Exploring The Gorges Du Bronze

Gorges du Bronze, French Alps

From the car you’re never that close to the torrent that runs through the Gorges du Bronze, but there is a spot where you can park up and walk down to the water. It’s not a marked trail so you have to use your imagination a little, but it’s only 150m or so.

I had the place completely to myself, so I spent a couple of hours just exploring up and down the river. I saw a number of paint markings on rocks here which I think are used for canyoning routes. Have you ever heard of canyoning?

The basic idea is to follow a canyon through the water, rappelling, climbing, jumping and swimming your way down. I’ve never tried it myself, it’s always been the wrong side of my risk/reward scale!

15 thoughts on “Exploring The Gorges Du Bronze

    1. Ben Post author

      I need to do some more research on spots like this, they aren’t so easy to find! But they’re always great places to spend a few hours practicing with a tripod and ND filter. Do you have any places nearby you can visit Scott?

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jude, shots with this effect always seem to be very popular. I’ll have to make them a more regular feature! And I’m glad to find there are others out there who share my feelings on the canyoning. You can’t even take any photos while you’re doing it!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Duke, there are so many great lines in flowing water that you often can’t see so easily without this effect. They can make for some really interesting compositions. I really appreciate the positive feedback! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Sue, I really must get out there and find more of these spots! They’re often well hidden and off the beaten track.

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      1. suej

        That’s the problem for me now – off the beaten track is no longer do-able…. Anyway, look forward to seeing more gems from you! πŸ™‚

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  1. Stacy P. Fischer

    Beautiful shot, Ben! Hadn’t heard of canyoning; I’m with you though – I’ll leave it to the more adventurous! In the meantime, I’ll simply envision it through your description and lovely image!

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  2. Winnie

    Ben,

    This picture is so unreal – it looks more like a painting than an actual photo. Did you add any special effect on this shot?

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    1. Ben Post author

      Hi Winnie – I did a bit of post processing to brighten the greens and increase contrast and sharpening but that’s about it really! I think the water effect gives it that dreamy look, which is created by using a long shutter speed on the camera when taking the photo. The smooth effect is just beautiful. Any more questions just let me know! πŸ™‚

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