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February 1, 2008
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FinePix F810
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10/6000 second
Focal Length
11 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 13, 2006, 10:38:39 AM
Snow or not... by Wimley Snow or not... by Wimley
Provence 2006
FujiFilm FinePix F810

Mont Ventoux (1918m) "Le Géant de Vaucluse" - Provence - France

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Started from original camera JPG (3 exposures) and merged to HDR with Photomatix, then adjusted curves/sharpness with CS2...

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roodpa Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the scene of the tragic death of British cyclist Tom Simpson in 1967 at the age of just 29. He died of exhaustion during the climb of Mont Ventoux in the Tour of France. Anyone who wants to know more, check out [link]
Yup, that's the place indeed. There's a little rememberance sign there, and when you pass, you see a lot of cyclists stop there for a minute.
I want to add here that Tom Simpson's heart seems to have stopped indeed, but mainly because of too much doping first, and not just from exhaustion. Every body has a limit...
Very sad history indeed.
Thanks for sharing, I forgot to add it in the comments :)
roodpa Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Really not an issue, Wim, but, as a club racing cyclist years ago, it's a spot close to mine and many other hearts from the cycling world. Tom Simpson was Britains first world class pro cyclist.

Of course, as you rightly point out, doping was rife in those days but I have known and worked with many pro, and even high level amateur, cyclists who have ALL told me that, with the ever harder routes in every stage race (demanded to make the races more 'exciting') there was barely a cyclist who wasn't taking something in those days - they just had to in order to compete. Of course, diets, science and better training have ensured that, bit by bit, drugs are being taken out of the equation.

I will never condone drug taking of any sort but, unless you have taken part in cycle racing, especially the daily grind of a stage race, you can never know how hard it is!

Nevertheless, we have deflected away from your excellent photograph, for which I humbly apologise. It's a beaut!
Beautiful shot! :) :wave:
You are welcome!! :)
Annabelle-Chabert Mar 2, 2009   Photographer
Hey le Mt Vebntoux ou "Montagne venteuse", sommet mytique du Vaucluse ! Belle ambiance lunaire !!
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