Chambord castle, sunrise

Black and white photo of the castle of Chambord at sunrise

Sunrise at Chambord

The castle of Chambord always offers a spectacular sight, but it’s even more impressive at sunrise. This is a view of the castle as seen from the little bridge over the river “Cosson”. You don’t see a lot of photos from this point of view, because you need to walk half a mile to get to the bridge… Too much trouble for most of the visitors…

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 Château de Blois and Château d’Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona. Some authors claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the château’s design, and others have suggested that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed it. 1


How it was done:

Nothing fancy this time

  • Nikon 70-300mm lens at 220mm
  • Camera on a tripod
  • aperture F8, ISO 200
  • Shutter speed 1/400 sec
  • Imported in Adobe Lightroom
  • Converted to black and white in Lightroom
  • Did some tweaking in Adobe Lightroom (cropped, straightened horizon and removed dust spots)


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