morning light in france

by Sharon Santoni

I know our valley so well, that a simple glance out my window in the morning is enough to tell me if there are pictures to be taken.

Over the past week the light has been divine.ย ย  So when we wanted fresh bread and croissant for our Sunday breakfast I immediately volunteered to drive to the bakers on the other side of the valley.

The morning dew was heavy and as I crossed the river, theย  sun was lifting a mist from the water, I couldn’t have timed it better.

If you carry a camera around with you as much as I do, you’ll know it only takes a second to get a good shot, and it is often better to react quickly, especially when the light is so vital.

Ten minutes later, as I drove back across the river, with my warm croissants and fresh bread on the seat beside me, that golden light had faded and the moment of magic was gone.

 

Moral of the story, it is never a waste of time to pack a camera, even on the most everyday errands, and when the light is right, then you just don’t hesitate.

 

30 comments

Monique March 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Love that first one:)

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Sharon Santoni March 11, 2014 - 8:49 pm

merci monique!

x

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florence March 11, 2014 - 4:06 pm

you are soooo right ! my camera is always very close to me, like a third eye. But the best photos are the one I missed (because I had no camera at the right moment !)…
Your photos are amazing, I love so much morning, sun rise moment and mist…..

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Sharon Santoni March 11, 2014 - 8:49 pm

never have any regrets florence, it is a waste of energy!

xx

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florence March 11, 2014 - 4:07 pm

PS : ….and also warm croissants !!!

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SarahBTT March 11, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Beautiful photos! They really capture the moment. I always have my iphone as a backup but I love to have my “good camera” with me.

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Sharon Santoni March 11, 2014 - 8:50 pm

I find my iphone useful for remembering things quickly, but I find it’s rare to take a really good shot with it

xx

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Marian from UK March 11, 2014 - 4:11 pm

What beautiful photos! So moody and evocative. And the warm croissants and bread made my mouth water! Could you tell me what camera you use? Is it one that has a viewfinder as well as a screen? Mine only has a screen and in bright sunlight it’s almost impossible to see what you’re taking and to frame the photo. I’d be interested to know what you use as your pictures are always sharp and atmospheric. Is it a complex camera?!

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Sharon Santoni March 11, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Hi Marian

I recently changed from a Fuji to a Lumix, but not a complex version. This is a bridge camera, and I have to say that I am still learning to use it and not entirely happy with results as yet. It has a viewfinder, but I only ever use the screen when taking pictures because I hate to hold the camera right up to my eye ๐Ÿ™‚

xx

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Jeanne McKay Hartmann March 11, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Thanks for taking us along on your morning croissant-jaunt, Sharon. So heart-stoppingly beautiful! XOXO

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Sharon Santoni March 11, 2014 - 8:55 pm

thank you for coming along Jeanne ๐Ÿ™‚

xx

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Kerrie Roberts March 11, 2014 - 4:35 pm

My problem is that I forget I have the camera and don’t think to stop. Need to stop rushing past good photo opportunities. Love yours and please keep it up.

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Sharon Santoni March 11, 2014 - 8:56 pm

I am long overdue for an accident Kerrie, I am forever slamming on the brakes just to get a good shot, one day someone will drive into the back of my car!

xx

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VJ March 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Love the photos. What type of camera are you using to capture the essence of that fresh morning awakening?

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Sharon Santoni March 11, 2014 - 8:56 pm

just a point and shoot Lumix VJ

x

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Peggy Braswell March 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Never leave home with out it( has become my motto) + wonderful photos + warm bread + warm croissant + doesn’t get any better than that! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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sharon santoni March 11, 2014 - 11:48 pm

nothing beats the smell of fresh bread Peggy

xx

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Kathryn March 11, 2014 - 6:58 pm

breathtaking!

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Leslie in Portland, Oregon March 11, 2014 - 10:17 pm

Your photographs are very evocative…just lovely. Thank you for sharing them with us…and for pausing to take each of them in the first place. Even though I will not come close to your artistry, you are inspiring me to dig out our camera and begin carrying it with me and using it.

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The Enchanted Home March 11, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Drop dead amazing! That first picture took my breath away.

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Colleen Taylor March 12, 2014 - 4:54 am

These photos are drool worthy Sharon & so are those warm croissants and fresh bread.

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Elizabeth (Eiffel Tells) March 12, 2014 - 6:24 am

Breathtakingly beautiful and well captured.
I’m glad I’ve managed to locate you again Sharon – you feed my passion for France.

Warm regards

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[email protected] March 12, 2014 - 9:12 am

You are so good with that camera, perfect shots.

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Denise at Forest Manor March 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Beautiful pictures, Sharon. I love the way light can transform our surroundings from one minute to the next. Great captures!

Denise

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Lin March 12, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Incredibly beautiful. Thank you for bringing us with your on your errand.
~ Lin

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Roxane March 12, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Very beautiful ! It reminds me of how very lucky I am to live on the banks of a river so that I can experience views like this all year long. I’m still learning to use my new Canon Rebel 3Ti in manual mode so there are lots of beautiful moments that have passed me by! Practice, practice, lol. What I wish I could experience is a drive in my car to get freshly baked croissants and bread on a Sunday morning! Thank you for sharing with us.

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vicki archer March 12, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Stunning Sharon… That first shot is one to be particularly proud of… ๐Ÿ™‚ xv

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Vicky from Athens March 12, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Exquisite!

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Libby March 13, 2014 - 12:26 am

At the very least, I always have my iPhone with me! It’s been wonderful on my morning walks…

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