Castle of Chambord, early morning

Castle of Chambord at sunrise; view over water

Castle of Chambord

A photo of Chambord, taken on a warm and beautiful morning back in august 2010.

The palace of Chambord is situated a few kilometers from Blois in 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.


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)

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


Chambord revisited

Château de Chambord, black and white, hdr

Château de Chambord

A few weeks ago I paid another visit to the castle of Chambord. This time we had bright sunny weather, with (almost) no cloud on the horizon. Conditions were far from optimal for photography but I decided to give it a try anyway. Again I had to use HDR to tone down the sky and to get out the shadows a bit more. This is the north-face of the castle and thus, by definition, always in shadow.

We also did some  fashion-like stuff with strobes  that day, which is something completely different, but lots of fun! Maybe I’ll post some pictures of that later.. who knows?