The Secret Workshop of Jules Verne

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Daily Photo – The Secret Workshop of Jules Verne

This is perhaps my favorite find on my most recent trip to Europe. How can a place so wonderful exist in our world? It’s amazing.

I got a recommendation from a close friend that told me I would love this place. And he was right! As usual, to see the full-size image, click on it below and then click Original in the menu that appears when you hover over the image in SmugMug.

This is the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and is one of the least-known places in Paris. Everyone goes for the hot tourist spots, and this museum sounds rather boring, yes? But as you can see… au contraire!

The Secret Workshop of Jules Verne

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/wesleyhipes/ Wesley Hipes

    This is awesome if i ever go to paris i m going here for sure… Great as usual Trey. I m the 1st to comment YAY! :D

  • Susan

    Oh wow! What a cool place – looks so immense! Know you had fun there! Good luck at google and the photowalk – know you’ll do great!

  • David

    Great photo, the detail is amazing, love the Giraffe up the top looking down

  • http://none louis

    I would agree if any one said WOW!!! to find places like this in your travels is just awesome and you will never forget it either. It gets stuck in your human computer and will always return when you think of Paris.Lucky you!!!

  • http://rsathya.wordpress.com Sathya

    wow !
    did u sneak in ur tripod this place too :)

  • PeterG

    Great! I love the contrast between the blue daylight tone and the warm interior light – nice touch.

  • George

    Wow! is right! The detail in the full resolution version is amazing. There is so much going on in the photo, I could spend hours going over it. But it’s midnight and I have to get up early tomorrow.

  • iWantnext

    Oh my god Trey, you make this look like the museum/villa I’ve always dreamed about living in. So georgeous! I’m normally not the biggest fan of the inside shots, but this one certainly looks amazing, stunning, mind-blowing, there-should-be-a-new-level-of-architecture-photography-awesomeness-for-this!

    Especially the blue and the green and so vibrating and new to eyes that are only used to seeing different variations of yellow light. The “animal street” in the center kind of looks like the milky way of this wonderful new little universe you’ve created/found. ;)

  • Patrick Ahles

    Super shot, Trey! I take it this is a one shot HDR? I would set this as my wallpaper, but I probably wont get to work looking at it the whole time. So I better not do that…

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks very much!

    Patrick – no it was handheld-5 shots

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone/ Eden Brackstone

    Spectacular interior… I’ve not been to many museums but this one is defiantly one I’d love to visit!

  • http://www.bycostello.com/contact.html bycostello

    awsome image…

  • http://simonmorris.me/ Simon Morris

    WOW – what an incredible looking museum… it seems to go on forever! As always, fantastic processing too… superb! :-)

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, Trey, what an immense, amazing place. Glad you found it and shared it with us!!! Thanks so much. Have a great day :-)

  • Marc

    There are so many “must do”, “must see”, “must visit”,”must take a photo of”, “must eat at” in Paris that a month there would not begin to cover.

    For example, did you know that you can visit the “Égoûts de Paris” (its sewer system), a most fascinating journey underground that a Parisian friend told me should be a “must do” in my next visit… along with the Muséum d’histoire naturelle of course!

  • http://www.themarkeworld.com Mark Esguerra

    Great find and a great catch Trey! Wow on the 5 handheld shots! That’s what I call steady! ;-)

  • Rick

    Brings a new meaning to painting with light. This place is bathed in interesting colors and figures. Great find! Oh yeah, Nice picture too :-D

  • Valentin

    Oh god, what a shot! I’ve been shooting at the exact same spot two weeks ago as well (maybe one level lower), but I didn’t make such a great shot. It was handheld too, and even with the help of the handrail, I managed to be shaking… I guess the better high iso of your D3X helped a lot! But still, you managed to get many more details and colours.
    But to be honest, I preferred the “Galerie de Paléontologie et Anatomie comparée” nearby, it is filled with skeletons of all shapes and sizes, I found it way more impressive!
    By the way, at what time of the day have you made this (these?) shot(s)? There seems to be very few people, whereas it was quite crowded when I went there.
    Anyway, great shot, just… wow !

  • http://www.aaronmphotography.com Aaron M

    Trey, just a heads up in case you weren’t aware, Stanford no longer allows “Professional” photographers to shoot on campus without a permit. Pretty much any time they see a Tripod, security comes over and kicks you out! It’s a crappy rule and I’m not sure why they’ve started doing this but I thought I’d mention it before the PhotoWalk is a bust :(

  • Tuta

    There’s so much to explore in this image, I’m having a tough time tearing myself away.

  • http://seldomscenephotography.com Eric

    Great shot of a wonderful place (hope to get back some day)! Did you happen to see the Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy while you were there? A much less modern, but no less interesting place to visit…

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you all very much!

    Aaron – no worries…

    Eric – No not yet – sounds like the kind of thing I would like!

  • Julie

    Steady hands. Amazing looking place. I would love to go someday. Verne is my favorite author, so this would be tons of fun.

  • http://sunnys12of12.blogspot.com Sunny

    No wonder it’s your favorite. It is an amazing piece of art. Your Daily Photos are the cream in my coffee!

  • http://ronmartblog.com Ron Martinsen

    Where is this place? I’ve got to go there! Do you have a URL to this site?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks all… this is the Natural History Museum in Paris

  • http://www.edithlevyphotography.com Edith Levy

    Fantastic shot Trey. The colors are incredible.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/garygoodenough/ Gary Goodenough

    Regarding photographing at Stanford. My wife and I walked past one of the Stanford cops on the way back from the photo walk. All the photographers carrying cameras and tripods puzzled him. He ask us what was going? We told him about the photo walk. I asked him about Stanford’s policy. He replied about Stanford not wanting professional photographers. I told him about what I had heard about photographing on the quad. From his reaction it seemed like it would not be a big deal. I think using common sense and being cool you could get away with it.

    BTW the photo walk was a gas. Thank you to Trey and all the others who helped set it up.

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