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La Chapelle de Valentine, Auvergne, France

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 27 August 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Chapel overlooks the Plateau du Limon high up in the Auvergne mountains. It's about a 10 minute drive from the village of Allanches where we were staying with family.

NIKON D40 1/640 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

What a setting for this small chapel. Your composition is just awesome showing the beauty of this valley and the chapel at the same time. One word about toning: superior!

27 Aug 2008 6:53am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Speechless! Love it.

27 Aug 2008 6:56am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

what a view!! gorgeous shot and angle -- it just goes forever!! i agree w/ Mirko -- the tones and production are just superior!! bravo!!

27 Aug 2008 9:56am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks for that!

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

beautiful; i agree with dj...great depth.

27 Aug 2008 11:41am

@paulski: Thanks Paulski!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian... I'm not sure what's buggin me about this image...? Its a great shot, but I'm not sure the proceessing you applied works for me. Maybe its a bit top heavy, or the fact that on screen it cannot be appreciated as well as a large print...? Sorry :o) (not to be too critical, its just my opinion).

27 Aug 2008 12:43pm

@IanSmith: Hi Ian....you're probably right about it being a bit too top heavy. there isn't really enough interest there to justify the amount of space I've given it and the branches top left have lost their punch in the conversion to B&W....green on blue worked in the original but it's converted as too much black on black....I'm sure someone with more photoshop ability would get more out of it.

Please never stop giving constructive crticism as I value it greatly. I'd really be interested in your opinion on tomorrows photo....it's one of a bridge at night in France and is a 'love it or hate it' kind of shot - high iso so very grainy and highly dependent on composition & mood rather than image quality. It's a direction that I'd like to explore more often but they are devilishly difficult to get away with successfully. Let me know what you think if you get a chance.

Rags from Plano, United States

I love it that you have decided to take images of the city in which you live.

27 Aug 2008 3:54pm

@Rags: Well we were staying in the area with family Rags as I live in the UK. I don't think it's an area many tourists get to see as everyone seems to prefer Provence, Dordogne or somewhere by the sea. The Auvergne is much more beautiful than I was expecting though and I'm so pleased that we got the chance to visit.

ron boyette from tallahassee Fl, United States

I went back an looked at the last 15 or so images and reached the following conclusion: 1 You do excellent work, your land and cityscapes are powerful and enthralling. Your B&W are stunning, and you are right you are a little heavy on the photo-shop in some of them, but you recognize it and will correct it. I would like to see you take up people and portraiture series and try to achieve the small powerful imagery.

27 Aug 2008 5:39pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Such a very nice wide-angle sweep of the whole area. I like this one, Ian... but then, that's nothing new, considering your excellent photo portfolio. ;-)

27 Aug 2008 7:35pm

Lorraine from Canada

You are such a phenomenal photographer, this is a real pleasure to view

28 Aug 2008 4:03pm

NIKON D40
1/640 second
F/8.0
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)