Photoblog: 25 Feb 2007
The large municipal cemetery in Bristol, England. For many years Arno's Vale was left to crumble and became overgrown. Following its appearence on the first series of BBC Restoration its had some investment and TLC, but is still in a bad way.
I'm a bit dissapointed with the light in this, but the white ballance, deliberately warmer than it should be, created an almost sepia feel. I can't decide whether I'm happy with the composition or not... the wide lense and the position from which it was taken makes the arch lean in, and I can't decide whether that's a bad thing or not...
Considering adding to the JPEG Mag 'entropy' theme, though I could also go for one of the Stalbridge Churchyard in the fog shots...
NIKON D50 32 mm f/8.0 0.008 sec (1/125) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-05 17:09:25
Photoblog: 23 Feb 2007
Another one of that tower. I seem to be collecting it in all possible weather and light conditions... See the tag for more. From this view you'd never guess that the city surrounds: motorway at the bottom of the hill on the left, with suburbs stretching away beyond, school and suburbs to the right, university and business parks behind, and the city centre just over the hill beyond the transmitter.
NIKON D50 48 mm f/10.0 0.002 sec (1/500) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-26 12:17:10
Photoblog: 22 Feb 2007
The industrial landscape of Avonmouth, Bristol, on the banks of the Severn estuary (Bristol Channel), as seen accross the mud flats at Severn Beach, beside the M4 bridge. Included, if I recall correctly, are the cranes of Avonmouth Docks and the Royal Portbury Dock, grain silos and mill, and smelting works. The channel has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world, and huge beaches and mud flats come and go with the tides.
Right, now those are uploaded, I'm off to Avebury...
Update: No I'm not, car's broken :(
NIKON D50 90 mm f/8.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-21 15:56:37
Photoblog: 21 Feb 2007
On St Peter's church in Castle Park. Ferris wheel behind entertaining christmas shoppers.
NIKON D50 200 mm f/9 0.006 sec (1/160) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-09 13:40:27
Photoblog: 20 Feb 2007
NIKON D50 50.4 mm f/1.8 0.04 sec (1/25) ISO 800 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-08-03 15:06:12
Photoblog: 19 Feb 2007
Looking south over the Ashton Vale, Southville, Bedminster, Withywood, etc. from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
NIKON D50 28.3 mm f/8.0 20 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-10-29 18:51:39
Photoblog: 18 Feb 2007
During a break between Atlantic storms in January 2007. I liked the log in the foreground, which had clearly been washed up by the previous week's storm, but when I returned a couple of weeks later somebody had already sawed bit off, presumably for firewood.
The Second Severn Crossing is the M4 motorway bridge from Bristol, England, to Newport, Wales. It is actually the third bridge, and fourth crossing of the Severn Estuary: an 1870s railway bridge between Lydney and Sharpness in Gloucestershire, a few miles upstream, was destroyed by a collision with a barge in the 1960s; an 1870s railway tunnel runs almost directly under this bridge, joining the South Wales Main Line to the Great Western Main Line; and the 1960s Severn Bridge carries the M48 motorway over the estuary a mile upstream.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8.0 0.008 sec (1/125) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-17 14:58:36
Photoblog: 17 Feb 2007
Field of bales on Cox Hill, Marnhull, in the Blackmore Vale, Dorset. This is the heart of dairy country and the vale inspired Thomas Hardy's "Vale of the little dairies". The film adaptation of Tess of the D'urbervilles was filled in the village. The view, however, could really be anywhere in England.
There were some very impressive clouds coming and going, mixed with bright sun. I'm tempted to clone stamp out the phone line in the top corner, but it's barely noticeable... perhaps if and when I get 'round to sorting prints.
Thanks for all the comments, this has climbed to #1 in interestingness (despite falling short on views, favourites and comments), so I chose it for the header of the redesigned cotch.net.
NIKON D50 55.0 mm f/8.0 0.003 sec (1/400) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-08-21 18:18:03
Photoblog: 16 Feb 2007
NIKON D50 22 mm f/9.0 0.006 sec (1/160) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-07-01 18:15:58
Photoblog: 15 Feb 2007
Again, with the torch shone on the stone, again having to dodge because it didn't work as I'd wanted. I also got one with star trails, but Kui was impatient so it was underexposed and not expecially exciting. In the background is the pub from which the fish and chips came. It's not a proper grand day out if it doesn't involve a flask of tea and fish and chips.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/3.5 30 ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-27 17:53:49
NIKON D50 55.0 mm f/8.0 1/4000 sec ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-05 22:12:55
Photoblog: 13 Feb 2007
The Brecon Canal, near its terminus in Brecon. Somewhat gentrified from how it must have been originally. The 32 mile (51km) canal was built between 1797 and 1812 to connect the quarries around the Brecon Beacons to the Bristol Channel at Newport. The canal was derelict by the 1930s, but following the chartering of the Beacons as a national park, restoration commenced in 1968, and the canal is now a little tourist route.
NIKON D50 18.3 mm f/5.6 0.001 sec (1/1250) ISO 800 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-16 18:28:49
Photoblog: 12 Feb 2007
Couple of days before xmas, meal in Shaftesbury with extended family. Still very foggy, and the light was awful by this point. This is tidied up a little with photoshop's shadows/highlights & sharpened.
This scene is probably the most famous in Dorset (though Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove would certainly come close), and frequently shows up as a symbol of rural England, despite being entirely unrepresentative. Often used in film sets, such as for the Hovis adverts, because there are few obviously modern details in the scene.
NIKON D50 42 mm f/8.0 0.025 sec (1/40) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-23 15:26:34
Photoblog: 11 Feb 2007
A ferris wheel in Castle Park, next to the Broadmead shopping area of Bristol, over Christmas 2006. The area around Castle Park was the heart of the mediaeval city, but was badly damaged during the war, and the park was completely cleared. It seems nobody ever made a redevelopment proposal that went down will with the council, so it stayed empty. St Peter's church (pictured) and St Mary's remain partially standing with the aid of concrete and steel reinforcements.
NIKON D50 26 mm f/11.0 0.02 sec (1/50) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-09 13:39:57
Photoblog: 10 Feb 2007
The Deer Park at King Stag in the Blackmore Vale, North Dorset.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11.0 0.001 sec (1/1250) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-30 14:58:26
Photoblog: 09 Feb 2007
The large municipal Victorian cemetery in Bristol. Neglected and overgrown for many decades, a cleanup project is underway with funds raised following its appearance on the first series of BBC Restoration.
NIKON D50 65 mm f/8.0 0.033 sec (1/30) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-05 17:15:29
Photoblog: 08 Feb 2007
NIKON D50 62 mm f/10.0 0.003 sec (1/320) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-10-14 10:47:47
Photoblog: 07 Feb 2007
WWII memorial on the beach in South Boston. Converted to b&w and blue filter applied with PS channel mixer.View the larger size for nice details, like on the wreath.
NIKON D50 22 mm f/9.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-06-26 14:46:05
Photoblog: 06 Feb 2007
Yay for active VR. The construction work at the Broadmead shopping centre extension/renewal in Bristol, taken from moving car. I, as I expect does everyone else, forget what the proposed branding of the extension is this week, and I imagine that I won't be the only one calling it "the new bit of Broadmead" for a while yet.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/3.5 0.008 sec (1/125) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-05 17:52:42
Photoblog: 05 Feb 2007
There was a nice sunset, with little pink clouds in a nice blue sky, so I decided to go up The Downs. By the time I got there more clouds had gathered and there wasn't much of interest. But as the sun dropped below the clouds they lit up.
NIKON D50 32.7 mm f/20.0 10 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-10-29 18:20:43
Photoblog: 04 Feb 2007
Bristol's historic prosperity was built on the tobacco and slave trades. In the 18th century a slave, Pero, came to Bristol to serve the Pinney family. As part of the redevelopment of Bristol's docks, and the At-Bristol centre, this foot bridge was constructed in 1999. As part of the the British local, regional and national governments' commitment to token appologies for the things that they (or their predecessor institutions, or individuals residing in their area of jurisdiction) did two hundred years ago, the city council named the new bridge after him.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/16.0 10 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-02 16:44:07
Photoblog: 03 Feb 2007
The sun setting and lighting up the underside of the storm clouds. Taken from the church graveyard.
NIKON D50 55 mm f/11.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-18 15:54:37
Photoblog: 02 Feb 2007
One of the sundials on All Souls College, Oxford, seen from the tower of St Mary The Virgin Church.
NIKON D50 200 mm f/8.0 0.004 sec (1/250) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-16 13:09:29
Photoblog: 31 Jan 2007
The statue is Raja Rammohun Roy, "Founder of Modern India", who died while visiting Bristol - click on the tag to see a picture of his tomb at Arnos Vale. The church is St Augustine's Abbey, now the Anglican cathedral in Bristol.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/10.0 0.013 sec (1/80) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-19 13:58:59
Photoblog: 30 Jan 2007
Derelict office block on Cheltenham Road to the north of Bristol city centre.
NIKON D50 55 mm f/8.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-02 14:43:40
Photoblog: 29 Jan 2007
Playing with the ND filter to make the clouds skim across the sky and the water perfectly smooth. This is Millennium Square, outside the At-Bristol museum on the harbourside. There was a fantastic sky so I decided to make my way here and try and catch it reflected in the fountains. By the time I got here the sun had completely gone, and taken the reds and oranges with it :(
See the set for more of these.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/22.0 20 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-02 16:18:31
Photoblog: 28 Jan 2007
A misty evening in December 2006. Where do you go shooting on a misty evening? The churchyard of course!
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11.0 3 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-22 16:58:27
Photoblog: 27 Jan 2007
Hertford Bridge, dubbed the "Bridge of Sighs" because of its resemblance to the Venecian bridge of the same name, links the old and new quadrangles of Hertford College, either side of New College Lane in Oxford. The bridge was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson and completed in 1914. Looks better at night I think...
NIKON D50 32 mm f/4.2 10 sec (10) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-16 17:19:28
Photoblog: 26 Jan 2007
Stourhead lake at the height of Autumn, 2006. Stourhead is a National Trust owned country estate in Wiltshire, South West England, with a Georgian Palladian mansion. The gardens are designed by Henry Hoare II and Henry Flitcroft and filled with little neoclassical features, like the temples and bridge. The lake is filled by the nearby spring of the River Stour. I liked the layers of haze in this one...
NIKON D50 200 mm f/8.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-04 16:36:25
Photoblog: 25 Jan 2007
St Mary's Church in Bristol is the second largest parish church in the United Kingdom, and, since the construction of the 90m (292ft) spire in 1872 it has remained the tallest building in the city. The majority of the Grade I listed gothic church is 15th century, though the oldest sections are 12th century. The church is regularly mistaken for a cathedral, and can certainly rival Bristol Cathedral for achitectural spectacle.
Over the years the local authorites have, in their wisdom, made such decisions as the construction of a dual carriageway ring-road around two sides of the church, and the high-rise flats behind it. But they've never allowed the construction of a taller building in the city. The current number two, 1970s Castlegate, is off by only ten metres, but I vaguely recall reading that for some years a gentleman's agreement existed limiting their height to somewhere around 40 or 50 metres. The current fashion seems to be sprawling, rather than towering developments, though there are occasional murmurings about "iconic tall buildings" for the city...
Taken from the Cabot Tower.
NIKON D50 200 mm f/8.0 0.013 sec (1/80) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-19 14:27:34
Photoblog: 24 Jan 2007
Trooper's Hill is unique amongst the geology of Bristol. While most of the city sits on limestone and clay, Trooper's Hill is a small lump of ore-rich limestone, supporting its own ecology and industry, on the banks of the Avon to the east of the city centre. This chimney drew air up from the riverside industry. The hill is now a park/nature reserve.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11.0 0.02 sec (1/50) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-17 13:39:04