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I found myself on the Autoroute A4 stuck in traffic last week while heading on assignment to the Champagne region around Epernay, France. Normally I would have considered postponing the visit due to the warnings about impossible traffic outside of Paris; however, I decided to press on in order to capture this first beautiful snowfall of the season among the magical vineyards of Champagne. I steered the car toward Epernay and saw a beautiful soft fluffy blanket of neige covering the entire region under bright sunny skies. After a quick walk around town in order to capture a few images I drove towards the small village of Saint Martin d’Ablois. I was an hour late to my appointment, partly due to traffic and partly due to one magnificent vista after another. Here on this tiny road between towns we see the afternoon sunlight streaming through the snow-covered trees with the eye drawn into the infinity point on the left side of the photograph. This image stays in my imagination more than a typical snowy vineyard as it leaves a lot open to the mystery of time and place.
Technical Details: Canon 5D Mark II, 70mm lens, F 5.6 +2/3 (or in digital terms, F 7.1), shutter speed 1/250, ISO 100.
For more photography by Clay McLachlan:
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- City Segway Tours are great for seeing Paris in a different light. You’ll see more, have more fun, and not feel tired at the end of it. These are highly recommended and truly a great thing to do during your stay.
- Fat Tire Bike Tours are another great way to see the city. You’ll get the company of an expert guide, the use of a super-comfortable bike, great tips and advice about what to do while in town and an exciting, informative and educational experience.
- zChocolat: “World’s Finest Chocolates by World-Champion Chocolatiers.” zChocolat’s selection is handmade by world-champion French chocolatiers following a 400-year-old tradition of passion and zealous adherence to purity. A single bite is an instant of pure seduction and sensory bliss one has never experienced before.