Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol

Sunset Over A Summer Lavender Field In Provence



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21 Comments | Report
Remraf
 
Remraf April 20, 2015
Fantastic and welcome to VB!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol April 20, 2015
Thank you!
leslie57
 
leslie57 April 21, 2015
beautiful colour and image
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol April 22, 2015
Thank you!
Jhunt PRO+
 
Jhunt April 24, 2015
Gorgeous. Spectacular sunset you captured. Welcome to VB. I enjoy your images.
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol May 07, 2015
Thank you!
pedronunoferreira
 
pedronunoferreira April 26, 2015
Superb. Thanks for participating in my challenge.
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol May 07, 2015
Thank you!
pedronunoferreira
 
pedronunoferreira May 15, 2015
Voted. Excellent
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol May 15, 2015
Thank you!
EverydayLivingMoments
 
EverydayLivingMoments August 11, 2015
Breathtaking!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol August 16, 2015
Thank you!
nandicmb PRO+
 
nandicmb September 13, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Freshmen 2015 Photo Contest!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol September 14, 2015
Thank you!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl September 27, 2016
Wow lovely colors
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol September 29, 2016
Thank you!
Parallel
 
Parallel October 25, 2016
Helen, my congratulations!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol October 26, 2016
Thanks!
cyndimccoun
 
cyndimccoun March 26, 2017
voted....
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol April 18, 2017
Thanks!
joepurvis_9485
 
joepurvis_9485 March 28, 2017
Fab photo!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol April 18, 2017
Thanks!
DonArsenault
 
DonArsenault May 21, 2017
Nice lighting and colors. Well captured!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol May 24, 2017
Thank you!
Blossom_Girl
 
Blossom_Girl May 22, 2017
Welcome to ViewBug! This photo took my breathe away! Keep up the great work
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol May 24, 2017
Thank you! Glade you like it!
Niemann
 
Niemann October 29, 2017
Beautiful shot!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol November 08, 2017
Thank you!
John256
 
John256 March 07, 2018
Beautiful!
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol June 28, 2018
Thank you!
marilynyoungdoherty
 
marilynyoungdoherty June 27, 2018
Lovely
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol June 28, 2018
Thank you!
Forrest_Imagery
 
Forrest_Imagery August 09, 2018
A wonderful scene !
The rich, vibrant colors are spectacular. I particularly like how the layers of flowers, lead to layers of trees, then hills, then clouds and, finally to the warm intensity of the glowing sun.
Congratulations on the tremendous amount of recognition you have received; it is, well-deserved and, you should be very proud ! For this is a splendid photograph, indeed.
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol August 09, 2018
Thank you! It was one of most gorgeous sunsets in my life!
leitins
 
leitins March 18, 2019
Love it
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol March 19, 2019
Thank you!
UntetheredPhotography Ultimate
 
UntetheredPhotography April 24, 2021
Beautiful photo
Helen_Mountaniol
Helen_Mountaniol May 05, 2021
Thank you!
RSeanC Platinum
 
RSeanC Apr 20
Absolutely beautiful
Helen_Mountaniol
Thank you!
ZHIYU
 
ZHIYU Jul 19
Beautiful
Helen_Mountaniol
Thank you!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at France, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. There are many lavender fields, because they grow there lavender and lavandin for sale. I traveled over there especially in the Summer to enjoy the lavender fields. It was my dream for many years.
Time
This photo was taken on Sunset, and this was one of the most beautiful Sunsets I have seen in my life - and I have seen plenty of them around the world.
Lighting
I intended to be there during the Sunset to capture, so I spent almost the whole day on the lavender fields waiting this time.
Equipment
The camera used to take this picture was Nikon D7000 with a wide lens. During evening period I always use a tripod, even that sometimes the tripod becomes too heavy. It's especially important to use it for capturing an HDR photo like this one.
Inspiration
My husband and I walked there, amongst the colorful fields, the buzzing bees and fabulous views of the Alps. During this period of Summer many photographers come to Alps to take a picture of the beautiful nature. So it was so amazing suddenly to find the peopleless field! The astonishing beauty of the Alps, the scent of the lavender, and the beauty of the Sunset inspired me taking this picture.
Editing
This picture was made from six jpeg photos, by merging them in Photomatix. Also, I like to use NIK Color Efex Pro plug-in for the finishing color editing.
In my camera bag
My usual set in the bug consists of: - Camera Nikon (today I use Nikon D750). - Two lens, one of them is always a wide lens for landscapes. That time, one year ago, I was using 18-200 Nikkor. This is a great lens for a traveler if you can not carry on too much equipment. - Polarizing filters. - A tripod and a remote control.
Feedback
It is important to plan your travel and the shooting time to capture the perfect light. Check all your equipment several times before you go to the field. Once I run out of battery during a capturing an amazing sunset. Always check the camera settings after you gave the camera to a lab for matrix cleaning - these guys may alter your settings! For example, this picture merged from six JPEG file exactly because they changed the format settings and I shooted long time in JPEG format instead of RAW. Always mount the camera on a tripod and use a remote control for the landscape shooting. Don't fix it in a single position, rather play with the angle of the camera and height of the tripod. Don't be lazy, do try different heights! Extend and shorten the tripod legs. When you use wide lens, even a minor change of the angle strongly affects the composition of the whole picture. And have fun!

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