Here’s a solitary soul walking through the cloisters at Fontevraud Abbey in Normandy, France

The play of light

The play of light


  1. Wonderful perspective, and great light/shadow. The arches are beautiful!

  2. Suzanne

    great shot – so evocative

  3. great arches, texture, tiles and shadows – the solitary figure just makes this shot perfect.

    • Thanks! I have always liked cloisters, and wanted a shot with sunlight streaming through….but it was nearly always a cloudy day, wherever I was. We’re talking years! So this one, at last, was my sunny cloisters shot 🙂

  4. Sue I have come back to study this photo. I love the shadows created through the windows. When using arches like this would you always try to center the arch. It looks like you are angled a bit and I love the creativity of that. Any tips?

    • Love your comment, Sue! Basically, this shot is the result of not checking I had got the verticals properly straight when I took the shot… I had to straighten the angle as much as I could in post processing. BUT it didn’t come out quite right, but I’ll go with the creativity!! 🙂

      • So generally go for the centering, straighten in editing but a little creativity doesn’t hurt. do I have it right? 🙂

      • With a shot like this, I would usually try and keep the lines as straight as possible and centre the arches, or the whole thing can look weird owing to perspective. I just liked your comment that I had been creative, whereas I think it was plain sloppiness on my part!

  5. poppytump

    Nice shot there and great to have caught him mid step too !

  6. What a beautiful capture. Looks so beautiful in black and white.

  7. Fab capture Sue. Love the roof and the shadow patterns on the floor.

  8. Love the shadows and architecture here, great work.

  9. Wonderful in every respect this Sue…

  10. Emilio Pasquale

    Love the light and shadow. The architecture alone makes quite a magnificent shot. But the lone man adds emotion! Beautiful!

  11. You got that just right – with the head and shoulder in the patch of sunlight. Lovely shot.

  12. A wonderful shot, in every way.

  13. Love the light and the quiet!

  14. Joe

    Outstanding Image Sue 🙂

  15. Solitude is a good company.

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