Here are some of my favorite photos and what I did to achieve the shot.
bokeh. I have a nifty fifty that could help achieve this but did not bring more than one lens with me to France. Because of what Monica taught, I got really close to the flower, set my aperture as low as possible, and balanced the light. This photo is hanging in our room because I adore it. It looks absolutely fantastic as an 8x10 in our bedroom.
This photo is not perfect, but I am pretty excited about it. I took it on the street very quickly after we left the bakery where I purchased it. I did it as quickly as possible because I was ready to eat it! I used the same technique as I did with the flowers. That's the bakery in the background. The lighting is a little dark because I adjusted the settings very quickly before finishing that delicious macaroon in 2 bites.
The Eiffel Tower sparkles at night. Thankfully, the sky stays light for a while after the Eiffel Tower starts with the twinkle lights. I had to set the shutter really fast to capture the twinkling so I set the ISO high so it was bright enough to do that. It's not a perfect, but I like it!
This photo was taken quite a bit later so the sky was very dark. I had to set the shutter much slower in order to get any light at all, even with ISO set high. It looks slightly fuzzy, but I was drinking wine on a boat, so that's about the best I could do. It's interesting to see how different the photo can be with just a few hours in between!
There you have it - some of my favorite shots from France!