This photo is from St. Emilion, a famous wine growing region just outside of Bordeaux in France. I loved the way the sun was shining through the tree and the great texture in the church tower and the sky. This shot has so much dynamic range that the camera couldn’t capture it all so the highlights are blown out and the tower was deep in shadow. I fixed it as much as possible but the sky still wasn’t working for me – black and white to the rescue!
This photo was taken when visiting the small town of St. Emilion on a tour a several vineyards in the Bordeaux region (btw, I would highly recommend BordoVino Tours). This is a stitched pano made from 5 separate photos taken at 27mm equivalent focal length. In hindsight, I wish I had made it a double row pano at a larger focal length. But, it still turned out pretty well considering I didn’t have a tripod.