A Nativity from Provence by Elcet ()
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Christmas is the moment for the whole Christian community to celebrate the birth of Jesus Who gave His life and ressuscitated for the salvation of Mankind. This nativity sold on the Aix Christmas market is one of the most impressive I have ever seen by its realism and his mood. It is made of "santons", which are little painted statues produced by very skilled artists since two centuries. The figures here are ca. one ft tall (30cm). Click on the picture to enjoy it better. Comments welcome. Merry Christmas to everybody! My wife mtc will upload another Nativity, this one from Senegal, in one hour. If you enjoyed this post and/or if you want to know more about santons, you can visit my last image:
Little santons (Christmas statues)
Techdata: Nikon D70 with Micro-Nikkor 2.8/60, 1/20s at f/7.1, hand-held, ISO 1250 (of course you cannot use flash). Outline enhancement and Noise reduction in Lab mode on the Grey channel in Photoshop CS3 Extended.
If you like the santons, come back in one and/or two weeks to visit my gallery, my two next posts will be other beautiful scenes made with very realistic santons.
Image Comments (30)
clam73 () 10:36AM | Tue, 23 December 2008
fantastic capture here....excellent...and Merry Christmas to you and yours!! :-)
pixelmeister () 10:37AM | Tue, 23 December 2008
Very beautiful photograph. The figures are detaliert very much. I wish you glad Christmas and a happy new year.
dphoadley () 10:41AM | Tue, 23 December 2008
If that scene was true as tradition has it, that Baby would be blue with cold, being unwrapped like that. Bethlehem, in the heights of the Judean Mountains, in the midst of winter, is not someplace to walking around unclothed. Religion and History aside, that is very good photography! DO keep up the good work. DPH
3DClassics123456 () 11:12AM | Tue, 23 December 2008
En effet, belle photo parce que vu la lumière, ce n'était pas évident d'avoir assez de profondeur de champ!
helanker () 12:49PM | Tue, 23 December 2008
Very lovely captured and a very lovely scene. Well done. And a Merry Christmad to you and your family. :)
2Loose2Trek () 12:51PM | Tue, 23 December 2008
Excellent photography and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Janiss () 2:20PM | Tue, 23 December 2008
Merci Edourd pour ces images emplies de sérénité et de bien-être! Joyeuses fêtes à toi et ta petite famille!
UteBigSmile () 2:34PM | Tue, 23 December 2008
Merci, elles sont vraiment fantastique ces figures! I wish you also a nice Christmas, hug's Ute
PIERRE25 () 4:49PM | Tue, 23 December 2008
Une bien jolie capture Edouard, encore une fois mon ami, Joyeux Noël à toi et ta famille
RodolfoCiminelli () 7:14AM | Wed, 24 December 2008
Wonderful double shot.....!!! Merry Christmast to you too....!!!!
QUEST-CHRONICLER () 9:17PM | Wed, 24 December 2008
A nice way to depict the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Very beautifully made figurines in this scene! Very good amount of detail! Enjoy the Christmas Season!
Severine () 8:53AM | Thu, 25 December 2008
Magnifique, les santons sont d'une beauté et plein de détails, j'ai toujours aimé ces petits personnages et quand j'étais enfant je jouais avec sous le sapin hihi ! Joyeux Noel et gros bisous ^-^
tralfaz () 11:59AM | Thu, 25 December 2008
That is a beautifuly detailed scene. Wonderful craftsmanship. I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Sylvia () 10:18AM | Sat, 03 January 2009
Ahh!! So ~Beautiful & Magical~ Thanks for sharing... FABULOUS!!!
kasalin () 11:33PM | Sat, 03 January 2009
Excellent image !!! 5* A bright and blessed new year is wished for you. Happy 2009 to You and Yours !
Svin () 7:06PM | Sun, 11 January 2009
Wow! Great shot and wonderful scene! I have never heard about santons, so thank you for explanation! And.......maybe It's late, but.......Merry Christmas! And happy 2009:))