On our recent trip to Southern France we had the opportunity to drive a different route back to Calais, so we decided to drive via the  awesome Millau Viaduct. The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France.

We had driven to the Millau area the night before and stayed at a cheap hotel. We awoke early and drove over the bridge, which was incredible with all its lights. The valleys below were covered in mist and it was still fairly dark. There was a look out area, where one can park and take photos of the bridge (see the buildings in my photograph), but to be honest every Tom, Dick and Harry were there making a racket and clicking away. We decided to drive through the Toll Gates and then back towards the bridge via a small country road.  To be honest this road had the best views.

I took this photograph with my Panasonic DMC-G2 at around 7am. It was quite cloudy all around but the bridge was completely clear. The sun was just filtering over the clouds to the East.  I am very proud of this photograph. I think it is one of the best I have ever taken. The colours of the fields, the changing colours in the sky, the mist running through the valley and the bridge with the sun reflecting on the cables stays look amazing.
Millau Viaduct Southern France

Camera settings: 

  • F-stop – f/5.6
  • Exposure time – 1/80 sec
  • ISO speed – ISO-100
  • Exposure bias – 0 step
  • Focal length – 42 mm
  • Max aperture – 4.9765625
  • Metering mode – Pattern
  • 35 mm focal length – 91