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....
"Gargoyle" - the dictionary definition is a spout usually in the form of a grotesquely carved face or figure, projecting from a roof gutter. From the Old French "gargouille" and the Late Latin "gurgulio", both meaning throat.
Their first usage in the last thousand years or more seems to have been in the early 1200's as channels or tubes to shed rainwater from buildings, to keep the rainwater off the buildings themselves and away from the foundations. Strong evidence for this purely plumbing interpretation is that initially most were made of wood, some made of the more expensive stone, and were generally undecorated.
As time progressed, more stone ones appeared as did lining some with lead and decoration in the form of carvings of people or animals or grotesque representations of these (grotesque in the sense of being extravagantly formed, bizarre, ludicrous, absurd, fantastic and also in the sense of being ugly and frightening). Often these carvings are so imaginative as to bear little or no resemblance to any conventional creature and are the products of fertile imaginations and skilled hands.
As seen in Notre Dame de Paris....Focussed on the turret of the cathedral with zoom extended to 100mm.
Beware while walking on the Parisian streets near Notre Dame. You constantly need to be watchful of a gargoyle pouncing on you from above :-)
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papagolf21 (79548) 2012-04-23 1:11
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Excellent cadrage rapproché de ces subtilités architecturales de cet édifice mythique.
La gargouille du premier plan est parfaitement placé dans la composition.
Le tout ressort à merveille sur ce ciel bleu.
dta (56628) 2012-04-23 1:15
Hello Angshuman ,
These gargoyles are really frightening . This is an excellent architetcure picture , with the elements perfectly placed in the composition , and a good light management .
danos (78112) 2012-04-23 1:57
very nice and interesting the view of this part of Notre Dame de Paris,with the statue on above part of the scene to completes perfect the whole image.I like the great light and the contrast of the colours,as the detials of the construction.
timecapturer (37064) 2012-04-23 3:13
a beautifully composed and detailed image. The texturing and quality are outstanding, with the light and shade giving us such compelling shapes and shades. Excellent!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2012-04-23 3:21
This architecture is definitely amazing. Beautiful light, well done.
sacavem (18604) 2012-04-23 3:21
Olá dear Angshuman,
Sharp and a well chosen POV, the composition overall is superb.
ChrisJ (91276) 2012-04-23 3:53
A wonderful blue sky with superb graphism & punchy light contrasts. I am missing a little bit of sharpness on the fg gargoyle statue at left, but all else is perfect! Good exposure with excellent framing. Tfs!
pierrefonds (51000) 2012-04-23 4:47
The tight frame is putting this section of the cathedral in evide3nce. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the gargoyle. The afternoon light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
dale54 (5735) 2012-04-23 4:55
angshuman hi.great contrast to this,and very good detail in it.good note too.great POV! tfs! dr
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-04-23 10:59
Ola Angshuman ,
Voltaste as tuas fotos de Paris , belos detalhes de arquitetura nesta torre desta igreja , gostei do gargoyle em contraste com o céu azul , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
wolf38 (29116) 2012-04-23 22:32
Hello Angshuman. Famous Church, famous figure of stone. All very well composed. Good technical quality. Informative text. Worth seeing. Rgds, Wolfgang.
mohammad_H (7488) 2012-04-23 23:01
نمایش زیبا با کادر و زاویه خوب دوربین از معماری شکیل و با نقوش و برجستگی های فوق العاده.وضوح مناسب و در پس زمینه اسمان ابی.روز خوبی داشته باشید
स्टाइलिश डिजाइन और असाधारण प्रमुखता के साथ सुंदर कर्मचारियों और वास्तुकला का अच्छा कैमरा कोण संकल्प और नीले आकाश की पृष्ठभूमि एक अच्छा दिन है.
patdeph (35742) 2012-04-24 2:06
good detail of the cathedral , very well framed, with the gargoyle just above the clock tower.This is superbly standing out the blue sky.
Nicou (105767) 2012-04-24 4:17
fantastiqeu cadrage et compo superbe cette architecture avec la décoration qui vantace dans l'iamge ce clocher dans ce beau ciel une mervielle.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (76958) 2012-04-24 5:03
Interesting POV and composition.
delpeoples (48592) 2012-04-24 6:21
Hi dear Angshu
A beautiful close-up of these amazing gargoyles. The details are spectacular and I like the contrasting colours. Excellent play of depth of field and sharpness. A very interesting POV of this Parisian icon.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day
jusninasirun (17146) 2012-04-24 7:15
This is cleverly framed image using the statue as natural framing in this shot. Lovely details in fine tone against the spotless blue sky.
Thanks and have a nice day.
pajaran (41681) 2012-04-24 11:36
Vrlo interesnatan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na deo katedrale i skulpture, dobra kompozicija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz lepim bojama.
Sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na posetu Parizu.
Interesnatan and very good text with a given data ...
Nice view of the cathedral, and sculpture, good composition.
Good image sharpness, contrast and display of beautiful colors.
All the best with beautiful memories of visiting Paris.
rabdelnoor (3421) 2012-04-24 20:35
A really nice explanation about the gargoyles. You captured very well this one, composing well with the cathedral tower. Very nice light management resulting in beautiful colours and good contrast.
Graal (92158) 2012-04-25 0:29
good captured place and theme. Amazing Gargoyle here. Nice details of tower Notre Dame in BG. Fine composition, good idea.
Have a nice day.
josepmarin (56479) 2012-04-25 5:31
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
Notre-Dame's gargoyles, and the fantastic ornamental elements of its beautiful Gothic architecture, always are very aesthetic, and give a great photographic result.
In this good framing you have looked for a visual very effective angle, which offers us a graphical splendid effect.
I like the good light and the beautiful colors of your composition.
A beautiful work.
jhm (127955) 2012-04-27 4:06
This lovely french word "Gargoyle" one of the most difficult stonemason works, I've long time ago the special water drain signed for implementation, this is very difficult.
Splendid picture with high quality.
Sharpness and clarity are very well.
Composition and presentation are pleasant. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
abmdsudi (32471) 2012-04-28 7:55
A very interesting pov, neatly aligned structures in rich colors, sharpness, clarity and bags of details. The foreground also offers something of interest while the tower renders feeling of depth into the shot. A nice capture to be proud off. Congrats
Kielia (21521) 2012-04-28 8:26
wonderful light and details. This image really shows human achievement in the service of something greater than us. The accompanying note is also excellent. Congratulation!
Didi (51265) 2012-04-28 18:09
I live 120 km south Paris; please remember for your next visit :)
Nice tight frame of the cathedral we are able to appreciate the architecture detail.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (52890)
- 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, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Paris - Seeing Differently [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-23 0:38