The Last Cliché
better view: B l a c k M a g i c
28 May 2008 update: A Wall Street Journal article (by Jane Garmey) on these gardens appeared this morning:
This was one of the most common snapshots ( the French call them clichés ) that people took at Doris Duke's 11 interconnected Indoor Display Gardens. But it is a great spot, and this may be the last photo of the French Garden we'll see on Flickr. The gardens are closing tomorrow, to be dismantled later in the summer by Doris Duke's Trustees. This shot was taken today (Saturday, May 24th, 2008).
There is still time to try and stop this - go to savedukegardens and write a letter.
Years back, these gardens were lit at night and there were spectacular night tours.
Years ahead, we believe the destruction of these gardens will be seen as a tragic loss to the state of New Jersey and to the memory and history of Doris Duke.
No processing of this shot. I did take nine exposures, but have yet to come up with a tone mapping or HDR composite that can beat a proper exposure of this amazing Garden. It's probably just my ineptness with Photomatix.
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