The Circle Of Light

Chandelier, Royal Palace, Amsterdam

Admiring the wonderful halls and decorated rooms of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam there’s one thing that really stands out – the incredible chandeliers. Not only is each and every one enormous, but they’re fantastically ornate as well. If you like chandeliers, this is definitely the place to go!

Getting a chandelier shot that I was happy with proved pretty difficult. Because they are so intricate I think you lose something in the amount of detail that’s present. Looking back at most of my shots I found them a bit overwhelming. I was searching for something simpler, so I decided to try looking directly up at one.

Since I was shooting handheld this was really quite tricky! Lining myself up with the centre of the chandelier, ensuring my camera was level whilst leaning my head back as close to 90Ėš as I could manage was a bit of a dark art. I almost fell backwards a number of times! And whilst my final shot isn’t perfect, I think it’s as close as I could have hoped for without a tripod.


8 thoughts on “The Circle Of Light

  1. SPFischer

    Ben, the white of the chandelier against the blue of the building’s interior is stunning! is this how you chose to shoot it or is the photo a result of some wonderful post-processing magic? No matter how you accomplished it, it’s beautiful. I have to admit, though, I have the urge to rub the back of my neck as I think about your persistent efforts to aim and focus your camera upward to capture this šŸ™‚ Well done!

    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, thanks. I have thought about it since and a much better (and more stable) way to get the same shot would have been to lie down on the floor. Might have looked a bit odd to everybody else though!

      The light stood out in the original shot but I did some post-processing to make it much more pronounced. The interior of the building was more of a cream colour, and I felt that the blue colour cast made the whole scene a bit more dramatic. I wanted the ring of light to be the undeniable focus of the shot. Maybe I’ll do a before/after post for this one!

  2. Shane Francescut

    Ben, this is a terrific shot. Be very happy with it. I love the framing you managed to pull of, and doing it all hand held is impressive given that it was probably pretty dark. The cool blue tones are a perfect finishing touch to this image.. awesome!

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Shane, really appreciate your compliments! It wasn’t quite as dark as it appears, I pulled down the shadows a lot in Lightroom to make the scene a bit more dramatic and really emphasise the focus on the light. Enjoying your work too, I’m glad you stopped by šŸ™‚

  3. Pingback: Post-Processing in Lightroom: Circle of Light | Flights. Camera. Satisfaction.

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