Let’s leave Silvacane with one last application of the fish. We’ll come back to it when we need it 🙂
Here we have again a mix of three lenses, the 12-40/2.8 at the top,
I can’t remember why I went B&W with the last shot, but I suppose this is a case of “tried it randomly and it worked”.
Empty halls of pure architecture. That’s what those old French monasteries are.
The first two images have been taken with rectilinear lenses. I’ve used the 7-14/2.8 for the big hall of the church. Could easily be mistaken for Dwarvish architecture in Moria, below the Misty Mountains, right?
It’s the first time I have used a fisheye on vacations. You won’t see it in use very often, but during the months since, I have found it to be a valuable addition to my “Big Gear”.
When you go to Provence, and when you love architecture and medieval art, and when you like monasteries and churches, in other words, when you are a lot like me, you have to visit the three big Cistercian monasteries. Silvacane is the first of them, located NNW of Aix-en-Provence.
Silvacane is not in use as a monastery any more. Its style is strictly Romanesque, colors and decorations are long gone.
This is not how those buildings have looked while they were in use. Medieval churches were painted in colors and richly decorated. Many of them still are, especially those that have not been used as horse stables or barracks, like it was the fate of so many of those buildings around and after the French Revolution.