Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

The English Summer…

Summer Storms

…Sunshine and Rain

August 22nd 2008 and the mid-afternoon sun is about to be banished by incoming clouds from the north east – time, me thinks, to hurry home!



  1. Very dramatic! Interesting treatment..

  2. Amazing share, Martin. Moving the screen up and down makes the turquoise doors come alive! 😀

  3. Extraordinary picture, Martin! Love the light. The beginning of a novel if ever I saw one…

  4. Love the drama!

  5. I couldn’t believe the colors. So I’m glad you included the links for Rebekah —
    Lo and behold! There they are, those lurid building doors, ad the even more lurid storm clouds. You’re sure this is England?

    • Judith – It was England when I last looked…In fact it’s within a 10 minute walk from my home! But I might have been a bit drunk at the time 😉 Then again, the camera never lies unless we encourage it to produce half-truths!

  6. Beautiful picture Martin. 🙂 I would love to enjoy the English Summer. I hope I can do that some day. Great post. 🙂

    • Thanks Arindam – We’re having a very hot week (by English Spring standards) – 28 degrees in the shade with the threat of heavy thunderstorms tonight. Just got back from a local walk with my Cub Pack, so glad of a cold drink and a few minutes in front of the computer.

      I hope you are able to fulfil your wish of sampling an English Summer. A couple of my developers are off-shore (in Kolkata) some of the time and then come here for specific pieces of work. I’ll have to ask them what they make of the English summer 😉

      Thanks for the kind comment 🙂

  7. love this image and how you have brought it to life with the effects

    • Thanks Jo – HDR gives lots of artistic opportunities as well as the chance to bring out shadow detail in difficult lighting situations.

  8. Amar Naik says:

    nice colours

  9. What an intereting picture. Looks like a drawing and a photograph simultaneously.

  10. The English Summer is looking incredible, Martin!
    The HDR compliments that wild sky and brilliant colors so well!

    • Thank you Bob – I was pleased with how the process really brought out the wildness of the sky. It’s something that can be very difficult to achieve with a camera on a single exposure but using HDR allows us to blend several exposures to achieve something closer to what the eye can see. Of course, painters have been doing this for centuries!

  11. I love the sweet, Gothic look to this image with the urban / pastoral idyll !

  12. Looks very ominous! Great photo!

  13. Stunning image. The colors and textures are simply amazing!

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