Back in the Kodachrome days we were cautioned never to shoot photos in the early mornings or towards sunset, as they'd be all orangey and unnatural. Now we chase that light for its unique cast on the landscape.
Chasing lavender at sunset isn't an activity that can be scheduled in advance for a tour. It's plugged in on an otherwise unscheduled evening of a clear day at sunset, whenever that should turn out to be.
Early word in the day on July 2 was that we'd go out at 7:30 that evening. Then I heard 8:00, so slow-eater here was still eating at 7:30 when the call went out, "we need to leave now!" They waited long enough for me to run upstairs to grab camera and walking stick, but NOT (ahem) to go to the bathroom. (That became an issue toward the end of the shoot.)
If I thought we'd driven quickly to the morning shoot, the evening drive had an exciting where's-the-fire vibe to it. We sped past lavender fields on the cusp of shadow, pressing on to our previous location. The light was turning. We were just on time to catch the effects of the descent of the sun.
|I cast a long shadow. I have to dodge it in all the photos.|
|The pink/orange light infuses the crowns of the rows of lavender.|
|The grape vines and grasses pick up yellow.|
|There's Mont Ventoux there in the background.|
|Karen wades in|
|It's all in the light.|
|(See my big hat in this photo? And Mont Ventoux?)|
|The crowns go almost silver|
|Sister in lavender|
|Shadows are lengthening|