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The Orsay | by Trey Ratcliff
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The Orsay

One of my favorite museums! I'm a huge fan of Impressionism, and this museum has an amazing collection. It also houses one of the most famous paintings by Manet - Le dejeuner sur l'herbe (Wikipedia). I've always heard about and studied this painting, so it was of particular interest to me. When I saw it in person, it was absolutely striking... I did not expect to have a reaction like that.


Well, you aren't supposed to take photos in here, but I just can't help it. I think the rule is silly and somewhat insulting to he artist in me. I remember studying the Impressionists... Manet himself would come into museums and paint... so what is the difference? Nothing... I think my Impressionist heroes are looking down on me and smiling for defying such a silly rule. In this case, I did not use a tripod (would have been a bit obvious). So I cranked up the ISO on my camera to keep everything sharp. Also, I set my F stop at 2.8, which keeps a scene like this in focus when you're using a wide angle lens, since everything is effectively at infinity.


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Taken on September 16, 2010