Chambord

Chambord, view from the east

Chambord, view from the east

A long exposure, HDR, black and white shot of the castle of Chambord.

The palace of Chambord is situated a few kilometers from the city of Blois in the region of Sologne, 177 kilometers south of Paris. An example of the early French Renaissance, the palace of Francis 1 is an essential stop on the circuit of the castles of the Loire valley. It’s the second most visited château (after Versailles) and in the top ten of most visited tourists attractions in France.

 

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Going under

Flooded beach on a cold winter morning, Loire river near Orléans, France.

Flooded beach on a cold winter morning, Loire river near Orléans, France.

During last Sunday’s morning stroll, I found this scene which, I think, is graphically quite interesting. The light was beautiful, the winter-sun was quite low and shining through some branches behind me which created some interesting patterns. A long exposure of about 20 seconds was used to create the “silky water” look. Not much post-processing was done on this one, it looked very good straight out of the camera. I only removed some spots, desaturated the image and brightened up the top half.
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Going Medieval

Medieval castle of Chaumont sur Loire, France. Black and white.

Medieval castle of Chaumont sur Loire, France. Black and white.

About the castle

The Château de Chaumont is a castle in Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, France. The castle was founded in the 10th century by Odo I, Count of Blois. After Pierre d’Amboise rebelled against Louis XI, the king ordered the castle’s destruction. Later in the 15th century Château de Chaumont was rebuilt by Charles I d’Amboise. Protected as a monument historique since 1840, the château was given into state ownership in 1938 and is now open to the public. (From Wikipedia)
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