As a man aspiring to be a photographer, I know I am not the first person to have looked through the viewfinder at the many architecture treasures of the world, nor will I be the last. It’s the prospect of putting my own interpretation on what I see is what drives & excites me. In my quest of seeing & showing Paris differently, render well-known topics as fresh images....familiar landmarks from a not-so-common point of view.......
Notre Dame, the most visited site in Paris, with 10 million people crossing its threshold each year, is not just a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture but has also been the focus of Catholic Paris for seven centuries. It is also the true heart of Paris; in fact, distances from Paris to all parts of metropolitan France are measured from place du Parvis Notre Dame, the square in front of Notre Dame. The cathedral is on a very grand scale; the interior alone is 130m long, 48m wide and 35m high and can accommodate more than 6000 worshippers.
Notre Dame Cathedral has a striking gothic exterior, two broad towers, and plenty of sweeping arches. The gothic exterior is full of intricate details and the ornate interior is light and airy. Notre Dame is known for its sublime balance, although if one looks closely you’ll see many minor asymmetrical elements introduced to avoid monotony, in accordance with standard Gothic practice.
To appreciate the features of Notre Dame Cathedral better, I approached from the park behind the cathedral, Square Jean XXIII, for an impressive view of the structure. This park provides one of the best views of the mass of ornate flying buttresses that encircle the chancel and support its walls and roof.
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TopGeo (38216) 2012-01-06 0:27
Hello Angshu! Ideal work! have the sensation of to be there You have caught its intimate and mysterious atmosphere light in sky, with beautiful details of its works of architecture art. A combined image of today and yesterday and now history! I congratulate you!
cavli (1876) 2012-01-06 1:13
Very good point of view. Sharp and detailed picture. I like the contrasting of the blue sky very much.
Nicou (139126) 2012-01-06 2:06
superbe compo et iamge merveilleux quelle vue sur cette église fantastique ce tons gris-bleu avec la végétation et ce ciel bleu foncé, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-01-06 2:18
Hello Angshu - A splendid composition. The spires on the cathedral almost lining up perfectly with the spire on the fountain in the FG creating harmony and balance. I like the inclusion of the line of trees on the LHS, they balance well with the greenery of the RHS and together they add a softness to the shot.Warm regards rosemary
holmertz (50782) 2012-01-06 2:50
There are sights that have been photographed thousand of times before, but once you stand in front of it yourself it's hard to resist to make your own interpretation. The combination of the foreground fountain and the cathedral gives the photo a strong vertical emphasis and the lines of trees create diagonals that lead us up to the church. There is a small red dot among the pedestrians that breaks the colour scheme nicely.
I would have like to take this picture too.
Graal (102474) 2012-01-06 2:53
an interesting Your summer remembrance from Paris. Amazing sky, very nice details of architecture. Good note about the Notre Dame. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
pierrefonds (64824) 2012-01-06 4:47
The trees are framing well the cathedral. The point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of the architecture of the Notre-Dame of Paris cathedral. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
dip (23888) 2012-01-06 6:08
a wonderful composition of the famous Cathedral,
very good point of view,excellent lighting and sharpness as well!
abmdsudi (52449) 2012-01-06 8:43
A well taken shot of great historical structures with excellent informative notes. Fantastic architecture well taken and processed with loads of fine detail and perfectly framed to bring out the characters majestically. Lighting is well handled with lovely sky area, subtle colors, crisp throughout and fine contrast. Love the touch of vivid red s that adds to the general effect greatly. A very fine shot. Well done. Congrats
brianmcc (6219) 2012-01-06 10:05
you have got an excellent viewpoint from which to composed this picture. the green trees provides a great contrast to the blues in the sky. the white clouds are superb. very good presentation with the monument well placed in the foreground.
nikkitta (17066) 2012-01-06 16:27
Congrats for your imaginative POV and composition
Before watching your capture I would have said that Notre Dame have been shown of every possible angle, I was wrong
Like the contrast between the stone and the blue sky and also the add of the trees
Nice frame, interesting note
Greetings and TFS
cargus (10091) 2012-01-06 23:08
Well rendered image, a good balance between light and color, image sharpness highlight the picture well done..!!
bukitgolfb301 (40754) 2012-01-07 0:52
Hi my dear Angshuman.
Doramtic chage from far remote area in the north India to Paris! Perfect framework and so reasonable composition. So sharp and clear color presentation is so remarkable as usual.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have the good frist Saturady of 2012!
Takero from sunny cold Tokyo
sacimar (26205) 2012-01-08 3:09
this is a good image of Notre Dame, I like this view of the cathedral back, colors and light management are good, you show perfectly the heart of Paris, well done,
Kielia (24077) 2012-01-08 5:38
your POV on this famous place works excellently. A very pleasant impression of this wonderful architecture, very good management of the light and a lovely atmosphere of summer in the city. I read your nice note with great interest. My compliments for this interesting composition!
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-01-08 7:14
Hello Dear Angshuman-san,
The east end of this view reveals well both the lower and the upper flying buttresses. Did you also see a model of this cathedral displayed in the interior of the structure? Together with the most refined bar tracery of the two rose windows, these most elegant flying buttresses capture those who come into contact with them. As I encountered for the first time the cathedral, I remember well how this view became one of the most frequently visited POV. But I don’t remember if I ever pointed my camera at it from this point of view, perhaps yes, but then again perhaps no. Those flying buttresses are one of the most elegant versions one can visit and see anywhere. It is absolutely astonishing how thin and refined the buttresses can become. I have been sitting here and looking at your photo for sometime now. I am convinced also that you are very intrigued and captured by the beauty of them. And the photo shows us very well your feeling towards the subject. The charm of this image lies with the photographer and his mind. We can imagine well and we feel well what you felt. It is a very successful view. It is a very charming one.
With my very best wishes,
Have a very pleasant Sunday, Angshuman-san
papagolf21 (98732) 2012-01-09 1:28
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Infatigable voyageur, toujours à la recherche du beau et du spirituel.
Voici, une fois encore, une image fort bien présentée.
La présentation est fort originale.
ChrisJ (111674) 2012-01-09 5:29
Well composed using the principle of three with the large green tree at left, The ND cathedral & the obelisk at right. Good sharpness & color & a nice blue sky with no hint of air pollution. Tfs!
josepmarin (58343) 2012-01-09 5:30
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
I like the vision of Notre Dame that you offer us in your composition, in which you have caught its back with its impressive buttresses, its magnificent Gothic structure, its roof and its towers. The element of the square located in foreground complements very well the graphical ensemble.
An excellent light and a beautiful colors, specially in the well polarized sky, in order to obtain a very attractive photo.
It's a superb work.
pajaran (59105) 2012-01-09 12:15
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Katedrali sa datim podacima ...
Dobar snimak sa lepim pogledom na katedralu, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good article on the Cathedral with the given data ...
Good shot with nice view of the cathedral, beautiful images.
Good severity and length composition, beautiful colors.
All the best in the new week, which has begun.
Fis2 (95521) 2012-01-09 13:42
Beautiful poscard from Paris.
Good frame, colors and light.
danos (96145) 2012-01-10 0:40
a really nice and charmy 'corner' of the true heart of Paris,with this well balanced coexist of the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the monument in the Square Jean XXIII.I like the excellent clarity and the sharpness of the image as the brilliant light management.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-01-10 9:58
Ola Angshuman ,
Uma bela composição com a catedral Notre Dame , gostei muito do ponto de visão com este jardim em primeiro plano , bom contraste com o céu azul , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jemaflor (95389) 2012-01-10 11:11
Nice view taken and presented with a perfect light, colors are very beautiful, interesting architecture, of course ! Tfs.
Waylim (25502) 2012-01-10 22:24
Classic shot from Paris, I was standing just a few yards behind you under the the tree in the spring about 3 years ago. The statue in the foreground was cover under renovation at the time. So I'm glade to see your version here. Excellent weather you got here beautiful clear blue sky with lovely clouds. Good composition and lovely details.
kordinator (20459) 2012-01-14 2:26
Fantastic architectural composition.
Nice view on this in far the famous Cathedral.
I like details and sky.
Fantastic quality of the image.
Didi (60586) 2012-01-19 9:32
An unusual POV on the cathedral.
Very nice dark blue sky
I am sure that you have enjoyed your journey in Paris
Best wishes for the new year
delpeoples (57266) 2012-01-21 23:33
Namaskar dear Angshu
What a beautiful title to your superb photo. The POV is one I don't often see, which is saying something as there are only so many angles this icon can be taken on. The monument on the right is a beautiful addition to the photo and I love the deep colours you obtained, despite the quite harsh light.
Nice work, as alway, an enviable photo
fotka (4309) 2012-03-27 9:20
I like your shot very much because is different as other photos of Notre Dame cathedral. I see you took this photo from back of the cathedral and included free standing statue. Nice presentation with white walls of the cathedral against the blue sky. Superb colors, light, sharpness and interesting note.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-10-13 14:31
This exceptionnal monument is wonderful here and in this situation with a beautiful sky. Excellentlight and texture and also a rich idea to show it entire.
Have a nice Sunday,
chrisg76 (867) 2013-08-07 6:18
Hello dear Angshu!
I like better this side of Notre Dame, I find it more inspiring!
I like your POV and the colour balance of the photo!
I have a similar image in my collection, but it was taken at a different hour!
I would like to have your opinion about it!
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56750)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-02
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD, RAW, Tamron 72mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Paris - Seeing Differently [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-06 0:22
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