France, 2011

Volume 14, Issue 37; 17 Oct 2011

Back in July, we took a wonderful river cruise in France.

It's been a busy few months; I'm way behind on my photo essays. I'll try to catch up this week. Here's a few snaps from a larger France, 2011 collection.

We started in Avignon.

Our southernmost stop was in Arles, were we got to see part of the annual festival.

From there, we traveled north. Some of the places we visited were right on the river, others were day trips from the ship. All were delightful. Here they are in roughly the right order:

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence:

Les Baux-de-Provence:

Châteauneuf-du-Pape:

Viviers:

Tournon-sur-Rhône:

Vienne:

Lyon:

Mâcon:

Cluny:

I don't appear to have snapped a pic of the cool virtual reality stations at Cluny. My bad. They have LCD panels mounted on posts so that you can tilt up and down and rotate 365°. What is displayed on the LCD is a rendering of the inside of the cathedral as it would have been when it was complete. I'm told the rendering changes according to the time of day and season of the year. Tres cool.

Beaune:

There's one other set of random pictures taken along the way.

This was my first trip with a then very recently purchased camera, the Nikon D7000. There are many things about it that I like very much. Its tendency to overexpose in bright sunshine/high contrast situations is not one of them. It's a very real problem.

Although I think I got a few nice shots on this trip, on the whole, I'm pretty disappointed in the results. Many images from this trip have a dark and/or blueish cast to my eye. This may be the result of poor compensation on my part for the exposure problem. In any event, I chalk it up to inexperience with the camera and underdeveloped skills on my part, but I wish I had a clearer vision of how to improve those skills. Practice, practice, practice, I suppose.