Photoblog: 23 Mar 2007
St Peter's Church, in central Bristol, was badly damaged by bombing in WWII. Surrounding mediaeval and victorian buildings were cleared, but the church has been propped up with concrete and steel. The plot was never redeveloped, and is now a park. Over christmas 2006 a ferris wheel came to town to entertain shoppers at the nearby Broadmead shopping centre.
Still playing with channel mixer. Not sure about this one, picked up quite a few artifacts in all the processing...
Update: wow, I'm shocked at how popular this one turned out to be, I thought the other b&ws were far superior!
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11.0 0.033 sec (1/30) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-09 13:34:40
Photoblog: 22 Mar 2007
NIKON D50 75 mm f/7.1 0.05 sec (1/20) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-17 18:05:59
Photoblog: 21 Mar 2007
In the Bristol Channel, North Somerset.
Keywords: Atlantic Ocean, Brean, Brean Down, Bristol Channel, England, Mendip Hills, North Somerset, Somerset, Steep Holm, UK, Weston-super-Mare, beaches, circular polariser, landscape, lpyc, sea, water
NIKON D50 31 mm f/11.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-04 15:03:50
Photoblog: 20 Mar 2007
Leigh Woods in North Somerset, England. Located just accross the Avon Gorge from the city of Bristol, the woods were given to the National Trust in the early 20th century to prevent further development around the gorge, and are now a popular spot for dog walks, etc. Taken in autumn 2006, as the leaves were about to turn, and the fungi were proliferating.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/10.0 0.077 sec (1/13) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-10-24 14:03:38
Photoblog: 19 Mar 2007
The raised area on the left is the site of the old manor house, where Robert Boyle (of "the product of the volume and pressure of a fixed quantity of an ideal gas is constant, given constant temperature" fame) lived between ~1645 and ~1654 (sources vary: Wikipedia goes for '45-'54, while Pitt-Rivers (1966) says '44 to '55). Despite the various local ghost stories involving a tragic fire destroying the building (the same legends must exist in every village in the country, with only the names changed), the poorly maintained house was demolished in 1827. The farmhouse on the right, amongst other local buildings, was built with the stone from the house.
NIKON D50 32 mm f/11.0 0.025 sec (1/40) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-18 15:54:48
Photoblog: 18 Mar 2007
On the Brecon Beacons, Wales. If I recall correctly, it's at SO,150,178, on the B4560 north of Brynmawr.
NIKON D50 34 mm f/9 0.001 sec (1/800) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-16 17:08:24
Photoblog: 17 Mar 2007
The M4 motorway crossing the estuary of the UK's longest River, the Severn, where it flows into the Atlantic as the Bristol Channel. The bridge is the third surface crossing of the estuary (though the first, a railway bridge, was damaged in storms several decades ago and, being redundant with the railway tunnel beneath this bridge, has been entirely dismantled), and crosses between Bristol, England, and Newport, Wales. It was constructed in the mid-1990s to relieve traffic from the original M4 suspension bridge several miles upstream. The Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, so while the main span has to cross a shipping channel, the rest of the bridge's length sits in shallow water.
NIKON D50 135 mm f/11.0 0.4 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-21 17:01:29
Photoblog: 16 Mar 2007
Willow tree blowing in the wind.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8.0 30 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-29 17:35:16
Photoblog: 15 Mar 2007
On the Brecon Beacons, Wales. If I recall correctly, it's at SO,150,178, on the B4560 north of Brynmawr.
NIKON D50 200 mm f/5.6 0.002 sec (1/640) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-18 11:15:14
Photoblog: 14 Mar 2007
Sculpture in Millennium Square, Bristol, formerly an industrial quayside, now a land of bars, casinos and interactive museums. A couple of weeks ago the local weekend freesheet had a most fascinating item about how the At-Bristol underground car park, whose entrance this sculpture marks, was declared the third best car park in Britain, or somesuch.
NIKON D50 32 mm f/4.5 0.125 sec (1/8) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-01 19:56:25
Photoblog: 13 Mar 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 13:33:21
Photoblog: 12 Mar 2007
At Easton on Portland's tophill. Built in the 18th century when it was decided to abandon St Andrew's church at Church Ope Cove, in need of repairs having been raided by pirates, because it was too small for the island's population.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-07 17:04:08
Photoblog: 11 Mar 2007
50 pence from Tescos. I was thinking about making a light box and buying some close up filters, for a laugh...
NIKON D50 150 mm f/5.6 0.017 sec (1/60) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-10-13 21:41:09
Photoblog: 10 Mar 2007
In WWII large areas the industrial centre of Bristol were damaged by bombing. While most were rebuilt with bland utilitarian blocks, Castle Park, beside the harbour and Broadmead shopping centre remained undeveloped. The ruins were cleared, with the exception of two churches, roofless and propped up with concrete beams, and the rest of the plot landscaped. A small, somewhat pointless and artsy water feature has been built beside St Peter's Church. Over christmas 2006 a ferris wheel was erected to entertain shoppers.
I wasn't especially excited about how this shot turned out, but it got a good response...
NIKON D50 65 mm f/11 0.077 sec (1/13) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-09 13:44:24
Photoblog: 09 Mar 2007
Galleries: Bristol > Avon Gorge
On the way to the balloon fiesta. Taken from the little bit of land between the river, harbour outflow, and Brunel Way. One of the few times I've actually seen a decent high tide here. I should probably have cropped more off the top?
The suspension bridge is an Isambard Kingdom Brunel design constructed in the 1850s-60s. The 1,352 ft (414 m) span crosses the tidal River Avon 245 ft (75 m) below. The limestone gorge forms a spectacular defensive entrance to the city's docks.
NIKON D50 42.4 mm f/7.1 2.5 ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-08-12 21:45:01
Photoblog: 08 Mar 2007
Could do with a slight rotation, but I'm too lazy right now.
Official Website -- Wikipedia: Wells Cathedral
The first church was established here in 705 by King Ine of Wessex, at the urging of Saint Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, and some interior features date from this time. Parts of the present structure date to the 10th century, but much of the building was constructed in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and dedicated in 1239. The diocese was split in the 10th century and the first Bishop of Wells was Athelm (circa 909), who crowned King Athelstan and later became Archbishop of Canterbury.
By the reign of Henry VIII the cathedral and peripheral buildings were complete, but the instability of the country -- especially the church -- over the following years led to decline and vandalism of the cathedral. During the civil war dean Dr. Walter Ralegh, nephew of Sir Walter, was imprisoned and later died in the cathedral.
Following the restoration of Charles II to the throne the cathedral was less neglected, but it wasn't until the Victorian era that the cathedral was properly renovated, including the removal of the exterior whitewash that had covered the cathedral since mediaeval times.
Update 16/2/07: As featured in the fantastic Simon Pegg film "Hot Fuzz".
NIKON D50 18.3 mm f/9.0 6 ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-08-27 20:57:31
Photoblog: 07 Mar 2007
Galleries: Bristol > Floating Harbour
Redcliffe Wharf and Welsh Back on Bristol's Floating Harbour, taken from Redcliffe Bridge. On the right are the old warehouses of Redcliffe, now mostly luxuary appartments and offices. On the left, mostly out of shot, are the student halls -- I'm sure UWE are sitting on a fortune there. They must have bought those buildings up back when derelict industry and the harbour itself was seen as an opportunity for demolition and paving over, rather than an opertunity for more generic appartments. In the distance, partly hidden, is Bristol Bridge, on the site of the first crossing of the River. I think the spire is St Nicholas'.
Thanks for all the comments and faves! I didn't think this was the best of the evening, let alone one of the best ever! But it shot up to #3 in interestingness for Bristol, and #12 overall. Just goes to show, correcting the white ballance isn't always worth it!
NIKON D50 48 mm f/4.8 3 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-01 19:38:08
Photoblog: 05 Mar 2007
The decaying old CWS mill at Avonmouth Docks, Bristol.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/5.6 2 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-21 17:28:42
Photoblog: 04 Mar 2007
His halo appears to be bigger than any of the Bristol flickrites'.
Keywords: 123F, 2for2, 321, Atlantic Ocean, Brean, Brean Down, Bristol Channel, C&F, C&P, England, Mendip Hills, North Somerset, Somerset, UK, Weston-super-Mare, faveme, flickrpix, my dad, my family, sea, silhouettes, water
NIKON D50 26 mm f/11.0 0.001 sec (1/800) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-04 15:59:06
Photoblog: 03 Mar 2007
The "magic" of the magic fountains can't be seen from this side. It is an optical illusion that makes the water look like it's flowing uphill, by placing it on ground that is sloping down slightly towards the "top" of the actually level channels, and placing writing on the side that is parallel with the ground. Thus the ground looks level, while the channels appear to be sloping.
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-07-15 14:15:07
Photoblog: 02 Mar 2007
The wind picked up and started blowing spray up from the channel, creating the mist. Second Severn Crossing, the M4 motorway bridge from Bristol, England, to Newport, Wales accross the estuary of the River Severn (Bristol Channel).
NIKON D50 18 mm f/5.6 0.013 sec (1/80) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-21 16:46:41
Photoblog: 1 Mar 2007
All Souls, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. I liked the midwinter afternoon light shining on the facade. Taken through the main gate (which was quite awkward).
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11 0.017 sec (1/60) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-16 12:50:25
Photoblog: 28 Feb 2007
Sunset over Isambard Kingdom Brunel's terminus station of the Great Western Railway.
NIKON D50 31 mm f/8 0.025 sec (1/40) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-05 17:41:54
Photoblog: 26 Feb 2007
Just as the stars were appearing. I shone a torch over the stone during the shot, but it clearly wasn't enough, so it's brightened with PS dodge tool.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/3.5 30 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-27 17:52:20
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: 24 Feb 2007
University of Cincinnati. From the day my first CPL arrived. Converted to B&W and blue filter applied with channel mixer. Never did find out what the little tower was "for". Perhaps it's "art"?
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8.0 0.004 sec (1/250) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-06-09 19:15:10
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 0.002 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