The Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army. To its south lies the Place de la Concorde, to the east is the Place Vendôme, and to the west L'église Saint-Augustin.
The Madeleine was built in the Neo-Classical style and was inspired by the Maison Carrée at Nîmes, one of the best-preserved of all Roman temples. Its fifty-two Corinthian columns, each 20 metres high, are carried around the entire building. The pediment sculpture of the Last Judgement is by Lemaire, and the church's bronze doors bear reliefs representing the Ten Commandments. Source: Wikipedia
No tripod used.
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yquem46 (38752) 2013-12-01 2:44
Another splendid blue hour shot
You're becoming a specialist of this topic !
Light and colors are masterfully controlled, I'm impressed
have a nice sunday, best regards
lousat (93756) 2013-12-01 2:48
Hi Gosia,the choice of the moment makes the difference,this cloudy blue hour is perfect to create the best contrast between the church and background,a very imposing perspective with the best details and colors,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
mesutilgim (95850) 2013-12-01 2:50
Very nice blue hour capture of this beautifl "landmark" of Paris.
Good pov and perfect light management.
TFS and have a nice weekend
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-01 2:55
glorious blue hour shot this and captured perfectly. A POV that demonstrates the elegance and imposition of this beautiful building. Sharp detailing, clarity and light management make this quality image so attractive. Well done!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
ikeharel (73561) 2013-12-01 3:01
An impressive night shot over one impressive monument in Paris. I once tried to count the many pillars on the edifice, those which gave its majestic view.
Fine blue-hour shot taken, good DOF and clarity, its illumintaion in great contrast to the darkening sky.
Have a nice Sunday afternoon,
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-01 3:07
a Parigi hai colto un successo fotografico dietro l'altro.
Tutte foto perfette in ogni dettaglio e dalla luminosità particolarmente intensa e molto curata.
Quest'ora blu è l'ultima della serie ma non è da meno delle precedenti.
Anche per questa meriti un applauso. Bravissima.
Ciao e buona domenica
HimalAnda (10669) 2013-12-01 3:09
The exposure management is perfect, with nice colors and a very good sharpness.
snunney (101778) 2013-12-01 3:13
A splendid blue hour composition featuring this beautiful Parisian icon. The point of view shows the magnificent colonnaded façade to best effect, whilst the people offer a good sense of scale. The lovely warm tones of the floodlit building contrast nicely with the midnight blue sky. Good sharpness considering no tripod was used.
cornejo (43891) 2013-12-01 3:51
Witaj Gosia, very good view of this famous church in Paris, very well captured with a good pov on this pretty picture in the blue hour. A nice picture with good sharpness, depth and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-01 4:50
Very nice blue hour shot. The madeleine is one of the most photogenic church in Paris and you did an awesome job to frame it.
A great result in contrast and light management
Very well done
Sergiom (82971) 2013-12-01 5:28
Une superbe photo à l'heure bleue sur Paris. Le sujet est de toute beauté et l'angle de prise de vue lui donne beaucoup d'ampleur. La lumière est parfaitement maîtrisée. Bravo.
annjackman (21899) 2013-12-01 5:45
Wow - another pin-sharp blue hour shot with immense visual impact. The low viewpoint is super especially against the softly textured sky. A gorgeous image - very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
chawax (20758) 2013-12-01 6:17
Very beautiful blue hour shot. I like the low POV and the nice colours. The sharpness is so good that I am impressed you did not use any tripod !
mirosu (16273) 2013-12-01 6:25
Excellent blue hour temple close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect lighting, very good clarity. Perfect contrast against dark blue sky. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done my friend.
Wish you a peaceful 1st Advent Sunday.
williewhistler (16398) 2013-12-01 7:17
the spectacular design of this most attractive Church makes it a fine subject for your blue hour shot,silhouetted against the sky it`s a simply breathtaking sight.
The exposure settings are impeccable complementing the very clear details and colours.
Kind regards Les.
carlo62 (50948) 2013-12-01 7:22
un'altra splendida notturna nella città romantica per eccellenza.
Eccellente esposizione, i colonnati dorati rispondono contro il cielo intenso.
korbee (6619) 2013-12-01 8:13
Imposible to ignore this Gosia,the building has so much power in this picture,and the blue sky is a big bonus!
PaulVDV (29885) 2013-12-01 8:48
Your low viewpoint, the razor-sharp image and the clouded sky in different blue tones ensure that the grandeur of this church is clearly underlined on this masterful picture.
The colourful flowers make an attractive foreground.
Best regards, Paul
Noel_Byrne (32112) 2013-12-01 9:26
The word that springs to mind here is epic. This is an incredible building, and the light and blue hour are truly superb. The colors from the flowers at the front are a beautiful surprise in the scene too. You have given this building the perfect sense of majesty and awe, this is now on my bucket list, so thanks for sharing.
rychem (38265) 2013-12-01 10:26
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baclama (18836) 2013-12-01 10:30
une heure bleue tres reussie!
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-12-01 18:19
stunning blue hour shot with great light and light management.love the pov,the presentation and the architecture.
macjake (69859) 2013-12-01 18:22
so you also don't carry a tripod around eh? haha
well, perhaps you didn't even need it here because the light is fantastic.
especially in the lower portions on the flowers and plants.
love the blue hour light and the illumination, wonderful photo!
Alco (7485) 2013-12-01 20:57
Fantastic night shot of the church.Magnificent blue sky which add a very nice contrast.Perfect managing of the light.The flowers add a nice touch of colors.Very well done.
Have a nice week.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-12-01 22:25
Belle photo de la Madeleine à l'heure bleue. Les décorations florales de l'escalier apportent un plus à l'image. Sans trépied, tu as obtenu un remarquable résultat.
Nicou (145294) 2013-12-02 1:27
Avec ce ciel bleu quelle vue et cadrage fantastique architecture avec la barrière ces personnage comme on voit bien le canelures sur le colonees c'est mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-02 2:18
I'm pretty impressed at the steadiness of your hands here Gosia.... no tripod and yet the shot looks so crisp! Your slightly oblique vantage point has given the shot a super 3D look and the church looks stunning against that magical sky. A blue hour shot to be proud of. Warm regards rosemary
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-12-02 2:37
This is an outstanding architectural image. Your angle of view, the light, the blue hour and your treatment of the image provides a depth and perspective that does justice to the temple.
It is good to see that you were able to achieve this quality from an Olympus OMD EM5. A terrific camera for travel and street photography.
Cricri (121333) 2013-12-02 5:55
Belle prise a heure bleu de cette magnifique architecture, bon POV, excellente lumière
jemaflor (99171) 2013-12-03 11:31
Excellent brightness for this well managed nighshot taken at the famous blue hour, perfect to present this church with columns, tfs.
rbassin (23429) 2013-12-04 11:52
Voici une belle qualité de photo,avec l'éclairage qui est superbe et qui rend bien les détails et l'architecture à colonnades de l'église.
C'est très bien fait.
chrislo (4097) 2013-12-04 13:01
So you have decided to photograph all Paris most famous landmarks ! ;) Excellent idea, I should say, especially when the pictures are of high quality like this one. At 1000 Iso, you and your camera did a great job in this difficult situation. The exposure is spot on, the focus is sharp and clear, and there is no noise in the image ! Your POV shows the church off beautifully in such a majestic way. Very well done.
Oceania (5202) 2013-12-05 7:13
I consider you are an expert of blue hour specialty. This picture was so greatly taken, even the carvings on the top are showing fine details. It's very enjoyable.
batalay (39303) 2013-12-07 5:49
The light management and sharpness cannot possibly be any better in this blue hour photo, a credit to the photographer and the equipment. It demonstrates very good 3-point perspective with the "orthogonals" converging at 3-vanishing points.
Warm regards and best wishes in advance for the Holiday Season.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-08 1:11
to chyba pierwsze zdjecie,gdzie obok samego widoku tak bardzo zachwycila mnie jakosc obrazu.Swiatlo i przede wszystkim ostrosc sa super!Bardzo podoba mi sie kompozycja i zestawienie z tak pieknym blekitnym niebem w tle.
PS.zaczynam rozumiec dlaczego Olympus tak duzo sobie liczy za OMD EM5.Wart swojej ceny!
claudeD (39873) 2013-12-08 12:18
Wonderful blue hour shot from Paris showing this amazing old architecture. Perfect light managment and sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-12-09 9:27
very nice the p.o.v. you have chosen. i like exposure, colors and the flowers' carpet.
resat1972 (7576) 2013-12-09 10:20
Good Evening Gosia
blue hour was a great work
I like very much
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-12-09 22:29
I love the strong colors in this fascinating image. Truly attractive and lively picture! You have framed it very well - great work.TFS.
delpeoples (58856) 2013-12-11 17:50
Witaj dear Gosia
Wow, this looks like something straight out of Rome or Greece. I love the Blue Hour here, it is of an exception quality. The low POV has accentuated the perspective and the inclusion of the people not just give us a sense of scale, but also add interest to an already fascinating photo. Congratulations.
npecanhuk (75592) 2013-12-11 18:05
That's a different and wonderful church!
That's a very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
imageme (1790) 2013-12-14 9:34
Hi Gosia, A beautiful blue hour capture of this Church.
Wonderful POV and composition. I like the space you gave for the FG which framed the subject perfectly. The blue sky mixed the lights on the church so well. Perfect focus and everything is in detail. Thank for sharing
mcmtanyel (24593) 2013-12-15 21:59
This is a very interesting structure. If you had not identified it as a church, I would not have guessed. Great POV brings out the magnificence of the church. Well seen and exquisitely rendered, TFS!
Gigidusud (21151) 2013-12-16 4:09
Fantastic shot on blue hour! I like the contrast colors golden/blue and the choice of the POV. A beautiful Church well photographed. Bravo!
Have a nice week,
Silvio1953 (146807) 2013-12-16 9:53
Ciao Gosia, fascinating blue hour, great view of fantastic neoclassic architecture, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, brava, ciao Silvio
adores (45891) 2013-12-17 15:52
Another great night shot! Even without tripod, the result is very good. I like the exposure, the blue sky and also the composition. The colourful flours and the people around add a lot.
InasiaJones (31566) 2013-12-20 11:58
A straight forward shot of this iconic building, taken with a very skillful technique and artistic sense. There's perfect balance between the residual light in the sky and artificial light. Your angle of view and choice of cropping is impeccable.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-12-20 23:06
hello gosia. this famous church has always amazed me with its neo-classical style, it looks more like a roman temple than a church. beautiful blue hour result in cold tungsten tones. the distortion makes it look even huger and of course having some people around adds more to the size effect.
emka (100989) 2013-12-20 23:54
Fantastyczne zdjecie o błękitnej godzinie. Znakomity kadr, wspaniałe kolory. chyba jeszcze nie widziałam tak przybranych schodów kwiatami. Wspaniała ostrość beż statywu. Imponujacy widok tego niezwykłego koscioła jak greckiej świątyni.
Zyczę wspaniałych, choc prawdopodobnie bezśnieznych świąt.
Didi (60588) 2013-12-21 0:17
Well done for the lights management in the blue hour
It's hard to take a picture without optical didtortions with a wide angle
But it's possible to correct, thanks to ShiftN software
Please see the WS
Kind regards and Merry Christmas
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-12-22 23:25
a marvellous blue hour capture. Excellent light management. Colours and sharp details you achieved which is really appreciable. Superb work. Tfs.
zanzi (13690) 2013-12-23 0:56
Colors are wonderful as is the light management.
photoray (13981) 2013-12-26 18:12
Like everyone else, attractive view of Madeleine Temple enhanced by the night lighting. The church does appear like an elaborate Roman temple, and very impressive with 52 Corinthian columns and the base relief sculptures at the top.
Nicely composed and created
divail (8334) 2014-02-25 18:06
L'église Sainte-Madeleine nous montre ici toute sa splendeur. Le ciel bleu sombre ajoute un effet dramatique et la lumière est parfaite. C'est une magnifique photo.
Angshu (56760) 2014-03-04 22:54
This is a cracking shot of madeline church, & what's more -handheld! Congratulations!
Fantastic against the blue hour sky, the play of artficial lights playing beautiful on the columns..
jmdias (65637) 2014-05-01 2:57
very beautiful this lower pov and the use of the light and contrast of colors here. the shapes of this marvelous church that looks like a greek temple is amazing. a marvelous image using the blue hour. TFS.
- Copyright: Gosia Siudzinska (siudzi) (34141)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Panasonic 20mm F1.7
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-01 2:41