The Louvre glass pyramid has become one of the most favoured photo subjects and a landmark in Paris despite the controversy the construction of it triggered in the 1980s. Many people felt that the futuristic pyramid was misplaced in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum with its classical architecture. Nowadays people seem to love the contrast between the pyramid and the classical architecture.
Louvre in Paris is the largest museum in France and the most visited museum in the world. Louvre Museum was founded in 1793 and originally it housed the royal art collection. In 1980s the French president Mitterrand initiated a renovation of the Louvre museum. This project was named Grand Louvre. A large entrance hall was built in the form of a glass pyramid, designed by the architect I.M g Pei. The pyramid was placed in the middle of the Cour Napoleon. The pyramid is sourrounded by three smaller pyramids. The pyramid is one of the entrances to the museum.
This is my 3rd picture of a series of pictures of the pyramid taken in the same evening from different perpectives and/or in different lighting. Here is getting dark and the water of the fountain has been turned off and the the lighting that illuminates the Louvre musem buildings has been turned on.
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bukitgolfb301 (34284) 2009-12-22 21:28
This is an impressive shot!
Perfect and well considered framework/composition, clear description in the detail and vivid color tone are so admirable and nice.
The calm atmosphere is so good!
Congratulation on your masterpiece!
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Have a happy Christmas week!
macjake (51492) 2009-12-22 21:41
I'm kicking myself for not visiting this icon when i was here a couple years ago. what was i thinking!
you've captured such a beautiful light, with equally beautiful reflections. sharpness and details are well displayed too.
danyy (0) 2009-12-22 22:39
dans d'excellents jeux de lumières, une manière de proposer deux architectures de temps très éloignés les uns des autres.
Excellentes netteté et lumières.
My best regards.
jjcordier (72708) 2009-12-22 22:49
Superbe heure bleue de la pyramide du Louvre. C'est la nuit qu'elle révèle le plus sa beauté. Le mariage d'architectures moderne et ancienne est très réussi. Belle réalisation!
maloutim (9627) 2009-12-22 23:49
A nice series you are presenting on the Louvre and its pyramid!
Interesting note too, especially about the controversy concerning the Pyramid! I remember it well. It was in the news daily and everyone had their opinions to give!
I wasn't sure about the adequacy of such a modern structure within the classical edifice. But as soon as I saw it de visu, I was conquered. Since then, I have come to like the marriage of modern and older styles, when it's well-done of course!
Your picture taken in the blue hour is beautiful! The orange lighting of the older building and its reflexion on the pyramid have the greatest effect!
Best wishes for Christmas!
saxo042 (36728) 2009-12-23 0:05
Beautiful colours and a new impressive picture with a different POV. Good colours and interesting note!
Tweety (4546) 2009-12-23 2:28
Un cadrage judicieux et une bonne gestion de la lumière. L'ensemble est très agréable à observer.
pablominto (53744) 2009-12-23 5:27
The new frames the old very well, creating an exciting contrast!
Lovely colours and a fine composition with good details...
And I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, if possibly white!
John_F_Kennedy (41984) 2009-12-23 5:47
Good light and fine colours in this excellent archtecture composition.
holmertz (36473) 2009-12-23 8:02
The contrast between these two very different architectural styles is enormous, but the two buildings match each other in a very exciting way. You have captured a very nice evening light with some fine clouds.
Hälsningar och God jul,
Jakab (3867) 2009-12-23 9:58
perhaps the most conventional piece of the series. The perfect realization enhances the contrast between the two styles, the two ages. The nice reflection is an additional value of the photo.
Longroute (19392) 2009-12-24 0:30
You really found your creative moment here!
So many excellent compositions from different povs...
And this blue hour one is really charming with the warm colours of the Louvre contrasting with the blue sky and with the illuminated pyramid. Very, very fine and expressive. I love the framing you chose.
My best compliments and my best wishes for a
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-12-24 0:39
Hello Ulf! Wonderful composition. Amazing old and new architectures. Superb light and shadow. Ideal sharpness. Original work. Great effect. Merry Christmas!
pajaran (47908) 2009-12-24 2:17
Dobar dan, kod nas je poceo sa suncem, sneg se otopio.
Svaki rad je dao svoje vidjenje, lepa fotogtafija, dobre boje i pravi trenutak snimka, svidja mi se kako ste je prikazali.
Srecni praznici koji dolaze, neka bude veselo, Paja.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-12-24 2:18
An another excellent mixt between the pyramlid and the palace. Superb blue hour with the dored light which arise in the image. Beautiful reflections welle collected too.
danos (82737) 2009-12-25 0:55
Good morning Ulf,
this is more creative shot than hteother one of Louvre glass Pyramid, with the artificial lights to make the Pyramid so fascinating.I like the whole scenery of this nocturne shot.Well done.
I wish Merry Christmas for you and for your family,Danos
ellelloo (6570) 2009-12-25 4:00
A wonderful blue hour shot with a lovely atmosphere and nice colours. And interesting composition as well, which shows old and new architecture in parallel. Beautiful!
Hälsningar och God jul,
bertolucci (13356) 2009-12-25 4:40
HEj Ulf, such a dashing capture of the a bit controversial Pei pyramid. You made it really shine in the blue light, gloriouslky lit from within. The angle is well chosen - the juxtaposition with the Louver itself is fab. Xcellent work!
Oh, and thanxalot for your very kind words with my previous post!
Merry Xmas !
mauro61 (52623) 2009-12-26 14:12
spettacolare immagine che hai ben colto con un dosaggio perfetto dlle luci all'imbrunire,
Auguri di Buone Feste a te e famiglia
ikeharel (51573) 2014-04-04 4:30
Fabulous composition of the photo over the Pyramid and the old building of the museum, great in contrast and fine illuminations.
The light upon the facade in golden tone, is different from the illumination of the modern glass structure, great calrity and transparency through.
Intriguing photojob and pleasent to look at this image.
** We harly had winter this year, one big storm, than few rainy days - but it is sproing already.
- Copyright: ulf eriksson (UlfE) (14635)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC-V3
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-22 21:06