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 :


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:


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


…and the contrast in this dramatic skyscape



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.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up


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:


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.


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.