July 2018, Lavender Fields, Valensole, France.
Chasing the light is a game of patience. I had visualized this shot about a year ago. It's a classic, but I'm glad to have it in my portfolio.
The lavender fields of Provence are at their peak in early July, so I had to wait for the right time. I came back to this spot a few days in a row to get the best possible sunset.
As I waited for the sun to sets, the air was filled with the soothing fragrance of lavender flowers and the quiet buzzing of the last bees to pollinate the field before heading to the beehive for the night.
Shot handheld with a Sony ɑ7rIII and Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens @ 26mm. ISO 400 f/5.6 1/640.
This print is 17″ ⨉ 22″ size C (432 ⨉ 559 mm) with margins of 1″ (254 mm) on the sides and top, and 2.5″ (635 mm) at the bottom.
The image area is 13″ ⨉ 19.5″ (330 ⨉ 495 mm).
- Paper: Canson Infinity Printmaking Rag, fine art archival paper. This 100% cotton paper is mould-made using the finest and oldest paper making technique. It has a unique pure white without optical brighteners, an incomparable fine and silky touch. Its soft texture lends a painterly feel to the image. It meets the requirements of ISO 9706 for long term storage and archival.
- Inks: Canon Lucia Pro ink set, a set of 11 inks plus a chroma optimizer which features microencapsulated pigment inks that achieve fantastic color reproduction, outstanding image clarity, and enhanced details.
- Printer: Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, a 17″ wide format professional printer. Its air feeding system prevents any scratches or marring of the paper and its print head equipped with 18,432 nozzles delivers a print resolution of up to 2,400 ⨉ 1,200 dpi.