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Reflection

I spot this amazing place weeks ago before leaving to NZ, but I finally had only 1 free day to hike here, so only one chance to get perfect conditions. I started the hike around 2pm, but all the mountains were completely surrounded by the clouds with no visibility. I met a few hikers on their way back down, same reply: summit is invisible and hidden behind the clouds. No way ! I crossed the fingers and followed the hike, as weather may change very quickly over there. When I finally reached the spot around 4.30pm, the summit was half covered by clouds, but at least visible. Tripod in position, camera ready, I made a few shots. I was really excited, seeing clouds moving until having an absolutely clear overview. I finally decided to wait until the sunset, despite the long way back to return. This has been very rewarding, some high clouds appeared, and the light became absolutely stunning. I did not see anybody of the whole afternoon, without any sounds than my camera. Just a really magic moment I will probably keep in my mind for a while. The way back down was a bit less exciting, with no torch (forgot in the car) nor phone (no more battery¬タᆭ) to light the path. I ran as fast as I can during 30 minutes until the dust, but an additional hour in a total dark (no moon) through a very dense forest has been necessary. I finally used my camera's LCD screen as a torch to finish the hike around 10pm¬タᆭ Really, I won't forget this day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @21mm, f/10, ISO 100, 0,5s (DRI from 5 raws at -2/+2IL) #Photography #NewZealand #Sunset #Lanscape #Reflection #DRI #Mountain #Lake

First ray over the Sound

Sunrise on my last day at Milford Sound, NZ, the day after finishing the famous 4 days hike, the Milford track. Such a weather in this place is absolutely not common, as it rains approximatively 7 meters a year at Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth. I woke up just before the sunrise, and immediately looked at the sky through the window, even if the forecast was, as usual, rain. Eyes still half-closed, I thought it was totally overcast, as the sky seemed like all grey. After a shower to wake me up, I finally realized that the sky was actually all blue without any cloud. I got dressed in a few seconds, and ten minutes later, I was on the shore, tripod in place to start shooting the first rays over the sound. 2 hours later, the rain was back, but I left the place happy, I got what I was looking for. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/6.3, ISO 50, 1/20 Blending of 2 series (foreground / background) of 5 raws (-2/+2 IL)

Spaghetti Junction

Shot on the very last evening before leaving Auckland and NZ, this place called "Spaghetti Junction" (no need further explanation I guess) is a junction of several Highways near the city center. I arrived the day before from the South Island around 11pm, and I immediately walked several kilometres the to find this incredible spot to be completely ready for my only chance. I began to shoot at the sunrise and finish 1 hour and a half later at dusk. Due to public holiday for Easter in NZ, there wasn't so much traffic, and I had to wait to get enough cars. Last shot of an amazing trip, I already miss NZ. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @17mm, f/22, ISO50, 20s (Manual blending of 8 shots)

Rum at sunset

During an overnight trip in the Wadi Rum desert in the south of Jordan, our bedouin guide bring us on the best spot he knows, far away from anything, to enjoy the sunset while he was starting up a fire to prepare the tea

End of day

Facebook page First day at Grand Teton National Park, on my way back from Solitude lake after hiking more than 10 hours, half of the time on a fully snowy trail. The sun was setting down on a tiny lake along the path. We stopped just a few minutes in this absolutely quiet place, as we still had a long way to come back to the campground. I wished I could stay longer to enjoy the sunset, but I was still 4 hours away from the camp. I had to finish the trail hiking by night in the bear territory, but it was worth every step. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/10, 1/30, ISO200 DRI from 3 raws (-1/+1IL + a f/22 exposure to get the rays)

Winter Sunset

Winter sunset over the estuary of the river Rance from the shore of Saint-Malo, near the Solidor Tower. One of my first shot using my new 16-35 f/4 bought recently, edge sharpening is significantly improved compared to the 17-40. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @18mm, f/9, iso100. DRI from 5 raws + f/22 exposure to get the sunrays

Golden rays

Sunrise thought the forest down the Villarrica, one of Chile's most active volcanoes, a few minutes after starting to climb. Snowboard fixed to my backpack, ready for a 5 hours climb till the crater and his smokes. After saying a few minutes at the summit (due to toxical smokes), time to climb down in snowboard, one of the coolest memories in my life. Follow me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/bgspix

Cedar sunset

When we arrived at Al arz, where remains one of the very last forest of cedars in Lebanon, it was around 6.30pm. The park (protected area) was already closed since 30 minutes, but we met Francois, a shop tender, who bring us directly to a ladder behind his shop. A private access to the cedars forest, to enjoy alone an amazing sunset. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @35mm, ISO400, f/7.1, 1/10 (Natural tripod), ISO 400

Good Morning Africa

During a night in a camp site located very close to Manyara Lake National Park in Tanzania, an amazing point of view over the park and the rift Valley a few minutes before the sunrise, with amazing pastel tones in the sky. Alone to enjoy this moment, a really nice feeling of freedom.

Roof of Africa

Sunrise from the roof of Africa, the mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru peak), after climbing all night long, the only way to deserve this awesome moment. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit of the Kilimanjaro at 5895 meters above sea level. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @20mm, f/5.6, 1/80, iso 400

Shadows of St. Malo

Shadows of the bulwarks of Saint-Malo during a winter sunset

Easter Island Sunset

Last evening before leaving this really magic place (an unforgettable memory), a nice sunset over the Moais of Hanga Roa and the Pacific. Canon 550D + EF 24/105 f/4 @ 24mm, f/10, iso100

Golden Hour

First Day in Mont Tremblant National Park, QC. In Canada, even the sky knows how to take care about his visitors :)

Last light

Sunset in la Mauricie National Park. DRI from 3 raws Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @10mm, f/11, ISO 100, 0,4s

Sun is rising

Sunset in La Mauricie National PArk, QC, Canada -- Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @12mm, f/11, ISO100, 4s DRI from 3 raws (2s, 4s & 8s)

Ocean 60

Off the beach "Le Verger", Cancale, France, a long exposure with Lee Filters (first attempt), my brother as standstill model. First test with my new toys, difference filters Lee (and specially the bigstopper). Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @20mm, f/11, 60s, ISO200

Irish sunset

Sunset in Northern Ireland, not far from Giant causeway Canon EOS 60D + EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @10mm, f/11, 1/80, ISO 160

Maasai at work

A small Maasai Village near Tarangire National Park in Tanzania at sunset, as hundreds others in this region, living in self-sufficiency and traditional lifestyle, a contrast with high voltage lines crossing their land Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM @400mm, ISO3200, f/7.1, 1/125 (

End of Day

End of day over the beach of "Le Verger", near Cancale in Brittany, France. I arrived just in time to catch the last sunray. Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3,5-4,5 USM @10mm, f/10, I/50, iso100 (3 raws @-2/+2IL)

Étretat's Cliffs

The famous cliffs of Étretat, Normandy, France (North west coast) during a summer sunset. Another occasion to play with the Mark III. ND8 FIlter + ND2 graduated filter 5 raws with bracketed exposure (-1,3/+1,3IL)

Last ray

First day in Grand Teton National Park, enjoying the last ray of the day not so far from the campground. The sky was clear with a single tiny cloud lost in the blue. A deep silence, without anyone around, a peaceful gift to celebrate this first day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @29mm, f/13, 1/25, iso 200 (Polar filter)

Atlantic Road

The famous national road 64 section, in Norway, also known as "The Atlantic Road", before sunset. An 8km road which runs through small islands, spanned by eight bridges and several landfills along the Atlantic. Drove it 3 times in a row, a very nice moment on a such uncommon road. --- Canon EOS 60D + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105mm, f/8, 1/30, iso 200

Sunset on Taranaki

I spot this amazing place weeks ago before leaving to NZ, but I finally had only 1 free day to hike here, so only one chance to get perfect conditions. I started the hike around 2pm, but all the mountains were completely surrounded by the clouds with no visibility. I met a few hikers on their way back down, same reply: summit is invisible and hidden behind the clouds. No way ! I crossed the fingers and followed the hike, as weather may change very quickly over there. When I finally reached the spot around 4.30pm, the summit was half covered by clouds, but at least visible. Tripod in position, camera ready, I made a few shots. I was really excited, seeing clouds moving until having an absolutely clear overview. I finally decided to wait until the sunset, despite the long way back to return. This has been very rewarding, some high clouds appeared, and the light became absolutely stunning. I did not see anybody of the whole afternoon, without any sounds than my camera. Just a really magic moment I will probably keep in my mind for a while. The way back down was a bit less exciting, with no torch (forgot in the car) nor phone (no more battery¬タᆭ) to light the path. I ran as fast as I can during 30 minutes until the dust, but an additional hour in a total dark (no moon) through a very dense forest has been necessary. I finally used my camera's LCD screen as a torch to finish the hike around 10pm¬タᆭ Really, I won't forget this day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @21mm, f/10, ISO 100, 1/4 (DRI from 5 raws at -2/+2IL)

Sisters shadows

Located on Tongaporutu beach, the 3 sisters are a couple of rock (formerly 4, only 2 remains) formations. I left Tongariro National Park around 4.30pm after Hiking the Alpine crossing, and a 3 hours drive was necessary to reach Tongaporutu beach and the 3 sisters site. I drove as fast as I was allowed to, but I finally arrived 5 minutes too late, the sun already disappeared. Unfortunately, the car park was not nearby the site, and a 10 minutes walk was necessary to reach this amazing place for sunset. I ran as fast as I could in the black sand and slippery rocks (I even lost one part of my right shoe during the sprint), the fishermen already there probably made fun of me¬タᆭ A few seconds to discover the site, find a framing (could have been much better¬タᆭ), prepare the tripod and manage the camera settings to catch the very last lights of the day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @19mm, iso 100, f/9, 0.4s (bracket of 5 raws -2/+2IL)

Aoraki/Mt Cook at sunset

Sunset over the Mount Cook, aka Aoraki (its Maori name), the New Zealand Highest summit, along the Lake Pukaki and the road heading to the amazing Hooker Valley and its glacier. I stayed almost 2 hours enjoying the moment and the colors change over the valley, a perfect place to have a beer until the dusk and finish another great day in NZ. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @155mm, f/11, ISO100, 1/13 Blending of several shots taken before and after the sunset

The Sound

First sundays over the Milford Sound, New Zealand, the day after finishing the famous 4 days hike, the Milford track. Such a weather in this place is absolutely not common, as it rains approximatively 7 meters a year at Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth. I woke up just before the sunrise, and immediately looked at the sky through the window, even if the forecast was, as usual, rain. Eyes still half-closed, I thought it was totally overcast, as the sky seemed like all grey. After a shower to wake me up, I finally realized that the sky was actually all blue without any cloud. I got dressed in a few seconds, and ten minutes later, I was on the shore, tripod in place to start shooting the first rays over the sound. 2 hours later, the rain was back, but I left the place happy, I got what I was looking for. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @17mm, f/11, iso 50, 1/6 Manual blending from 5 raws

The Sound at sunrise

Sunrise on my last day at Milford Sound, NZ, the day after finishing the famous 4 days hike, the Milford track. Such a weather in this place is absolutely not common, as it rains approximatively 7 meters a year at Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth. I woke up just before the sunrise, and immediately looked at the sky through the window, even if the forecast was, as usual, rain. Eyes still half-closed, I thought it was totally overcast, as the sky seemed like all grey. After a shower to wake me up, I finally realized that the sky was actually all blue without any cloud. I got dressed in a few seconds, and ten minutes later, I was on the shore, tripod in place to start shooting the first rays over the sound. 2 hours later, the rain was back, but I left the place happy, I got what I was looking for. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @17mm, f/6.3, ISO 50, 1/25 Blending of 5 raws (-2/+2 IL)

Edge of Titicaca

A few hours after crossing the border to Peru from Bolivia, we drove on an unsealed road along the famous Lake Titicaca, until a tiny village a few kilometers before Puno to stay for the night. We were hosted by an old widow farmer, in her house on the edge of the lake. Just enough time to unpack my stuff, get the tripod and enjoy the last rays of the day. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105mm, ISO400, 1/500 (2 exposures at f/4 and f/22 merged)

Christmas sunset

Taken on Christmas day, while walking on the beach, a good opportunity to test the new Lumix FZ300 we offered to my mother some hours ago. The sunset was quite impressive, and very colourful (no processing). A few second after the sun went down, all the clouds took a very deep color for a very short moment. --- Panasonic FZ300 @26mm, f/2.8, 1/125, iso 100

A sunset in Valensole

This is the beginning of Lavender season in Provence, and for the first time, I finally came to this amazing place yesterday. I wish I could stay longer, because there is so many photo spots around Valensole. This is absolutely a must seen for anyone, an incredible experience for all your senses, and specially for the photographers. It began a very popular place since a few years, so you will have to deal with all tourists and other photographers if you're planning to go there, which can require a little bit of patience ! I spent the afternoon driving and walking to find out a good spot, as I did not seek on Internet before coming. I finally decided to come on this one, which is very popular as visible from the Road. I arrived almost 3 hours before the sunset, and some photographers were already waiting to enjoy the best light. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @145mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/50 (Blending of 5 raws, -2/+2IL)

Sunset over Tower Bridge

The afternoon was quite cloudy on London yesterday, a few hours before the sunset, a lot of dark clouds appeared, and the light was really not good. I gave it a try and moved to the River Thames edges near the city hall in the end of the afternoon after a burger at Shake shack. The London Bridge City Summer Festival helped a lot to wait until the sunset with DJs, music and drinks ! During 20 minutes, when the sun was setting, the light was just amazing while the sun appeared between the clouds and the horizons. Good light, music and fresh drinks, definitely can't ask for more :) --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @33mm, f/8, 1/8, iso 200

End of day

First day at Grand Teton National Park, on my way back from Solitude lake after hiking more than 10 hours, half of the time on a fully snowy trail. The sun was setting down on a tiny lake along the path. We stopped just a few minutes in this absolutely quiet place, as we still had a long way to come back to the campground. I wished I could stay longer to enjoy the sunset, but I was still 4 hours away from the camp. I had to finish the trail hiking by night in the bear territory, but it was worth every step. Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF17-40mm f/4L USM @17mm, f/10, 1/30, ISO200 DRI from 3 raws (-1/+1IL + a f/22 exposure to get the rays)

Keep calm and shoot

Giving a try to a long exposure shot on the wooden walkways of Plitvice Lakes National park on August may be one the biggest patience test for the nerves of a photographer. Any people 50 meters ahead or behind you will irremediably create vibrations ruining your long exposure. Keep calm and shoot... --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/22, 8s, ISO 50

Plitvice garden

While walking along one of the trails of Plitvice National Park in Croatia, among the incredible landscapes offered by this amazing place. If you plan someday to come there, which you definitely have to, come on the early morning or late during the afternoon for a better experience. July and August are obviously very crowdy, so better come in June or September. As hunting, fishing, camping and swimming are prohibited, the fauna and flora are perfectly preserved. This place is located in the lower lakes area, just nearby the wooden trail. Fortunately, a tripod can be used on the ground and avoid all vibrations due to the wooden trail. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/8, ISO 50, 1s (DRI from 5 raws)

The Water Palace

Jal Mahal, meaning basically the water Palace, located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, was the main reason to come in Jaipur, capital of the Rajasthan. Even if there is a lot of more beautiful places in and around Jaipur, I found that place incredibly photogenic, specially at sunrise. I woke up around 05.30, used TPE to find the right location, and when I arrived, the place was still quite et peaceful, contrasting with the usual noisy mess at daytime. The light was just perfect thanks to a slightly foggy ambiance that morning. Unfortunately, the place is also reflecting one of India's biggest trouble. Face A is amazing, but face B is very different. Edges of lake are used as garbage dump, and I was literally surrounded by rats while taking my pictures in the middle of rubbish. This is hard with our occidental culture to admit that incredible heritage is not better preserved, but this is unfortunately far from people daily life concerns over there. Indian contrast, and mixed feelings while shooting. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @32mm, f/8, 1/8 iso50

Morning at the Taj

When I arrived the day before at Agra, I immediately went near Mehtab Bagh, a garden with a nice view behind the Taj on the other side of the Yamuna river. I was so disappointed to discover scaffolding on the North East minaret. The winter ogwas also really present, and at 10am, due to sunlights, the Taj was only a grey shadow from the other side of the river, only 100m from there. Ouch, no good news. I tried to convince me that tomorrow would be better, but disappointment was huge. I woke up at 5.30am the next day, to be one of the first to enter the site at sunrise, ticket already bought online before leaving. A couple of minutes past 6, the queue was already 20 meters long, ouch. Finally, the East door opened around 7.00, 15 minutes of adrenaline, discovering the impressive monument and trying to find out framing with no people. Only a few seconds on each spot, then "strategic" move to another one. Even if I deeply checked before coming every potential spot, once inside, this is definitely different. The site was crowded, but most of people went directly inside the mausoleum after the garden and the usual shots with water reflection. Then the mosque area (West) was quite clear, and i had 5 minutes in a foggy atmosphere to take pictures while the sun rising Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @16mm, f/9, 1/60, iso 400

A morning at Chenonceau

First sunrays over the famous castle of Chenonceau in France, spanning the river Cher (and not the Loire !). This is probably one of the most beautiful castle in France, due to its uncommon situation, and also a witness of french history. I arrived the evening before to scout the place and its surrounding. Hopefully, access to this part of the river is free, and you can easily enjoy amazing view from the castle. I was trying telephoto pictures at 500mm a few hundred meters from the castle when I saw a hot air ballon taking off nearby. I just ran as fast as I could to get closer to the castle, swap the lense in a few seconds, no time to use the tripod. I just has time to get a few shots before the ballon disappeared. Timing is everything ! --- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @27mm, f/5.6, ISO400, 1/500 #Chenonceau #Chateau #Castle #Sunrise #France #Photography #AirBaloon

Princes of Edinburgh

End of day over Edinburgh, Scotland, from Calton Hill. Calton Hill is probably the most famous photo spot in Edinburgh, with an amazing view on Princes Street and its monuments. I arrived just for sunset on the hill, many photographers were already ready, just over Dugald Stewart Monument. I decided to check around if any spot was less crowded. I finally decided to stop at the bottom of Nelson Monument, with this perspective of Princes Street. I then waited one hour to get the lights over the monuments and enough traffic in the street. --- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III @150mm, f/11, ISO 50, 133 seconds