Thursday Doors: Bordeaux (2)

More doors from the Quai Louis XVIII in Bordeaux – and this week not a blue one to be seen.

Although green is quite popular too:

This restaurant was a little bit different, but still had the typical arch over the door, nicely echoed in the window:

Rather tattier, but conforming to the general pattern:

But this one is a bit of a mould-breaker:

As is this discreet example:

But here is this week’s favourite:

Thursday Doors 18 January 2018

Thursday Doors: Bordeaux (1)

Although I promised even more doors from Confolens after the Christmas & New Year break, just for a change over the next couple of weeks I’m going to put up some doors I saw in the city of Bordeaux just before the holiday season.

We went on a coach trip to the Christmas Market there and, having a couple of hours before we set off on the return journey, we took a promenade along the Quai Louis XVIII, which runs along the Gironde river and is lined with impressive buildings.

Even if some of the doors don’t quite match the grandeur of their surroundings, that doesn’t make them uninteresting (quite the opposite, I’d say). There is, however, a preponderance of blue, certainly in this selection.

[All these images were captured with my old iPhone, so may not be up to usual standards]

 

Smart…

…not so much:

Even the gates are blue:

And so¬† it goes on…

Finally, some flashes of red for contrast:

Thursday Doors 11 January 2018

Under pressure

As part of the wine-making process, in Bordeaux as elsewhere, the young wine has to be drawn out of the big stainless steel tanks into smaller containers under the force of gravity. Given how large the tanks are, it’s not surprising that it comes out at high pressure. That’s what you call letting it breathe.

And if you zoom in closely enough, it becomes almost abstract:

liquid

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid

Centred

This week we focus on images that, with a healthy disregard for the rule of thirds, are intended to be placed in the middle of the frame: to be literally the centre of attention.

This image was taken looking down a corridor in the cellars of a wine-producing chateau in the Bordeaux region:

Centre1

Flowers are a very obvious ‘centre-friendly’ subject – particularly when photographing buds, before the petals start to compete for space in the frame:

Also, of course, anything circular has an obvious central focus, be it wheels or even fireworks:

And finally this is just one of my most favourite images: it was taken looking directly upwards to the ceiling of the reception area of the Sir Bani Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Those lanterns are between six and eight feet high when you see them sideways on from the second floor.

Lanterns

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Centred

Bottle Bank

A bit of a stretch maybe, but there is definitely liquid in these bottles: wine from the St. Emilion area of Bordeaux.

LiquidB&W

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Wine, from start to finish

In vino veritas

A recent day’s wine-tasting around Bordeaux provided an opportunity to see the whole process of wine-making, from beginning to end.