Snapshots #5: Break from the Bubble

Aberystwyth is often portrayed as a Bubble, being a small community with all your needs on the edge of the world, a windy way from any larger towns or cities that are inland. Luckily for me I took a break and went over to see my parents in the beautiful Normandy. After posting about it before as my summer holiday, Normandy’s beauty only increases with the turn of the season and cooling climate.


Getting out, walking and having mini adventures are fantastic and I wish I could make more time for them back in Wales, but with my busy uni life it seems just out of reach. Fortunately I got the opportunity to in France, with a sunset walk around La Petite Chapelle in Mortain with my better half. This Chapel and Coppice also is a memorial for American servicemen who died in protecting the town in the final counterattack in the Battle of Normandy in 1945. As it’s position on the top of a hill, it also offers an incredible view looking out towards Brittany and La Manche.


As I’m still pretty much new to landscape photography and still playing around with HDR modes, serial exposures and more fancy settings, I really enjoyed seeing how this images turned out from the Chapel.
For these images I used an L series 24-105mm lens, using settings: 1/1600, f/8.0, ISO 1600 and framing it at 24mm. In Lightroom I warmed the colours more giving it the yellowy glow. For landscape photos, I try and use a narrower aperture of f/8.0 or smaller to get the whole landscape in focus, if not I’ve tried focus stacking as well but that is a technique that I need more practise on.


Of course I put my camera down for a few minutes and Tom becomes a professional when my back is turned. Saying that, I think this perfectly sums up our 5 day adventure in Normandy with the clear view, the sunset and the beautiful autumnal colours.

As always, thanks for reading and have another fantastic day!

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