The medieval town of Sarlat in the Dordogne presents many opportunities for a photographer to capture attractive images. Protected by a French law to control the restoration of historical monuments, the whole town has been beautifully restored to its former glory with all signs of modern life hidden below ground within the city walls (even the street lamps are still gas powered). It is a must-see for anyone visiting the area!
The following images include a mix of close ups of small details that are representative of sights that can be found in the city, as well as a series of wide angle shots that show the citry cathedral (St Sacerdos) and the Lanterne des Morts.
In order to isolate the small details from their surroundings, I used a zoom lens to compress the background behind the main subject and a large aperture to create a small depth of field in front of and behind the focal point in the image.
For the wide angle shots, I chose a smaller aperture to ensure the pictures are sharp from front to back as well as a polarising filter to deepen the sky and increase saturation in general.
There is much more to Sarlat than I have covered with these photos, so I will almost certainly be posting more from here in the future.
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