The rain was not far away when I took this picture. Ten minutes later is was pouring down, but then we were already safe in our car.
The Château de Villandry is a castle-palace located in Villandry, in the département of Indre-et-Loire, France.
The lands where an ancient fortress once stood were known as Colombier until the 17th century. Acquired in the early 16th century by Jean Le Breton, France's Controller-General for War under King Francis I, a new château was constructed around the original 14th-century keep where King Philip II of France once met Richard I of England to discuss peace. It is also known for its beautiful gardens.
The château remained in the Le Breton family for more than two centuries until it was acquired by the Marquis de Castellane. During the French Revolution the property was confiscated and in the early 19th century, Emperor Napoleon acquired it for his brother Jérôme Bonaparte.
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Romano46 (16578) 2013-06-23 7:38
splendido il contrasto tra il nero del cielo tempestoso e la bella struttura dell'edificio colta nel momento migliore prima che gli elementi meteorologici si scatenassero.
La fortuna ti ha permesso di immortalare una situazione fatta di grande luminosità e ricca di bei colori che incanta in una composizione perfetta alla quale contribuisce anche l'evidenza del verde della vegetazione.
Complimenti per come hai saputo cogliere questa bella situazione, senza perdere alcun particolare anche per merito di una nitidezza di grande qualità.
Ciao e buona domenica
yquem46 (38378) 2013-06-23 7:40
Nice shot of this Loire castle with the sunlight on the typical white walls and the dark threatening sky as the BG
Nice colors and light
Best regards, have a nice sunday
snunney (78789) 2013-06-23 7:40
The heavy threatening sky makes an excellent foil for the pale tones of the château. I like the point of view looking across the well maintained gardens. A well lit image with very good colours and sharpness.
holmertz (36441) 2013-06-23 7:48
Inget är som regnhotande moln och solsken samtidigt. Ljuset och färgerna blir alldeles särskilt intensiva. Kontrasterna mellan mörkblått, vitt och grönt är starka och intagande. Slottet är ju snyggt också och trädgården ser prydlig ut.
dta (62368) 2013-06-23 7:50
Hello Gunnar ,
Your favourite square format , for this splendid presentation of this beautiful castle . For sure , the light and the sky were the best .
Is there a large difference between your G10 and your new G1X ?
Nicou (115280) 2013-06-23 7:54
quel château merveilleux cet éclairage avec le ciel presque bleu et gris foncé en fond le cadrage est parfait une superbe architecture très grande réussite.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (81512) 2013-06-23 8:05
Good frame, colors and light.
Photo has climate.
jemaflor (79970) 2013-06-23 8:12
Beautiful castle presented here with an original contrast of light, nice result, tfs.
Didi (54665) 2013-06-23 8:23
Great shot with this dramatic sky
Good point of view good decisive lights moment
pajaran (47810) 2013-06-23 8:30
Lep pogled na vrt i palatu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana palata i trenutak sa opasnim oblakom koji donosi neverem.
Lep vrt i stara palata.
Kod mene je sada nevreme, sa kisom i vetrom.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Nice view of the garden and the palace ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good composition, beautiful palaces and demonstrated a moment of dangerous cloud that brings unbelief.
A beautiful garden and old palaces.
For me it is now a storm, with rain and wind.
Have a great day, all the best.
Schnappilic (9686) 2013-06-23 8:44
I like your presentation with a good light before the storm and the dramatic sky. Congratulations!
rychem (18837) 2013-06-23 8:58
Beautiful photo with fantastic stormy atmosphere, amazing light, perfect composition
PaulVDV (20233) 2013-06-23 9:16
The light is very beautiful and makes the castle with its lightcoloured facade and the green garden stand out wonderfully against the dark threatening sky on the background.
Taken from an interesting angle.
Best regards, Paul
wolf38 (30142) 2013-06-23 9:26
Hello Gunnar. The dark clouds indicate a storm coming. This gives the scene an unintended drama. Against the deep blue sky, the castle unfolds perfectly. And the bright green also plays a big role here. The text gives the information that the viewer needs to understand everything. Well done. A great shot.
carlo62 (26856) 2013-06-23 10:01
ho la sensazione che la foto sia inclinata verso sinistra, in ogni caso è una foto molto bella, con un cielo molto drammatico, il castello ha una bella architettura e la luce risplende bene sulle sue mura e sul giardino.
Zucca (8) 2013-06-23 10:04
You were lucky enough to take this photo before the rain's arrival ! Sharpness is very good, what I like especially is the contrast between the white enlightened castle and the dark grey sky behind, congratulations and thanks for sharing !
Have a nice evening,
amaryllis (33426) 2013-06-23 10:25
Une belle lumière sur ce joli chateau d'architecture remarquable avec de beaux jardins et un joli contraste avec ce ciel de contraste assez chargé c'est certain
cornejo (27427) 2013-06-23 10:39
Hello Gunnar, very good picture of this interesting castle of the Loire River Valley, with the threatening dark clouds in the sky, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best regards from southern Spain.
Royaldevon (25896) 2013-06-23 10:43
My husband and I stayed at Chignon, a few years ago, and overdosed on chateaux! This, I remember, was one of my favourites. The rain may not have been welcome but, for your shot, it created a wonderfully contrasting and moody backcloth for the chateau.
A fine sharp photograph with that strange iridescent colour, so characteristic of storms.
My warm regards,
EstudioChispa (1858) 2013-06-23 11:32
FANTASTIC sky and great old castle! The bright greens balance the dark sky nicely!
siudzi (31777) 2013-06-23 12:15
Wow! What a great architecture you have found for taking this beautiful image! Very well seen and composed with dark cloudy sky as an interesting background. Superb quality achieved. TFS.
PiotrF (3888) 2013-06-23 14:06
The colours and the atmosphere are wonderful,
Perfect area and composition with your subject an incredibly intriguing composition and image this.
tyro (18286) 2013-06-23 16:01
A very interesting note about this wonderful place and a fabulous photograph which benefits enormously from the wonderful light preceding a rainstorm - wonderful bright foreground light against a threateningly dark sky.
An excellent composition with the diagonal line of the fence making an excellent lead into the picture, gorgeous light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-06-23 17:02
That's a magnificent capture with splendid details and colors.Nice lightning usage and amazing POV.Perfect job.
Have a nice week
Periko (2219) 2013-06-23 19:25
Bonito castillo. El cielo nublado le da un toque especial a la escena.
serp2000 (37473) 2013-06-23 19:40
Just a weather report ;) Excellent quality! Perfect sharpness, good presentation of the bad conditions.
I remember that journalist like similar photos for illustration their articles like a "Storm clouds over Cheteau", for example.
Best wishes and have a good week!
jjcordier (72614) 2013-06-23 22:38
Tu as su très bien exploiter la superbe lumière du moment pour réaliser cette très belle photo de Villandry. Très bon cadrage dans ce format adapté.
emka (72254) 2013-06-23 23:48
We see that the rain is coming! Lucky for you that you managed to hide in the car. Splendid view of this castle and the garden. Quite dramatic with the lead clouds.
I am looking forward to seeing other photos from your trip. I plan to visit the castles on the Loire in September.
Graal (95077) 2013-06-24 2:08
nice effect with the dark sky in BG. Good shot. Castle is very nice. Well informations and photo-work. Photo and place I like.
Have a nice week.
sabermonajati (8831) 2013-06-24 4:22
amazing architecture and excellent composition you captured.
eldancer1 (24727) 2013-06-24 7:43
I like the lighting on this beautiful Chateau against the dark clouds in the background. Weather can change in a matter of minutes if not seconds. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
gildasjan (40738) 2013-06-24 12:20
La lumière est bonne et sous ce ciel très menaçant le contraste est parfaitement rendu.L'image est nette et bien exposée.
Kielia (22913) 2013-06-25 9:01
a wonderful presentation of this fascinating castle, taken from an excellent POV. I like the perspective and the beautiful light a lot. The composition is also outstanding. This is really a very pleasant photo. My compliments!
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2013-06-25 10:24
Hi there Gunnar, what a spectacular picture!
amazing Castle and amazing time to take the picture with the storm coming..
the sky is fabulous ans the scenery to admire!
Hansaphotos (6415) 2013-06-26 0:53
En flott komposisjon der du lar den flotte hagen spille fint med i forgrunnen. Den stormfulle himmelen skaper en fantastisk bakgrunn og sørger for et kjempefint lys. Utmerket!
Ha en flott dag:)
kordinator (14831) 2013-06-26 1:03
Fantastic point of view looking across the well maintained gardens.
Superb colours and sharpness,excellent lighting.
lousat (71411) 2013-06-26 10:18
Hi Gunnar,when the sun kiss the ground and the storm is coming,the result is always beautiful.You were very lucky to have this scenery in your visit to this beautiful castle,very famous for its garden made whit different vegetables,magnificent capture for a beautiful postcard,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,LUCIANO
ktanska (23912) 2013-06-26 11:47
Classic French palace. It looks just great against that rainy sky. I certainly see that it would rain soon. That garden is definitely French style too.
papagolf21 (82974) 2013-06-30 0:46
Bonjour, cher Gunnar,
Oh ! superbe prise de vue de ce magnifique château ressortant à merveille sur sur ce fond d'un ciel gris ardoise. La lumière éclairant le château semble divine.
jhm (134472) 2013-06-30 2:39
A lovely contrast picture with the dark sky and white facades of the castle.
One of the much lovely castle in France, but always very pleasant for make a picture.
The sky cares for a pleasant and attractive picture.
Nice composition, lovely presentation, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Glint (6163) 2013-07-01 12:34
what a wonderful light you have found!The brooding sky is foiled by the white facia of the chateau. Well managed with no over exposure. Interesting architectural detail shown with excellent sharpness.
macjake (51374) 2013-07-02 22:03
what can I say about this one?
the grey brooding skyline still shows off some light while also providing a sweet contrast.
the front facade is lit like a beacon :)
classic, elegant, rich-looking...what more could you ask for.
SnapRJW (28894) 2013-07-04 7:04
Excellent moody light here Gunnar, it provides the shot with drama and wonderful colour contrasts. The green is almost luminous. A beautiful chateau and a very fine shot. Warm regards Rosemary
adores (33924) 2013-07-06 16:34
A great moment to take this one! I really like the sunlight on the castle, it makes such a perfect contrast with the dark sky in background. A very good shot!
Silvio1953 (115095) 2013-07-12 12:43
Ciao Gunnar, great view of fantastic castle, lovely composition with beautiful garden and amazing sky, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Buin (42256) 2013-07-13 12:35
Hier konntest Du eine wunderbare Lichtstimmung einfangen und der bedrohliche Himmel bildet einen eindrucksvollen Hintergrund. Die helle Fassade ist gekonnt wiedergegeben (nicht überbelichtet!) und man kann alle Details dort erkennen - toll!
Ist das ein Nutzgarten mit Gemüse im Vordergrund?
Ein wirklich sehenswertes Foto!
Grüße an euch beide! ... und einen sonnigen Sonntag! Frank
claudeD (30131) 2013-07-14 12:08
Wonderful architecture picture of this amazing castle.Wonderful light managmemt.I like this view very much. Very well done. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Angshu (54497) 2013-07-19 1:20
The picture is rendered even more wonderful thanks to the dark clouds behind the Chateau! The contrast between the pale coloured walls and the sky makes this quite a beauty!...also loved the green garden in the FG. I think this picture will make a great big print on paper to be hung on the wall, framed!
PS : Thanks for favouriting my last picture...my privilege!
kato (11630) 2013-07-19 16:55
You're capturing well this Château and its surroundings by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the elegant and beautiful Château in medieval times with white outer wall and gray roof. It's good at the color contrast between this architecture and green garden in front of it. And, it's effective and tasteful for cloudy sky before rain.
larsy (28) 2013-07-21 2:25
Verkligen en dramatisk bild men köksträdgården i fronten lättar upp det hela.
karacabeylis (1465) 2013-07-21 4:48
a masterstroke on its theme. the framing and color tonnes are perfect. admirable.
romanaa (7918) 2013-08-10 12:30
beautiful strong contrast of the light building and deep blue sky. I like your composition with the diagonal of the fence in the foregroung.
bartekp (4746) 2013-08-12 11:44
Very nice composition with superb dark colors of sky.
I know that place and i like Your POV.
Have a nice evening
jurek1951 (40949) 2013-08-30 8:38
a very effective photo of this interesting architecture, great details and POV,
ourania (25508) 2013-11-01 10:20
a very attractive picture of a curious and impressive construction. I like very much how the architecture is transformed along the background with no interruption. There are interesting and delightful details to observe on the buildings and in the garden. I love how you captured the intense lighting against the heavy, grey sky. You've managed the quality and the brightness of the colours superbly. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
UlfE (14635) 2014-01-07 11:22
Du befann dig verkligen på rätt plats vid rätt tidpunkt när du tog denna bild. Att byggnader är solbelysta medan himlen i bakgrunden att ohyggligt mörk brukar bara bestå några ögonblick. Här hade du i alla fall tillräckligt med tid för att även få till en snygg komposition med staketet diagonalt och grönska i förgrunden. Ha en bra kväll!
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (36702)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-01
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
- Exposure: f/16, 1/4000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My best pictures on TE [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-23 7:11