In december 2016 I went with a group of friends to Périgueux for an evening "christmas lighting".
Périgueux's christmas lighting was something of a disappointment - very little real christmas lighting and the street lighting, using sodium lamps, was a strong yellow, almost orange, which gave a rather unattractive tint to all the photos. However, we did succeed in taking some well composed shots, which, once converted to b/w, turned out quite well.
Towards the end of the evening we headed for the outdoor ice skating rink where we were invited to join a group of people sharing a glass or two beside one of the market stalls - a really warm welcome which quite transformed the outing.
September 24th 2016 in Limoges was dry and warm, quite sunny, just about ideal for the national finals of the "Courses des Garçons de Café". Around 100 entrants, who must be employed as waiters, race over a town centre course of about 5km carrying a tray of drinks. Liquid levels are measured and there are time penalties for spillage.
There are a number of different categories such as local entrants, ladies, team etc with cash prizes for the winners and runners up. The local entrants were particularly well supported and of course sponsored by the café or restaurant where they work. Major suppliers in the area put on a display with free samples, including drinks.
A great fun day !
The 11th september 2016 the members of our photo club visited the airshow "Legendair" at St Junien. The day was sunny and very hot and after a rapid tour to view the options we ate lunch together at a café on the airfield. After, we spent the afternoon taking photos of the magnificent historic aircraft and cars. During the visit I was able to borrow a demo sample of the latest Sigma 150-600mm telephoto lens from friends at the Photolim stand. Powerful, but oh so heavy !!! On an APSC camera, the 600mm is too long for this type of event but I can imagine how it would be invaluable for wildlife photographers for example, where you could use a tripod.
Here is a selection of images from the day's visit...
Vendanges à Ch. La Coucharde, septembre 2016
In september, we visited château La Coucharde in the "entre-deux-mers" region with the photo club OPPV to take part (photographically) in the 2016 harvest. The light was not wonderful when we first arrived in the mid morning but by lunchtime we had reasonable autumn light which enabled us to take some good shots.
We were very well received by the proprietors, Monsieur Bielle Navarre, his son and their wives, who laid on a splendid harvest lunch for us. Their vintage '95 is exceptional !! Once again our grateful thanks.
The day ended with a group photo of the whole crew among the vines and by loading our cars with quite a few cases of château La Coucharde...