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Cathedral by night, Beziers

Cathedral by night, Beziers
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-10
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RV fav, Images by night, Orb river valley and canyon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 3:09
Viewed: 7654
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 10, 2008
Béziers 340032 34500
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.350 3.250 53 m

The cathedral Saint-Nazaire de Béziers by night, of XIIIe XIVe XVIIIe centuries. Old diocese of Béziers, IVe century until 1790.

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It is the largest monument of Gothic style of the town of Béziers.
The building is 50 meters long, the nave 14 meters broad. The transept has a width of 33 meters. The vault reached 24 m height.

Pont-Vieux bridge, on the Orb, XIIe XIIIe XIVe XIVe centuries, replaced a Roman bridge.
It was one of the largest bridges of the time, which during 700 years was the only point of crossing of Orb on the way from Nimes in Toulouse.

Costal river the Orb.
The Orb is a French coastal river of 150 km. After having taken its source to 884 m, in the mounts of Escandorgue, with the Bouvial mount in Aveyron, it runs in the department of Herault to throw 15 km after Béziers, in the Mediterranean at the seaside resort of Valras-Beach.

Béziers, (in occitan, Besièrs), is a French common, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 71 600 Biterrois and Biterrois, distributed on 96 km², is 759 hab./km².
By its population, Béziers is the second city of the department of Herault and the fourth of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, after Montpellier, Nimes and Perpignan.
By its surface, Béziers is the first commune of the department of Herault.

It is the fatherland of Pierre-Paul Riquet, born between 1604 and 1609 and deceased in Toulouse on October 1, 1680, architect of the Channel of the South of 240 km, built of 1667 to 1682, to connect Toulouse to Sète.

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I love night shots and this one is one of the best. Excellent techique. Congradulations

Hello Joël,
A very good night time capture of this imposing cathedral. Good point of view with the inclusion of the bridge and its twinkling lights. Very good exposure throughout resulting in some lovely warm tones.

Salut Joel,
Superbe image nocturne !
Les star effects sont superbes, et quelle netteté sur les bâtiments éclairés !
Bien vu, très belle image !
Bonne journée,

salut joel
excellente photo de nuit, la forteresse est super bien mise en valeur par la bonne maitrise de l'expo, j'aurai peut être fermé un poil de plus mais c'est trés bien

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24617 W: 523 N: 41317] (177562)
  • [2008-03-19 5:48]

Hello Joël,

Thank you very much for the different links in your note, alone I remain almost 15 minutes look it.
I like the enlightenment of the cathedral of Beziers, also the bridge beneath gives a good perspective.
Very well done, thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Hi Joel,
The cathedral is the crown jewel with your great lighting. Well focus & sharp. Nice degrading lightness & darkness. The effect of very low shutter speed gives you many stars(?). A great & successful experiment. Best Regards. Latiff.

Salut Joël,
wenn known view from the former ones and also impressing in the night. The castle just glancing itself from the light is good balanced in the exposure to the bridge, where also a lot of details could be detected. A wonderful night capture.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

Salut Joël,
Je reconnais le pont à l'avant-plan malgré la pénombre, le temps de pose choisi a créé un beau star effect et la cathédrale ainsi éclairée est somptueuse.

Salut Joel
Je pense, mon cher Joel qu'il serait temps de changer ta page d'intro, car tes photos sont de plus en plus bluffantes!! Celle-ci est une petite merveille tant sur le plan de la réalisation que de la composition.
Désolé, je n'ai plus de petite étoile mais elle part rejoindre mes fav.

Bonsoir Joel
Une bonne gestion de la lumière pour cette composition nocturne.Les lumières étoilées sur le pont sont très esthétiques et j'aime beaucoup la lueur bleu pale sur le sommet de la cathédrale.
Bonne soirée à toi.

Salut Joël,

Je suis toujours admiratif devant ces photos prises de nuit, moi je les rate à cahque coup!. La tienne est superbe non seulement grâce aux élements dans la lumière mais aussi grâce à ceux qui sont dans l'ombre comme ce très beau pont. Félicitations,

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2008-03-19 11:57]
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Salut Joël
Fameux !
C'est la première fois que je la vois illuminée.
Très bonne gestion des hautes lumières, je ne décèle aucune surexposition. Très bon cadrage je préfère cette version par rapport aux autres.
Chapeau !
Histoire d'affiner je me suis permis un WS.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15707 W: 159 N: 27472] (144116)
  • [2008-03-19 11:58]

salut Joel,
Belle idée de montrer le pont et le château de nuit
un fond sombre qui fait resortir a merveille le chateau, belle prise des lumiére en forme d'étoile
passe une bonne soirée

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9297 W: 57 N: 15732] (58268)
  • [2008-03-19 12:30]

Bonsoir Joël,
A superb night shot with very good lighting and sharpness. The golden hue of the cathedral is really beautiful and makes it stand out very well against the dark sky. Good inclusion of the bridge in the bottom half too, it's well visible, despite the fact it isn't illuminated, but even its reflections can be seen nicely. The street lamps as stars are a fine detail too, very good work!

une tres belle photo nocturne de cette cathédrale imposante de Béziers, une architecture remarquable et toujours le pont au premier plan avec les lumières en étoiles...
superbe composition

Ciao Joel,
ottima composizione, con una eccellente gestione della luce che contrasta magnificamente con il cielo nero della notte. Perfetta, bravo.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2008-03-19 19:16]

Hi Joel!
Great night shot, with a very good pov and exposure. The lamps are just perfect an that illuminated castle is really sharp and well captured. Good work!

Hello Joel,

One of the finest night shots I've seen on TE. Besièrs, I am afraid, I knew nothing about until seeing the photograph and reading your highly informative note. The vertical structure is highly compelling, the town seemingly built strata upon strata: from the river, to the bridge, to the acropolis, and finally the magnificent Cathedral crowning the acropolis.

Warm regards,


a very nice one Joel,
fantastic nightshot here, good pov and very good quality, I like the good photojob here, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2008-03-20 3:49]

Je crois, c'est le maximum qu'on peut tirer de la photo de nuit. L'equipement y a fait quelque chose, tout les reste c'est toi, Joel. Bravo.


Bonjour Joël,
Superbe prise nocturne de cette Cathédrale. La gestion de lumière est fantastique, fait ressortir les détails de l'architecture. J'aime les lumières en étoile.

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9354] (52987)
  • [2008-03-20 14:58]

Hi Joël,
majestic church and a great POV maing it ecen more impressive. Fantastic colours and sharpness.
REgards, Gerrit

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  • MarcT Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2055 W: 428 N: 4747] (20964)
  • [2008-03-21 6:56]

Salut Joël,
Les étoiles et la nuit noire donnent un côté enchanteur à ton image. Un petit régal pour les yeux.
Joyeuses Pâques

Bonsoir Joel,

excellente prise de vue nocturne de la cathédrale de Bézier avec une maîtrise parfaite des lumières.Mes félicitations pour cette belle image.

Salutations amicales du Luxembourg


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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1912 W: 31 N: 2944] (20202)
  • [2008-03-23 11:05]

Hi Joel!
Lovely night shot with good details of the bridge and excellent view at the iluminated cathedral Saint-Nazaire de Béziers.Great work.Thanks for the note
Happy Easter to you and your family

Hi Joel,
Good pov to show the cathedral on the slope, this cathedral by night shinning in golden lights have a look more like a castle, impressive black and yellow image, distinct night shoot, well done.

Hi Joel, What a stunning night photo, the overall light is very good indeed &, the Cathedral is emphasize brilliantly on the hill, I love the reflections of the bridge & the star light from the lamps, excellent composition &, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

Hi Joel,
Amazing nocturnal image with beautiful lights and the composition is very spectacular. I like the splendid architectural details first of all the golden cathedral. Great shot, Congratulations. Have a nice day

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