Friday, June 01, 2007

From my balcony

June 1st Theme Day is View from your bedroom. I took this photo from my balcony on the fifth floor a few months ago. There had been a huge storm all afternoon with deep black skies and driving rain but just before the end of the day the sun pulled out of nowhere and striked an incredible flash of gold - I grabbed my camera and rushed out to the balcony, bingo ! This building, a 4 star hotel - the Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour - is usually a sparkling white but on that day it turned to gold! Neither contrast or saturation were pushed on this photo, it's all nature's work.
PS - Can you spot my magic wand in the scenery?

1er juin, le Thème du Mois est "vue depuis votre chambre". J'ai pris cette photo il y a quelques mois depuis mon balcon au 5ème étage. Tout l'après-midi, un énorme orage nous avait noyés sous un ciel d'encre et une pluie torrentielle. Et puis juste avant de se coucher, le soleil s'est extrait des nuées pour nous jouer ses adieux avec emportement, ors, drames et trémolos. J'ai saisi mon appareil et foncé sur le balcon, jackpot ! L'immeuble voisin, normalement d'un blanc éblouissant, a tourné à l'or pendant quelques minutes. C'est un hôtel 4 étoiles, le Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour. Je n'ai poussé ni le contraste ni la saturation sur cette photo, elle est entièrement naturelle.
PS - retrouverez-vous ma baguette magique dans le paysage ?


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51 comments:

alice said...

Tout est dans la baguette magique, sans aucun doûte.

edwin s said...

brilliant colour nathalie!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Well it is something to see out your bedroom window. I just can't imagine a scene like that. I would rub my eyes and go back to sleep but this time to wake up.

I also forget that due to your location in the world it is already tomorrow today.

Nice photograph to be sure.

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GE said...

Not yet the first here yet and I'm working backwards through the alphabet right now but yours is the first window shot I've found for June.

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richard said...

Spectacular shot Nathalie. I guess we have to leave it in colour because of the sunlight, but nevertheless....

photowannabe said...

Natalie, this is a magical picture. You sucessfully waved your magic wand and poof the world turned gold.
Beautiful.

Keropok Man said...

I see the magic wand! Does it belong to you? haha...

You do have a nice view!

ruth said...

It feels as if I could reach out and touch it! How beautiful!

Chris & Deb said...

you have a beautiful view! Love the light following the storm-very dramatic!

Expression photo said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Sorry if you feel stressed by the graffiti on the fence....don't look the next ones !!!

Very nice picture took from your bedroom.
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RamblingRound said...

Beautiful! Looks like a modern-day Cinderella's castle, all gold and glowing and with that fairy-godmother wand.

Z said...

Wow, excellent! I just love these instances of serendipity! And the interesting thing is that I never pictured you living in a high-rise with this as a view. :-)

kristi said...

Let me understand - you no longer live her right? looking at your other photos I understood you lived in a more rural seaside area

PaB said...

Great shot as usual by our australian fairy ;-)

Peter said...

I now understand that you could "afford" to release two window photos already yesterday!!

B&w or colour discussion: My answer for this one would clearly be in favour of colours. They are amazing (but as you say - natural)!!

Dsole said...

what an amazing light and sky, Nathalie!! and the star just adds a magic effect to the photo! Cool!

Leena said...

Fantastic, Nathalie!

Sally said...

This must be your fabulous city pied a terre, right? Fabulous light - it's amazing thinking of the spectrum of colour in Sydney light - this gold, and that pink I once had....

Ben said...

Great view and sparkling sun shine!

Olivier said...

superbe lumiere sur cette photo. elle est immense ta baguette magique mais elle fait de beaux voeux. tres belle photo. Je te souhaite un bon weekend

hpy said...

Simplement superbe.

CaBaCuRl said...

Incredible colours, Natalie. Thanks for leaving a comment ages ago...no the uniforms were very daggy in my day, and girls were NOT allowed to wear shorts...unheard of!

Gail's Man said...

Light and the sky sometimes do amazing things to buildings. I've not stayed at the hotel, but I'm sure it's a good one.

Two&2 LA said...

What a beautiful color combination! What is the original color of the building anyway?

max_hh said...

Nathalie, the colors are beautiful! Great view to wake p with!

l'extraterrestre said...

Le décor pourrait être celui d'un film de science-fiction.

Sally said...

Nathalie: thanks, as ever, for visiting me. And for the lovely words. You are very special too, my friend.

Zsolt said...

ohh the light and the building beside yours makes everything look like golden:)

Thien-Lan said...

We are neighbours my dear, what I see from my bedroom is the Novotel, across Darling Harbour!

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

Stunning photo. This kind of photo (with heavy-rain-clouds in the background and sun in foreground) belong to my absolutely favourites photos.

My best CIAO to Edwin too !!!

Jilly said...

What a great photograph. Seems there would be so much going on - so much to take in.

Nathalie - I just posted! Not lazy, sick, went to doc this morning but now recovering....hope you feel dreadful telling me to hurry up! ha ha

Jean said...

Obviously, one must be prepared. This is such a lovely shot; your timing was perfect!

April said...

A wonderful light on the building and there are some interesting shadows.

Waldo Oiseau said...

What a beautiful, vivid shot. I love best the ones we don't have to "tamper" with. :)

Turned out perfect!

anu said...

Love the gold colour. And the building is nice. There's your magic wand. It really works!!

denton said...

The lighting is outstanding in this photo. As is often the case, lighting is what I think makes for a great photo ... Your magic wand link was funny as well.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

The gold color is spectacular. The view is breathtaking. Perfect capture of the view from your balcony.

Bergson said...

superb

A light which emphasizes well this "staircase"

Professional Nathalie

Curly said...

Crikey!

I had to get to the ninth page of the portal to find this beauty. The composition, diagonals, patterns and saturated colour make it a winner!

isabella said...

Magical wand, indeed!
(I wish I had one - then my post would be true!)

Maxime said...

Whow !
Juste le genre de lumière que je voudrais avoir tous les jours !
Heureusement que je ne sais pas encore commander au temps, car tous mes voisins me maudiraient !

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I would like to have such a view from my bedroom.

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lv2scpbk said...

Yes, I seen the magic wand. Cute. It looks lovely with the sun hitting it.

Chris in Madison said...

this is just stunning! love the way the light changes the building.

zentmrs said...

Fantastic view, and lovely photo! What a sight to see out of our window.


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iBlowfish said...

I like your second post for view from bedroom, It just more close to nature for me I guess.

Tomate Farcie said...

Tu prends des belles photos; c'est tres joli!

Kim said...

Nathalie, I love the strong shadows of the stairways and the golden color and the dramatic sky (yellow and gray is a fave color combination of mine). Very fine crystal clear view. I love it.
-Kim

AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com said...

Oh Nathalie, you have a way with lines, patters and simple contrasting colors. I believe this is the main reason I come here often and of course for your wonderful over-sharings. I enjoyed your entry on Black People on the Red Earth Flag; it is good to know.

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Philippe said...

Qu'est-ce que j'aime ça!