It’s been a hectic few days, what with lost luggage, a fender bender accident, some car trouble (don’t ask!), and lost hotel reservations. Our favorite soccer team AJA Auxerre also tied in a home game and may not make Champion’s League because of it, but we are well. So far we’ve shot in Vézelay, Auxerre, Reims, Laon, Vignory, and a couple of smaller churches.
Thought we’d post some quick shots. PJ has one of the great Basilique Sainte Madeleine in Vézelay and the more modest Eglise Saint-Julien Courville (Marne). Both shots typify her style, in my humble opinion.
PJ likes the Vézelay shot because the woman is using the same vacuum cleaner that we have at home.
I’ve posted one Romanesque and one Gothic church using the Canon 17mm tilt-shift lens. Lord, what a piece of glass. I’ve used this lens for almost every shot and it is remarkable. I’ve posted many 24mm tilt-shift shots in vertical format, but not so many in horizontal. With the 17mm, however, this horizontal format really captures the scale of these churches.
The first shot is the nave of the Cistercian abbey church in Fontenay, unadorned, pure and simple.
The second shot is the nave of the great Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon. One of the early Gothic masterpieces of Picardy, this church has a total of 21 bays and beautiful sexpartite vaulting, which I’ll discuss in a later post.
Hope you like these shots. More to come.