Featured in RB Explore Photography Page September – 04 – 2013
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Shutter Speed 1/200 sec
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
Solo accepted work Seascape Workshop Catalog
September 2013 Juried Invitational of Solo Exhibition, SoJie 24
Porte d’Aval and Aiguille de Belval
The biggest arch is at the Falaise d’Aval, to the south, and for a breathtaking view of the whole bay be sure to climb the easy path up to the top. From here you can hike for miles across the Manneporte Hills, or play a round of golf on one of Europe’s windiest and most scenic courses, overlooking L’Aiguille (The Needle), a 300-foot spike of rock jutting out of the sea just offshore. To the north towers the Falaise d’Amont, topped by the gloriously picturesque chapel of Notre-Dame de la Garde.
Etretat displays nature’s workings at its most miraculously beautiful but also at its most fragile. After all, Etretat’s world-renowned needle rock and gateway arches are no more than the surviving ruins of a perished cliff. As you hike this spectacular section of the coast, do not wander off the marked trails. Erosion is a constant reality here.
Etretat was a simple fishing village that gained some small renown because its oysters were appreciated at the court of Versailles—it’s said that Marie-Antoinette adored them. Then in the 19th century, when sea bathing became a craze, Etretat was suddenly on the social map—especially after 1847, when rail service began between Le Havre and Paris. Le tout Paris gathered here in their fancy clothes, joined by the literary and artistic crowd, including Corot, Courbet, Delacroix, Victor Hugo and Guy de Maupassant, who had spent his childhood here. Author Maurice Leblanc, creator of the gentleman burglar Arsène Lupin, had his summer home here, now a small museum honoring both the writer and his fictional anti-hero.