This was the first image I made during a trip to France last year. Possibly one of my favorites. We were rushing to meet up with our group, but that didn’t stop us from making a couple images along the way. When you pass a scene like this, it’s impossible to pass it up. Always better to stop, then crash your car ‘gocking’. This little church sat on the hillside of small French town at the base of the Pyrenees. Behind those clouds is one of the great climbs of the Tour de France, the Col du Tourmalet.
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Tip: There is actually a small parking lot in front of this church, and at the time, there were a couple tourists parked there. I can’t blame them. However, the small Fiat kind of ruined the image for me. To solve this problem, I got down real low on the hillside below the church, and shot up at it.
Capture – 5 images @ 1ev
LightRoom 3 – Export .jpgs for conversion
Photomatix 4 – HDR/Tonemapping
Adobe Camera Raw
Photoshop – a couple curves adjustments
Photoshop – selective desaturation adjustment on the grass
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