Bastille Day weekend

Author: fraise

Sunday 22 July 2012, in La France, Travel

Last weekend I was invited to visit friends in La Seyne sur Mer, a small town near Toulon, which is a major port in France, especially for military vessels. It was a beautiful, although windy, weekend, and we were treated to a great fireworks show – that’s a video I shot with my handheld HD camera; be sure to try out the different video qualities (you can change them by clicking on the grey gear icon and selecting one).

As always, I also took photos! Lately I’ve been using my 30-year-old manual lenses on my Nikon D40 and having great results with them. Over the weekend, I only took along my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. While at times I wished I had wide angle or telephoto lenses, it also encouraged me to see things a bit differently. You can see an example of surprising results in this photo of Toulon – with a wide angle to get the full buildings, this chance pigeon would have been nearly invisible! As it is, it made a beautiful addition of movement to the classic Provençal colors.

Couleurs et pigeon

In the photo below, looking east from La Seyne, you can see how the Mistral permanently bends trees – we have simlarly-bent trees due to winds along the Oregon coast as well.

Bateaux, La Seyne

Looking west from the same spot in La Seyne, I was able to see Les deux frères, a pair of large rocks in the Mediterranean.

Les deux frères

All of my photos from the trip are in the Toulon et La Seyne photoset. There’s also this video I took in the TGV showing some of the beautiful landscapes between Nice and Toulon. To finish, one of my favorite photos for its colors, a boat in the port of Toulon.

Bateau, port de Toulon

One response to “Bastille Day weekend”

  1. Sandy Says:

    Nice post which lenses on my Nikon D40 and having great results with them. Over the weekend, I only took along my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. While at times I wished It had wide angle or telephoto lenses, it also encouraged me to see things a bit differently. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

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