Posted on January 3, 2019
Back from the holiday break with a second selection of doors from the nearby village of Blond.
These first two are actually in the same bâtiment, but I think deserve separate consideration:
This next door perhaps isn’t so interesting in itself, but I’ve never seen a building with so many pinions holding it together. We have one, which prevents our front wall falling off, but this….
And then there’s this. Note how the lintel on the smaller door is not the original:
The final contribution from Blond. I’m assuming that this is unoccupied, but you can’t always be sure:
Thursday Doors 3 January 2019
Posted on December 13, 2018
Blond is another one of those picturesque villages within a half-hour’s drive from here at Tranquility Base. It’s big USP is the annual Capon Fair, which took place last Sunday. The weather wasn’t great, so there were by no means as many stalls as in previous years. On the positive side, that left more gaps through which to spot some interesting doors.
The church, which is fortified, is always visible, however:
…although this side door wouldn’t stand up to much of a battering:
Just behind the church is this little stone edifice, which seems to be standing guard over a stream that’s only about a foot wide:
This is one of the doors usually obscured by market stalls:
The garage looks bigger than the rest of the house:
Artistically, this decrepit little door juxtaposes well with the stagnant green pool in front of it:
Thursday Doors 13 December 2018
Posted on January 10, 2017
Posted on August 6, 2016
The morning sun shines through the east window of the church at Blond, in the Limousin region of France, casting this impressionistic image of the stained glass across the stone floor next to the altar.
Posted on January 9, 2016
Posted on November 20, 2015
There’s a permanent debate among photographers about the acceptability of post-processing. Purists equate any form of editing with cheating, while others argue that there is nothing wrong with getting creative with an ‘as-shot’ image.
I must say that my sympathies are with the latter group. Of course you should try to take the best shot you can in the first place, but whether your post-processing goes no further than a crop and a bit of sharpening, or you go to town and create a virtually new image, it’s the end-product that matters, as with my before-and-after images in my recent post on Vertical Lines.
This image (taken at the nearby Blond Airshow a couple of years ago) has – quite obviously – been doctored. But believe me, whatever merits it may or may not have, it’s a lot more interesting than the original.
Posted on August 1, 2015
Having a camera means seeing the world with a photographer’s eye. It can also mean being able to see things that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. That’s inspiring.
This photograph illustrates the point. Last weekend was the annual airshow (‘estevol’) at Blond. It was a cloudy, overcast day which at least meant that the sky provided a good neutral background. It was also very windy.
One of the regular features of the estevol is a very colourful display of kites. The wind was perfect for flying them, but it took a camera – and only 1/8000 of a second – to ‘freeze’ this particular ‘cerf-volant’, which otherwise would have been just a blur.