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Description: In the Cathedral of Reims, where she attended the coronation of King Charles-VII, you can find a beautifull statue of Jehanne, Jean d'Arc - "Maid Of Orleans".

There's a rich history about her during the period 1425-1431 when she became famous, very influencial and she did a small miracle. In the end, after fighting several wars against the english she was taken prisoner, sold to the English for ten thousand gold crowns, and taken to Rouen. There she was carefully examined to see whether she made use of magic spells or an evil spirit or if she had fallen into religious error. Nothinq worthy of censure was found, apart from the men’s clothes she wore. And that was reason enough for the ultimate penalty to be burned alive at Rouen, in the Place du Vieux-Marché, at nineteen years of age.
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Technical aspects: There was not much light around because of a single spotlight. So I used my tripod for a steady exposure Postprocessing: PhotoShop, rotated until strait, finaly some L and contrast on the center, two stacked transparant selectionlayers of L without the statue, several CB, a bit USM and repaired some too bright spots on chest and the face.

Conditions: low light condition, in the back of the catherdral, spotlight from the topright.

My Goal: Off all the statues of her that I can find this one is certainly one of the nicest presentations I know. So I had to capture the following elements, famous, proud, one of the symbols of France and declaired to be holy (in 1906). To me, this one is just that!
(Because of the work in postprocessing I also posted a WS of the original)

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