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Posts Tagged ‘Languedoc’

Montaday Tour aka The Saracens Tower

  On my way back to the car whilst shooting French sunflower fields, I came across this unusual angle of the ‘Tour’, which we normally dont see from the road beneath, I’d already had my Lensbaby Optic 80 on the camera, so this is what I used! In processing I first zapped up the colours […]


Voyage through canal mist

A big thanks to Ellen for her kind texture feature on dpreview and a warm welcome to their visiting fans! Once again its the time of year for my favorite misty, foggy mornings in the Mediterranean! As soon as I open my shutters and spy mist outside, I need to work fast, as the sun […]


Chasing the wind

Its always nice to wake up and find another one of your babies gracing a published book cover! Here’s today’s, an American thriller, heavily textured with our flypaper painterly textures. Its just a preview copy as its not yet out, so I expect their colours will hopefully not be as muddled as this one with […]


Homeward bound

A freezing walk on our local French beach with friends and their dogs over the weekend, produced this simple image. The glow of the cold mid-winter sun warmed by applying several flypaper textures and this time, no colour tweaks!I’m typing this whilst looking out over gently falling snow flakes,Europe and this, our northern Mediterranean coastline […]


morning mist

I was emailed a few weeks ago, asking how to create a mist effectwith textures. My tardy answer is now shown here (sorry Bob!) This image was captured on the mountains last January.I’d not used these particular images because although I shot them in raw, It still had blown out areas.However, with our new textures […]


Moon tree ~ Bonne année !

From Jill and I we’d like to wish you all a gilded Bonne année!Its funny how the best shots are never planned!Yesterday, as it was sunny, I went for a drive in search of fresh images.Its continually maddening that all the best views are from our motorways and they are impossible to access without doing […]


Geraniums

I’ve kept this one back a few months because it was a first try-out with the as then unpublished; Lost Void & Lime Plaster textures.Its just a shot of Geraniums & ivy on our north facing window ledge.They caught the sunlight glancing off the stone house windows opposite.I liked the way this texture combination gives […]


Butterfly Bliss

Just like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and viewers and wish everybody from both of us – Happy Holidays!:-)Here’s an oldie but a Goldie, taken with a 75-300m zoom lens in the summer at a small lavender farm at Barjac in the Gard area of the south of France. Processed first […]


fishing trip

On Sunday afternoon just to curb the midwinter ‘Cabin fever’ we drove up towards the mountains. The light was clear and the air was crisp, but this time I diverted, hung a left and drove to ‘Lake Salagou’.Normally its a tourist nightmare, being the biggest and most famous lake in our area of the languedoc, […]


ruined windmill story

Our Southern French countryside is dotted with these ancient stone windmill ruins. There must be hundreds but I’ve seen only a couple that have been restored. The backdrop being our black mountains, which help to protect our Mediterranean coastal plains from the worst excesses of the northern European winter cold.The field contains freshly planted vines, […]


light at the end of the block

I’d been meaning to capture the sun set light on this building for ages, over looking our central market hall, this elegant shop/apartment building must have some very strange shaped rooms!I’ve not done much to it, the camera had its polarizor filter on, the textures were just used to bring out the golden tones I […]


m e s s e n g e r

A dull afternoon on the beach found me on my knees trying to get a low level shot. Overcast days are perfect to try moody, grainy textures.The idea behind this picture was ‘a Message in a bottle’, but from the bottles perspective!The Lime Plaster somehow helps give that ‘old distorted glass effect’ . Tex Pack […]


Wall Story

We drove past this windmill many times on the way to the beach,situated on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean salt marshes.Thankfully we managed to stop a few times at sunset on route home to capture it on camera.I was lucky because it was cut down this year, it was really sad to see the top […]


Bust and tree

On the same day but taken just before the last ‘Reflected Light’ posting. This is inside our Beziers Park of the poets, decorated with many stone carved busts. Its made up of two pictures, merged in photoshop, as my Autopanopro was playing up!A more finished/textured version of this image is on my Flickr site. As […]


red box

Back in early July we made a special trip to the beach at sunset just to photograph the full moon rising over the Mediterranean.The light was superbly opalescent, and I was lucky, as I captured several nice images as well as the later moonrise. This is one, a huge red container, not sure why it […]


ape

Whilst on the way to the beach yesterday, with a slight sea mist over the vineyards.I came across this derelict farmhouse in a sea of golden vines.‘Chasse Gardee’ I’m told, means strictly licensed hunters only. Apple Blush – Soft Light Opacity @ 29%Raw Linen – Overlay Opacity @ 100%Necropolis – Overlay Opacity @ 39%Caramel Soft […]


Life goes on

Another human for our professional readers!Taken on a professional Portrait shoot with French Artist, Martine Roch a couple of years ago. This one was never used but I now like the little surreal looking figure with a bucket in the corner!It was shot in that cold, sharp April light, the shadows being so dark, it […]


Three routes into mist

Another misty ‘Canal du Midi’ shot, just west of Beziers,our famous local French Atlantic coast to the French Mediterranean sea connection. One of the main reasons for its being built was to avoid having to sail around Spain.Because just over two hundred years ago those pesky Spanish Pirates were quite a problem!This in turn brought […]


A view from a Roman Bridge


Martine Roch

French surrealist artist Martine Roch is well and truly stuck on Flypaper textures! So, to coincide with her new exhibition this weekend, we thought we’d do a little Q & A feature on her.Martine is  a professional artist/illustrator and Getty photographer.Her muse is her famous female Labrador ‘Boudi’. They are based in Dijon, north east […]


Voyageur map

I’ve been asked if I also use other ‘enhancement programs’ Both Jill and I have programs such as ‘Lucis’ but I’ve never shown a picture using it. You can use these programs on your images before following our recipes. A while ago I described how I get my painterly look before texturising. I now repeat […]


Barge through the mist

Another from my misty day shoot!This time along our famous Beziers ‘Canal du Midi’, built by Paul Riquet The most famous son of our city of Beziers. It connects the French Atlantic West-coast with the French Mediterranean, a huge feat of civil engineering for its time. This barge appeared out of the dark mist, looming […]


Pines in the mist

A rare misty day in our part of the world.These mists are so far and few I have to dash out with my camera!This picture was taken on a strange atmospheric hill that sticks out of the old sea marshes, or ‘Etang’ in French.It now rises out of a sea of golden vineyards. On top […]


the sea bobber!

As requested, we now start to tackle live subjects!This image is from a shoot with a charming Danish Family.Its hard to believe that just a month ago we were still sea bathing! I don’t recommend standing in the sea with an expensive camera, but if that’s what it takes to get a natural shot, who […]