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The girl and the Lighthouse. Presqu'île de Guérande, France, 2019.

The girl and the lighthouse. Presqu’île de Guérande, France, 2019. Get a print!

I’ve spent the last week-end on the Guérande peninsula in the south of Brittany, France. I’m not really the landscape type, but it’s a good thing to do different or new stuff, even more when it can bring some money 😀

My target was this lighthouse in Le Croisic, with the scope of going for a long exposure shot to get those silky water and moving sky effects. But she (and then her boyfriend) passed by me and my tripod mounted camera, and sat just there. Well, if you want to be in my frame, I’ll go for it!

The photo was shot at 200mm at f/2.8 for a great blurry depth of field effect. It has caused some reactions

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A cold winter morning in Harghita. Nagykadacs, Harghita, Romania, 2016.

A cold winter morning in Harghita. Cadaciu Mare, Romania, 2016. Get a print.

While I am definitively an urban guy, I enjoy taking trips to the countryside. It’s the occasion for me to try something else, give a shot (pun intended) to other techniques, target different subjects. I really think that a photographer must get out of his comfort zone once in a while and try different approaches. For me, it’s shooting the nature, searching for landscapes, leaving the fast and noisy urban life for a more relax and peaceful environment. I can take things slow.

My parents in law live in the middle of Transylvania, in Harghita. This region is filled with hills, mountain, forest and wildlife… the exact opposite of my day-to-day life! We spent a few days there for Christmas, and I decided to honour the beautiful, snowy landscapes with a few shots. I am very found of this high key, snow white look for winter landscapes. Making a huge effort to get up early in the morning (yeah, lazy guy in vacation…) I was lucky enough to get a bit of winter morning fog that gives this haze, this particular feeling that something is happening there, behind, but you can’t really see it.

I spotted this field a while ago, woke up early in the winter morning for grabbing a few shots. While unloading my gear, which took forever because I the gloves I had to wear because of the -14 degrees Celsius (!), my immaculate landscape was photobombed… by a dear! It was more than I could wish for 🙂 I really felt like a child on the Christmas morning. 3 days before Christmas.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/8.0
  • Focale: 200mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved