The Palace at Versailles

Versailles Palace courtyard
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace - Queen's bedroom
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace
Versailles Palace - ceiling paintings
Versailles Palace - ceiling paintings
Versailles Palace - Louis XIV
Versailles Palace - View of the gardens
Versailles Palace - glass gallery
Versailles Palace - View from the lake
Versailles Palace - Marie Antoinette's residence
Versailles Palace courtyard
Description

The Palace at Versailles is about an hour from downtown Paris by train. It is a short walk from the train station to the main gates. The Palace is a major attraction and lines to get into the palace are frequently several hours. We decided to tour the gardens instead of wait in line. After touring the immense grounds, biking several miles around the lake, catching a bite to eat, and touring Marie Antionette’s residence we returned to the main palace and were able to walk right in with very limited crowds. The late hour also provided an excellent photo opportunity with light streaming in many of the windows as well as few people.

The furniture and artwork are obviously quite old and subject to fading. These images were shot in very low light conditions without flash. Many rooms had very little sunlight allowed through the windows with massive curtains. The bright, crisp images were captured with an aperture around f/2.8 and ISO 2000 with a wide angle lens (Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L) and extensively post processed. Post processing includes adjustments for perspective (keystone), crop, white balance, noise reduction, sharpness, contrast, and color saturation.

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