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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Picture of the month: close encounter

Black and white photo of people and "entities" in mist

Close encounter of the third kind

 

Close encounter of the third kind: “UFO encounters in which an animated creature is present. These include humanoids, robots, and humans who seem to be occupants or pilots of a UFO“.

 

Everything is true (or almost):

Back in 2013 I witnessed this strange phenomenon. While taking a picture of my friends in the park, we were suddenly caught in a dense fog. We heard a loud hissing sound and, all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, these “humanoids” or “entities” appeared. My friends quickly turned around and managed to snap a few shots of these “beings” with their cellphone, while I pressed the shutter to capture a picture of them surrounded by these strange creatures. The whole thing lasted only for a few seconds, then the fog cleared and everything was normal again….

 

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Picture of the month: Waterfall

Gour Blue - Cascades du Hérisson, Jura, France

Gour Blue – Cascades du Hérisson, Jura, France

“Gour Blue” is one of the most beautiful falls on the river Hérisson and part of the “Cascades du Hérisson”, located in the French Jura. A more detailed description of this location and some tips on how to photograph waterfalls can be found in this post.
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Jura

Gour Blue waterfall, cascades du hérisson, Jura, France

Gour Blue, Cascades du hérisson

I just got back from a fabulous trip to the French Jura mountains. I went there mainly to shoot waterfalls, although I knew it was not the best time of the year for these kind of shots. In summer there’s simply not a lot of water in the small mountain rivers, so most waterfalls look kind of smallish and not very compelling. However, I managed to find some interesting falls, despite the lack of water.

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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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