The weather was, to be honest, fabulously ordinary on this day in late June, and didn't invite one to get out of the car. But somewhere just to the south of the 'towering' (according to some tourist guides) Menez Hom (highest point in the area at 330 metres; I believe menez means mountain in Breton) I jammed on the brakes half through this tiny Breton village, realising belatedly what I had just seen while the automatic pilot steered the car. I drove back out and parked on the verge of the road and took some shots of this delightful church of Ste Marie while the occasional car rushed past and drops of rain fell. The main road from Chateaulin to Crozon on the Crozon Peninsula splits the village and shortly afterwards one comes to the turn-off to the 'mountain'. Would the views on this dismal day be as splendid as promised?
Looking at the shot now, I imagine some viewers wishing it focused on the church through the gateway. Why I didn't do that I don't know, but having the road in the shot gives me an excuse for the title.
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carmia (5467) 2007-08-24 5:38
I like the light and colors in your picture!
Greg1949 (9011) 2007-08-24 5:45
Andrew, I think the shot is very good. It alive and old at the same time. Colors are nice and the sky so forboding. The detail in the stone is also great. The church through the door way might have bebn to cliche.
daddo (26112) 2007-08-24 5:47
Hi Andrew. I think the weather was the main component of this very successful shot, as it gave you the glow on the buildings and the contrasting sombre sky. The conditions accentuated the texture and details of the stone buildings and gave the flowers a stronger presence.A fine piece Andrew. Regards. Klaudio.
wolf38 (31284) 2007-08-24 6:02
Hello Andrew. A very interesting photo with a fantastic light. Titles, text and photo complement each other outstanding. It is diverts to regard this photo. Very beautifully. Best regards, Wolfgang.
snunney (90760) 2007-08-24 6:03
I like this composition with the off-centre footpath and the view of this ancient church across the flowers, which add a nice touch of colour to the scene and provide a very good foil to that grey featureless sky. Superb tones and textures in the stonework. A very good passing shot ;-)
MarcT (20964) 2007-08-24 6:21
I like also this typical Breton village. Tell me, did you rework the sky separatly from the rest of the picture?
danyy (0) 2007-08-24 6:35
des lumières comme je les aime, sous un ciel très sombres, quand le soliel frappe le sol et délivre des couleurs intenses tandis que le ciel tire sur le noir.
Une ambiance lourde très bien rendue.
Bravo pour ce travail sous des conditions difficiles.
melmcree (18) 2007-08-24 6:40
I'm sure you could have centered the church but I think that's why it caught my eye, a little different perspective. I also think had you moved 3 feet to the right you would have lost the flowers you did capture in the bottom left, which are very well lit and full of color. I really love the colors of the flowers on such a stormy day, the contrast each other so well and differently. The colors of the stone are magnificent and I just love it from front to back and left to right.
gildasjan (42722) 2007-08-24 6:51
La lumière est divine et le cliché qui en ressort est merveilleux.Une réelle beauté ces couleurs.La pierre est agréablement mise en valeur sur ce fond nuageux plein de mystère.
mpsf (731) 2007-08-24 6:59
Hola Andrew, si no fuera por la carretera de la izquierda daría la sensación de estar en otro siglo. Buen enfoque, bonito contraste de los colores de las piedras y las flores. Estupenda imagen, buen trabajo. Saludos.
lgir (7205) 2007-08-24 9:14
pretty contrasts of colours between the first plan full of flowers and this menacing sky.
Stones of batiments are also well returned.
Gustaw (21670) 2007-08-24 9:30
Hi, my friend!
I see next very good photo in your collection. I like your oryginal architecture and beautiful flowers. Very good composition. I like your good colours and light. It is artistic photo.
lasscor (7640) 2007-08-24 10:32
Lovely rainy day with a nice grey sky and a warm light.
Lovely old architecture.
I like much the flowers and the texture of the tones.
lomumo22 (323) 2007-08-24 11:39
Very good picture, worthy of going to a paint by their beauty. Congratulation.
euryan (8440) 2007-08-24 17:11
I'll tell you why you didn't focus on the church through the gateway. It's because you wanted to include those great flowers in the lower left hand corner. Personally, I like the composition this way. It would be too generic if you did it the other way, and yes, now you can have your title. Great lighting with dark clouds behind.
maltese (22871) 2007-08-24 23:27
Je suis passé la semaine dernière visiter cette église que je connais depuis que je suis gamin.
Une très belle lumière sous ce ciel lourd!!
Et une belle mise en scène avec ces hortensias!!
C'est bien vu, amicalement
PixelTerror (0) 2007-08-25 1:50
Very nice collection of heritage buildings on this village entrance, possibly "ordinary" (a nicely diplomatic way to mean "awful", I know there are many Bretons here ;-) ), but well illuminated by the flowers and the rendering of the stone, I have seen Kath (feather) obtain equally nice glow in similar weather conditions and I like it a lot.
Have a nice day,
marioana (2256) 2007-08-25 1:57
Wow. look at that sky. I wish my photography weather was that 'ordinary' more often. It created a marvelous moody backdrop to this beautiful scene. Great colour. And the composition works just fine. I particularly love those Hydrangeas. Glad you stopped to take this shot. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2007-08-25 5:00
It is a superb framing. The sky and the granite of constructions have a splendid gray color which you emphasized by a very coloured foreground. Good realization. Cheer.
Angelillo (9374) 2007-08-25 9:48
Impressive light and beautiful architecture and nature! The composition is very good, it gives depths and perspective, and the colored flowers balance very well the stone's shades. I like very much the subtle contrast between the very well ligthned buildings and the cloudy stormy sky! It's really beautiful!
Have a nice sunday,
vincz (19113) 2007-08-26 2:09
very pleasant composition, very typical from Brittany. I like very much the flowers clors and how they combine with the greys of the walls under this grey sky.
Royaldevon (33831) 2007-08-26 2:34
My think that instinctively you wanted to include these bright flowers in the shot since it was a dismal day; concentrating on the church would have excluded them. And, you were right bcause they do add interest in the f/g.
Actually the grey sky makes a wonderful backcloth to the majesty of the tower as it overlooks all the other 'menial' buildings!
jaywalker (16101) 2007-08-26 3:28
Hi Andrew, The sky dose not look the best for photography, however you have managed the light superbly well, the flowers give beautiful colour & brighten up the shot brilliantly, the sky makes quite a good backdrop for this excellent architecture & focuses the eye more, great depth & the low POV was the perfect choice, kind regards Wilson.
graffer (1800) 2007-08-26 4:28
I know this area very well, and have been to the top of the Menez Homme several times. In better weather than this, there is an excellent view from the top.
However, the brooding sky has been used to great advantage here - the stone buildings stand out well against it. The low viewpoint and the colourful FG plants make this a great composition.
ChrisJ (105511) 2007-08-26 5:38
I like the yellow & red flowers contrasting against the grey blue sky. Excellent sharpness & an interesting old church. Tfs!
PJE (20758) 2007-08-26 9:41
Andrew one of the winning aspects of this photo is that because the road is included in this frame shows how the present cuts through these stones from the past. I love the contrast myself and the dark background sky adding even more drama to the setting. The foreground floral bushes add a nice final touch to the frame. Excellent work Andrew!
Malyshev (2522) 2007-08-26 10:43
I like colours,composition and very dramatic sky!
patdeph (35748) 2007-08-28 5:07
I discover your wonderful gallery today because of your visit in mine.Here,I like very much the fabulous contrast between the dark sky and the illuminated landsape.The Pov on the beautiful church is superb,including the vivid coloured flowers.Congratulations.
belido (19934) 2007-08-28 6:48
what attracts me most in this image is the contrast of the vivid colors of the lower part with that grey and interesting sky. Great architecture and nature capture! Well done!
laroze (965) 2007-08-28 7:14
Very good composition, I like the color of the sky and the light on the monument.The foreground of the flowers gives a most to the photo.
Have a nice day
gilou530 (34) 2007-08-29 8:42
magnifique lumière qui donne du contraste a la photo, le ciel orageux bien typique de cette région lui donne du relief, excellente photo
AgaA (2636) 2007-08-30 23:49
This scenery looks so stunning, the light and colors are unusual and perfect. Very, very impressive picture.
saxo042 (37724) 2007-08-31 7:24
The grey, syntethic colour of the road harmonies with the sky colour. These gray colours are a real contrast to the natural colours of the flowers, grass and buildings. I like this very much, it is a very attractive picture!
vbbreizh (2622) 2007-09-01 1:02
Very nice shot of this beautiful place.
Good composition, great light and colors...
Well done !
Could you give me the permission to show this photo
(under your copyright of course) on my website "Clochers de Bretagne" ?
cherryripe (21033) 2007-09-02 9:04
Wow the light is stunning here. I just love grey skies like this. The colours of the flowers seem so much stronger. The details are superb and I like how you framed the flowers and road in the bottom corner.
Bye the way, it was great to see the Ds beat the Western Bulldogs. It was a fun match.
corsicastorm (3224) 2007-09-02 9:14
Juste au bon moment avec le soleil qui éclaire le site et le ciel sombre...les couleurs extra et la compo soignée!! et un bel endroit en plus.
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-09-06 7:04
Hi , Andrew .
This is SO beautiful . The lines , colours ,composition and lighting .
I love the grey sky which sort of leans on the roofs of the church .
The inclusion of the road and the point of view is excellent .I am pleased that you did NOT focus on the the gateway ( I think the photo would be more like an ordinary postcard if you did ). This radiates much more life , and the roses add a romantic touch to it all .
vedra (0) 2007-09-08 9:47
You captured the light ecellently here, as the foreground is bright and clear, while the misty background is proof of bad weather. I like the road which disappears behind the wall. Together with mystery brought by the cloudy sky, one really has to wonder - where does it lead to?
Burberry1 (6041) 2007-09-21 10:24
This is a pearl among pearls!
Beautiful and well thought composition!
Great light, atmosphere and clarity.
U managed to create a great, great mood here.
Best wishes, Agnieszka
kmarscher (2887) 2007-09-25 19:02
You are right, Andrew, there are many compositional options here. The colorful flowers pop against the preponderance of gray and emphasize the beautiful array of textures you captured. I like these improptu shots and as you say, never know what you'll find along the side of the road.
mickyg (815) 2007-09-28 8:21
sometimes the bad weather can work with you as in this case Andrew,almost half monochromatic with a great burst of colour in the lower half, I always find dull or subdued light seems to bring out the colours of flowers so much better than harsh sun ..
pasternak (15183) 2007-09-29 2:12
Hi Andrew, what a balanced composition for this colourful view. The use of three elements: flowers, old walls and the grey sky would be enough, but the road gives this extra sence of depth. The light is so good, looks like HDR or something...
Brittany is fantastic, I know...
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-09-29 14:45
A long time since i didn't write some few words in your gallery ... but let me tell you that i saw that you made a trip in France ... and how good are your pictures !! To be honest you reached a high level and this one is the perfect exemple of what you can produce : sharpness to its best, beautiful compo and vivid colors, this is really great ! ... Or is it perhaps because it's a bretagne's picture ? ... both :)
skerdreux (3184) 2007-09-30 5:00
A classic (but wonderfull) view on Breton countryside. I love the contrast between foreground/middleground and the foggy sky.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-09-30 6:20
Very very very beautiful place!!!
Great colours and light and good perspective!
JCG (35129) 2007-10-07 6:54
Typical Breton landscape splendidly was photographed well, I like very much. The photo is very harmonious. Tremendous management of the light and the colors. Hydrangeas were indispensable !!! Pretty work, cheer Andrew.
With all my friendships,
testmaniac (13508) 2007-11-23 0:06
Hi Andrew, great shot with combination of good composition, architecture and atmosphere! The flowers make this photo more attractive. Great job and very nice and interesting place.
TFS and regards,
lybil (879) 2008-02-09 11:10
Très belle prise d'une bretagne dont la réputation au niveau climatique n'apparait pas sur votre photo... C'est un moment exceptionnel avec un ciel sombre et juste ce qu'il faut de lumière pour éclairer le village.
Belle prise de nouveau et merci pour le partage.
noborders (1010) 2008-03-24 13:12
The thumb looked so cute and I'm not disappointed seeing the photo : great colours, great light conditions and splendid subject and POV !
danasam (1075) 2008-03-31 1:43
Great combination between life and death,in the uper half i see gray scary sky, old church and dry grass, but at the bottom I see life and freshness, its like a human story if you look at it from down to top: birth, young, freshness, then....
Great one, well done
lukie (0) 2008-12-20 8:29
I do not write very much critiques. Now and then I take a walk in someone's gallery, this time it was yours. Difficult to pick out the best shot, but this one jumps out for me : fantastic contrast of the old buildings to the heavy clouded sky. Seeing a shot like this, invites to visit that place.
friendly regards from Belgium,
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (18691)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 18-50m F/3.5-5.6 DC
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Les chapelles de Bretagne, France [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-24 5:30