Mannequin Monday #37

Mannequin Legs from Allo Robert in Menton, France

This week’s addition to the largest repository of blighted mannequins on the planet isn’t quite blighted, but something does seem to be missing.

I found this minimalist sitting room display in ‘Allo Robert‘, an antique shop in Menton, France, on 11 July 2011, probably my favorite on the French Riviera. I like it so much I still have a shop post card tucked away in a notebook.

If you’re new to this series, an attempt to construct the largest repository of blighted mannequins on the planet, you can and should catch up here. Enjoy and do spread the word.

By the way, this image also serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 392nd (!!) straight. When you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can catch up with some of those here.

 

 

Seaside Tunnel, Cap D'ail, France

Moving Through The Shadows In Cap D’Ail

When this week’s request for a shadowy image came through via WordPress, I recalled this shot, one of several failed high ISO long exposures tests I took in early October 2012, soon after I bought my most recent camera.

This was taken near the entrance to a pedestrian tunnel along the Mediterranean coast in Cap D’Ail, a small town that sits on the French Riviera bordering Monaco to the west. I parked myself on a bench near the entrance and waited patiently for someone to pass by and through. The chance came when this shadowy ghost-like early evening runner jogged by.

It’s hardly a great shot, or even very good, but I liked the general tone. So it’s my Pic du Jour, the 361st (!!) straight.

Specs:
ISO 2500
38mm
f/4.5
1/5sec

Fishing Nets, St Vaast, France

Pic du Jour – Fishing Nets, St Vaast, France

Some colorful netting found portside in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, a sleepy coastal town of about 2,000 on Normandy’s Contentin peninsula in northwest France. Small fishing communities fascinate me, especially the similarities you can find among them even when they’re located continents apart.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 273rd straight (!!), was snapped in April 2012. Please click the image to view the full uncropped version. More about the town and a few more shots from my brief afternoon stroll through St. Vaast are here.

Fishing line and a losing lottery ticket, St. Vaast, France

Fishing Line and a Losing Lottery Ticket

A still life from the Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France gallery I uploaded a few days ago. It’s a vertical image so please click on it to see it full and uncropped.

When walking by the scene I imagined a fisherman after a crappy day on the water, with an ironic smile of resignation, ripping the ticket with his large, dirty leathery hands and tossing the remains in a box of his pier neighbor’s lines.

Oysters and mussels are a major catch in St. Vaast, and in much of France’s Cotentin peninsula. Increased acidification of the world’s oceans caused by greenhouse emissions is affecting mussels’ ability to attach to surfaces, causing alarm among commercial shellfish farmers. This isn’t good news. More in Daily Climate.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 240th (!!) straight, was snapped on 13 April 2012. Looking for a print? Try here.

 

Portside, St. Vaast, France

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France: Notebook and Stock Image Gallery

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue is a small coastal town of about 2,000 located on Normandy’s Contentin peninsula in northwest France.

Fishing and oystering form the economic backbone of this sleepy seaside town; that’s clearly evident from a brief walk along the attractive port and a theme which dominates the selections in this gallery.

Set about 30 kilometers north of Utah Beach, the westernmost of the main D-Day beach invasions, tourism is also an important industry. From a small promontory at the southern part of town lies an excellent if distant view south towards Utah Beach and the landing points stretching to the east. Trying to picture some 4,000 boats and landing craft in this stretch of the English Channel –along with a soundtrack produced by countless planes, rockets and gunfire buzzing overhead– was both dizzying and numbing.

I was fortunate to observe a Higgins Boat restoration for a few minutes, and posted a 25-second video of the project here.

A few useful links: [Wikipedia][French Wikipedia]

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Note: Initial images from April 2012. Galleries updated regularly as needed. Click on image to see a larger version.
Fishing Nets, St Vaast, France

Fishing Nets, St Vaast, France

Fishing line and a losing lottery ticket, St. Vaast, France

Fishing line and a losing lottery ticket, St. Vaast, France

 

[More Cotentin Peninsula-related posts] [More France-related posts] [More Galleries]

 

A note about Piran Café gallery images and subject matter: When exploring new areas, my primary aim is to capture a place as it actually is. There are lots of sources for images of an area’s main tourist attractions, its perfect sunset views and well-manicured parks and streets. I like making those kinds of photos too, but my efforts are mostly focused on best capturing something that is slightly more representative, or more “real”, within the time constraints I have.

All images © Bob Ramsak 2012-2014. All rights reserved.
For stock or editorial use please get in touch.
For print purchases please visit here; for greeting cards and post cards here.
Fisherman, Cap D'ail

Fisherman, Cap D’ail

Cap D’ail, or Capodaglio in Italian, is a commune on the French Riviera that sits on the western border of Monaco. The buildings in the background are in the Principality. Yes, I did wave back to the young boy.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 235th (!!) straight, was taken in Cap D’ail, France, 30-Sep-2012. Please click on the image to view an uncropped version.

Specs:
This was a high ISO test a few weeks after I bought my camera. It was originally shot in black and white.
1250 ISO
135mm
f 6.3
1/250

 

Discarded red roses floating near a pier, Barfleur, France

Port of Barfleur

I spotted this pair of discarded red roses floating near a pier in Barfleur, a village of about 700 on the Cotentin peninsula of northwest France. Oh, the story they could tell.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 221st (!) straight, was snapped on 13-Mar-2013. Please click on the image to see the full uncropped version.