A short serie of view of the obelisk of Place de la Concorde, in Paris, at the end of a rainy afternoon.
Place de la Concorde is an important crossroad on the right bank of the Seine river, with two symetrical 18th buildings on the north side, the Seine in the south, the Champs Elysées starting of the left side and the Tuileries gardens on the right side. The obelisk is positionned in the center.
The obelisk was brought back from Egypt and erected in Paris in 1833. It is a good example of the importance of the interest in Egyptology in France in the 19h century, after the Egyptian expedition of Bonaparte and the transcrition of hieroglyths by Champollion in 1829.
This view shows two sides of the obelisk, including the base. You can see on the right of the base a carving explaining the process of erecting the monument. At the top, the pyramidion (a small golden covered metal cap, shaped as a pyramid)but it is hidden in this view.
For those who want ot learn more aobut the monument, this is the extract of Wikipedia :
"The center of the Place is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramses II. It once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. The viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali, presented the 3,300-year-old Luxor Obelisk to France in 1829. King Louis-Philippe had it placed in the centre of Place de la Concorde in 1833. Given the technical limitations of the day, transporting it was no easy feat — on the pedestal are drawn diagrams explaining the machinery that were used for the transportation. The red granite column rises 23 metres high, including the base, and weighs over 250 tonnes. Missing its original cap, believed stolen in the 6th century BC, in 1998 the government of France added a gold-leafed pyramid cap to the top of the obelisk. The obelisk is flanked on both sides by fountains constructed at the time of its erection on the Place.
Without warning, in 2000, French urban climber Alain "Spiderman" Robert, using only his bare hands and feet and with no safety devices, scaled the obelisk all the way to the top."
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boonie (779) 2006-07-28 17:27
Good afternoon Emmanual
Great sky/saturation and POV, sharp top to bottom with only f9 - means a fine wide angle lens.
vinicio (23415) 2006-07-28 18:05
Suberb and impressive view, compliments, great sky and clouds and excellent composition with the obelisk.
corsicastorm (3224) 2006-07-28 18:40
J'aime bien! je suis passé par là en jiun mais le ciel n'etait pas aussi beaux; contrastes interessants!
alana (2625) 2006-07-28 23:37
Very impressive image with great light management, deep colors, amazing sky, excellent contrast and point of view. I can't believe I'll see this classic beauty in less than a month. Great job indeed
Angshu (51174) 2006-07-29 0:17
I like these POVs...from bottom up. provides an amazing perspective here in the backdrop of the clouds & the blue sky
Excellent...a bit unusual from you though!
Stepan (27210) 2006-07-29 3:40
Finalement, un centrage autant "centré" était osé. Je pense que le ciel aide pas mal ici et crée une profondeur qui allonge pas l'obélisque. La distorsion renforce cela également. Assez majestueux, même si je n'arrive pas à savoir si j'aime bien ou pas !??
feather (51128) 2006-07-29 7:31
It looks as if the rain is long gone and now you have an attractive sky as a background for the obelisk. I like the upwards perspective view which eliminates all the other details around the Place de la Concorde.
Loic_bzh (7646) 2006-07-30 15:19
tiens, ça change un peu des bateaux! :D
J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage original. Le ciel est très sympa...
sergio1 (12150) 2006-08-02 3:47
Magnific shot to the Obelisque, I knock very well this place and i love the perspective and lights. The sky is magnific,
The sharp is good too.
Thanks for share
kittyhawk (1690) 2006-08-03 1:08
Very nice image, I really like the composition and the way the clouds influense the image. Very nice colors and detail. I really like this image. Nice work. TFS.
Tue (25798) 2006-08-03 13:59
Another good capture of this interesting obélisque. The POV is excellent and the sky with the clouds is great as well. The good quality allows us to see the fine inscriptions. Well done!
peco85 (921) 2006-08-22 1:17
How nice it is to return at your page and see all the lovely pictures youy've posted from your world. The magnificent in this picture can not be fully awarded with my humble little comment. And the note is again very interesting and most welcome. So much life in the sky almost makes it look like you've mixed two photos. Good colors and sharp too.
- Copyright: Emmanuel LE CLERCQ (emjleclercq) (15778)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-05-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus EVOLT E-500, Olympus 14 -45 mm Digital, Hoya 58mm UV
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-28 16:27