by Stefan Fletcher September. 02, 2009 3766 views

Roussillon is one of those bijoux (read: “fake”) tourist villages that enchant tourists and attract expats. The village is unusual in lying on vast deposits of nature red ores used as ochre colouring – and of course you can walk through some very carefully tended forest paths to enjoy those glorious reds and yellows.

Some people prefer to walk barefoot to preserve their footwear. I plodded away in my boots, boldly forging a path with my trusty monopod.

I lost the sodding thing there.

Yes, a monopod is a good idea if you live in a city where there are restrictions on tripod use in streets and museums, etc., or if you have long telephotos. Monopods don’t really circumvent the ‘no-tripod’ rule, but they are relatively inconspicuous. They also require a ball head.

To return to Roussillon, I have ‘improved’ the colours only in one shot because I wanted you to believe the colours. As I shoot in RAW and convert to sRGB for Photoblog, the result may be rather flat.

This Roussillon, BTW, is a village in Provence, quite close to where I now live, and should not be mistaken for the Languedoc-Roussillon region further west.

The one, slightly improved, image here. (Don't know why I bothered…) All the others are RAW captures straight out of the camera and converted for PB.

la route des ochres. It really is like this.

Colorado the provençal way.

Marina - the only blue thing around. Still wearing shoes (see below).

Some vague concern about not having yellow shoes made her take them off. Afterwards, she looked like she had been dancing in curry.

With foreseeable consequences

And this is why

Strangely not yellow people drinking yellow wine or pastis…

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Tomie Poodle 12 years ago

magnifique village...

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Boszorka65 12 years ago

Very nice places:)

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Thebronzebow 12 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous... another place to add to my list. Reminds me of some places in the western US.

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Jennye 12 years ago

I love Roussillon, and you captured it beautifully!!

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Sandra Vermeulen 12 years ago

Nice shot from a great place. ;o)

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Soulcurry 12 years ago

What a beautiful place, Revenant! Lucky you to be able to live in such a gorgeous region.

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Jacki 12 years ago

What a lovely place you live near!! #3 looks like a painting of some place that I'd say "that's not REAL"... beautiful!!!

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Michael Sakowicz 12 years ago

Great shots. Agreed, a monopod works wonders in these environments.

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Jarvo J 12 years ago

Wonderful shots - you know you're not doing anything to put me off visiting Provence.

Sorry to hear abour your monopod. My tripod broke today. Nothting major, the wing nut at the top which allows it to be adjusted has just clapped out with no thread left on it. I found an old machine screw in the garage that fits a treat, but until I can buy the right wing-thing I need a screwdriver to operate it.

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Eric J H Joyce 12 years ago

Great set.

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Betty Meade 12 years ago

Wonderful set...your colors are so rich and vivid. Hard to choose a fav, but I think it would be is a beautiful shot.

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Lynda 12 years ago

Stefan, I'm enjoying your 'holiday' snaps You live near some interesting places.

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