Normandy and Brittany coasts
It’s always in the spirit of the discovery of the different French regions and their coasts, that in spring 2018 my family and I left for a small exploration of Normandy and a bit of Brittany.
For strategic reasons compared to the planned route, we took a housing not far from Lamballe. Indeed, the goal of the week was to make the coasts from Mont Saint-Michel to Ploubazlanec, Paimpol, Ile-de-Bréhat.
The Mont Saint Michel
For the first destination, let’s go to the Mont-Saint-Michel, for an arrival around 17H. The idea here is to have some time for photographic recognition of places. The locations are already well refined with Google map, and PhotoPills (great smartphone software for photographers). It is therefore left for a good walk, and the tour of some possible locations previously planned.
The goal is to get some beautiful pictures of the Mont Saint-Michel at sunset, but in no case there will be time, to move several hundred meters at the last moment, if the location is not good. I must therefore anticipate my position for 21H05. This hour corresponds to the golden hour of this day, with grazing sunrays, and long ground shadows. (what I want to get).
Without forgetting that, in the framing of the camera, I want to have the Mont-Saint-Michel (obviously), and the gradient of sunlight. After having visualized several positions I finally opted for this one, (the featured photo of this article) by using the architecture of the access bridge as a guideline for the photo.
Finally, the sunset is quite slow, on a fairly flat horizon, I take the opportunity to try and test 2 other positions.
But of course, I took the time to take a ride on the Mount! Aside from the atmosphere of the sunsets, I like the contrasting black and white, grainy, old-style silver photo on historical architectures!
Second stage of the course, St Malo, its fort, its city to make nice black and white !!
St Malo is a splendid city if you like the granite architecture, the castles or Forts, and the old cities. The old streets of St Malo are also very well maintained and deserve to be covered during a walk. For example, returning from a walk on the ramparts of the Fort which allows beautiful photographic meditations in front of the port, the Channel sea and its lovers of sails, or the beaches.
From the Fort La Latte to the Frehel cap
The next step, always in the evening, a little physical exercise on the heights of the cliffs of the Cotes d’Armor. Between Fort La Latte and Cape Fréhel. Beautiful course for hikers, great views!
Timing planned, always with PhotoPills, to get my favorite light. More or less gilded lighting, half-golden half-blue, or blue according to the landscapes generates singular ambiances and a way of transmitting our photographic style.
An hour of shooting, different frames, and the magic of the moment has provided me a photographic suite with different atmospheres … in terms of color or temperature … The natural color grading in the end …
And the last stage, at the entrance to Brittany, the beach facing the Ile-de-Bréhat, Ploubazlanec. This time it will not be for the golden hour, but rather for some long poses? and enjoy the rocky textures? Maybe some blacks and whites? It was not yet decided clearly on the moment! Only curiosity … I think that sometimes it is necessary to leave a place “to the non preparation” and just deal with what appears. A good exercise for photographic spontaneity! Finally here is what comes out below:
In the end, I find that our Normandy and our French Brittany have beautiful things to offer, and this is only here, obviously an introduction! Photographers should be able to find their happiness in dull seaside and various landscapes, granite and rock textures, hikers and walkers also have to choose their destinations, many possibilities available!
Do you have an experience of our French North West? photographic? Hikers? Nature lovers?
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