Scott Stulberg explains how he stole a moment in time for a shot of the Louvre at dusk

Sometimes getting the great shots means being a little sneaky and breaking a few rules. Scott Stulberg explains how that’s exactly what he did with this picture of the Louvre at dusk.

Breaking the Rules

Scott Stulberg: This shot is the Louvre in Paris. This is when the bicyclist came up. I was shooting on a tripod, and he said, “Hey, you have to move your tripod.” No, he actually said, “No tripod.”

This is just so famous. The Louvre is just so beautiful. I wanted to shoot it at dusk. There was a lot of fog, so the sky went brown through the result of this image. It was really eerie because everything around kind of had this brownish tone. (click the image for a larger version)

I wanted to put some kind of graphical element in it in front of the giant pyramid. This light was shining down, so I just put my tripod right in front of the light, and centered everything. I don’t always center photographs but this one definitely said, “Center me.”

I did a long exposure. I forget how many seconds it was, but the advantage of digital you can tell, “Hey, the exposure is working.” I did a bunch of shots until I got busted and I had to leave.

This was just a light in the front. They were all over the place so people could see where they were walking. This one was right in front of the Louvre and it made it really nice. Anyone that goes to the Louvre could probably take this exact same shot, but make sure you’re set up really fast and shoot it before you get busted.

In Summary

Getting great photographs means moving quickly. Sometimes it’s because of lighting, sometimes it’s because of moving subjects, and sometimes it’s because you’re breaking a few rules. When Scott Stulberg got this shot of the Louvre at dusk he had to do it before he got caught, but the risk was well worth it.