One Photo Focus: March 2016

This month’s One Photo Focus Challenge, provided by Nancy Merrill, had me thinking. Here is the original:


I felt that there were two possible approaches:

A matter of record

Shakespeare record

This first edit sees the image as a ‘record shot’ (absolutely no disparagement intended). Essentially, all this requires is a modicum of straightening and  a sympathetic crop to highlight the sign and put it into some context – so here we can see the structure of the theatre and the fact that it is located in a green (or at least non-urban) area.

Abstract form

Shakespeare abstract

It looks like this theatre has been built along the lines of Shakespeare’s Globe in London (which I’ve been fortunate enough to attend for quite a few performances over the years). The key architectural characteristic is undoubtedly the black and white ‘mock-Tudor’ effect, which is a worthy subject in itself. Consequently, I cropped down to the bottom left quadrant of the original image, flipped it a quarter-turn clockwise, tweaked for sharpness and added a little grain and a vignette to produce this almost abstract interplay of light and shade, straight and diagonal lines.

One Photo Focus March 2016

Two curious fawns

A pair of curious young fawns in a Safari Park in the Vienne region of France


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Twins

Thursday Doors: Limoges

Our nearest city is Limoges, the capital of the Haute-Vienne département. Not surprisingly, it has a major railway station, the Gâre des Bénédictins. The current structure was built in the late 1920s and, according to Wikipedia, has been named the most beautiful rail station in Europe.

It boasts an impressive clock-tower, a large dome over the main hall and stained-glass windows. These certainly help to lift the necessarily utilitarian features of the building a little out of the ordinary, as in this otherwise unremarkable side-door (the exit to the car-park)


Thursday Doors 3 March 2016

Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 15 – Under

I’m afraid I can’t remember what this particular species of monkey is called (marmoset?), but I do know I took this photograph of one peering out from undera plastic sheet at the Vallée des Singes (‘Monkey Valley’) nature park in the Vienne département of France.


Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 15

Analogous Colours

The latest instalment in this thread calls for examples of analogous colours – in other words, ones that are adjacent on the colour wheel:


The most common mnemonic to help with remembering the ‘proper’ sequence of colours in the spectrum is ‘ROYGBIV’: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Here are some images that put together good neighbours.


Two examples here: a flower from Monet’s Garden in Giverny and a selection of flowering courgettes from the Rialto Market in Venice


A bright blue dragonfly on a green leaf (from my garden pond)



My grandson sitting at the top of a slide at his pirate-themed second birthday party



Finally, this is an electronic display in The Mall of The Emirates in Dubai. The colours actually cycle through the whole spectrum



Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Complimentary Colours

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Like everybody else, I was looking forward to the display of birds of prey at a chateau in the Dordogne – and when it came, I enjoyed it.

But I couldn’t help wondering, as I mooched about with my camera before showtime, what the birds themselves might think about it.

State of Mind

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Place de l’Eglise

Just over a year ago, I bought a book* about the history of the Haute-Vienne departément of France, illustrated by old postcards. It’s a fascinating series of snapshots of life a hundred years ago and more in what is still a very rural area of the country.

I had a fancy to find the locations of, and try to reproduce, these postcard images. This project, which I rather grandly call ‘Autrefois’ (literally ‘another time’), hasn’t really got off the ground yet, although there is one post extant in the thread. However, Cee’s challenge of posting a sepia image this week gives me an ideal opportunity to double my output.

Our local village is called Mézières-sur-Issoire, and this is an old postcard of the church, reproduced from the book:

Church PC

And here is my take on it. As you can see, not that much has changed over the past hundred years or so, apart from the ubiquity of the motor vehicle and the related signage. The space in front of the church is now commonly used as a car-park, so I counted myself lucky that there was only one van (which actually belongs to one of the builders who did most of the renovation work on our house) there when I went along with my camera.

Church ed

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sepia

* Fabienne Texier & Paul Colmar: ‘La Haute-Vienne Il ya 100 ans en cartes postales anciennes’