Sunday, April 20, 2008

Shakespeare and Company

The iconic Shakespeare and Company bookshop on the Left Bank of the Seine at night. Definitely worth a visit when visiting Paris to say 'hi' to the cats asleep in the shop. :-)
It is probably best known for first publishing Ulysses by James Joyce and serving as base for many of the writers of the Beat Generation, such as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and William Burroughs in the 1960s.

At the time I took this photo, I wasn't familiar yet with all the ins and outs of my DSLR camera and I had allowed it to pick a very high ISO setting to get the 1/60s shutter speed and, as a result, the photo was so noisy that it could not be presented in a format larger than a thumbnail. With help of Photoshop and some downloaded grunge brushes I tried to highlight the strengths of this photo without, hopefully, overdoing it.

Camera: Pentax *ist DS, lens: Sigma 18-50mm - 1:3.5-5.6 DC