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L'Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 21 January 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The glass and steel stairwell at L'Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

NIKON D700 1/15 second F/8.0 ISO 900 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

the light, the silhouette, the clarity of each line - exceptional! outstanding!

21 Jan 2011 6:18am

guillaume from Paris, France

Magnific ! Love the man alone in the middle of the metallic structure !

21 Jan 2011 7:35am

missparis from PARIS, France

C'est vraiment magnifique

21 Jan 2011 9:45am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

fabulous - I can imagine this in a poster-size print - magnificent

21 Jan 2011 11:56am

~ Karine ~ KLB ~ from Caen, France

I was almot sure it was the IMA !
Wonderful architecture.
Your framing is perfectly thought to play with these impressive stairs, and the golden "splash" are elegant.

21 Jan 2011 12:37pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium


21 Jan 2011 2:26pm

eversmile from Aix-en-Provence, France

Hi Iam!

That's an excellent framing on a not so easy subject despite its undeniable graphical potential. You managed very well, both with the light and with the complexity of the patterns, to offer us an image of a great quality, mysterious and stylish. Congratulations!

21 Jan 2011 3:44pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Beautiful shot, so graphic ! Love it ! Well done !

21 Jan 2011 4:47pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow! the patterns and light are just incredible!

21 Jan 2011 7:17pm

Adrian from Wakefield, United Kingdom


21 Jan 2011 8:54pm

tom from Germany

I like the geometry in this shot.

21 Jan 2011 9:09pm

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Je suis admirative! comment as tu fait pour avoir autant de recul? Même avac un 16mm c'est fort. Je m'y étais essayé ici l'endroit est superbe.

22 Jan 2011 9:21am

@Valérie Simonnet: Hi Valérie!.....the glass around the stairwell is continuous on all 4 sides so I simply went around to the opposite side to take this shot which seemed to give enough room (remember this is 16mm on full frame 35mm - equivalent to about 10mm on a DX size digital DSLR). Also I find with shots like this it helps to take them from half way up the building as it minimises perspective distortion with extreme wide angle lenses.

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Precise and stylish.

22 Jan 2011 12:58pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great eye to spot this composition! the web of lines and angles is quite a sight!

23 Jan 2011 7:16am

The Wakeful Tree from Mumbai, India


23 Jan 2011 12:06pm

gavin hart from Tweed Heads, Australia

Wow, what a scary staircase! Excellent graphic image so neatly composed. Great light too.

23 Jan 2011 8:56pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

L' IMA se prête à de nombreux clichés ! celui là est formidable ! superbe graphisme, rendu de couleur et de lumière et j'adore la compo avec la silhouette qui monte les escaliers ! great work !

24 Jan 2011 12:25pm

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Many thanks for your explanation; it's smart. Next time you are in Paris dont hesitate to say Hello.

25 Jan 2011 6:55am

@Valérie Simonnet: Ok Valérie.....I'll do that!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Very very good point of view. I like very much the twilight ambiance of the image.

28 Jan 2011 6:04pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


31 Jan 2011 6:16pm

Céline from Paris, France

wwwooww excellent, i just love it! I love all these lines! Really well done !

9 Aug 2011 8:56pm

1/15 second
ISO 900
16 mm (35mm equiv.)