Normandy's White Cliffs - Etretat

paolo1955

La Spezia, Italy

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Featured in RB Explore Photography Page November – 10 – 2013

Views 930 at November – 10 – 2013

17 Features

Iso 400

Shutter Speed 1/200 sec

F-Stop f/14

Focal Lenght 24 mm

Lens Sigma 24-70

Camera Nikon D300

HDR processed in Photomatix Pro 4.0.1 with 5 RAW image -2 -1 0 +1 +2 , then processed using CS5 – Tripod Manfrotto 055XB


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Normandy’s White Cliffs

A stunning white-sand beach and white-chalk rocks, such as the Manneporte a limestone portal likened by author Guy de Maupassant to an elephant dipping its trunk into water are major elements in the composition.

Although the 80-mile stretch of sheer cliffs between Dieppe and Etretat, in upper Normandy, is mirrored by those of the English coast of Dover, pointing to their shared geological origin, no other section of the French shoreline resembles the unique breathtaking seascape of La Côte d’Albâtre—the Alabaster Coast. The section around Fécamp also goes by the poetic name of le Pays des Hautes Falaises (high cliff country) conjuring up the flavor of salty air and the shrieks of circling gulls. Unsurprisingly, the coast attracted a plethora of famous painters and writers in the 19th century, especially the Impressionists, who were captivated by its ever-changing light. Although alabaster refers to the chalky whiteness of the cliffs, closer examination of them reveals a more diversified palette of black and ochre flint and of salty rust, not to mention the bruises of erosion brought about by the relentless assaults of sea, rain and gale-force winds.

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