Arles II: European Heritage Day

by Stefan Fletcher September. 18, 2010 2798 views

Sheer mountains under the rain are all very well, but I managed to persuade my friend that the European Heritage Day today could be more profitably spent in Arles.

Thinking about Mark's forum post on manual prime lenses, I shot all these and the post dated 16 September [] (which I actually captured today) with a manual-focus Voigtländer Ultron 40 mm lens. I just love what it does to images and was rather pleased how few of my captures were out of focus. (Quick tip for young snappers: it's best to be sober when using manual focus lenses.)

I am very happy that European Heritage Days take place, if only because it might attract people who never visit museums. The only problem is that all those people turned up today.

The same comment applies to all of these:
Go ahead and make my day: enlarge me.

Arles amphitheatre, which became a self-contained village in the Middle Ages, complete with its own barbican (show here) and church. I love the quasi-apocalyptic lighting here.

Place de l'Hôtel de Ville

The amphitheatre again

There was an art exhibition in a deconsecrated church. The little girl would look far more appealling if she was alone.

Like many visitors, I was attracted by the incongruity of trees in a church

I am rather proud of this one

What a shame you can't see this one full size

Self portrait

The Arles and Provence Antiquities Museum is showcasing finds dredged up from the Rhône river, including this attention-getter: a rather good bust of Julius Caesar. Unfortunately, there were too many people for me to do any better than this profile

The museum also commissioned an artist-in-residence to work on the other finds - I found this particularly particularly attractive and messed with the image in PS to produce what I found a particularly pleasing image

This and the following image: the Arles and Provence Antiquities Museum

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Olykaz 10 years, 4 months ago

Very nice set. Great lighting and colors

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Jennye 10 years, 4 months ago

These are all FANTASTIC!! I especially like 1,3,9,10 and 11.
I really must plan another visit to Arles.

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David Cardona 10 years, 4 months ago


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Eiram Marie 10 years, 4 months ago

I like the idea of European Heritage Days so much - the museums and galleries are full here during those days - mainly because the entry fees sky rocketed in the past several years , so a family trip to a museum can be very expensive. What I love the most is, that places that are normaly closed to public (like many churches and monasteries) are open too.
I love the trees in the church very much! Is there any story behind ?

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Michael Sakowicz 10 years, 4 months ago

Well of course I like shot four; very nice work.

And, since while I'm writing this it is officially '[url=]Talk like a Pirate Day[/url]', allow me to just say... Rrrrr!

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Huiching 10 years, 4 months ago

Great arts in all. I love the building in the first shot so much.

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Gerd Korts 10 years, 4 months ago

No.10 touched me

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Jacki 10 years, 4 months ago

#4 really appeals to me... you are so 'honest'? I'd open Photoshop and have those other people gone in a heartbeat! :-)))

Love the textiles in #8 as well.

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Ricardo 10 years, 4 months ago

To be honest I am quite found of this set!

2# - the quasi-apocalyptic lighting is very good! make me thinking how it is produced. maybe because of the blue reflection of that ''statue'' on those waters. I don't know, but a very nice effect!
7# - I'd be also please with a picture like this, really nice! Now my question, is the tree dead or alive? I've never seen a church with a tree inside.

11# - I've been looking to this one, and I'm trying to figure our you used PS to the color or to expand the table'? never the less this is a truly nice picture and the glow produced by the glass is really neat!

These days people usually don't like museums, but we, photographers, always love museums, because it is always an interesting spot to photos... Thanks god there are photographers, or museum would extinct lol

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Moira 10 years, 4 months ago

I think three is quite spectacular . I like the glass shards too

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Bori 10 years, 4 months ago

love the focus on the centre in #2 most, but all in all great set.

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Lynda 10 years, 4 months ago

No 2 does it for me. I was in Arles briefly many years ago as my other half wanted to see where Van Gogh had died. But I don't remember much apart from having the best bouillabaise soup ever in a bearby town.

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Miclaud 10 years, 4 months ago

Cette journée est très importante en effet! Elle nous permet de nous éloigner de notre nombril et réaliser toutes les richesses qui existent dans le monde.... je dis "monde" car, même je vis dans un département français, je vis sur un autre continent...

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