Macon, Is That It?


Wander around Macon in France and you’ll soon come to recognise that it does not offer a lot for photographers. Maybe I’m doing the town an injustice but without stretching to a bit of street photography I was really struggling to get a photograph. Now half of the problem was cars. They were parked everywhere and any building that was worth a click of the shutter had the inevitable car outside it. So I became a bit selective, maybe too selective, but it is what it is so here’s the photographs.

Chamber of Commerce

The first building I came across was the Chamber of Commerce, which seemed to be shut up. Getting low and close to the waterfall allowed me to get all of the building in, but I did have to do some perspective corrections in Adobe Lightroom to straighten the building.

Quite a few of streets are closed to traffic or so I thought. When I nearly stepped into the path of speeding moped I soon realised, there’s traffic and there’s traffic. But eventually I managed to negotiate my way to the Town Hall and those crazy but colourful plant pots.

Hotel de Ville

And right behind me was the Eglise St Pierre. I couldn’t get all of the building in with one shot. It was just too tall. So in the end I photographed the church in three sections, making sure each section overlapped by quite a bit. Then It was a simple task to combine the three sections using Adobe Lightroom’s “merge to panorama” module.

Eglise St Pierre

Inside the church, like many French churches, it’s quite ornate. Far more so than many of the simple churches I find in North Wales. There again, the churches in France are so much larger, almost cathedral-like in size.

Columns

Here’s a close-up of the area around the altar. Before you ask I have no idea of the significance of the green cloth. From a photography point of view id does add a welcome splash of colour.

Green Cloth

Sorry about this, but talking about cathedrals, Macon does have one. Well actually it has two. The 13th century one was demolished in 1799 leaving only two distinctive towers. Lot’s of cars parked outside so not worth a photograph. Then there’s the new cathedral of St Vincent.

Cathedrale St Vincent

Now if you want ornate, this is the place to go. All marble, lots of stained glass, well just look at it.

Ornate

So that’s Macon. No doubt I missed loads that I could photograph but to be honest as a town it didn’t really inspire me

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13 thoughts on “Macon, Is That It?

  1. Alison and Don September 17, 2017 / 19:19

    Yeah, I agree about the cars! And people! 🙂 That panorama shot is fabulous – must learn how to do that. I presume you used a tripod?
    Alison

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    • Mike Hardisty September 17, 2017 / 20:10

      Nope! Hand held for the panorama, Alison. As long as you don’t move from the spot you are in and make sure you overlap enough in each photograph, both Lightroom and Photoshop can do a pretty good job of stitching the photographs together. You usually have to crop to size later, though

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    • Mike Hardisty September 18, 2017 / 17:08

      The photographs weren’t too bad but the town just did not excite.

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  2. Jane Lurie September 18, 2017 / 07:33

    Magnificent captures, Mike. That green cloth was quite a gift! 😉

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    • Mike Hardisty September 18, 2017 / 17:09

      Sure was Jane, broke up the pretty plain and dark interior of the church

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  3. arv! September 18, 2017 / 18:11

    some stunning architecture! Never heard about Macon, before. Thanks for this great post.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 19, 2017 / 08:59

      It’s one of those provincial French towns that goes about it’s business without too much notice Arv.

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      • arv! September 19, 2017 / 14:51

        That is great, Mike! Sometimes, staying low-key helps….from tourism and crowd!!

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  4. petspeopleandlife September 19, 2017 / 02:42

    The church with the green cloth is the most impressive followed by the building with the flowing water. I’ve never seen one like that with water flowing from the front of the building. Humans detract from a photo but as you say, what are you going to do? I’ve always heard that folks drive crazy in France and Italy as proven by the hell bent guy on the motor scooter or what ever they call the little two wheelers there.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 19, 2017 / 09:03

      That splash of green mad a big difference Yvonne. French drivers of cars aren’t too bad it’s those scooters that you have to watch out for. Having lived in Italy I can testify that the further south of Rome you go the more erratic and temperamental the drivers become. Go north of Rome and it’s a different world, everything seems to move at a slower pace

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  5. Alexandria Sage September 19, 2017 / 11:32

    The Baroque style of cathedral is characteristic of the massive one in Strasbourg. So hard to capture the stained glass with the dim light. But so beautiful.

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