Martin Soler Photography

Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris HDR

Biblioteque Francois Mitterand Paris - HDR

Biblioteque Francois Mitterand, seen from the East

HDR image of the Biblioteque Nationale de France on an afternoon in the late summer 2010.

A few weeks ago I drove past the National French Library, it’s a pretty impressive structure of four buildings on a large square each building representing an open book. In the center of this large square (which is entirely covered in wood flooring) is a large garden. Almost a forest about 5-10 meters lower than the rest.

It’s a very nice area and in good weather the Parisians which are looking to avoid over-crowded areas tend to hang out here and read a book, catch up with some home-work or just walk around.

I shot this handheld out of three exposures which was possible due to the quantity of light.

It’s quite different from the classic HDRs of Parisian monuments but it’s still quite remarkable. Especially the sensation of space which one doesn’t get in all the streets of Paris.

HDR Tip of the day:
When doing handheld HDR, do it in the day, open your aperture as much as you can and in Photomatix use the align feature.

This entry was published on October 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm. It’s filed under Buildings, Canon 5D Mark II, HDR, Landscape, Monument, Paris, photography, summer and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris HDR

  1. I do like the space there. What’s the EST stand for? Pardon the ignorant American.

    • Ah yes – EST means EAST, this is the east side of the square. There are four book-shaped buildings meant to represent four open books with an underground garden. And on each side there is East, West, North, South. Voila my American friends. 🙂

  2. Very nice shot Martin. I like the perspective, the contrast and color.

  3. Un traitement HDR vraiment très réussi, les couleurs sont très belles et non pas too much comme trop de personnes le font ( faute peut-être à moi de maitrise que vous ! ) Bravo et c’est toujours un plaisir de venir sur votre site !

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