Taken on this day last year, these images are studies of the little stilt fishing huts, or ‘carrelets’, that abound in this area of France. For more images from this trip, click on the tag ‘Gironde’.
This shot, from this day last year, is from the French village of Talmonde sur Gironde. Liked the blue door against the pinkish walls. The blossom was a bonus.
This day last year, I was at Painshill Park, in Cobham, Surrey, a restored eighteenth century landscape garden.
One of Painshill’s famous follies, the Gothic Temple, is seen above, reflected in one of the arches of the bridge. Below, another folly, the Ruined Abbey is situated picturesquely on the bank of the lake.
The image below is the only one I shared at the time. Another folly appears with the Gothic Temple, the Chinese Bridge.
Painshill’s working vineyard produces a nice sparkling white.
Seen below, the Turkish Tent is another of Painshill’s follies.
For the techies, I used a .6 ND hard grad for these shots, and a circular polariser, of course. I have written several other posts about this favourite location of mine. Just click on the tags, Painshill or Painshill Park to find them.
I spent this afternoon teaching a student on the Wey Navigation towpath near Newark Priory. Imagine my surprise when I got home and started to look for today’s 365 redux image to find that on 18th January 2009 I was at exactly the same place! The Priory was founded in the 12th century by Augustinian Canons, also known as ‘Black Canons’ because of their black cloaks and cassocks. At one point, the prosperous Priory housed a community of 200. Henry VIII had it sacked during the Dissolution of the Monasteries; according to one story, a cannon was placed on the hill above it to bombard the buildings. It was subsequently plundered for its building materials and fell into ruin; all that is left now is part of the church. A Grade I Ancient Monument, the Priory was placed on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk register in 2007. I can’t offer an image of it from today as I do not make my own pictures when I am out with students. The original of this image (before the fancy editing) was featured as the cover of six local interest magazines in 2010.
My Samyang 8mm fisheye lens (Fuji fit) is one of the best value for money lenses I have. It’s manual focus only, but at 8mm and f/5.6, it’s actually quite hard to make anything out of focus. Paired with my little Fuji X-E1, it’s a cracking set up for taking down into the London Underground. This shot is from Saturday, at Regent’s Park station, on the Bakerloo line. Best to see it larger to appreciate the photoshop fun I had with it after I got home (the clue is in the title).
I was scraping the bottom of the barrel a bit for my 365/12 as it appears I do not often take photos on 12th January! I had only one in the last 7 years (the extent of my digital image-making life). It is from 2009, the year of my real, as opposed to redux, 365. I can only guess that it was a day much like today, wet and miserable, that made me resort to photographing soap.
The weather started inauspiciously so we strolled around the lake scouting locations for another day. Finally, we happened upon the charming chaps of Frensham Pond Model Yacht Group who were happy to let us take a few pictures of their beautiful yachts in action. We hope to go back and capture more pictures there in better light.
I experimented with a long exposure to try to capture something of the blustery, drizzling conditions. And then we retreated to the Frensham Pond Hotel for a very welcome cuppa, or two.
When we set out again, the weather was still dreary but, then, it started to clear.
One of the things I love about this country is the way the weather changes so swiftly and unexpectedly. One minute the landscape was grey and oppressive, the next it basked in golden light. These two shots of the same view were taken 20 minutes apart.
That last shot has surprised people; they think it looks more like something from the Lake District than Surrey. People constantly underestimate this county. It’s not famous for its landscapes; there are no dramatic mountains or windswept coastline. But beauty is still there, for those with an eye to see it.
After its inauspicious start, the day turned out to be a great success. The sunset was as spectacular as one could ask but Mummy-duties required me to leave 20 minutes before it (frustrating!). I just had time to snatch a last shot of Jen, who had longer, still doing her thing.
On sharing some of my pictures on Twitter, I have been told that Frensham Little Pond is even prettier. Guess where we’re going next Tuesday.
Today’s 365 is from 9th January 2010. Tea lights in snow. Well, why not?
This is why I didn’t post yesterday: an epic full day of shooting in West Sussex. More anon. Yesterday’s and today’s 365 at the end.
365/4 and 5 are from January 2009. I was a digital newbie, just learning my way around pixels and processing. I would convert to shooting exclusively RAW later that month. Never looked back really.