Up in the clouds

‘Anything with an engine’ is Cee’s topic for her Black & White Challenge this week. So here’s a light plane showing its paces at the annual ‘Estevol’ air show near Blond.

This is an image which works much better in monochrome than colour, thanks mainly to the enhanced contrast of the plane with those big clouds.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge 9 April 2020

Portents

Well, if it’s not actually raining, it soon will be….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Clouds

Flight Path

I have to admit that this is a pretty free interpretation of Cee’s Black & White challenge this week of ‘public transport’. However, the image – which is really all about the clouds – does include an aeroplane, which is certainly a form of public transport.

This particular ‘plane is on its final descent into Heathrow Airport in London and is just passing over the railway bridge that crosses the Thames at Barnes.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public Transport

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

A pretty straightforward response to this week’s challenge subject of ‘Mirror’, but I like the way that (fortuitously) the reflected clouds blend with the actual clouds beyond, while the blue sky between the clouds in the mirror itself reflects the curve of the road.

This mirror is at a particularly awkward junction in the nearby town of Le Dorat, although the road was clear when I took the photograph: just as well, because I was probably standing in the middle of it at the time.

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And here’s another mirror image, also from Le Dorat and already published in another post, with clouds reflected in one of the metal discs that demarcate parking spaces in the main square:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

One Photo Focus June 2016

The original image for this month’s One Photo Focus was taken by David Croker and is a lovely shot of peaceful serenity; who doesn’t like the combination of sky, water and reflections?

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The only problem with this original is that the air of tranquility is jarred somewhat by the electricity pylons running right across the horizon. I realise that it’s possible to remove such intrusions through various photo editing programs,including Photoshop, which I have myself, but it looks like a very painstaking exercise, particularly if (a) you haven’t done it before and (b) when there are not only wires but also the pylons to be erased.

Then I recalled that for a WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge some time ago, with the theme of ‘Dreamy‘, I had used a reflected image to get the dreamlike look that the assignment called for, and I thought it had worked quite well.

Accordingly, I adopted the same principle for this One Photo Focus, to produce this:

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Here’s what I did:

  • Flipped the image horizontally
  • Cropped to remove the sky – and therefore the power pylons and cables. I also wanted to highlight that cloud on the right of the original image, so cropped out the whole of the left half
  • After that, it was simply a matter of adding a little ‘punch’ in Lightroom, and also adjusting colour Luminance to make the green and blue of the reflected boats stand out more.

I’m quite pleased with the dreamy, painting-y effect of this revised version

One Photo Focus June 2016

Stormclouds

Weather has come around again for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. Last time I put up a picture of freezing fog close to home, but on this occasion here is an image taken on the other side of the world, in the Hunter Valley in Australia.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”

 – Oscar Wilde

In nearby Le Dorat, some council workmen were marking out parking bays in the main square, using these shiny metal studs. In their pristine state, they provided some lovely reflections.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet