2.57p.m. - In this shot I go for a near symmetrical composition to get that formal atmosphere of the Hall of Mirrors at the famous Versailles. It was Jules Hardouin-Mansart who presented King Louis XIV with plans to construct this Hall of Mirrors which was completed in 1686. It acts as a passageway to the King’s apartment. Grand celebrations such as full-dress balls and masked balls were also held here. 24 chandeliers delicately decorate and fill the space below the intricately painted ceiling.
You will also notice the crowd which I have tried to avoid in my earlier posts. I felt that here, the crowd helped to show the feeling of amazement and awe towards the grandeur and pomp of the French heritage.
It was a bright and sunny afternoon as can be seen from the strong light at the entrance and even within the hall due to the reflected light from the mirrors. On the other hand I did not want to miss the details of the ceiling. All these pose quite a challenge for this shot.
PP – reduced highlight slightly and adjusted level.
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Tue (31012) 2005-11-03 3:32
Very colouful picture. Not only because of the beautiful walls, but also because of the tourists in front. Fine composition, you captured the details well.
Galmeida (12559) 2005-11-03 4:16
A difficult shot with so any people at the Hall of Mirrors, but you survive! Good perspective and enquadrement with the tourists heads in front of view. Good light, fine colors and a well detailed capture of this nice place.
Well seen, done and composed.
Best to you.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-11-04 3:05
This place is nice and famous of course. Your POV was difficult with all the people inside.
Howewer it's nice because the reality is a busy place.
weswang (18223) 2005-11-04 3:34
Hi Aloysius, This is indeed a glamour room with many expensive paintings and decorations. Good to capture the big group of tourists here to visit this famous place. Good use of light, nice contrast and clarity. Well done.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-11-04 7:41
Nice hall richly decorated with spectacular lusters and others beautiful pieces. We have to be prepared for an tourists invasion in this places. I like this composition, the good details, colors, sharpness and depth.
sarju (5324) 2005-11-04 9:57
very nice view ... your crop and framing is very effective for this view ... all the people in this photo do not overpower the photo but enhance the composition
tfs .. cheers .... sarju
Graal (101108) 2005-11-04 12:25
interesting place, good sharpness and colours. Pity that here's much peoples. Good note also.
jhm (146618) 2005-11-05 4:18
Waw, what a beautiful chandeliers, splendid architecture picture, not only because of the beautiful chandeliers but also the wonderful walls, the people and photographer are nice added.
Have a nice weekend,
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-11-05 18:11
This is a good one with the crowd anyway, in the old times it was a crowded area with all the people living in this castle and meeting the king there.
Quiter a good composition, just a detail missing at the top ( the complete arch), colors sharpness and light are good.
I like it
chaity (1539) 2005-11-08 3:24
Hai Aloysius, a really colorful photo and busy people. Photo is sharp but it looks like the horizon is slightly tilted.
Stepan (27210) 2005-11-13 6:57
It was a good idea to capture people inside the frame. It makes a more original compo than the ceiling only.
It's funny to think I've never been there !! Thanks for allowing me to discover my own country !!