Chasing Lavender in Provence, C&C Welcome

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Welcome any comments, suggestions, different crops etc... on this series.

Would also love to know which is your favorite or couple of favorites as I am debating between a few over which to have printed for a show opportunity.

1.) Purple HIlls

2.) Purple Haze

3.) Round Tree Hill

4.) 3 Amigos

5.) Lavender Heights

6.) Solitude

7.) The Abbey

8.) Lavender Sky

Bonus image, when I was looking at the first one I realized it makes a nice pano crop. Was not shot this way, just cropped from #1. I won't keep both #1 and #9

9.) Purple Hills Pano

Thanks for viewing.

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BSiler Regular Member • Posts: 332
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Those are exquisite!  For what it's worth, you posted them pretty much in my order of preference.  One and two are my favorites.

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Wow, these are awesome!  I was there this summer (late July) looking for these exact locations/shots and by the time I got there it was dull and barren... When did you take these?

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BSiler wrote:

Those are exquisite! For what it's worth, you posted them pretty much in my order of preference. One and two are my favorites.

Thanks so much BSiler!

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tarakanchik wrote:

Wow, these are awesome! I was there this summer (late July) looking for these exact locations/shots and by the time I got there it was dull and barren... When did you take these?

Thanks!  July 3rd-10th

Around the 12th they start harvesting (cutting) the fields so the window is quite short

some areas at higher elevation bloom a little later than the plateau spots

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Very, very nice photos. I think the ones in which the lavender is well lit, so the color is vibrant, are the best (2, 3, 5, sorta 6). To me, even the stars don’t make up for less vivid lavender.

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mreynolds767 wrote:

tarakanchik wrote:

Wow, these are awesome! I was there this summer (late July) looking for these exact locations/shots and by the time I got there it was dull and barren... When did you take these?

Thanks! July 3rd-10th

Around the 12th they start harvesting (cutting) the fields so the window is quite short

some areas at higher elevation bloom a little later than the plateau spots

Ah good to know... wish I asked around before I went.  Nonetheless, beautiful place!

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CeeDave wrote:

Very, very nice photos. I think the ones in which the lavender is well lit, so the color is vibrant, are the best (2, 3, 5, sorta 6). To me, even the stars don’t make up for less vivid lavender.

Thanks CeeDave!

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Ah good to know... wish I asked around before I went. Nonetheless, beautiful place!

If you go again, research ahead of time the date of the Lavender Festival or Harvest Festival ; the different towns/areas will have different small festivals on different days.

The fields will be cut in preparation for the Festival a day or 2 prior. The festival celebrates the actual crop, not the beauty of the fields. So ideally you want to be there 1 week before the festival day for best bloom time and nothing cut yet ; too early and the fields are a mix of green and purple which you don't want either.

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Man, wish I thought of this.  Thanks for the advice!

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Just gorgeous!!!

4, 7, and 8 are my favorites... in this order.

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GCam Veteran Member • Posts: 8,632
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Beautiful Photos.  There is a lavender farm outside Santa Fe NM(40 miles) in Abiquiu, NM.  It closes October through February.  The owner went to France to get educated on growing lavender, and has been quite successful.  gc

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Winners all! Really superior work. On #7 The Abbey, I would selectively brighten the lavender just a little bit.

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All I can say is Wow, Excellent and what sabrina said.

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Absolutely beautiful.  I was in Valensole and Gordes two years ago, but also missed peak lavender.  There were 2-3 ratty fields left, which I photographed, but nothing like what you have.

I read that the farmers are starting get very tired of all the instagrammers and photo shoots in their fields, there was a photo of one field where they had hung a banner on the tree so that photos would in theory be ruined.  I wonder if you ran into that?

I'll probably go back (I visit France about every other summer), but will certainly go earlier in July next time.

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Beautiful Photos. There is a lavender farm outside Santa Fe NM(40 miles) in Abiquiu, NM. It closes October through February. The owner went to France to get educated on growing lavender, and has been quite successful. gc

Thanks GC!

I imagine the process could be duplicated elsewhere with similar climates.  Around me there are sunflower fields but rare to see Lavender fields like they have in Provence or Tulip fields like they have in Holland.

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Winners all! Really superior work. On #7 The Abbey, I would selectively brighten the lavender just a little bit.

Thanks Sabrina!

I definitely gave some consideration to selectively lightening on the lavender more in #7 but I did already do that and had to restrain myself as it was quite dark at sunset when I took this photo so I already as presented have the lavender brighter than I feel it was in reality at that time.

The Abbey is in a odd spot up on a hill/small mountain so gets no direct sunlight at sunrise or sunset.

I will take another look at it though, I often can convince myself to alter the light a bit for the better final image.

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I like all, except No. 3. It is actually clever, but I am not sure people will buy that image.

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Great shots...#4 and #6 are my favorites. I really like the light and composition of #3, but IMO the tree just isn't tall enough. If it were tall enough to see some of the trunk and the full crown from that angle, it might be my favorite of the set.

Since someone else mentioned other lavender farms: I haven't been, but I know there's a lavender-growing region on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I've always thought a lavender + Olympic NP trip could be awesome for getting a variety of good landscapes in 1 trip.

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mreynolds767 wrote:

sabrina81 wrote:

Winners all! Really superior work. On #7 The Abbey, I would selectively brighten the lavender just a little bit.

Thanks Sabrina!

I definitely gave some consideration to selectively lightening on the lavender more in #7 but I did already do that and had to restrain myself as it was quite dark at sunset when I took this photo so I already as presented have the lavender brighter than I feel it was in reality at that time.

Yes, it would take a subtle touch -- bringing up the highlights without opening shadow details. Something like this:

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