Lavender Fields - Valensole, Provence, France – Jarrod Castaing
Could this lavender field be any more photogenic? Although I am going to guess it was planted to reap their essential oils, the ascetics are hard to overlook. Of course the linear rows show great perspective and depth in the image, but Jarrod also does a great job waiting for the sun to peak out from behind the clouds to give this image a focal point as well. Please read Jarrod’s story below and then visit his website (www.jarrodcastaing.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JarrodCastaingPhotography) for more interestingly beautiful images.
Driving through fields of lavender outside Provence the first thing you’ll notice is the smell. In the summertime, with the windows down, wind blowing, the scent is simply breathtaking and the fields themselves seem to stretch on forever. I arrived in the late afternoon and jumped out of the car. With camera in hand, I set off into the fields snapping away. However, it wasn’t until the sun began to dip below the clouds, that I made the mad dash to the opposite end, just in time to catch the lavender changing from a dark indigo to a vibrant violet, with nothing but a thousand buzzing bees.
Camera: Canon 5D
Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
Focal length: 40mm
Shutter speed: 1/40
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