As part of our little family trip over to France, we wanted to make sure and visit Normandy, and specifically the American Cemetery located there. We did, and it was a touching tribute to so many that lost their lives during the invasion. As the weather was terrible that day, I didn’t grab too many pics there, but I have some that I will share at some point.
But one thing I did spend some time shooting was the town of Bayeux, which is where we stayed. We had read online that it was a great base for exploring Normandy, and though we didn’t roam too far, it is definitely a well-positioned town for that.
I love to shoot in small European towns (and large European towns...so yeah I like to shoot anywhere in Europe I guess!) and Bayeux is just very charming. I wandered the streets as much as I could there, and found some great spots.
One place in particular that I just loved was the Bayeux Cathedral. I’m a huge fan of architecture, which you probably know by now, and this cathedral is gorgeous, inside and out. I captured many shots of the fabulous exterior during blue hour one evening, and made a plan to return the next day to (hopefully) shoot the interior.
So the next afternoon (a Saturday afternoon) I arrived but sadly (for me, not for the couple) there was a wedding in process. So I sat in the far back, and watched. It was beautiful, but it’s sort of weird to be watching a wedding between two people you don’t know, especially when you weren’t invited. :-)
Of course, I am not one to give up on my plan to shoot the place, but I knew I had to be stealthy. So I waited and plotted my strategy, which was to fire my brackets handheld whenever they fired up the music. Thankfully, the couple seemed to like music, so I got off plenty of shots during the songs. But of course, I mostly aimed UP so as to capture the majesty of the place without the wedding party being in my shots. I figured they already had a photographer! :-)