Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Aloysius Ho (aloyho) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1158 W: 68 N: 1693] (6798)
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