Category Archives: Roads and tracks

A motorway in Holland

A motorway in Holland

This was a quick snap on a bridge overlooking a motorway somewhere in Holland

This was a photo taken straight from my bicycle after seizing an opportunity for a break disguised as a photo-opportunity!

when I am cycletouring in Western Europe, I always struggle because of the culture of cycle lanes….I always get hopelessly lost on cyclelanes because they stray away from the road network…and cyclists are not allowed on the roads where there are alternative cyclelanes…and car drivers will express their displeasure at seeing a cyclist on the road.

So, if you ever see someone on a heavily laden bicycle, with a camera, scratching his head….it might be me! I have never met anyone who has the same problem so I am assuming it must just be me. Local maps of course would resolve the problem, but they are really expensive and run out after a relatively short distance, and I like changing my mind. But I eventually get where I am going too…

Devon countryside

Devon countryside

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….Just ambling along country roads in the UK is at least a picturesque experience. The hedgerows that divide fields from each other and the roads provide a habitat for all sorts of flora and fauna, so the occasional whiff of wild garlic, the sound of birdsong and the buzzing of bees makes a relaxing experience.

This is a country lane in Devon when I was en-route for Dartmoor national Park. I never go out of my way to take photographs when cycling along these lanes, it’s just that every now and then a composition jumps out.

Again, processed in Silver Efex Pro as previously described.

Countrylane near Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

Countrylane near Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

Kent countryside, England, UK

I have quite a few of these (compositions), but I sort of like them, they are mundane outdoor scenes, not mountains, not valleys at dawn or dusk with mist…..but as I always try to create a solid composition wherever I am, I think these ‘mundane’ images have a certain something.

In colour they are a bit of a washout really. Middle of the day photos that don’t turn heads. But I have added a vignette and converted to black and white (in Silver Efex Pro), added a bit of contrast and I am creating a nice series of images from the archives, the photos that time forgot!!

Anyway, hope you like them…..