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 mm f/8 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 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 0.003 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
Photoblog: 23 Jan 2007
St Augustine's Parade is "The Centre" of Bristol. There's actually little of interest along here, but it has become a focal point because it lies between the Broadmead, Park Street/Clifton and harbourside business districts, forms a convenient transport hub, and the River Frome running beneath it has prevented construction, though no doubt some have tried...
I was hoping the christmas lights would be on, even though they're a bit crap. I never saw those lights on though, despite several visits.
NIKON D50 44 mm f/16.0 8 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-02 17:21:48
Photoblog: 22 Jan 2007
Wasn't quite dark enough to get the water silky without the aid of filters, and may have stacked them a it too far - the vignetting there is a bit ovious. Did make the clouds skim across the sky nicely though. I'm writing this on the laptop, where I notice a lot of these photos are looking very grainy, perhaps over sharpened? They look perfect on the PC. Not sure if the difference between operating systems, or between CRT and TFT monitors...
This is a wall of water in Millennium Square on Bristol's Harbourside. The sphere is the At-Bristol planetarium. Bits of tower cranes from the perpetual construction can be seen behind. I took another from the same spot, but a load of Japanese tourists came along and decided to stop in the middle of the shot. See the set for more.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/22.0 30 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-02 16:20:41
Photoblog: 21 Jan 2007
On a misty December night in 2006.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11.0 10 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-22 16:43:44
Photoblog: 20 Jan 2007
Following the widespread damage to Bristol's mediaeval and victorian centre, much of the centre was cleared and started afresh. Out of the ruins came Broadmead shopping centre and high rise office blocks, but beside them the harbourside was preserved as Castle Park. The ruins of St Peter's Church are propped up with reinforced concrete beams. The ferris wheel came to town to entertain christmas shoppers.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/3.5 0.3 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-16 20:51:35
Photoblog: 19 Jan 2007
Queen Square is a large Georgian square in central Bristol. For many years the inner-city ring road ran right through the middle of it, cutting through from Redcliffe Bridge to St Augustine's Parade ("The Centre"). In the late 90s/early 00s this stretch of the road was closed and the square restored as a park. The equestrian statue, no longer sitting in a central reservation (median) is a 1730s bronze of William III by Rysbrack.
NIKON D50 24 mm f/11.0 30 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-02 17:17:46
Photoblog: 18 Jan 2007
Five miles north of Merthyr in the Brecon Beacons National Park. 3.4bn gallons, 2.5 miles long, 300 acres and up to 100ft deep. I think it might have been a bit smaller when we were there at the end of summer though.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8.0 0.004 sec (1/250) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-17 16:46:34
Photoblog: 17 Jan 2007
"The Council House has been the seat of local government in Bristol, England since 1956. It is situated on College Green, opposite the Cathedral and at the foot of Park Street in Bristol city centre. Throughout its history it has been home to Bristol city council. It was designed in the 1930s but built after World War II. The architect was Vincent Harris.It is a grade II* listed building. The concrete frame is clad with very wide, thin bricks, with Portland stone dressings and a leaded hipped roof in a Neo-Georgian style. The steep and high roof with gilded unicorns to the corners of the end blocks.The foundation stone for The Council House was laid in 1938 and the building was opened by the Queen in 1956. The ceremonial entrance overlooks the moat and leads into the reception hall which is lined with local Doulting stone and paved with black and white Italian marble. It also features a blue and gold wall clock, encircled by the signs of the zodiac and equipped with its own wind indicator. The Conference Hall is the largest room in the building. The names of all Majors and Lord Mayors of Bristol since 1216 are cut into the stone walls. The walls of the Lord Mayorâ€™s Reception Room are panelled in English Walnut and there is a colourful frieze displaying the heraldry of the Bristol trade guilds, and, in gold leaf, the names of famous Bristolians." - Wikipedia
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-19 16:09:06
Photoblog: 16 Jan 2007
.On the way back from the station. From raw, temperature reduced in photoshop.In 1919 the daily output of George's Brewery's reached 100,000 bottles. In 1961 George's was bought by Courage. Courage left in 1999, and the buildings have been empty since then. No doubt they'll be turned into luxuary flats as soon as the developers have finished with the rest of Bristol. I read somewhere that there were plans to put a footbridge over the harbour here, but there were problems, ecause after the partial demolition of the brewery there would be a great height difference, so they would need a disabled lift at one end. Of course, if such a bridge ever were built, it would have the mandatory set of railings at each end to make cyclists slow down, thus blocking wheelchairs anyway.
NIKON D50 24 mm f/3.8 20 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-16 20:48:17