First pics from France (Dennis Aubrey)


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.

Even God's House needs cleaning (Basilique Sainte Madeleine, Vézelay)

PJ likes the Vézelay shot because the woman is using the same vacuum cleaner that we have at home.

Eglise Saint Julien (Courville, Marne)

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.

Nave of the church at the Abbaye de Fontenay (Côte d'Or)

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.

Apse of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Laon (Aisne)

Hope you like these shots. More to come.

6 responses to “First pics from France (Dennis Aubrey)

  1. Love the shot of Eglise St. Julien. They’re all wonderful! Look at those horizontal shots, Dennis. Magnificent! Fantastic color, incredible depth of resolution, and wonderful perspective. Time well spent. Wow.

  2. Love all of them! My favorite is the Eglise Saint Julien shot because of the warm colors in the wood of the door and the cool colors inside. Striking contrast.

  3. Your posts are sooo wonderful – an invariably elegant, intelligent and gorgeous collection every few days – thank you !

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