52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 49 Storms

A good day to leave the car in the garage.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 49 Storms

Cold Wheels

Like much of France, it’s been cold and we’ve had some snow recently. As a result, these old cartwheels (and birdbath) that sit at the back of our house were looking pretty chilled last week – and not in a good way.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chilled

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

The snow will melt; the tracks will disappear, the trees will bud again. Even in the 1/6000th of a second it took to record this image, all these processes of change were under way.

[I know I’m not the only one to be a little miffed that this week’s theme of ‘Delta’ is remarkably and unimaginatively similar to last week’s ‘Transient’]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 14 – Winter

As it happens we woke up this morning to our first significant frost of the year – a sure sign that winter is on its way. It had all thawed before I could get my camera out, but here’s a winter scene that I photographed a couple of years ago during a walk ‘around the block’ (about three miles). The low sun on the barren tree in the foreground made the whole image stand out for me.


52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 14 – Winter

Ponies in the snow

These Shetland ponies used to be found in a field about a quarter of a mile from our place. The snow (it was a couple of years ago) lends itself well to the monochrome version.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets

Vertical Lines

This week, we try to demonstrate the importance of vertical lines in composition. To begin with, here’s my personal favourite from the selection for this post:

An abacus in the old schoolroom at Montrol-Senard. It wouldn't be the same shot if the column second from the right wasn't slightly askew.

An abacus in the old schoolroom at Montrol-Senard. It wouldn’t be the same shot if the column second from the right wasn’t slightly askew.

A collection of other verticals:


Now, two photographs of the same scene, one in landscape, the other in portrait. Unsurprisingly, the vertical represented by the tyre-tracks is a much stronger element in the portrait version; this makes sense because it’s the tyre-track that’s the real subject, and the trees in the landscape version are just a distraction:



Now, for the vertical line that doesn’t really work in the original, here is a ‘before and after’ from Chartres Cathedral. The vertical is obviously where the door meets the wall, but in the original the thing (whatever it is) halfway down the left side of the image is a distraction and, more importantly, because it’s an open doorway shot from the inside, the exterior has been blown out.

However, cropped to remove the distraction, as well as some of the dead space at the top (which also helps to preserve the original image constraints), and with a bit of tweaking of the tone curve, I think it’s a far superior image:


Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Vertical Lines

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way

On a snowy day last year on one of our local walks we came across a group of Shetland ponies in a field. This one was particularly curious.


Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Way

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Two envelopings for the price of one here: moss envelopes the stone of a bridge across the ditch just up the road from here at Tranquility Base, while snow envelops the undergrowth next to it.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped.