Quite a mixed bag today, after a pleasant drive along the Normandy coast road near Avranches, giving wonderful a wonderful prospect of the Le Mont St Michel bay. I even tried my hand at a swift macro shot of a bee, but alas bee's do not make the best models, and this one was clearly in a rush.
Something of a postcard shot, with the depth of field deliberately focused more on the nearby sheep than the distant abbey. There's still sufficient detail to make out the individual buildings, but I didn't want to down a highway to no where, trying to get detail that wasn't really feasible.
I'm pleased with this wide angle shot of the bay. Le Mont St Michel and Tombelaine take a minor role, compared to the wider landscape of the clouds and the slightly barren like beach. The bay is great for shots like this, because the tide is often out and subdued, giving something of a desolate feel. It's the clouds though that really bring out this image more, giving greater emphasis on the silhouettes of the two islands.
In a way I was disappointed with the shots I tried to get of the bumblebee. A bit more concentration would probably have given me the shot I wanted. I just got too lazy in the end. Nonetheless, this image draws out the detail of the plant well, and conveys something of the energy of the bee. There's detail enough to identify it, partcicularly with it's hairy legs, while the blur gives a sense of perpetual motion as it jumped from one plant to the next.
The first of three similar shots. The bay is perfect for this desolate-like images, since the tidal water is often so far out. The light and shadow in the foreground sets off some nice detail.
Lovely contrasts between the darker sand and the reflective pools of water.
Probably my favourite from the whole set - there's almost a sense of blurring with the curves, the light and water. I like the contrast from the bright top, descending into almost blackness at the bottom.