52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 43 Film Noir

For this week’s Smartphone Challenge, the prompt is ‘Film Noir’ – ‘dark and moody’. This is another moonshot from just outside our house. I think it qualifies.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 43 Film Noir

52 Week Photo Challenge: 39 The Elements

This week is about the elements. Fortunately, not the ones that go in the Periodic Table but the more traditional categories – rather more amenable to artistic interpretation.

Arguably, this image  – of a striking cloud formation seen over our house in the gathering dusk – shows three of the five classical elements: Air (obviously), Water because that’s what clouds are made of, and Earth, which is what Brokedown Palace is sitting on (and built from).

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 10 – Hometown

Week 10 of the Smartphone Challenge poses me something of a dilemma. Does the theme of ‘Hometown’ refer to the place I grew up, or where I live now? There is a vast difference.

I was born and grew up in in the town of Birkenhead, in north-west England. Its principal redeeming feature is that it is just across the River Mersey from, and therefore boasts a very good view of, Liverpool, which I think of as much more my spiritual hometown.

Now, however – and since 2012 – we live in a very small French hamlet which for blogging purposes I refer to as ‘Tranquility Base’. We really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else and we certainly think of it as our home.

It’s where we want to watch our sunsets.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 4 – Warmth

The setting sun gives a warm glow to the sky on what would otherwise be a chilly autumn evening. We were heading home – and that’s where the real warmth is.

I took this photo through the windscreen of our car. I would like to point out that I was not driving: I don’t can’t.

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Monochrome: Texture & Contrast

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge has now reached Black & White and as a first stage is focussing on texture and contrast. Here are some images that incorporate both these key elements of monochrome images.

This camellia flower was actually a gorgeous shade of purple, but the monochrome brings out the texture of the leaves very well, while the greater contrast enhances the perception of detail at the heart of the flower :

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This little imp sits on an electricity pylon, contrasting well with the texture of the concrete post, in the small hamlet of Bonnefont, quite close to here:

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Monochrome also brings out the texture in these carvings from Chartres Cathedral….

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…and the contrast in this dramatic skyscape

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

The Ostensions is a religious festival that takes place every seven years, over the spring and summer.  2016 is one of those years.

During this period, relics of the saints are paraded through the main towns in the region.

For the period of the Ostensions, the cathedral at Limoges and its surroundings are bedecked by colourful bunting.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

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Where we live is quite close to the geographical centre of mainland France (l’hexagone), so not surprisingly the skies above us are quite busy with planes flying to or from faraway places – sometimes to quite dramatic effect:

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Fortunately, they are at high altitude when they pass over, so we can’t hear them

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Faraway

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

Over at my other place, I’ve written about Leonard Cohen and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity to use this image of an impending rainstorm as an alternative cover for his first album. If you’re at all familiar with his work – especially the early years – you’ll know what I mean.

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