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Claude Monet Garden The Clos-Normand garden at Monet House always filled by visitors. All rights reserved IsabelSierraPHOTOGRAPHY©inFocusPHOTOGRAPH

I always had the wish to visit the house of Claude Monet because of my oil painting classes in which I had to copy some of the best-known works by the French Master of Impressionism.

The tour

Detail of the Monet House from the Clos-Normand garden. All rights reserved. IsabelSierraPHOTOGRAPHY©inFocusPHOTOGRAPH
Detail of the Monet House from the Clos-Normand garden. All rights reserved. IsabelSierraPHOTOGRAPHY©inFocusPHOTOGRAPH

While visiting Paris it is easy to book a tour to Giverny. Many do the trip every day. We made the journey in a van with four other people. A California student of Hindu origin was traveling next to the driver asking him insistent questions that our guide answered expertly. I praised him for his deep Art History knowledge. In the 45 minutes that the road trip lasted, he gave us a master class about the artist, the Impressionism movement, and the history of Claude Monet House and Gardens. The guide spoke in perfect English, nuanced with a nice French accent, and we in the second row listened attentively, as did the marriage of Germans who were behind us. This guide had a simple and didactic way of explaining in one sentence what is a semester of Higher Education in the US.

The visit

Once inside the garden, I understood why we received the explanations during the trip: the crowded tourists in the place would have made it impossible to stay together, let alone converse in a group. Hundreds of Chinese, Japanese -and finally French people!- blocked the allies in the garden. Also, they made a very long line to visit the house and were walking in a dense pack to and from the famous Japanese Garden that has access through a tunnel built under the street.

Making Photographs

Each tourist had a camera in hand and was standing in the middle. I analyzed my possibilities that there were three:

  • 1- Take photos with tourists included.
  • 2- Go from the general to relevant segments of the view in front of the lens.
  • 3- Give on the camera and settle for buying a postcard in the store.

Undoubtedly solutions 1 and 2 were much more tempting than the third, you know, we would always have Photoshop afterward. Remember Casablanca?

A Photograph

Monet House and Garden. A view from the water Japanese garden with its oriental plants. All rights reserved IsabelSierraPHOTOGRAPHY©inFocusPHOTOGRAPH
Monet House and Garden. A view from the Japanese garden with its water lillies and oriental plants. All rights reserved IsabelSierraPHOTOGRAPHY©inFocusPHOTOGRAPH

In any location, you can contrive a good composition and take home a new image that is not on the Internet nor in any promotional materials.

This photo was taken from the Japanese Garden and manages to show a glimpse of the house across the street. In post-production, I put in relevance the variety of typical colors in the gardens of Monet, which were showing timidly in the RAW file. Therefore, I used the HDR filter included in Photoshop. In addition, I accommodated the result with the Curve Tool to imitate what I remember I saw.

Undoubtedly, this image works well as a poster of the Gardens and the House of Monet. On the other hand, decorated in abundance inside by the Maestro with the same color palette that this scene offers us, the House is worth a visit. You may want to put it in your bucket list.

Location:

Claude Monet’s Home in Giverny

Established 1880–1926 by Monet
Location Giverny, France
Coordinates 49.0753559°N 1.5337515°E
Visitors 530,000 (2010)
Website fondation-monet.com

Read it in Spanish also:

La Casa de Claude Monet en Giverny

Siempre tuve el deseo de visitar la casa de Monet, lo que se incremento a consecuencia de mis clases de pintura al óleo en las cuales tuve que copiar algunas de las obras más conocidas del Maestro francés del Impresionismo.

El Tour

Estando de visita en Paris es fácil contratar un tour de los que a diario hacen el viaje a Giverny. A nosotros nos toco viajar en un van con otras cuatro personas. Una estudiante de California, de origen hindú, viajaba al lado del chófer haciéndole preguntas insistentes que nuestro guía contestaba con pericia. Me asombro su conocimiento y la forma simple y didáctica de explicarse. En los 45 minutos que duro el viaje por carretera nos dio una clase magistral acerca de Monet, el Impresionismo, y la historia de la Casa y Jardines. El guía hablaba en perfecto ingles matizado con un simpático acento francés, y nosotros en la segunda fila lo escuchamos con atención, lo mismo que el matrimonio de Alemanes que iba detrás.

La visita

Una vez dentro del jardín entendí porque recibimos tantas explicaciones durante el viaje: el abarrote de turistas en el lugar hubiera imposibilitado el mantenernos juntos y mucho menos conversar en grupo. Centenares de chinos, japoneses y sobre todo Franceses! bloqueaban el paso en cada pasillo del jardín, hacían la cola para entrar a ver la casa, e iban y venían hasta el famoso Jardín Japones que ahora solo tiene acceso por un túnel construido debajo de la calle.

Haciendo Fotografía

Cada turista tenia una cámara en la mano y estaba parado en el medio. Analice mis posibilidades que eran tres; 1-hacer fotos con los turistas incluidos, 2- ir de lo general a lo particular, hacer detalles y/o 3- guardar la cámara y conformarme con comprar una tarjeta postal en la tienda. Sin dudas las soluciones 1 y 2 eran mucho más tentadoras que la tercera, ya saben, siempre nos quedaría Photoshop.

Una Fotografía como ejemplo.

En cualquier situación se puede lograr un buen encuadre, y llevar a casa una imagen nueva que no se va a encontrar en el Internet ni en los materiales promocionales.

Esta foto está hecha desde el Jardín Japones y logra mostrar un resquicio de la casa al otro lado de la calle. La abundancia de colores típicos de los jardines de Monet, que estaban todos en el file RAW, la he puesto en relevancia usando simplemente el filtro HDR que viene incluido en Photoshop y luego he acomodado el resultado con la Curva. Sin dudas que la imagen funciona como póster de la Casa de Monet, decorada por el Maestro en su interior con los mismos colores que nos regala esta imagen.

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