I had two photographic challenges in mind on a trip to Bordeaux in March. The first was a camera club task of illustrating the quotation, written about a photographer (Jane Bown, I think it was) : “She uses the light of a window as some photographers use batteries of carefully placed lights”. In fact the ‘She’ in my resulting image turned out to be an inanimate statue in a side chapel which was momentarily receiving the sunlight emanating from an upper window above the main sanctuary. I was able to incorporate 2 other windows from the chapel, and, with some extra darkening of the far right hand side of the image, felt she shone out in the natural light.
I was also determined to try and capture a reflection in the Miroir d’eau, the world’s largest reflecting pool. Covering 3,450 square metres, this is located on the quay of the Garonne in front of the Place de la Bourse, it was built in 2006. It is made of granite slabs covered at times by just 2 cm of water, alternating with the creation of fog. The view is constantly interrupted by traffic, trams, and paddling, selfie-taking teenagers, and I would have liked to achieve a wider view, had the glaring lights of the extra buildings to the side not blown out the highlights. This was the compromise version: