On a recent visit to my favorite Provence village, St. Remy. I took this first image. It was taken around the corner from a townhouse I was renting. It was about 7:30 in the morning, as I went for a walk for my morning pastry and expresso.
The next image I took the following day a little earlier, at 7am. The sun was peaking down a narrow alley from the right. It skimmed across the storefronts creating incredible textures and shadows. It lasted about 15 minutes before the light went flat like the previous day. WOW what a difference. It sure pays to change your routine.
When I'm staying in these old villages I will often change the time I get up and walk around. It's amazing how the light will vary as it peeks down alleys and roads thru the day.
As I say in photography "it's all about the light" . Here we have two variations of the same subject, taken only 15 minutes apart.
Another habit of mine when walking thru these old villages is to turn around and walk back the same couple of blocks I came from. Seeing how the view, and notably the light changes from the reverse direction is fascinating. Many a successful image was made from a place I just passed but in reverse.
There are images all around us. Photographing on our travels is more than collecting pictures of the iconic views showcased in tour books. It's about seeing everything around us. Being in the moment, seeing what is around us, the lights and shadows everywhere we walk. it constantly evolves as the sun heads toward sunset. Then it's time to sit, relax and do a little people watching. And yes maybe a nice vin de table, a glass of the house red.