Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Theme Day - CONTRAST

Today is October Theme Day for City Daily Photobloggers around the world. CONTRAST is our theme. Well try as I might, I couldn't find a Birmingham photo to top this one. As many of you know, I spent most of the summer in France. Today's theme just begged for a trip back to Paris. In my opinion, nowhere is the contrast of old and new more beautfully illustrated than right here at la Louvre. Built in the 12th Century, the former Palais du Louvre now overlooks I.M.Pei's Pyramide. A controversial pairing that one either loves or hates. When I first visited Paris, I wasn't sure how I would feel when I saw it. Perhaps what won my heart was seeing it at night. Oh my, it's exquisite... it's just magical. My very, very favorite place for night photographs in Paris. I've photographed it twice, and I can hardly wait for another photo opportunity.

There will be some very creative interpretations of our theme today around the world.
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38 comments:

Bibi said...

Hurrah, I am first to compliment you on this superb photo of Pei's Pyramid and the Louvre. I especially like the way you caught the other upside-down triangle.

Bien fait!

Jilly said...

Well ... how perfect is this! The subject of course couldn't be better with the old and the new but the way you've captured it is superb with the reflections. That's some photo, Virginia! Super soft colours, reflections, light, dark. It's all here.

Olivier said...

la lumiere et le reflet sont totalement magnifique

Laurie said...

Gorgeous, V. Take a bow for this one!!!

Kcalpesh said...

I really love this picture. It's got everything, illuminated building, it's reflection shadows and darkness too! Perfect! The best I could ever do with Night Photography can be seen here... Night Photography. High time to buy a DSLR I guess.... :-)

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Nathalie said...

OK this isn't Birmingham, Alabama, but I can imagine it was hard to resist.

Your framing is what makes the shot exceptional. I like that the photo stops exactly at the top of the pyramid and at the corner of the water basin, emphasizing the triangular effect on both sides. Simply MAGICAL.

Peter said...

Perfect framing and wonderful night presentation of a pyramid (which I loved from the very beginning)! But, you are right, it's even nicer during the night!

alice said...

Le Louvre d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, magique!

Thérèse said...

C'est vraiment beau et tranquille ce qui est rare de jour!

Leif Hagen said...

The BEST contrast photo I've seen so far this morning! Love it! Contrast of old and new! Tres bien fait!

B SQUARED said...

Very nice choice. I can see why you had this one in mind. I came up empty. There's always next month.

JM said...

You know I love this one!

Halcyon said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly. The pyramid is magical especially at night. Beautiful work!

FishintheBrook said...

Great shot Virg.

altadenahiker said...

Score! This makes me love it.

Petrea said...

AAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRG. That is the sound of my jaw dropping. I saw your comment on Eric's PDP and I, for one, am not kicking you out. (Can one be kicked in?) Oh, V, this just beats all.

Char said...

beautiful framing and reflections

Bergson said...

everybody takes La Pyramide du Louvre.

The photo is rarely as successful

Petrea said...

Bergson makes an excellent point, V, I hope you take it to heart. Watermark this baby and don't sell it cheap.

J Bar said...

Great theme day post.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Ken Mac said...

you aint' kidding sistah! So when you coming to NYC V?

Mo said...

Great image

Bob Crowe said...

That's a pretty good illustration of the theme, in architecture as well as lighting. I still find Pei's pyramid a bit jarring against the old palace walls, although I've been by many times.

marley said...

Ok, Ok V, you win! This is a fantastic photo. You should be very proud of yourself.

Marie-Noyale said...

This is not a picture it'a photograph!

Virginia said...

Thank you all for your nice comments. Of course you know I have about a zillion others I'd love to bore you to tears with. That's why I have Paris Through My Lens! :)

Cloudia said...

You are a master photographer!

Namaste & Aloha, Friend!

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Katie said...

Absolutely amazing photo V. And an excellent contrast theme photo. This is one view I'll never tire of!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

wow, this is a wowie photo. gorgeous light, angle, and it draws me in. stunningly beautiful this could be a poster or screensaver. excellent theme day photo!

D.H. said...

This one just gets better and better everytime I look at it. In thumbnail mode on CDP, I just thought "oh come on, this isn't Alabama". But having seen it in full size, I'm glad you made the virtual trip back to Paris for this one. Unusual, great composition.

Dusty Lens said...

Gorgeous shot! And the contrast of black and gold. I know where this is; oh, wait, this wasn't part of a quiz.

Maya said...

Wow, V, this is an amazing shot! Better than any of mine I think. Did you take it the night we went out, or on one of your other ventures?

valeria said...

Hi Virginia,
this is magical! It's so perfectly balanced, stunning!

Clueless in Boston said...

Very nice shot of the Louvre.

TheChieftess said...

Wonderful shot V...Ditto to Petrea's comment...watermark it, copyright it (officially) and make bundles!!!

Judy - So California said...

V, I am so late in commenting - everyone has said it all! An incredible picture - c'est magnifique!!!

Karen said...

My favorite place at night, too, but I have only been there during the day so far.
Walking my legs off and only partially adjusted to time/sleep change but so happy to be here. One of these times we must coordinate and be here at the same time.
I love the contrast of the old and new. It works.

-K- said...

That's just a remarkable photo, v.