Last week we visited Bath England, early that morning we were out wandering the streets, only a few people were on the street headed to work, so the streets were quiet. Early morning can be a great time to wander the streets with a camera, while the contrast between the light and the shadows can be strong and ruin many travel photos, interesting details and shadows can be found.
The bike culture in big in Bath, with plenty of bike rentals available for both tourist and residents to use, bike lanes make it easy to bike around the city. It isn’t unusual to see them locked up to every railing and lamp-post in the city, but it is unusual to find one bike alone, the shadow so clear, and so beautifully framed. In fact 10 minutes later I was back down the street and the bike was gone! It was a great day, even if we were still looking for a cup of coffee!
I have submitted this to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness blog post. Once a week photographers from around the globe submit their favourite black and white image and Leanne Cole curates the images into a single blog post. There is so many great images I recommend you head over and check out the work.
The cobblestone streets in the historic centre of Rennes France are lined with 15 and 15 century Tudor Style buildings. Some with crooked doorways, and leaning walls. It was an interesting walk, especially since there were so few people in the centre during the holiday weekend. Here are just a few of the images;
This image was taken a couple of weeks ago in Bordeaux France. While walking through an area that was a little more industrial than tourist we passed this old warehouse. It was the time clock that originally caught my attention. I am sure the intended purpose was to insure no workers was ever late, no excuse for doddling at the door; the company clock was the first and last reference. The clock is no longer working and the warehouse appears to be shut down, these two facts lead me quite naturally to the title “time gone by” and the choice of toning the images to look like an old photo.
I have been following Leanne Cole’s blog for a while now, she has wonderful blog, and has built a great following of photographers who share information and encouragement. One Wednesdays she runs Monochrome Madness, where photographers can share their monochrome images, most images are black and white, some toned, as mine is, when the photographer feels it is appropriate. I always enjoys seeing what the other photographers have done for the week, and reading their blogs. Hop on over the Monochrome Madness I am sure you will enjoy the images as well.
If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.
An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.
mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman
During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around
kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman
I love to walk around flea markets, just to see what people are selling. Checking out the tables, poking into boxes, and taking pictures of the interesting collections. I did find several old cameras, in those old boxes, so I have added to my collection. I may need a bigger shelf by the time I get home. More photos of Bordeaux tomorrow!
Calle Alfonso Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar at night; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman
We spent a couple of lovely days in Zaragoza, wandering the streets and seeing the sights.
Sunday night we were out doing some night photography of the streets and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We had visited the Basilica earlier in the day and is one of the few places we have visited here in Spain that did not allow photos to be taken inside, respecting that wish, all we have is the outside view to show you.
All weekend streets were lively, there seemed to be a festival on, and of course Saturdays are a big wedding day this time of the year! One square that we happened on had a great little jazz band playing for a couple of hours, for the price of a beer we sat and listened. It was a great way to spend an evening!
Zaragoza Spain, Jazz in the street; copyright jmeyersforeman
We have been in Zaragoza Spain for a couple of days wandering the streets and checking out the sites.
It seems that in manyof the cities of Spain that we have visited we have found walls and shutters painted, sometimes to identify a business or area of the city. You will recall the images of Madrid and of the Camino. Zaragoza is no exception, the area of El Tubo, in the old part of town, is where we found the painted murals, and where, we also found more tapa bars per square block than any other city we have been in.
It does seem that the Spanish people are not inclined to dull or boring brick walls, and it is wonderful to see the creative expression in corners and narrow streets that might otherwise by boring brick walls!
I might have mentioned this before but I love watching kids chase the pigeons. it is especially fun when I can stand close to the action and capture a few images. So it will be a wonderful day! More images of children chasing pigeons are available for viewing and purchasing through jmeyersforeman photography.
We are on the road again, taking the narrow gauge train run by FEVE along the north coast of Spain, following much the same route as the Camino North from San Sebastian west to Ribadeo. It isn’t likely that we will make this pilgrimage so we thought we would have a look at the country side and stop in some of the towns. I will tell you more about it when I have photos.
We arrived in A Coruna Spain yesterday afternoon, just before the rain! By the time we checked into our hotel and headed out for a walk the rain had stopped. During our walk we visited the Plaza de Maria Pita, the cities many plaza and gathering centre. It, like a lot of major plaza’s is surrounded by buildings filled with shops and restaurants. Today those shops and restaurants were not too busy, it was the middle of the day, and tourist season has not yet hit its peak. What was great, at least for me, was seeing the buildings reflected in the puddles! I just had to wait a few minutes to get a couple of people to walk through the puddle.