Petit Provence in Germany

by Lee Santiva July. 11, 2021 341 views
Lavender fields in Germany - Luminar sunset preset

Lavender fields in Germany - Luminar sunset preset

This photo shooting was inspired by an article about "look-alike landscapes". As the name suggests, the landscape looks quite similar to the more famous one in a different country.

The Luminar preset combined with the Fuji greens could be considered "heavy-handed" colorization of Image #1 by some people. My intention was to make the colors really pop.

Image #2 is a softer edit of the same field (viewpoint is a slightly different angle) while still facing the same direction.

Lavender fields with Luminar morning fog preset

Lavender fields with Luminar morning fog preset

My photos capture the lavender fields in the Lippe district near the Teutoburg forest in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. These "doppelgänger" resemble the more famous lavender fields in the Provence region of southern France, which is over 1000 kilometers to the south.

While the lavender fields in Germany do not get the same intensity of sunlight as the fields in France, they do get more overall hours of sunlight.

Lavender blooms in Germany

Lavender blooms in Germany

The managers of the fields have given them the marketing name "Petit Provence". In 2015 approximately 50,000 individual lavender plants were set and they are farmed according to organic principles to create lavender oil and other related products.

Lavandula angustifolia  (I assume its this variety) Macro extension tube on zoom lens

Lavandula angustifolia (I assume its this variety) Macro extension tube on zoom lens

It was a coincidence that we just happened to be in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia for family matters while the lavender was in full bloom.

Lavender macro featuring the yellow Lotus corniculatus in German gewöhnlicher Hornklee

Lavender macro featuring the yellow Lotus corniculatus in German gewöhnlicher Hornklee

I took advantage of a break in the rainy weather and snuck away a few hours before sunset to this location which was only about 30 minutes away from where we were staying.

Lavender row - depth of field

Lavender row - depth of field

Normally, there are crowds of people visiting the fields, but on this nice summer evening I was almost alone because Germany was playing in the soccer world championships and everyone was home watching the game.

Except for a mother with her son. They were doing their own photoshooting with a mobile phone :-)

Walking off into the sunset

Walking off into the sunset

In post-processing for the final photo, I attempted blurring and admit it could have been more precise. However, if I had spent even more time on it, I doubt I would have gotten this blog published.

I'm currently trying to live by the motto: "done is better than perfect".

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Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

I like them. Great post and interesting subject. Some would fit the weekly theme perfect.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

Thank you Peter - I'll check out the weekly theme

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J D 2 months ago

Very nice images...and #1 has some great "POP" to it!!

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Lee Santiva Replied to J D 2 months ago

Thanks! especially for commenting on the pop colors, I appreciate it

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Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Love the series & commentary! Nice work!
Great to see you! Welcome home! I’ll bet the fragrance was intoxicating! Thanks for sharing these lovely images!👍❤️👍

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Lovely yo hear from you Jay, and thank you for the compliment, glad you enjoyed them

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Tsao T-F 2 months ago

Good captures. Always love these lovely purple flowers.purple heart

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Lee Santiva Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them smile

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John Durham 2 months ago

Nice job. Love the lavenders - so much range of hues available, depending on the light.

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Lee Santiva Replied to John Durham 2 months ago

Thanks John, indeed the colors varied greatly as the light wasn't optimal, it was quite cloudy

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John Durham Replied to Lee Santiva 2 months ago

But still so soft and lovely - one of the best colors in Nature.

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