Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sunrise from Domme, France

Dordogne River, taken at sunrise from Domme
Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Dordogne River Valley, the town of Domme is in a strategic position.  I'm sure that is why it was initially founded centuries ago.  In the safety of modern times, getting up here takes a little bit of time.  From Cenac town, you can follow the signs going up switchbacks to the town  of Domme.  Take your time on this climb.

Once he reached the town, a series of signs will tell you which way to travel in the narrow streets.  The streets are primarily one-way.  Following the signs will take you in a counterclockwise circuit through the town.  You will pass an ancient cemetery on the northeast corner of town.  Right after that there are areas to park your car and enjoy a wonderful view.  Looking north, you can see the lovely Dordogne River and the beautiful, manicured farmlands stretching as far as the eye can see.

Sunrise is an excellent time to visit because of the lighting of the landscape.  On my visit, I had clear skies.  Clear skies are uninteresting in a photograph.  Whenever this happens, I try to focus my lens a little bit below the horizon.  Here are a couple of shots that I was able to obtain.  The first photograph is taken at  105 mm.  The last photograph is at 24 mm.  Both were taken with the 24-105 mm F/4 L lens.  I tried to emphasize the beautiful curve in the river as well as the reflection of the bridge in the water.
Wider View of Dordogne River Valley at sunrise. 

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