La Vielle Grange

Panasonic DMC-TZ10, 1/160sec @ ƒ4



Panasonic DMC-TZ10, 1/40 sec @ ƒ3.3 & 1/3 stop under exposed.


I’ve had the great pleasure of visiting rural France for a few days last week. I shall be posting a few images without further commentary during the course of this week. I hope you enjoy viewing them as mush as I enjoyed making them.

Panasonic DMC-TZ10, 1/500 sec @ ƒ5.6

Still Life #1

Sometimes an image will present itself only briefly; this is such an occasion. The sun quite suddenly lit up the room and I was attracted initially to the shadow thrown on the wall. I grabbed my Panasonic TZ-10 compact and quickly composed the shot. I had time to fire off just four images before the light changed and the image was gone.

When I came to process the image I saw that the low angle of the sun created some superb highlights of the items on the dressing table and these became the centre of focus for me instead of the shadow. Processed as always with Silver Efex Pro 2 increasing the contrast and detail within the sunlit elements of the image.

Panasonic DMC-TZ10, 1/500sec @ ƒ4 & 1/3 stop under exposed.

Piano Man

I love music! There’s always music on in my home or when I am travelling by car, ‘bus or train or when I am walking. I especially like to listen to music on my iPod when I’m making images – and I like to make images of musicians.

Liverpool is a very musical city and during the summer upright pianos were placed around the city centre just for people to sit at and play. There were some organised recitals but if the piano was free you could play it. How wonderful…

This chap was at a white piano in Liverpool 1 – very reminiscent of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. The light was reflected in his face and he was clearly enjoying himself. He looked up and smiled at me at just the right moment. Sadly his small audience seemed oblivious to his efforts but that didn’t deter him at all. Processed, as usual, using Silver Efex Pro2.

Panasonic DMC-TZ10, 1/250sec @ ƒ4 & 1/3 stop under exposed.


Can a sunset look good in monochrome?

The west coast of Anglesey produces some wonderful sunsets particularly from spring to autumn. I think the best places are in the area from Cable Bay to Rhosneigr and Tywyn Fferam is my favourite place of all; so many options. This particular evening the sunset was unexpected after a long day of rain and wind. I went out on a whim and was well rewarded, not with glowing colours but with wonderful clouds and light, the rays of the sun lancing through the clouds. And it was gone almost as quickly as it came.

I leave you to judge if this sunset works in monochrome. I think it does.

Processed with Niksoft’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

Nikon D700, 24-70 Nikkor lens, Lee graduated grey 0.6 grey filter, 1/15sec @ ƒ22.

Cloudscape #1

Watching dinghy racing at Beaumaris, I wanted to portray how insignificant the boats were compared to the sea and sky. The afternoon had started wet but as the dinghies made for the open sea the weather cleared and a beautiful sky presented itself. I took just one image of the departing boats because I try to get my images right in-camera and in one shot.

Nikon D700, 24-70 Nikkor lens, 1/250sec @ ƒ9, Lee grey graduated 0.6 ND filter.