Tuesday Photo Challenge: Definitely Yellow

This week’s Tuesday Challenge at Dutch Goes The Photo is to post an image of something yellow.

I don’t know what these flowers are called, but they are most definitely yellow.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

This blossom on a silk tree is lovely now, but will soon be reduced to the dried, shrivelled state of its neighbour.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

This slightly blown rose was standing all alone in the nearby village of Lesterps and for some reason which I cannot now remember I was unable to get very close to it for a conventional sharp flower image.

However, by cropping as I have and retaining some of the blurred, out-of-focus background (reinforced by a little vignetting and dehazing in Lightroom) I think it stands out at least as well as it would have done if it filled the whole frame.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus


For the past week or so our ceanothus bush has been a-buzz with flying insects, including this large black beetle.

Nice to use a little selective colour for a change too.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything That Flies

Thursday Doors: Saint-Barbant (1)

Turn right out of our place and after about three and a half miles you’ll reach the village of Meziérès-sur-Issoire, the administrative centre of the commune we live in, and which has featured in this series in the past.

Turn left and travel the same distance, however, and you will reach the village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. Press on for a couple of hundred yards further and – on the same road and quite indistinguishable apart from the tell-tale road signs – you’ll be in the village of Saint-Barbant. Two churches and two mairies, all within a radius of about a hundred yards: only in France.

There are no shops or other amenities in either village: Saint Barbant had a part-time Post Office until a few years ago (now a private residence) and going further back it boasted a tram stop. The most important thing about both places, though, is that they have some very interesting doors (and gates), as we’re going to demonstrate over the next few weeks.

The doors in this first instalment are all located in Saint-Barbant – and they all come with flowers:

Although patently, this house is unoccupied:

And this isn’t even a house:

…and nor is this one:

Thursday Doors 1 June 2017

Macro Moments: Week 37 – Water

This unfolding tulip was in a floral display in the town of Confolens that I happened on just after it had rained. As we’re not looking for bokeh this time, I’ve eliminated any background distractions during the editing process.

(I posted a black & white image of the next tulip along as a contribution to Cee’s current Black & White Challenge.)

Nikon D800 with Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens at 70mm. 1/1000 at ƒ2.8 ISO 100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments: Week 37 – Water

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32 – Shallow Depth of Field

To my mind, the manipulation of depth of field that is possible with a DSLR camera is one of the most creative aspects of photography. As The Girl That Dreams Awake rightly says in setting this week’s theme, it is most commonly used in macro and portrait photography.

Well, I don’t take many portraits but I do photograph a lot of flowers, where shallow depth of field is particularly effective. This close-up (as opposed to macro) image of a bud about to open was shot at ƒ2.8 – as big an aperture as it gets on that particular lens – in order to throw the background out of focus, providing some pleasing bokeh to complement the subject.