Semur-en-Auxois…

The town of Semur-en-Auxois sits on the Armancon river and is certainly well worth a visit. Again, it appears that I am bemoaning the weather, but by this stage of our trip there was little more than cloud and rain. This does not stop me from shooting, and the soft overhead cloud cover can provide a beautiful diffused light which lifts heavy shadows, and while this can be a little blue in tone, it is soon remedied in Camera Raw.

The first of these two panoramic images taken from Le Pont Joly is a double row of shots which have then been stitched in order to more successfully encompass the view as I saw and experienced it. A single lens just could not fully encapsulate the experience, and of course the extra row ensured even greater detail in the final image. All the panoramic images were taken with the 24-105 f4 L at approximately the 50mm focal length, which is my preferred focal range (or slightly higher i.e. 85mm etc) for shooting panoramic images. Given a decent lens at this focal range, I am effectively avoiding distortion or some of the edge softness apparent on my wider lenses such as the 16-35mm II.

Semur-en-Auxois from Le Pont Joly
Double row panoramic stitch of Semur-en-Auxois from Le Pont Joly… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Dubonnet Sign, Semur-en-Auxois
For me, quintessential French advertising, somewhat beautifully faded… Dubonnet… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Semur-en-Auxois from Le Pont Joly
Single row stitch using the 5D Mk III and 24-105mm F4

The next little town on our list was Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, a very short drive heading west on the D9 from Semur. The old village is recognised as a member of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’ association, and was also where the movie Chocolat was filmed in the year 2000…

Panorama of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Burgundy
Panorama taken as we drove into Flavigny… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Restaurant in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
Restaurant in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
Covered walkway… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Flavigny Abbey, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
Flavigny Abbey… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
More Wisteria… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
A view down the street… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Flowers in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
A splash of colour as Mel walks past… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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