The Hallway to the Mona Lisa

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Daily Photo – The Hallway to the Mona Lisa

The Louvre has one hallway leading to another in an endless and awesome labyrinth of confusion. Maybe the most confusing thing is that there don’t seem to be consistent floors. There you are on floor three, and then you take half a flight down, and its unclear if you are on 2 or 2.5. And then, you see a sign, and it explains in international language that you are indeed on the “yellow” floor, where in the last wing you were clearly not in a color-oriented floor but instead on 1.5.

But, throughout the Louvre are huge signs that say “Mona Lisa” with an arrow pointing in one way or another. I’m sure the guards got SICK of people askin’, “So where’s this moner lisa gal?”

HDR Photo

  • what you don’t show is the guards running towards you in slow motion saying “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” as you bravely set up your dangerous tripod in the hallway. Other than that, really great depth, love the texture on the floor too!

  • Susan

    Awesome shot – love this – I would like to go and see the Mona Lisa too – will they let you take a shot of that? My guess is no! Loved your ‘how to’ video on facebook tonight – super interesting! Alot of work!

  • Like the DOF,was this a single pic turned into HDR. Like the texture of the and depth, my daughter said she would love to be playing one of Mozart’s pieces on Grand piano down the hall way

  • Simon Morris

    Ahhh, classic parquet flooring – a bugger to keep clean mind! πŸ˜‰ Like the DOF with this image Trey, excellent.

  • Patrick Ahles

    How strange to notice there is no Gonzo in sight in the comments of is post! :p Guess he wants his copy of CS5 real bad, so he has to keep track of the comments of the previous post! Ah well, we’ll see who’s the winner tomorrow… (crossing fingers)
    This is a great shot, I guess you did not use a tripod here? Nice use Trey’s rule of thirds ( yes, I’ve been reading your ebooks!)

  • Michele

    We found that the only way to keep track of where we were, in Le Louvre, was to mark off the galleries on a paper map as we passed through them. My feet are still aching from the time that we spent there!

  • Wow great shot – is it true that if you spent 30 seconds looking at each work of art in the Louvre that it would take a whole month to walk round the place?

  • Very precise composing today, hehe. How did you managed to shoot inside? Is this 1RAW handheld? I am very surprised that I don’t see comment from Gonzo yet! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks!

    Filip – yes, this is a RAW handheld…

    Andy – I bet that is true… it’s crazy ! πŸ™‚

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, what an amazingly interesting place to visit, Trey, lucky you πŸ˜‰ . I don’t know that I could spend a whole month going through all the pictures, but I would give it a good try, if given the opportunity, lol. Wonderful photo, beautiful flooring, and ceiling, now if only we could see the paintings, ha. I don’t think you had a month to spend getting them all, he he. Thanks for sharing, and happy Easter, everyone! πŸ™‚

  • Austin

    wow, great snap. love the lines and the DOF like everyone else. However, i think the cross v pattern really makes this photo interesting.

  • Sunshine

    I suppose if the arrows tell true then eventually “all” the hallways lead to the Mona Lisa.

    The Louvre IS an awesome place. I’d take one of your photos over “the Lisa” any day!

    As they say “beauty” is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Vicki Wilson

    Love this, it pulls your eye to the end of the hallway, nice!!!

  • What a lovely capture. The people really add to the scale and show how much of a journey these halls really are πŸ™‚ One of my favourite places on earth!

  • Rita

    I’ve been there! You really captured the essence of what it’s like to get lost In the Louvre. It feels endless.
    Considering the grand scale of the place I was a little surprised just how small the Mona Lisa really is.

  • Averil

    I was in London just before you and went to many of the places you did. Your St Paul’s photo you spotlighted a couple days ago made me wonder if I was there also. I did go there indeed but don’t remember that area but as it is with these places there is so much to see and hard to take it all in plus with HDR it brings out so many details some of which we didn’t have the time to take in. Which brings me to the point I am trying to make. We were to also go to Paris with the same UK trip but do to some unexpected circumstances we had to cancel that portion of the trip. I was so looking forward to going to the Louvre and to especially see the Mona Lisa but with your photo here makes me feel almost there. Thank you, thank you!

  • Great single RAW shot today. Shame you couldn’t use a tripod though as the 3 exposures always make a much better HDR. Have you ever tried grabbing those 3 separate exposures freehand? Here’s an example of a shot that I used that technique on:
    Would be interested to see your thoughts or examples on this.

  • It just clicked Trey….
    You’re using the super strength Nikon so you’re probably forced to take 5 exposures so the method I mentioned above may not work for you unless it takes the first 3 of those exposures in an un-sequential order?

  • Nice image. The hall looks surprisingly uncrowded.

  • This picture is truly what it feels like to walk around trying to find the hard to miss Mona Alisa. Just takes a while to wondering your way to room. Truly a maze to get through.

  • Neira

    It’s funny I just were there yesterday at 9am when it was all empty (:
    But it does is true it’s a huge labyrinth specially this hallway where you don’t know which way you’re going until you’ve reached the end, the picture shows it perfectly, great shot πŸ˜‰

  • This image is great. Even though it is not a 3 image capture (and a handheld capture instead), it is very good. I was curious, what software did you use? As I know CS5 needs 3 images minimum… does photomatix use only 1 image, if possible? thanks!


  • thx all! David – I always use Photomatix – I go through it all in if you are interested

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