If you approach La Oliva from the north there is a point at which my favourite volcano looms above the church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria – the problem is it is difficult to find a good place to stand to capture an image.
In all honesty the architecture on Fuerteventura is not that interesting – there are few old buildings – the exception to this are the little chapels that can be found in all towns and villages across the island.
It was all looking so promising.
Good sunsets have been a rare thing of late in Fuerteventura – the photographers curse of cloud on the horizon has been an all to frequent phenomenon over recent weeks. But this evening looked promising for a decent El Cotillo show, cloud was moving down from the north giving some nice broken cloud over the island but the sky to the west over the Atlantic was clear so it looked good for the sun getting under the island cloud and thus giving that much desired fiery show.
On the way back from the expedition to the coast I spotted a large goat farm with many goats – there used to be goats all over Fuerteventura but I think it is an industry that is dying out – not surprisingly since I think young Fueteventurans would rather surf or open a coffee shop that herd goats and who can blame them. Frankly goats stink !
The west coast of Fueteventura is a largely rugged and remote with hardly any safe harbours. Access is generally difficult without a 4×4 – only a handful of spots are accessable by surfaced road.
The steam locomotives King Edward II (6023) and its twin King Edward I (6024) were the final development of Churchward’s Star class and Collett’s Castles, the Kings were the most powerful locomotives on the Great Western Railway, and for several years the most powerful passenger engines in the UK.
7 months ago I made the decision to give m43 a try, I won’t rehash the reasons for my move from Canon FF & APS-C suffice to say that size and weight had a lot to do with it.
Never has watching a sport for so little time taken so long – such is a day, and it takes a whole day, watching a stage of Le Tour. Nevertheless, it’s great fun and a real insight into French culture.
In total the tour is said to consist of about 5,000 people, a huge infrastructure exists not just to support the riders but also just running the show and bringing it to the viewing public.
All images taken at the rider presentation in La Roche-sur-Yon on 5th July – all taken handheld with the PL 100-400mm mainly at 400mm (800mm FF equivalent) wide open, iso 640-800 and shutter speeds from 1/160-1/400.
direct énergie are a French team based in the grand depart host region of the Vendee – for the 2018 tour the team is to be lead by Frenchman Lilian Calmejane.
The capital of Kazakhstan lends it’s name to this pro cycling team that has something of a chequered history – today it is lead by Dane Jakob Fugslang.
Team Katusha Alpecin are a Russian Swiss based team lead by Russian Ilnur Zakarin although perhaps the star of the team is the German sprinter Marcel Kittel.
The only Dutch team in Le Tour, Lotto NL – Jumbo represent the Dutch national lottery and are lead by Dutchman Robert Gesink.
I was busy photographing the Oyster sheds at La Baudissier when I noticed a Barn Swallow shooting in and out of a gap in one of the sheds, presumably feeding some nestlings. Up for a challenge I thought this might be a good opportunity to once again test out the 6K functionality of the G9.
One of my favourite functions on the Lumix G9, that comes as a consequence of having an electronic viewfinder, is the ability to see the results of different crops (picture modes) in camera or indeed filter effects such as monochrome.
The rule of thirds, which is not really a rule, would have you put the horizon on a third. But which third ?
Saintes an historic town in southwestern France, in the Charente-Maritime department. In Roman times, Saintes was known as Mediolanum Santonum, and during much of its history, the name of the city was spelled Xaintes.
The most striking building in the French coastal city of Royan is undoubtedly the Cathedral (église Notre-Dame) – it stands on the site of a former neo-gothic church that was destroyed in 1945 (as was much of Royan). Designed by architects Guillaume Gillet and Marc Hébrard and built between 1955-58 entirely of concrete, it is considered one of the leaders of French contemporary architecture.