A Visit to the Louvre, Paris

A black and white photo of a sarcophagus in the Louvre, ParisCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/13 second @ f22 ISO 400.

This photo features an Egyptian sarcophagus in the Louvre, Paris. The range of tones, shapes, textures and lines within the scene make it a good candidate for black and white. There were 3 considerations in my mind when making this photo, which I can outline as follows:

  • The use of a wide-angle lens, up close, to place emphasis on the coffin
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  • The need for careful composition to make sense of the shapes and lines, many of them shadows 
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  • The need to retain the luminosity, inherent to the scene, with careful in-camera exposure and processing in Lightroom.
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    My visit to the Louvre was short, just an afternoon. I could easily have spent a few days there. After the museum had closed I stayed around for the sunset and a night shoot which was great fun on a cool summer's evening in Paris, city of light.

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    Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru