Bending Light

Taken at the Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, France. Shot from the front of the building at the side entrance steps at the Basilica building.

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I was intrigued by the zig zag pattern shadows across the stone steps. I just waited for someone to come down, some nuns appeared at the top, brilliant I thought, they saw me with camera and proceeded to walk down the other side! Eventually, after waiting for someone to walk down the right way this lady appeared walking slowly down the steps to finish the picture for me.

Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film and developed in Ilford ID11 developer.

Curious

Always think cows make interesting subjects, especially in black and white. I think the breed are Charolais, and these heifers where intrigued by my dog Charlie, although I think Charlie thought these very large dogs might play with him!

Taken at Saint Germain de Montgommery, France next to where we were staying.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 taken on Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 13 minutes at 20ºc.

Half timbered

Normandie, France.
This barn was opposite where we were staying in Saint Germain de Montgommery. Typical half timbered building infilled with wattle and daub, or ‘torchis’ in French. Common construction on older buildings though out the Normandie area and many parts of Europe.
Shot in bright sunlight I liked the tones, timber grain and old wooden dowels in this image.

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Taken with a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a yellow B&W filter on Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 13 minutes at 20ºc.

des portes

Falaise in Normandie, France.
I saw these doors or ‘des portes’ down a side street, and liked the possibility of a making of a sort symmetry image. I framed up, hoping for someone to walk past the scene in front of me, no one came past. Having waited for a dust cart to move on (oh the glamorous life of a street photographer!) eventually, after some time this woman was walking down the opposite side of the street, by chance she crossed over and into the frame to complete the picture.

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Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Caught out

Caen, Normandie in France.

While visiting the city which turned out to be their market day, I saw this homeless man begging in front of a fish and chip market stall. Quite amusing character, I thought I’d take a few shots. Just as I framed up, suddenly he turned and put his hands up as I pressed the shutter. Thinking I had been caught trying to get a candid street image, the real reason become apparent, as behind me was a couple of police officers standing there looking at him.

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I don’t know what the French law says about begging on the street, but just after he moved on. My wife and I later saw him in a different location in the city and she gave him some change.

Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens with my Weston Master V meter on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 for stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Last Rays

These two old derelict farm houses are just down the D179A road from where I was staying in Saint Germain de Montgommery, France.

I wanted to capture the light late in the day, as I had already seen the buildings being lit up by the sun low across the valley a couple of evenings before while driving by them. The evening I choose to shoot, I found that when I got to the scene I was looking for, there was a large cloud bank had covered the sun over the valley. Annoyingly I decided I had to wait, hoping the cloud would clear before the sunlight got to low. Thirty minutes later, my patience paid off! As the cloud cleared, the sun was really low coming though the trees to the right of the buildings, giving an almost stripped affect to the scene below.

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Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a yellow B&W filter on Kodak Tri-X 400 film, using my Weston Master V light meter. Film developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 13 minutes at 20ºc.

Orne

Scenic shot from River Orne, in Argentan, Normandie, France. I liked the contrast between the dark shadow of the trees over the water to the buildings and sky beyond.
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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film, plus a yellow B&W filter and developed in Kodak D76 stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Always Unseen

Homeless man in Rue Hamon, Caen, France.
Most of the homeless in France I have observed seem to be older people, unlike here in the United Kingdom where it’s most homeless people are of younger generation.
Seeing the reflection in the shop window, and catching the passerby oblivious to the man sitting on the pavement, made for great street photography picture.
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Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Tri-X film.

 

Bike Reflection

Honfleur, France. It had just rained when I noticed this powered bike leaning against this sign post and liking the reflection across the paving stones I took the picture. The clippings in the granite stones gives the reflection it’s distinctive look.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Cane & Wicker

Honfleur, France. Outside under some trees behind the L’absinthe Restaurant where these tables and chairs not in use. I was taken with the pattern of the seats, they way three tables were aligned, plus the curvature of the stone paving. The composition was just right for me, so I felt it was worth a few frames.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 8 minutes at 24ºc.