Here is a non-HDR shot just for a change. THe courtyard of the famous Louvre Museum. The home of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue.
This was taken on a Saturday night and the crowds were just amazing. I have shots taken closer, but (a) my wide angle lens (17mm on my full frame Canon 5D) was just not wide enough and (b) dispite the long exposures (which usually makes moving subject invisible), I could not get a clean shot. So I backed up and used the green hedge as a barrier to hide all the people.
So how did I do? This place is awesome, by day as well as by night.
I’ll admit to being somewhat mystified as to why someone would build such a modern structure here, in contrast with this magnificent old architectural gem of a building. I guess because of exactly that, the contrast. Also, it seems to grow on you after a while and eventually feels “it fits”. Anyway, it makes for some great photographic adventure as there is no limit to the compositions and mixtures of texture that can be shot in this courtyard.