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Lavender Sunset



Sundown in lavender field in the French Provence with beautiful colors

Sundown in lavender field in the French Provence with beautiful colors
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luckie06
 
luckie06 August 15, 2018
Gorgeous ! Is it on the Plateau de Valensole ?

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Provence - France. In winter, when the lavender fields actually look pretty grey, but sometimes the sunset gives an intense purple glow.
Time
So I drove around to find a nice lavender field before the sun went down. Luckily in winter the sun goes down quit early, so I could make this photo at 17h.18 exactly.
Lighting
It's just a couple of days in winter that the sundowns give this beautiful purple glow. And the sun has to be at the point where it still enlightens the world and the sky, without being too bright to over exposure the photo.
Equipment
This photo was shot with a Canon 450D, 18-55mm kitlens at 18mm, f/7.1, 1/40 sec on a tripod and timer set on 2 seconds.
Inspiration
I live in the south west of France, so we don't see a lot of lavender here. But if you surf the internet, you see a lot of lavender and sunset photos of the south east. So when I got the chance to work in Provence for a couple of months, I immediately realized that I wanted to shoot as much lavender as I could. And especially one like this, at sunset.
Editing
Since I shoot in .RAW, my post-processing is always about the same, in Lightroom reducing the highlights and and lightening the shadows. Since the foreground was somewhat underexposed, I lightened the shadows in this particular photo up till 100. In Photoshop I slightly accentuated the starburst.
In my camera bag
As I said before, this photo was shot with a Canon 450D and kitlens. I have upgraded the kitlens to a Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 which is most of the time the faithful companion of the 60D I recently got. The first thing I put in my bag, are my business cards though. And then my B+W ND 110 filter, you never know if you encounter a river where you want to blur the motion of the water. My second body has the Canon 55-250mm (mark I, which is sharper than the mark II) attached to it, to pull fast if I spot an interesting bird. For wide angle situations I always bring my Canon 10-22mm with me and for shallow DOF photos I carry the Plastic Fantastic (Canon 50mm 1.8). And I never leave home without my tripod, essential for landscape photography.
Feedback
To capture shots like this, one'd better be prepared. Since you only have a couple of minutes or seconds to shoot sunset photos, you must know at what time the sun goes down and where. Ideally you have visited the location before and made the composition beforehand. So you only have to set up your equipment and then wait for the magic moment.

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