Thursday 10 April 2008
As we announced it a few weeks ago, we dedicate today an article to the new book of French photographer Bertrand Bodin: “Vauban, les sites majeurs”. This book comes after a first one released last year: “BrianÃ§on, Vauban et son empreinte”.
Vauban (1633-1707) was the most important military engineer of his age. He designed new types of fortifications and advised Louis XIV on how to make France’s borders safer and more defensible. Find out more about Vauban on Wikipedia.
This book has been ordered by the Vauban association, to support the candidature of the 14 major Vauban works to be listed as Unesco World Heritage sites. Bertrand Bodin had to work quickly: “It was an urgent order, since I only had 6 month to seal the project, including the publishing. If you consider that the 14 sites to be shot are located everywhere on the French territory, you can better estimate the challenge this project represented!” told Bertrand Bodin to journalist Nicolas MÃ©riau (Image & Nature magazine nÂ°13).
From a technical point of view, Bertrand Bodin used a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II with a 16 million pixels sensor and a wide-angle lenses, like the EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye. Many photos of the book are stitched images. The photographer used the program Autopano Pro to stitch the images: “This program is by far better than the others. I have been working for a long time with Stitcher and PTGui and I could make the difference. One of Autopano Pro’s strengths is to be able to create panoramic images from photos shot with different focal distances: a 15mm with a 24mm, a 20mm with a 35mm, etc. What’s more, it corrects very well fisheye distortions. And, despite its advanced functionalities, it remains very easy to use”.
To find out more about Bertrand Bodin, you can visit his website.