R is for Raindrops

This tulip was actually a lovely shade of buttercup yellow, but it’s easier to see the raindrops in monochrome.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Q or R

Thursday Doors: Chartres – final instalment

A last set of doors from the cathedral town of Chartres. Most of these are well cared-for, but interesting nonetheless:

I don’t really understand why the railings on this window are on the inside:

More tidy doors:

For the sake of variety, a blue door, slightly tatty:

And, to finish with, a door and an ex-door next to each other:

Thursday Doors 27 April 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

I have been very fortunate to travel widely – and not always on business – but the ten years we spent living an working in Abu Dhabi were particularly memorable: and, of course, completely different in almost every way to what we were used to.

On the nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas Island, in the Arabian Gulf, we went for a game drive at sunset, where I found this lone oryx, which seems to have some wanderlust of its own. There really was a yellow cast to the sky as the sun was going down.

Weekly Photo Challenge

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge: RGB

This week’s Tuesday Challenge on Dutch Goes The Photo! was to post an image containing the three key photographic colours of red, green and blue. Simple enough, you might think but although I have lots of shots with two out of the three, there weren’t so many that included all of them.

However, I found this: it’s a windsock at a small local airfield that has an annual summer air show. As you can see from the bend of the pole to which it is attached, it was quite a windy day, but a fast exposure (1/750) effectively froze the movement to reveal all the colours.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: RGB

Tuesdays of Texture: Boulangerie

This shop sign provides an attractive juxtaposition of textures with the wall on which it is set, above a boulangerie (bakery) in the town of St Junien.

To put it into context, here is the street view:

Tuesdays of Texture 25 April 2017

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 31 – Empty Space

It’s good to have The Girl That Dreams Awake back and resuming her 52 Weeks Photo Challenge with the theme of ‘Empty Space’.

I do believe that sometimes less is more, and it isn’t always necessary to fill the frame with your subject.

And I particularly enjoy photographing fireworks: like snowflakes, every one is different. Some are best viewed in ‘full frame’, but with some thoughtful cropping a lot of empty space can enhance an image, as in this example.

It’s a rocket that was part of last year’s Fête Nationale display in our local village. However, with a little imagination you could also see it as a picture of a sunrise, taken from outer (and therefore empty) space.

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 31 – Empty Space

P is for Parisians

Last year we were in Paris and took a trip down the River Seine on a bateau-mouche. It was around lunchtime on a pleasant sunny day, so people came outside to eat their lunch. These particular Parisians were sitting on a set of steps that lead up from the river to the embankment.

This shot works much better in monochrome than colour because of the strong lines, with the steps providing a pleasing diagonal.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: O or P