there are impressive view of the Chambord castle but not many photos from inside, except some view of the double staircase. The reason is that there is not much to see.
The château was built to act as a hunting lodge for King François I, however the king spent barely seven weeks there in total, comprising short hunting visits. As the château had been constructed with the purpose of short stays, it was actually not practical to live there on a longer-term basis. The massive rooms, open windows and high ceilings meant heating was impractical. Similarly, as the château was not surrounded by a village or estate, there was no immediate source of food other than game. This meant that all food had to be brought with the group, typically numbering up to 2,000 people at a time.
As a result of all the above, the château was completely unfurnished during this period. All furniture, wall coverings, eating implements and so forth were brought specifically for each hunting trip, a major logistical exercise. It is for this reason that much furniture from the era was built to be disassembled to facilitate transportation. After François died of a heart attack in 1547, the château was not used for almost a century.
For more than 80 years after the death of King François I, French kings abandoned the château, allowing it to fall into decay. Finally, in 1639 King Louis XIII gave it to his brother, Gaston d'Orléans, who saved the château from ruin by carrying out much restoration work. King Louis XIV had the great keep restored and furnished the royal apartments. The king then added a 1,200-horse stable, enabling him to use the château as a hunting lodge and a place to entertain a few weeks each year. Nonetheless, Louis XIV abandoned the château in 1685.
From 1725 to 1733, Stanislas Leszczyński, the deposed King of Poland and father-in-law of King Louis XV, lived at Chambord. In 1745, as a reward for valour, the king gave the château to Maurice de Saxe, Marshal of France who installed his military regiment there. Maurice de Saxe died in 1750 and once again the colossal château sat empty for many years.
I am not sure about this shot (specially this fire extinguisher as the only furniture), but I try. Anyway, it is different view from this splendid castle :).
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Noel_Byrne (20169) 2014-01-22 0:27
Brilliant note, thank you! This was built as a hunting lodge? Wow, that is incredible. I have seen many hunting lodges before, but they tend to be at most, large houses, not incredible castle mansions like this one! Once again, I learn today from Trekearth!
Your capture does a great job in showing how unrealistic it would be to live here permanently too, this room seems massive. There is also a very ghostly feel to the place, I think the light is very mysterious and the sole person here adds a very spooky element to the scene.
I would not be surprised if that person just disappeared after you took this!
Thanks as always
papagolf21 (82982) 2014-01-22 0:36
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Une époque où les petites pièces étaient rares !
Tout est impressionnant, majestueux, grandiose à travers cette pièce qui a gardé tout son faste.
Très bonne gestion de la lumière.
lousat (71485) 2014-01-22 0:56
Hi Malgo,a great capture in a perfect exposure of this room from Chambord,i been there 24 years ago and your pic is a great memory to me,showing us on of the most empty big room of the most big Loira castle,very well done! I'm ready to start my new trip,i can't stay without beaches...ehehe...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-22 2:33
ta postac wyglada tajemniczo,ciekawe pomieszczenie,pozdrawiam
SnapRJW (28921) 2014-01-22 5:49
Hi Malgo - I think this is a very fine shot and will overlook the fire-extinguisher! The light is really well managed with very good detail across the interior walls and floor and good balance with the windows too. The solitary figure adds the human interest. I think you convey the feel of the space really well and like your presentation very much. Warm regards Rosemary
yquem46 (38378) 2014-01-22 7:33
I like this picture in subdued light, a situation not easy at all to cope with. But here perfect realization and control of high lights as well as details in the shadows
Good use of the man walking for the balance and estheticism of your compo
Best regards, have a nice evening
Corry (4506) 2014-01-22 11:25
Belle prise de vue de cette pièce du château. Bonne gestion de la lumière qui permet d'apprécier les détails. Netteté excellente. Bien fait.
Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-22 12:33
il soggetto è lo stesso della foto precedente, ma in questo interno hai ottenuto un risultato straordinario per la perfetta gestione della luce e per la particolarità della composizione che unisce alle forme architettoniche una presenza umana provvidenziale per evidenziarle.
Un ottimo soggetto ripreso in maniera eccellente e con grande finezza di particolari.
Ciao e buona serata
carlo62 (26938) 2014-01-22 14:53
forse hai ragione, non c'è molto da vedere, ma quello che sto vedendo è molto bello.
La foto è ben fatta e ben esposta, la presenza dell'uomo è determinante e la sua posizione è perfetta.
L'antincendio un po' meno, ma non credo che tu potessi andare a spostarlo.
PS qui invece l'inverno sembra ancora distante, mediamente ci sono dai 10 ai 13 gradi durante il giorno.
abmdsudi (38884) 2014-01-22 20:13
Shooting into the light and shadows with adequate exposure without hot spots and good details. The compos works well, the touch of silhouetted mystery figure adds lots of atmosphere to this. Very creative shot, Well done.
annjackman (17563) 2014-01-22 23:19
This is a very nicely composed interior shot. I like the shine on the brick floor and the single figure very well placed in the frame. You coped with the difficult light conditions very well indeed.
Best wishes, Ann
rychem (18927) 2014-01-23 8:23
Brawo, po prostu świetne!!!
Silvio1953 (115213) 2014-01-23 10:34
Ciao Malgorzata, great view of beautiful interior, lovely symmetry, fantastic light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
npecanhuk (60246) 2014-01-24 17:32
Very interesting and attractive interior picture!
Special regards to the exposure, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition!
TFS - congrats,
rigoletto (34109) 2014-01-25 9:46
not sure about this post? this one is fantastic, at least for me, an interior bug. the light is so softly diffused on the walls, and you can even see the outside, without any overexposures. i would still be tempted to give it a square crop, where the story is taking place at all. fire extinguisher is a very small detail for a non-perfectionist. or, are you a perfectionist trying to act like a non-perfectionist? :))