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The Norman Coast in Winter

October 12th, 2010

Earlier this year I spent a day in the seaside resort town of Deauville, in France. I got the chance to visit the place a little, and spent a short time on Deauville’s famous beach – which, owing to the time of year and the weather, was largely deserted.

It was cold, with a biting wind that threatened to sweep my little cousins off their feet. Dark clouds roiled above, constantly threatening to unleash a torrential downpour. And, in point of fact, the heavens did open up hard a number of times during the course of the day, for periods ranging anywhere from a few minutes to a good few hours.

My cousins, about to be carried away by the wind.

The deserted public changing rooms.

The view onto the English Channel (aka “La Manche”).

More coming soon!

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The Lone Oak

September 18th, 2010

Not far from my uncle’s farm in Normandy, France, lies a wide open field, at the far end of which lies a splendid forest, dark and deep. I would occasionally go for a walk in the forest – and on one occasion a mushroom hunt with the family.

On the way there and back I would pass a lone oak, standing resilient, proud and strong in the middle of the field.

I was inexorably and inexplicably drawn to that oak. So one rainy, overcast day I grabbed my gear and squelched my muddy way to the field to snap a frame or two.

Here is one of the results.

This is likely to be the last post for a week or so as I’ll be travelling and with limited access to the ‘net.

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Overlooking the Valley

January 23rd, 2010

I was taking a walk with some friends the other weekend in the mountains in Faqra, Lebanon. It was late afternoon and we’d lost the sun behind cloud cover. Rain, it seemed, would be coming later.

The path we followed eventually opened out onto a valley, the slopes of which were mostly stepped farmland.  The view was breathtaking.

While we paused to admire the view, I was struck with an idea.

I asked my friend, E, to model for me – she graciously agreed – and I conscripted her boyfriend, G, as a voice-activated light stand. I slapped on a half-CTO onto my SB900 flash, zoomed it to 200mm, and got G to hold it and aim it at the spot E would be jumping into.

I can’t thank them both enough – they were patient enough already with me on our walk as I would often whip out the camera to shoot some random thing or other – and they were awesome again here, full of enthusiasm. I had a blast shooting this and I hope you enjoy the result of our mountain photo shoot:

More pictures coming soon!

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