compiling all of your Paris photos into a coffee table book. A book of your photography would make a great gift for your friends & family, and I’m sure many of your readers would be interested in purchasing a copy. You could call it “Je T’aime”.

  39. Christopher Grace September 11, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    Ugh! I love these photos!

  40. Sabina September 11, 2009 | 7:32 pm

    Just fabulous ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥!!!

  41. Anonymous September 11, 2009 | 8:39 pm

    Waoh, can there be a more beautiful place in the world?! Breathtaking, historic, relaxing, the list can go on. I want to go back there now! Your pictures are awesome and I can’t thank you enough for sharing. I want to see more….

  42. Things That Inspire September 12, 2009 | 1:35 am

    Beautiful pictures, I love the black and white setting! Of course, with digital, you can make any color picture black and white in photoshop – so many options in the digital world.

    Oh, this makes me want to go back to Paris. I have only been once, and only saw a fraction of what I wanted to see…but that is the way to do it, leave a place wanting to come back.

  43. Carol Ann September 12, 2009 | 3:27 am

    Best pictures ever, thank you for sharing them with us…so glad you had a great trip…looking forward to seeing and hearing all about it.
    Regards, Carol Ann x

  44. kmack September 12, 2009 | 10:01 am


    I am working in with silver gelatin prints. It is so much fun to work in the darkroom. A digital photograph, until recnetly, could not compare with the silver gelatin.

    I suggest you have these professionally printed. there is so much difference in the black inks. I don’t know who to use, but I would suggest you contact the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, both for professional printing, and for the available workshops in photography.

    I am using another option, taking classes at the local community college. A workshop might be better for you because of the shorter term,


    love your pictures!!

  45. Anonymous September 12, 2009 | 10:34 pm

    The B&W works perfectly for these settings–very mood-setting. Thanks for sharing,

  46. le style et la matière September 14, 2009 | 6:35 am

    These are beautful. With a quick trip over I thought you were aiming for l’air du temps – and here you’ve captured Paris éternel!!! Bravo!

  47. Habitually Chic September 16, 2009 | 1:44 am

    Thanks for all the lovely comments. It’s funny that they were an accident. Sometimes things are just meant to be. I will have to figure out what to do with them now!

  48. Mark September 22, 2009 | 1:01 am

    Dear Heather,
    These photos are too lovely. If you don’t “figure out what to do with them” I will shed tears into my pillow. You don’t want that, do you? Just sayin’.

  49. Mr Christopher September 28, 2009 | 9:43 pm

    Black and white all the way! These are awesome.

  50. Lori October 6, 2009 | 1:45 pm

    I love your pictures! They’re absolutely beautiful. I haven’t been to Paris since 1994 – it’s high time I went back!