Black and white; Chambord castle on a cloudy day; sideview

Chambord castle

I took a lot of pictures of this castle over the past few years. Why? Well, it’s close to my place,  it’s a beautiful building and it’s free! It’s very nice to be there first, early morning, before the hordes of tourists arrive. This one was taken on a warm but not particularly sunny day back in August 2010.

The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. 1


The castle


The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I.

Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I, who maintained his royal residences at the châteaux of Blois and Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with some doubt, to Domenico da Cortona; Leonardo da Vinci may also have been involved.

Chambord was altered considerably during the twenty-eight years of its construction (1519–1547), during which it was overseen on-site by Pierre Nepveu. With the château nearing completion, François showed off his enormous symbol of wealth and power by hosting his old arch rival, Emperor Charles V, at Chambord.

In 1792, in the wake of the French Revolution, some of the furnishings were sold and timber removed. For a time the building was left abandoned, though in the 19th century some attempts were made at restoration. During the Second World War, art works from the collections of the Louvre and the Château de Compiègne were moved to the Château de Chambord. The château is now open to the public, receiving 700,000 visitors in 2007.


How it was done:

  • Used a tripod
  • Bracketed 3 shots: -2EV, 0EV,+2EV
  • Imported in Adobe Lightroom
  • Some tweaking in photoshop (B&W conversion, spot removal, etc.)


  1. Source: Wikipedia
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