While in Versailles – some thoughts on photography

When visiting the famous Versailles on our trip to France a year ago, I was faced with a contradiction I have rarely met in my short photography life : as beautiful and rich in details and history as the place was, I found it almost impossible to photograph.

Not because of the crowd – which was, let’s say it, an attraction in itself. You could hardly take a picture without having another tourist standing in the way. If photographs really do capture your soul, certainly no one left Versailles with theirs still intact.

Not because the place lacks in the aesthetics department, either : the place is, indeed, beautiful, and was in the process of being restored to its former glory when we visited.

No, the Château de Versailles is, indeed, a stunning place, where it seems you could take a picture every second from morning to night and still not have photographed it all. From its imposing exterior to its dazzling gardens, the place is filled with “oohs” and “aahs” moments waiting to happen.

But you see, the thing is, Versailles has been photographed so many times before, I felt like I already kind of knew the place. On magazines, in books, in movies, Versailles is an illustrious piece or architecture and history that is impossible to ignore.

As a result, I was left wondering : how could I photograph it in a new, different way? How could I make sure that the pictures I took would bring back my memories of this beautiful sunny day, without looking like pale imitations of all the similar ones before? How could I make these souvenirs as personal as the experience was?

Because our memories are unique, most of us want our pictures to reflect that. We don’t want to look through our albums, solid or virtual, and feel it’s the same as our next door neighbor’s, who went there with his wife 15 years ago.

One of my photography teachers used to say : “If you take 1000 photographers, and place them all on the same spot in the same conditions, and ask them all to take a picture of the same thing, you’ll still end up with a thousand of different pictures, even if your eye can’t always perceive the difference.” I get what he meant; but it’s still a challenge, when I point my lenses at things, to make sure that at least I, can see the difference when going through my pictures.

In the end though, I had to step back and simply “enjoy the ride”, as they say. Sure, tons of my pictures (if not all) would look similar to all the other ones out there. But I didn’t want to live my experience solely through the lens, either. To use another commonplace, I had to “live in the moment”, and worry about the rest later.

It’s surprisingly hard to do when you’ve spend so much time photographing everything. You look at stunning architecture and think “That would make such a great picture!” But I don’t regret it for one second : I still managed to take an amazing amount of pictures, and they are filled with memories I couldn’t have otherwise. 🙂

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140 responses to “While in Versailles – some thoughts on photography”

  1. BermudaOnion says :

    I know exactly what you mean. I’ve debated sharing pictures we took in London because they kind of look like everyone else’s.

    • kay says :

      I think you should definitely post your pictures! Also don’t forget that what looks “ordinary” to us will be extraordinary for other. We all love to travel through each other’s pictures, it allows us to see the world!

  2. arosedavidson says :

    I truly know how wanting to photograph each and every single detail feels! It happens me quite often, indeed. Sometimes, I get so focused on photographing, that I miss a huge amount of things that I only see when I’m watching the photos I took!
    How to make a picture stand out from the croud is truly a challenge, I must agree. But, honestly, when you’re actually feeling what you’re capturing, that makes the picture absolutely unique. You felt it in a certain way, different than everyone else did.
    I’ve appreciated your photos! My personal favorites are the first and the last one. They’re really good! 🙂

    • kay says :

      Exactly! It happened to me too, looking at the pictures afterwards and exclaiming “that was there!?” in surprise. It makes me sad, because then the pictures don’t really bring back my memories. That’s why I tried to also appreciate my surroundings only with my eyes from time to time (but the camera was never far!)
      Thank you so much for your comment 🙂

  3. Juju at Tales of Whimsy... says :

    Wow.
    Beautiful as always.
    The closest I’ve gotten to a fountain like that was in Savannah.

  4. Heather says :

    I remember having the same problem in my college photography class. It seems impossible to take a new picture sometimes, doesn’t it? I think your pictures are great though and you have some interesting perspectives. Even if they have been done before, they are yours, and that makes them unique in themselves. And I think they are beautiful! I especially love the last one. There is something slightly otherworldly about it, to me.

  5. zibilee says :

    All these photographs are so beautiful that they almost look like paintings. I think seeing these places in person would just be amazing. Thanks for sharing these photos with us!

  6. heidenkind says :

    Kay, these photographs are brilliant! Much better than my pics of Versailles were (but it was the middle of January and there was barely any light… anyway). Great job, I love these!

    I’m not sure I agree with your photography teacher about every photographer taking different pictures AT ALL. In my experience, people take the same pics of the same things over and over and over, even when they’re not aware of other photographs of said place/thing. Kind of like how everyone highlights the same thing in Kindle eBooks. Creating images that are unique and look at familiar places in unfamiliar ways is insanely difficult.

    • kay says :

      Thank you for your comment! Such nice words! 🙂 I agree that having light is optimal when comes the time to take pictures; I was lucky it was this sunny.

      I agree with you, and it’s why I had to place my teacher’s comment here : we want our pictures to look unique, and not just because of a tiny detail that is barely perceptible to the eye! And that is incredibly hard. I partly agree with what he said, but I would say that his words were a bit exaggerated : if you place different photographers in front of the same thing, BUT not in the same conditions, you’ll have pictures that are different, but that don’t feel unique as, like you said, people take pictures of the same things over and over. The light will be different, people standing in front of the monument won’t be the same, but all the pictures of, say, they Eiffel Tower, will all look the same despite those differences. Otherwise, we’d all be excellent professional photographers, wouldn’t we? 😉

      If you are not already familiar with it, I think you might find Corinne Vionnet’s project “Photo opportunities” very interesting on that point, as I did. It really shows that, despite the little differences, all these pictures end up looking quite the same. It’s fascinating to see them arranged in such a way :

      http://www.corinnevionnet.com/site/

  7. kay says :

    Thank you for your comments! 🙂

  8. Mikalee Byerman says :

    I love the feedback from your photography teacher — so true!

    These are exceptional photos … thank you for sharing,

    Mikalee

  9. Lakia Gordon says :

    Great photos! They are so rich in culture 🙂

  10. Dee says :

    I am dying to visit Versailles! I learned more and more about the place and the historical figures that resided there during my undergrad that I need to see it… that and Germany.

    Lovely photos, and I can’t wait to see it for myself in person… one day…

  11. Dee says :

    P.s. peculiar children is supposed to be an amazing read! That’s next on my list!

  12. ophelia, darling. says :

    Gorgeous! Versailles is unreal, almost literally. It’s hard to believe that people once lived there! I would have been completely overwhelmed constantly!

    These pictures are beautiful! I love the coloring, especially.

  13. rf401 says :

    Love the shots, and I can understand the issues there. Its a beautiful place.

    Congrats on being pressed

    Rob
    http://robfranklin83.wordpress.com

  14. charlottair says :

    I like the first picture above of all – it’s wonderful and gives me the feeling back when I was there! THX!

  15. colorinfection says :

    you’re so talented . !

  16. xxglitterfairyxx says :

    Now I really really want to go to versaille! ❤

  17. kethuprofumo says :

    I suppose Versailles is not just a place for photography. If you want to make really stunning photos you must get much more or this place. The same with other place you visit. Then you Will make really catchy ones.

  18. HL BISE says :

    Yep. Now I want to go back to Versailles, too. Nice, insightful post. Congrats on FP, too!!

  19. Van says :

    These photographs are amazing!

  20. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide says :

    Beautiful shots! I never mind having tourists in my shots, makes them more real. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  21. In Western Europe The Grass is Juicy says :

    Really liked your post! And I really know what you mean.
    I kind of realised that the fact that matters is :You have been there!

  22. thebigbookofdating says :

    These photos are really good!

  23. preeti18s says :

    Really outstanding photography.

  24. ournote2self says :

    Such a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  25. rahulchhiber says :

    I totally get what you’re saying.When i visit a famous place or monument etc, there is this defeating feeling of “It’s all been done before, and by much better photographers than me”.But I’ve realized that i learn something from each photo that i click.Some nuance, something that turned out great, something that didn’t come out so well, what works and what doesn’t etc.So even if the photo wouldn’t really be that important for the world, it’s an important document, an important lesson for me, as a stepping stone on my shutterbug journey:).
    Regarding the second point you raise, what I personally try to do is I try to find time to first take a casual stroll around the place without my camera on hand, taking in the sights and sounds and soaking in the atmosphere.Then i venture out with my trusty cam by my side and start clicking.I’ve found that this generally results in better pictures(Also fewer pictures, as opposed to “Ah that’s nice” *click**click*).
    You know what, seeing a new place without a cam, actually affects the way your brain processes those sights.When you’re clicking away madly, your brain doesn’t attempt to store those sights as vividly, because it subconsciously knows that everything is being recorded externally.Whereas without a camera, there is more pressure, so to say, on your mind to capture those images and make them persist for a longer time.Leastways, this is my theory.:D

  26. Eva McCane says :

    wow…those views are just spectacular. it’s amazing the difference between America and Europe…so much more history over there. I can’t wait to visit. photo heaven.
    http://www.icouldntmakethisshitup.wordpress.com

  27. Lara says :

    I take pleasure in the fact that there are still people like yourself who try to make a truly original picture by photographing something from an unusual angle. Most picture I see today on the web are completely generic pictures of completely generic objects which are then “spiced up” by some kind of retro/vintage photo filter.
    Cheers!

  28. chrissie says :

    Great photos & I love the quote from your photography teacher. So inspiring!

  29. Brandie says :

    I think it’s always a challenge, particularly in a highly trafficked tourist destination, to try to capture a place in a way that is unique to you and shows your own perspective. As a photographer, I think that’s when you have to really step back and look at the big picture, and also get more creative with composition, etc. I think you did a great job, lovely photos!

  30. Alfrodull says :

    Nice piece… I aggree, it is difficult to make a photo unique when the subject is a popular tourist attraction… But on the other hand, I believe you should take a photo that you would enjoy looking at… and if some one else took the same exact photo, that only means you enjoy the same things, and that, after all, is not the worst thing in the world…

  31. multidaoemdelirio says :

    Its true all you said. Versailles is amazing in all aspects. I gave up trying to get “the best” picture. I just cliked. And make an effort to keep in mind all de feelings it gave to me. My profile photo belongs to its gardens.

  32. alimcbklyn says :

    These are beautiful. What kind of camera were you using? Did you do anything special to made the color so rich? Thanks for sharing your photography!

  33. bercton says :

    Breath taking photos! Thanks for sharing!

  34. wrap me in phyllo dough says :

    I feel the same way at times, while writing about classic novels or even just baking chocolate chip cookies. Your shots and the conclusions you articulate here are both just lovely. Great post!

  35. harpersfarm says :

    Stunning photographs! Thank you so much for sharing. Congrats on FP!!

  36. Karen Raymond says :

    I read your introduction and realize we have a lot of similarities, though I could never quite master knitting. Your photographs are stunning as only someone with a good eye for photography sees. Thank you for being my tour guide through Versailles. Magnifique!

  37. Happygirl says :

    I’m trying to save up money to go to Paris next year!AHHH,your pictures made me want to travel to Paris even more!!

  38. Matthew Wright says :

    There’s always the personal reward of photographing these places. Or maybe you’ll capture something fleeting. When I was at Versailles, they were busy rebuilding the parquet flooring in the Hall of Mirrors. And I managed to capture Louis XIV’s bedroom in natural light, holding my breath to avoid camera shake – something I still recall doing as vividly as the experience of being at Versailles itself. I’m sure plenty of others did the same thing…but this one was MINE!

    Matthew Wright
    http://mjwrightnz.wordpress.com
    http://www.matthewwright.net

  39. Janis says :

    Gorgeous photos. May I ask how you post processed these? They’re awesome.

  40. MJ says :

    Beautiful pictures and interesting thoughts! Agree 100%!

  41. London Caller says :

    Truly opulent!
    What a grand palace.

  42. Toni Yvonne says :

    These pictures are breathtakingly gorgeous~!
    I really would love to go!

    Taking a unique photo when it has been ‘done before’ if you like, can be difficult. whether that be of a grand palace or a flower and its petal!

    xox

  43. jspencerphotography says :

    I felt the same way about photographing the Taj Mahal. Everyone shoots this, everyone’s seen this iconic image. What is even the point of taking a picture, then?

    But, as you hopefully know, your images and your perspective are still as unique as you are. I thought these were beautiful images and I have seen Versailles myself. I saw it maybe 25 years ago when I was a teenager, before they started any renovations, so I learned something new from you! Personally, I thought the renovation window image was cool and I really loved the one with the meadow and the trees; so very French. But they are all good, and I mean that.

    Keep shooting. It does matter. Even if it’s only to satisfy yourself with those memories later. To know that you captured what you were feeling and what you thought was important at the time.

  44. ardinusw says :

    wow, nice post…:D

  45. Tom Brown says :

    Your pictures are mind-blowing. I personally have not had the pleasure to visit Versailles thus far but you’ve inspired me. Once again fantastic pictures, keep up the good work.

  46. MarissaFH says :

    Great photos! I was at Versailles in the 80’s and need to go back again.
    When I am in a place or event, etc, I also want to feel and absorb the moment, but at the same time I want to take a photo to capture that feeling. I would like to just look and absorb first, and then come back again to take the picture, but most times, there isn’t enough time for that. So when I take the photo, it may be that it is the same picture that thousands of others have taken – but the difference is that this particular shot is mine, not theirs. Taking a photo (of anything) from a different perspective is not always easy, but it is something that makes me want to keep on taking photos and learning.

    I have to say that we are also similar – book addict, dabble in art sometimes, and I also knit but crochet more !

  47. 7des7iny says :

    Thanks for sharing the photos of the lovely architect! Love the clear sky when viewed from the spacious courtyard in the first photo.

  48. thinkvisual says :

    photography is a series of themes in your head. like music. you will find yourself in those same themes throughout life, until you stumble on the right magic for you, or until you find another kind of growth and move on. when you are not too sure, put them away until you have moved on, or they have become their own reality for you. for me, the shot of the statue, shot 6, seems to hold that rare individuality you are looking for.

  49. freeadsinuk says :

    I love yours photos, thx for sharing.

  50. abichica says :

    OMG!!! exquisite.. so beautiful and expressive.. the pictures are breath taking.. 😀

  51. K says :

    Great post–I often think about the same thing when I’m traveling. I want my photos to be representative of a place so that I can show people what it was like… but I also want to inject a bit of originality. It can be hard–I think I often err on the side of documenting things, which is a bit boring but serves my purposes. Love your photos though–and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  52. CONIEFOX says :

    Absolutely stunning!I would love to go there

  53. Pavel says :

    Very beautifully. Itself I want to visit…

  54. hearttypat says :

    my sentiments. E.X.A.C.T.L.Y!

  55. BermudaOnion says :

    Woo hoo! I’m thrilled to see this post on Freshly Pressed!!

  56. samantha-avena says :

    I feel your pain! It was exactly the same with me when I was in Seville. But either way, gorgeous photos 🙂 well done!

  57. marykmhui says :

    That’s the feeling I always get when I travel – thanks for putting it into words, and also reminding us that perhaps the most important thing after all is to live the moment.

  58. One Hundred & 80 Days says :

    I am so glad you were “pressed”! I love your post and your photos. I will be traveling to France next summer and was intrigued by your thoughts. I am a teacher, but have always loved photography. If you visit my blog, I have a page called Images, that have a few of my photos on it.
    Anyway…I photograph the children in my classroom alot for assessment purposes and just to be able to catch the essence of the child. I once had someone tell me, that a photograph should tell a story. When you look at it, it should speak to you. That is one of the best pieces of advice I have ever had. It is something that is always in the back of my mind whenever I look through my lens.

  59. Elle says :

    I love Versailles. I have been each time that I have visited Paris and could go again and again and never get bored. I just wish there weren’t so many damn people there all of the time! They get in the way of all of my good shots.

  60. gilmarcil says :

    Bonjour, de Repentigny, PQ. Très intéressant blog…

  61. elise hahn says :

    I couldn’t relate more to your eloquently expressed thoughts in this post! Having recently moved from Canada to France and now finally seeing for myself many of the famous historical sites that I’ve read so much about, I can’t help but feel like putting my camera back in its bag — it’s like no matter what I do, I can’t possibly capture the magnitude of what I’m seeing.

    But on that note, I think you did a bang up job! Thanks for posting these!

  62. Cheryl B RN says :

    Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing! And, I agree with one of the readers: when you see something for the first time, it’s your opinion that matters. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder & if you may see and feel something totally different. I’ve never been to Europe, and I hope to go next year. I will definately be snapping up photos of everything I’ve always wanted to see! Thanks again for the pictures!

  63. lovphotography says :

    Great pictures of this beautiful place, uniquely captured. I particularly like the one of the trees.
    Thanks for posting viewing these photos have brought back memories of my visit to this grand place.

  64. Patricia says :

    I really enjoyed your pictures. There is a special atmosphere in them – a hidden story peeping around every edge.

  65. hissimplelook says :

    Awesome shots! Thanks for sharing!

  66. Slightly Bonkers says :

    Wow! These pictures are really beautiful, I’m glad you shared them!

  67. mkeeffer says :

    Marie Antoinette must be spinning at the thought of all those commoners running around on her palace grounds. Beautiful pix – and it appears as if all the people you’ve photographed were as overwhelmed as you!

  68. penelope777 says :

    Beautiful photos congratulation for this post!!

  69. Lauren says :

    These pictures are stunning!

  70. plantingtracks says :

    Great photos Kay! I’m going to Paris (and Versailles) in two weeks, with my family and am very excited. Your photos have just enhanced that for me! Am I crazy for going with two young children, or were there loads of families with kids there? I really appreciate the way you break down and analyse your process and thoughts towards your art… the sign of a true artiste!!

  71. Sarah D. says :

    That last shot of the trees is a knockout. Beautiful & evocative. Nice work!

  72. Vasilly says :

    I’m jealous! I’ve always wanted to visit Versailles since I first read about the place in my art history class a few years ago. Great pictures! 🙂

  73. B.Held says :

    What a superb post with excellent photographs to match. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed, too!

  74. gaycarboys says :

    I wholeheartedly agree. In fact I was thinking the same thing during a visit to Versailles in ’98. It was winter and a lot of the statuary was covered with winter coats. None the less it was amazing. I too didn’t want to take photos I had seen in books! These are very wise words.

  75. theworldviastandby says :

    What a spectacular place! Congratulations on being FP!

  76. newsy1 says :

    Your photos, your memories. No teacher can take that away. I’m no expert but to my naked eye they look fantastic.

  77. barefoot_med_student says :

    Good point! These are all beautiful though. The last picture,of the trees, is my favourite.

  78. meicaa says :

    aaaahhhhh GREAAATTTT…. Beautiful photographs 🙂
    do you know what? my dream is coming to FRANCE. i hope when i visit you–someday as a backpacker, we will meet and inform me about your beautiful country 🙂

  79. Kiki says :

    I know what you mean, spent a couple of days in Barcelona, all of Gaudi’s work really doesn’t reflect on camera. Still beautiful photo’s you took though!

  80. azmansaad says :

    Nice capture.. 🙂

  81. Justin Pledger says :

    Just stumbled upon your blog by using the Blog Surfer. Fabulous pictures and really like how you talk in the post about being in the moment and not seeing everything through a lens and yet still managing to capture a record of the experience. When I was last in Paris and doing the tourist trail I was shocked by the number of people who did nothing but look at statues, paintings, fountains, altars and more through their cameras. Snap snapping away they were. I thought it was rather sad and disheartening. You seem to have captured a wonderful balance.

    Well, just wanted to say that I enjoyed your post!

    J

  82. zookyshirts says :

    Great photos — I really like the style of these. I didn’t mind at all that there were other tourists in the photos. They’re part of the experience, especially since you mentioned there are so many tourists there. I like your drive to capture the beauty of Versailles in different ways — and to capture your own, unique experience of your visit there.

  83. Polyglot says :

    Awesome photos ❤ ❤ 🙂

  84. Ceri says :

    Right on. 🙂 Don’t worry about what others photograph. Your memory about the place will always be in tact no matter what. I’m actually always afraid I photograph a place *too* much and those pictures overshadow all the memories I have that I didn’t photograph.

  85. noscar says :

    Love the pictures. Such a seductive and thunder striking place. I first saw Versailles at age 12 and fell in love immediately!

  86. dcphotoartist says :

    I think you’re off to a good start – there are several images you’ve got that break away from the typical tourist snapshots, like the top of the gate and the allee of trees. It’s very hard to break away from doing typical photos of a place like Versailles which is so visually familiar – part of the impulse in a place like that is to take the “record shot” to A: prove that you too were actually there and didn’t just buy a book or a postcard, and B: to prove that you can do a better “record shot” than the ones before. This is just my take on a place like that, but to photograph it successfully, you need to stop thinking of it the way you have been conditioned, and try to see and capture the spirit of the place, not the literal surface of it. Look for details, think abstracts, see patterns (I can’t think of how to do it just from your picture, but that courtyard with the crazy black-and-white marble just cries out for some kind of treatment, probably a shot you couldn’t get as a tourist because it would need to be taken from the roof). Don’t just photograph from eye level.

  87. Sara says :

    I find Versailles too big to capture!

    It’s one of those things that for me at least, as much as I want to capture every single detail, it’s the collection of the details that makes it as awe-inspiring as it is… and I just can’t seem to get that absolute hugeness on camera.

    Saying that, I really love your photos of the statues. It’s nice to see something old, inanimate and often ‘just part of the landscape’ treated as viable beings. It seems as if they are posing, just for you.

  88. csroth3 says :

    I’ve often struggled with the same issue. I think your pictures are unique, at least compared to the ones I took many years ago that truly looked like typical postcard or tourist shots. lighting makes a big difference too, my photos were on a dreary overcast day. I enjoyed the new and inspired views of your photos.

  89. sarah says :

    Your pictures are fantastic, France looks even more appealing to me 😛

  90. prbates says :

    Wow; excellent photos that really capture the beauty and grandeur of Versailles. Quite a feat. Nice one.

  91. VASTUDARSHAN ARTS & ARCHITECTURE says :

    Versailles ….. is enchanting! And your photographs were so special that i wish to see those unselected collections of your photographs too!

  92. saigon says :

    what u have written is all true. your pictures, though some very ordinary, look still unique. the statue shot from different angles. my fave is the tree at the end

  93. jule1 says :

    I know if I get to “picturey” on a vacation, I have felt the same way you do — I feel somehow that I missed the moment because I was too busy taking pictures. On the other hand, I want mementos of the trip, so need to take photos, and after reviewing them always have the thought that there are so few really good ones!

  94. gehm says :

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing your impeccable work…

  95. Santino Regilme says :

    I was there last year, and apart from the grandiosity of the architecture, I was also amazed with how the East and the West meet when Takashi Murakami’s sculptures were displayed as part of an exhibit inside the palace. Nonetheless, good job on those nice shots!

  96. Kitten of Doom says :

    My photography teacher (in Australia) used to say the exact same thing! Reckon it’s a quote that they stole from somewhere? 🙂

  97. habituallearner says :

    I love what you said about memories and photos being unique. I love your photos. They reminded me of my trip to Versailles. Your pictures kicked some nostalgia into high gear for me. =)

  98. Fox says :

    Good point! As a photographer myself, it’s difficult to find the angle no one else has seen. And I’ve noticed that some people who have good cameras have boring pictures, while point-and-shoots are excelling. It’s all about perception, I suppose. But there will always be that typical picture, and that’s aggravating.
    (it’s also aggravating to find that angle no one else has captured, and it turns out to be a terrible photograph)

    Very good shots, though, and I’m glad their filled with memories. That’s really the point. 🙂

    -Fox

  99. gokon says :

    oh my gosh! how beautiful are the pictures! i’m very impressed! It’s a lovely place i must go to!

  100. eipurasu says :

    just wonderful 🙂 amazing stuff!!!

  101. bjornedetektiven says :

    I think you’ve done a great job catching the sole of the place.

    Last winter it was not that crowded at all, as you can see of my photo!
    (I tried to get the mystic winter-mood)

    http://bjornedetektiven.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/pyntejungel/#entry

  102. wall decals says :

    which country is this sooooooo niiiceeeee

  103. creativeconfessions says :

    Such wonderful photos! Looks like a great place. Thanks for sharing!

  104. rameshnanda says :

    I really feel proud of being a reader of wordpress.Tank WordPress.com .

  105. Joseph says :

    You have a photo-eye!
    I like the last one except the metal fence…

  106. Kate Morgan says :

    Beautiful photos

  107. cookwithkelsey says :

    wow versaille is beautiful! hope to 1day be able to go there

  108. doon po sa amin says :

    hello, there…

    wow! as in, wow! your shots are magnificent! i have seen those in books and in blogs and in photo papers but your pics are different, i must say. i am awed. really.

    a well-deserved place at FP! thanks. 🙂

  109. Imaginarium of Pau says :

    With tourists or without tourists in the way, your photos are waaay good. I love all of your snaps. Thanks for sharing such beauty. 🙂

  110. elisa beth says :

    you surely got the point! Sometimes it’s exhausting to see the photos we’ve seen before, and yours are wonderful. I love your pictures 🙂

  111. DrAnthonysBlog says :

    Thanks for the tips as well as the reminder of what a great place it is to spend some time (I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it years ago)!

  112. hal says :

    lovely photos.

  113. robyxs says :

    This is amazing really beatiful photos.

  114. julz1962 says :

    Well said. I feel the same frustration and sometimes just have to go with the flow of the moment and move forward. That is when you sometimes take the best pictures. I will have to dig up the one at the Louvre that I took with my two daughters – even with the crowds milling about it takes me back to a great experience with them.
    Thank you for sharing

  115. tinkerbelle86 says :

    what beautiful pics!

  116. S.A says :

    Inspiring photo’s and post!

  117. natalieheather says :

    I know the feeling! When I was there a few years ago I couldn’t wrap my head around the confusion I was feeling while photographing. You’ve put my confusion into words!

  118. kay says :

    I want to thank everyone for each of your precious words! I read each comment and there are many I want to respond too; I will be doing so during the week 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, it his heartwarming to receive so much love at once and it was comforting to hear I wasn’t the only one struggling with this aspect of photography. ❤ Days like these help me hold on when blogging or photographing gets a bit more difficult!

  119. lesliewu says :

    These photos are really beautiful!

  120. stefi25 says :

    Your photos are wonderful! Makes me want to go back again! You definitely got some unique shots, and they all look great 🙂

  121. tifloyd says :

    I like your shots 🙂 My wife & I visited Versailles last summer, I could spend a year just photographing the grounds! When we were there they were doing some construction on the fountains so a lot of my fountain pics have a backhoe in them :S

  122. Jennifer says :

    While I can appreciate your concerns here, I think that all of the pictures that you have shared from your trip are magnificent! And I believe that a big part of what makes a photograph (or really any piece of art) unique is what the viewer brings to the picture. You will always bring your memories with you when you look at these pictures and that is what will always make them truly unique for you.

  123. xandreverkes says :

    LOVE your pictures! Visited Versailles way back in 2004 — it was awe inspiring. Truly a piece of art in every way. Can’t wait for my next visit (which would hopefully be sooner, rather than later!!)

  124. admin says :

    I enjoyed reading this post… Great report.

  125. alyssainvienna says :

    I’ve felt the same way before. Me and my roommate traveled through Europe taking photographs and would always end up with pictures that look exactly the same.

  126. DanEastSide says :

    definitely post your pictures! For people like me that never get to travel!:)

  127. realanonymousgirl2011 says :

    Great pics! I hope to go one day!

  128. emfilmgeek says :

    Gorgeous Photos of a gorgeous city!! Truly a gem you’ve shared with us here, completely worthy of being Freshly Pressed (congrats!) After seeing Discover the Gift, I’ve been seeking out lots of photographers blogs and photography because it’s my passion… that documentary is extremely inspirational and has much to share with the world… Heard about it? Thought I’d share that with you in response to you sharing your post with us! http://on.fb.me/pQzaaR

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