Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

Two frames for the price of one in this photograph, taken from the entrance of one of the tombs at Petra, looking through an archway to the rows of seats in the theatre beyond.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

Monochrome Mistletoe

The subject for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is Trees. Here’s an image of some mistletoe-laden oak trees in a nearby lane. Tilting the camera so that the trees appear diagonally adds a little drama to the image, I think.


Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Trees


52 Weeks Photography Challenge: Week 3 – Self-Portrait

Week 3 of the 52 Weeks Photo Challenge being hosted by thegirlthatdreamsawake calls for a self-portrait.

Oh. This is not a topic I care for. At all.

In fact, I find it hard to think of anything worse, or anything I’m less interested in as a photographer. And don’t even get me started on selfie sticks, which I’ve railed against elsewhere.

However, since I like to see things through once I’ve started them, I’ll go along with it and hope for better things in Week 4.

So, courtesy of Apple’s Photo Booth app, here’s something:

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Nothing to see here: move on.

52 Weeks Photography Challenge: Week 3

Thursday Doors: Thiers – doors without number

Thiers is a major town in the Auvergne region of France. It has a well-preserved medieval centre and is widely known as the nation’s knife capital. I mean that in a good way: it is the centre of the knife (and, more broadly, the cutlery) industry. Just like it says here:

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As I discovered on a recent visit, it is also quite possibly the French motherlode for interesting doors, both ancient and modern. In fact, I spotted so many irresistible portals that I’ve had to split them into three posts for sharing here; so, odd numbers, even numbers and, this week, neither. Doors without number indeed.

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I particularly like the pastel tones and composition of this one (plus it’s an unusual doorway):

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Just for a change, a pair of cellar doors; haven’t seen any of these for quite a few years:

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There’s even a door where another door used to be:

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Thursday Doors 25 August 2016

Tuesdays of Texture: Paper

The Moulin du Gôt is an historic working paper-mill near St Leonard de Noblat, in the Limousin region. Paper is still made there using traditional methods and from some unusual primary materials – not just wood and linen, but various vegetal matter (leeks, for example). Some of the papers they produce are used to make lampshades with fascinating textures:




Tuesdays of Texture: Week 35

Macro Moments: Week 10

For this week’s open macro challenge, I’ve chosen a photograph I took last Monday evening at a spéctacle of birds of prey, which took place in the ruins of the medieval castle at Saint-Germain-de-Confolens, a very pretty village about twenty minutes drive from here.. The very strong sunlight helped to produce strong contrast and some interesting backlit effects, as in the case of this owl.


NikonD800 with Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm. 1/500sec. ISO100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom. Image resized in Photoshop

Macro Moments: Week 10

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

In the desert outside Al Ain, in the United Arab Emirates, anything green is a rare commodity.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare


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