The Louvre Museum in Paris has a reputation as housing the world’s greatest collection of art in a building so sprawling that one could spend months exploring the art and still not see everything. Due to this reputation, we resolved defeat from the outset and didn’t even bother going inside. While much on display in the Louvre is of great interest to us, with the limited time we had in Paris, it seemed we would be better served visiting other locations that could be more easily “accomplished” in shorter windows of time. In general, when we have limited time in any given place to which we travel, we try to do many things that take less amounts of time rather than single things that take more time. Still, we had occasion to visit the grounds of the Louvre late one night, so at least we did that!
Someday, when we’re living in Paris, we’ll dedicate the proper amount of time to exploring the Louvre. Perhaps we’ll visit every night after work for a month, or on a series of weekends. (We can dream, right?)
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Photographed with a Nikon D700 and the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. This is pretty much my “signature” processing. Single exposure, highlights recovered and shadows brought out in Adobe Camera Raw. Finishing in Photoshop CS6, with a surface blur filter applied (via layer mask) to select areas to reduce noise introduced as a result of using the D700 instead of the D600 (I used the former because the latter’s batteries died on our way from Disneyland Paris to Paris and I didn’t have time to charge them before we went out for the night). Editing photos from the Nikon D700 after using the D600 for a few months really makes me appreciate the D600 all the more. So much better dynamic range!
Would the Louvre be a “must visit” location for you in Paris (even if there was an hour line to see the Mona Lisa)? What kind of sacrifices do you make when traveling? Share your thoughts on these questions or anything else in the comments!