The sun rises above the rooftops of Paris … A beautiful cityscape shot this winter !
To photograph the sunrise or sunset in Paris requires to find an open space and height if possible. By its position and orientation, the top of Montmartre is ideally suited for this exercise, since sunrise and sunset can be easily observed. But it is the sunrise that is most easily observable, the view towards the east of Paris is unobstructed from the heights of square Louise Michel. In addition, tourist sites such as Montmartre are obviously less crowded early in the morning, instead of the end of the day where these places are crowded. Photographing the sunrise is much less embarrassed by the crowd, especially if you want to take wide-angle images, like the photo below, taken a few minutes after sunrise.
On this picture, we can see at the bottom of the square the first groups of tourists who will soon walking the steps to the basilica. Soon the landscape will crowded, and it will be less obvious to enjoy the beauty of this square. These two photos were taken in late December, the sun rising shortly before 9am. At another time of the year, especially during the summer, the sun rises much earlier (around 6 am, according to the date), so crowd cannot be an inconvenience at this early time.