Photographer's Note

Another picture from the Palais Garnier (or Opera) in Paris. This one is showing the Grand Foyer, which is located at the front of the building and can be used to "see and be seen" during the intervals of performances.

The Grand Foyer is really the most decorated room of the building. Incountable numbers of candles, paintings and details are located on the walls and ceilings. And if that's not enough, these are all reflected in large mirrors that are placed everywhere.

The smooth wooden floor and the dimensions of the room are also very much inviting to start dancing and I wanted to use that feeling in my picture. So I started experimenting using longer exposure times and moving my camera in horizontal direction and slowly up and down and the same time to get the feeling of turning during a walse. But that did not work out very well. So I tried zooming instead with the above result. As if you are crossing the room during a quick-step.

The two people in the centre were standing in the daylight coming through the window on the left, which gives them a very different colour than the rest of the picture. A more traditional picture of this Grand Foyer can be found in the Workshop.

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Additional Photos by Michael Gan (Michael_Gan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 532 W: 68 N: 698] (2776)
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