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Coucher de Soleil sur les Champs de Lavande - Valensole

192 megapixel VAST photo
Valensole, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

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192 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of a sunset over lavender fields; landscape photograph created by David Meaux in Valensole Plateau, Valensole, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Coucher de Soleil sur les Champs de Lavande - Valensole

192 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Valensole, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Provence just before lavender harvest season is an amazing experience. Wherever you travel the air is filled with the smell of lavender, and the beautiful violet flowers contrast amazingly with the natural golden stone of the region. Combine this with the famous golden light that skims across the surface at sunrise and sunset, and you have the subject matter of countless artists, including some of the most famous painters in the western world, like Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Vincent van Gogh.

While the seemingly endless fields of lavender around Valensole provide an infinite number of compositions, finding the exact composition you want takes quite a bit of research. In addition to the usual research I do before every trip, I spent days driving and walking around the fields in search of spots where compositions would line up just right and the angle of the sunlight would fall across the scene just the way I wanted.

As the sun sets in this image, the rim light it casts across the field not only illuminates the lavender in radiant glory but it also casts shadows across the undulating earth, providing texture and contouring to the even rows of lavender. Contrasted with the straight line of the horizon, the foreground texture adds depth and interest to the evenly divided frame. Likewise, the organic shapes of the silhouetted trees reaching above the horizon into the clouds refracting the rays of the setting sun joins the sky to the earth.

This time-blended VAST image was created by combining tilt and shift optical movements on a medium format technical camera with panorama stitching. The result is an image that is not only colorful but sharp from the rocks and flower blossoms in the foreground to the trees along the horizon.

Date & TimeJune 26, 2018:  7:45pm - 8:06pm
LocationValensole, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Coordinates43.886164, 6.053676
Focal Length70mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter Speed1/8sec
ISO50
Number of Exposures27

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Total Pixels192,080,000
Horizontal Pixels19,600
Vertical Pixels9,800
Aspect Ratio2 : 1
File Size1,098 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)5.44 feet
Height @ 300ppi2.72 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)10.89 feet
Height @ 150ppi5.44 feet

Date & TimeJune 26, 2018:  7:45pm - 8:06pm
LocationValensole, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Coordinates43.886164, 6.053676
Focal Length70mm
Aperturef/11
Shutter Speed1/8sec
ISO50
Number of Exposures27

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