Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

Plenty of sunshine reflecting off the lovingly polished chrome of Terry’s Triumph (includes free image of photographer at work).


Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

Toadstool or Mushroom?

For the latest iteration of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – It’s All About Nature – I’ve chosen this toadstool (or is it a mushroom?) that I found growing by the side of the road near Chansigaud. In real life, it’s a creamy colour, but the monochrome brings out the texture (note especially the jagged edges) very well, I think.


Thursday Doors: Gargilesse

Not far from Nohant (assuming that your coach driver doesn’t get lost, like ours did – and not for the first time that day) is the picturesque village of Gargilesse, where George Sand had a smaller house, which was subsequently home to her daughter and husband for many years.

As well as a medieval church – of which this is the side door – with a remarkably frescoed crypt, the village also has a fair few, more interesting, doors.


There are doors in there somewhere, trust me:


These are rather easier to see. The first one is my favourite of this batch:




More from Gargilesse next week.

Thursday Doors 20 October 2016

Macro Moments Week 15: Thistle

‘Fall’ (which is to say ‘autumn’) is the theme for Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge this week.

It’s certainly getting to that time of year when the seedheads have done their work, as on this thistle in our garden (where it obviously has no right to be…)


Macro Moments Week 15

Tuesdays of Texture: Clogs

This image from the workshop of the local clogmaker in nearby Montrol-Sénard, a living museum of rural life, certainly displays some very interesting textures.


It resonates particularly for me, because what is now the entrance hall of our home was once the atelier of the local sabotier.

Although we have had it done up a bit:


Tuesdays of Texture: Week 43

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 11 – Round

The latest theme in the 52 Weeks Photo Challenge set by The Girl That Dreams Awake is ‘Round’.

As I’m travelling this week and next, and I’ve never mastered all this Cloud-based technology stuff, I only have access to what’s already in my Media Library or on my iPad. I was therefore a little worried that I wouldn’t have an appropriate photo for the challenge.

Fortunately, though, I do have this image of the wheel of our friend Terry’s pride-and-joy (and immaculate) Triumph motor-cycle, which certainly fits the bill.


(I used another image of this bike for Week 1 of the challenge.)

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 11

Luminance adjustments

This is posted in response to Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge Lesson #24: Black & White Post-Editing. As in Cee’s post, I have four original colour photographs, each also converted ‘as is’ to Black & White and then edited simply by shifting just one colour slider.


This mosaic picture graces one of the underpasses on the Corniche road in Abu Dhabi. The straight conversion doesn’t really do much more than drain the life from the image…

…but reducing the Luminescence of the Green channel to zero brings it back:




This – obviously – is a windsock, to be found at the airstrip just outside nearby Blond. Any interest the image has is largely in the strong diagonal composition rather than the colours, but nonetheless it provides a useful example for the purpose of this post.

There is, effectively only one channel to adjust – the Red one. Reducing the Luminance simply darkened the colour, increasing the contrast and showing up a lot of grain. However, increasing the Red Luminance gives a far more attractive image, I think:




The orange and yellow paint of this residential block in the old part of Dubai is far more striking than its ‘as is’ monochrome conversion.


Increasing Yellow Luminance is an improvement, though:




This purple wisteria hanging over a wall in Chédigny is an attractive shade of purple, providing a pleasing contrast with the stone background, which is lost in the straight conversion:

However, reducing the Luminance of the Purple channel gives the image much greater ‘presence’.