This picture was taken in the hall of the 'hôtel particulier' of Tallard. This is situated in the heart of Paris, that is the Marais.
I send a b&w version of my shot. Well, it was a difficult choice : colour or b&w... Even my grandma didn't know. Finally, I decided to send in b&w. Why?
1. Although it was a sunny day, this hôtel is always very cool inside. b&w version is more adaptated to this coolness ;
2. An historical reason : this part of the building is dated from the 17th century, that is the Golden Age of France. b&w suits better to historical shots. There is tough like a feeling of nostalgy inside it.
I hope you will enjoy this shot. I've been trying to take it correctly since days! Tell me your ideas about using b&w here!
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Albrecht (11281) 2005-04-22 14:18
In B&W thsi is a very simple but good pic. Very well composed. Greetings Albrecht
Gdouble (0) 2005-04-22 14:22
Je trouve que cet escalier est parfaitement mis en valeur. Son côté 'froid' est magnifiquement suggéré par le N&B. Les dessins du carrelage qui étant perpendiculaire à l'escalier, mènent l'oeil vers le fond de l'image, soit la clarté.
De plus le N&B, rend l'image intemporelle.
Eugene (971) 2005-04-22 15:38
Good composition of this picture. Simple but effective. Nice work. Greetings, Eugene
maurajn (902) 2005-04-23 12:16
I like what you have done here with the light play and using black and white format. I find it a very appealing photo.
For critique to do even better, here are my suggestions: If you are choosing symmetry when photographing architecture, it needs to be precise. I don't think you were quite lined up perpendicular to the center of the arch. Get as close as you can, and use photoediting to do the rest. Your 'horizon' is not quite straight, and also, I would suggest the cropping be the same on the pillars on both sides of the arch. If you can't do that, then include neither. This is a very demanding type of photo, and occasionally you see them done really well on this site, but more often, the symmetry is not quite on.
For another look, you could choose to move definitavely to the right of your position. The small doorway is not a key feature here, and it would be minimized by an alternate position. Try lining yourself up perpendicular to the center of the stairwell, or off to the far right wall, maybe getting a bit of the next bannister upwards?
I'm going to have a go at a workshop, hopefully I can post it today, if I'm not over my limit.
mikhalych (1319) 2005-04-28 13:39
Very nice interior shot with fine composition and good light.
When I'm undecided which version is better - color or monochrome - I usually post a second version as workshop :)
P-S-I-G (25536) 2005-05-11 11:30
Dmitry a raison, j'ai pu profiter de la comparaison entre la couleur et le noir et blanc, c'est très intéressant. Eh bien je crois que ton choix du noir et blanc met encore plus en valeur cette belle photo. Très bel escalier de pierre. J'aime beaucoup aussi le fer forgé de la rampe qui brille. La photo est bien nette, même la brillance du sol ne nous échappe pas. Bravo
johnhopkins (866) 2005-05-11 16:37
Such a nice clean image. Normally i like people in photos but this seems so calm and cool and people would be an invasion. The light i svery good, but i think it is the shape of the staircase which really catches the eye especially the lower steps leading lefy and also the beautiful handrail.
ton (82) 2005-05-13 20:54
Hi David! Good choice you posted the B&W.. it suits the ambiance of the place and perfect use of window light, great effect..
DLM (6479) 2005-06-07 17:28
Hi David,Great image,i like the black and white,looks like a place that the rich would live.
armen (289) 2005-07-16 11:42
i absolutely agree in your choice of bw here, is perfect. the pic is very interesting.