Mirepoix is a town and commune in the Ariège department in southwestern France. It lies in the Hers valley between Carcassonne and Pamiers.
Its inhabitants, who are called Mirapiciens, numbered 3123 in 2008.
The centre of Mirepoix is built around the place de Couverts, a pleasant place to wander on a sunny afternoon and stop for a quiet drink. It has a number of interesting old buildings to attract the attention of the photographer. One of the main attractions is the 14th century Maison des Consuls. The overhanging arcades of this building have exposed beams and on these there are approximately 150 individually carved wooden heads in various states of preservation.
Just off the centre is located the cathedral of St-Maurice, built in the Gothic style, and notable for its particularly wide nave.
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emka (64124) 2013-10-05 23:30
Hi Stephen, I like such precise i nformation - 3123 Mirapiciens. No births, no deaths in meantime. :) I imagine it is a detail of wonderful half-timbered house. I love such houses and was very happy to see them in France in abundance. Beautiful wooden details.
have a nice Sunday
jemaflor (74044) 2013-10-06 0:10
Good focus on these details, intersting wooden sculptures, nice sharpness and contrast of light, tfs.
Silvio1953 (105381) 2013-10-06 0:45
Ciao Stephan, great detail of beautiful architecture, excellent perspective, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
timecapturer (36978) 2013-10-06 2:31
wonderful close up of these amazing old carvings. They have stood the test of time quite well really and look magnificent in this beautifully sharp capture. Fascinating!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
ikeharel (43903) 2013-10-06 2:42
Good morning Stephen,
I did here what I try to do when seeing a new & unknown-to-me location: went on Google map and saw this La Maison des Consuls / nowadays a hotel. What also was amazing, "strolled" with the small Google-man along town streets and realized all town is built with those beautiful wooden beams and archs and some with decorated figures on.
Beautiful idea applied on photo, each edge is different. Fine photojob .
papagolf21 (79518) 2013-10-06 2:52
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Voilà une composition intéressante à tous points de vue.
Quel travail réalisé par le sculpteur ébéniste !
Un pur régal.
Très bonne journée.
Fis2 (76922) 2013-10-06 3:32
A very interesting details!
Good frame and colors.
I like it.
Have a nice agternoon
Sergiom (45308) 2013-10-06 5:19
On dirait un bel alignement de gargouilles qui aurait perdu leur visage à faire peur avec le temps. L'usure est tellement grande que l'on croirait presque du noir et blanc.
Nicou (105679) 2013-10-06 7:27
Fantastique graphsime et perspective quelle vue sur ces élément duspebe, quelles statue et détail quels contrastes c'est mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (19333) 2013-10-06 7:53
bel particolare, dopo la foto di ieri sono andato a informarmi su questa città, molto bella e interessante, ho letto dall'alluvione e della sua ricostruzione, spero di poterla vedere un giorno.
subhendu_bagchi (20976) 2013-10-07 1:23
a nice frame. Those artworks in every part are looking nice in such repeatative way. Excellent depth and sharpness. A nice one. Tfs.
jhm (127907) 2013-10-07 2:16
What a specially picture with the big beams with decorations.
Excellent detailed picture with the wood construction.
You create a lovely picture, with depth and perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and clarity are extraordinarily.
Nice composition, lovely presentation, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
Noel_Byrne (13234) 2013-10-07 5:54
How unusual to see this level of carving in wood, and nice to see they have survived the elements to a great degree too. Lots of different faces and expressions, I imagine its pretty cool to wander around and try to examine them all!
All the best
tedesse (23996) 2013-10-07 12:13
Interesting POV and composition, showing the wooden building blocks ..
Nice colors and good sharpness images.
delpeoples (48576) 2013-10-07 16:27
Salut cher Stephen
Would these be called gargoyles or grotesques? I wonder. In any event, I like the graphism that their repeating forms create, aswell as the perspective. I hope you don't mind my saying, but your camera settings really confused me: f/36, ISO 3200 and 1/20 seconds. Perhaps you did one of my tricks and left the settings accidentally on what you'd been shooting before (the internal of a church or something?)
Cheers and thanks for sharing
Cricri (92095) 2013-10-08 6:52
C'est le cadrage parfait pour bien en apprécier ces sculptures anciennes, bonne lumière et détails
ChrisJ (91200) 2013-10-10 6:55
Good morning Stephen,
At first I thought this was Thai or Nepalese woodcarving so a surprise to see it is actually from France! Good sharpness and a soft diffused light that allows maximum shadow detail without any hard shadows and oe highlights. The diagonal axis adds dynamism. Tfs!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (72604)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/36.0, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-05 23:02