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While summer had finally reached Paris, I was wondering how to fulfill the "storm" request for the previous scavenger hunt. Bright sunshine everywhere and not a single dark cloud at the horizon. So I started thinking and wool-gathering: storm, rain, hailstones, thunder, Zeus holding bolts of lightning... So I remembered this huge painted ceiling in the rooms of the former ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman museum created under the reign of king Charles X: Mount Vesuvius receiving from Jupiter the fire bound to destroy the cities of Herculamnum, Pompeii and Stabies, by Fran蔞is-Joseph Heim (1827).
So I put down my camera on the floor, composed my shot with the most adequate speed and aperture, set up the timer and quickly got up to step back a few steps... But, obviously, I'd fumbled with the controls. Something didn't come as expected!
My first and only candid self-portrait to date...
Nevertheless, the painting remains quite impressive! *o)

PS Finally, I managed to get a good photo of this ceiling. And it didn't prevent me from following another idea for this famous storm. One never knows what'll happen, in the end...

Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities department, in the Louvre.

Lens distortion correction

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