Lost in France

Photographing Lighthouses

January 23rd, 2018
by Raphael Rychetsky
Photography, Travel

In November 2017, I decided to rent a camper van and drive around France for a week. I did some research for the best spots for photography and started driving to Normandy.

For my first location, I chose a beach near Manvieux.

The morning started not impressive at all, everything was grey and dull. But then – the sky turned pink. I wanted to take a long exposure to achieve this beautiful smooth water effect, and I knew I’ve had only two or three shots until the bright colors disappeared.

My next stop was Mont Saint-Michel. What an impressive place. I wasn’t lucky with the sunset, but the building itself is absolutely worth a visit.

Perros-Guirec is apparently known for its red sandstones – for me, it looked like a fake movie set. My first camp spot for the night at the beach was great – until somebody told me it is illegal to park there overnight. The next spot was a random place in a residential area, but at least nobody complained.

For sunset, I went to the lighthouse, hoping for good weather. And it worked out: blue water, red sandstones, the lighthouse, lovely hues in the sky. Even the light on the top of the lighthouse was still on.

Just a couple of minutes from the lighthouse, I saw this old slipway with it’s fantastic leading lines.

My favourite location, another lighthouse near Brest. A storm was coming in and the water got very rough. It was way too windy for long exposure photos, such a shame.

After taking this photo, the sun disappeared and it started raining. I had the great idea to park the van at a more protected location, but unfortunately, while I was turning I didn’t see this concrete plateau and the van got stuck. The road assistance was able to help me, but the gear box was broken, too. A very sad ending of the trip. Sorry for wrecking the van, Indie Campers.

Raphael Rychetsky

Raphael Rychetsky is a travel and landscape photographer.