Amboise…once home of the French Royal Court…

The Chateau d’Amboise obviously stands high above the town, and I was certainly looking forward to shooting it nicely illuminated in a dusk shot. However alas it was not to be…still, I did not come away completely empty handed as I had my tripod with me, and was at least able to shoot a variety of  exposures and then blend them in Photoshop to produce the first image below…

According to our hosts at our guesthouse, Mick Jagger also has a Chateau nearby…

Amboise at dusk
Unfortunately our visit was too early in the season, as once again the Chateau is only illuminated at night over the summer season. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Panoramic view of Amboise, a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France
Panoramic stitch of 6 images…the Chateau d’Amboise perched high above the town © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Most tourists realise that the town is famous for the Clos De Luce manor house, where Leonardo de Vinci spent his last years at the invitation of King Francis I. Although it was miserable weather we naturally set off tup the hill to see the museum at Leonardo’s final home; however when we arrived we found that every school group in France also had the same idea…coupled with the high entrance fee, we decided we would cut straight to the Chateau instead, which turned out to be relatively quiet.

Château d'Amboise
Château d’Amboise overlooking the Loire © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Château d'Amboise
Stormy exterior… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Château d'Amboise
I loved the architecture here… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Inside Château d'Amboise
Fleur de Lys… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
View from Château d'Amboise
View from the roof of Chateau d’Amboise © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Château d'Amboise
By this stage it had started to rain, so I started thinking in black and white © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Inside Château d'Amboise
I loved the feel inside this passageway, but can you imagine how cold this would be in the depths of winter..? © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The chapel of Saint-Hubert where Leonardo da Vinci is buried
The chapel of Saint-Hubert where Leonardo da Vinci is buried © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The chapel of Saint-Hubert where Leonardo da Vinci is buried
The great man’s tomb… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The chapel of Saint-Hubert where Leonardo da Vinci is buried
Inside St Hubert Chapel… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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