10.30 in the evening and we still hadn't had dinner when I was standing on the Pont de l'Archevêché waiting for the perfect photo. I am not one to wait for hours to capture the 'perfect' shot but sometimes when everything works together it can be relaxing and enjoyable. This was the case on that day in Paris. Actually it was even better! Being at the height of the summer, sunset and the blue hour can happen quite late so we found a very nice little restaurant called 'L'Oie qui fume' (The Smoking Goose) less than 100 yards from where I stood to take this photo, so after ordering a typical French 'menu' I went back on the bridge for a few minutes and pressed the shutter a few times. That's all that was needed. I went back to the restaurant and enjoyed a beautiful meal. But Paris wouldn't be Paris without eating with the right people: on the table on my left was a drag queen - without his outfit - talking to his friends about his recent shows, and on the table on my right was a group of people including a Spanish actress very famous in France called Victoria Abril.
At this time of the day the light can be really beautiful for photography even though it may appear a little dark to your eyes. However, the camera can capture some nice hues that post production can bring to life. A tripod was needed to be able to shoot at a shutter speed of 13 seconds and capture the light streaks of the boat on the river Seine.