I love France, especially Paris. The world famous Musée du Louvre, the Louvre Museum, in Paris, France, home of the Mona Lisa with her mysterious smile, with it's mysterious pyramid structures made triply famous by the Dan Brown novel, The DaVinci Code. It is among the most photographed places in the world. It's a place where lots of people make a (French?) toast to the French Connection of arts and culture.
What is less common is this view which I captured from above and behind, looking outwards (through protected windows you can see reflected in the image) and down on the structures, from within a secluded corner of the museum.
It was coming up on a wonderful Christmas in Paris.
The impending sunset's bold light, casting wonderously rich golden hues on clouds to the left and made-made architectural wonders to the right. The sky displaying musuem quality colors with a combination of dramatic dark clouds and brilliant blues to the right. What a museum moment to muse on.
From this view the layout of the structures in the front pavilion, or courtyard, the artful art-filled Pyramid Scheme, so to speak, is more obvious and clearly visible than from the front, which most visitors see and photograph.
The Eiffel Tower, inviting lovers who are yet to meet, is not visible in this shot but is standing as a sentinel to the dreams of sentimental fools to the left, where the falling sunlight is coming from.
Artists and photographers like us will come and go, with some whose works, conceived with God-given talent, will grace these golden halls for ages to come.
For others, even among the latest model camera-toting shallow mortals,drawn among these heartless hinds* and artless minds, there will be those with a love-filled deep heart, lovers and art lovers, drawn to what was drawn, painted on canvas and painted on hearts, ages ago and for ages to come,........
For them, blessed creative souls, for us,........ "We'll always have Paris."
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* A magnificent William Shakespeare multiple pun, from Romeo and Juliet. These few words have about half a dozen or more shades of meaning, talking about the pedestrian crowds, but also playing on cowardly (showing their behinds) servants of the great masters (Montagues/Capulets and in this case, Rembrandt, Renoir, Da Vinci), as well as hartless hinds (female deer without their companion male), and much more!
Note: I don't know how to make HDR photos, though this looks like it was done through extensive HDR work. It is a single shot, taken with my 4 year old pocket Nikon S6. This was enhanced in iPhoto (e.g. lightened the dark foreground tiled floor, increased contrast, reduced highlights), the saturation was then reduced in Photoshop and then framed.