Photoblog: 10 Apr 2007
Taken in late february, in the front garden, while leaving for a lecture one morning. We also have a pond full of frogspawn, which I'll try to get a shot of later.
Last year we had primroses on christmas day...
NIKON D50 200 mm f/11.0 0.008 sec (1/125) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-23 09:12:07
Photoblog: 09 Apr 2007
Looking down the Bristol Channel (Atlantic) coast towards Burnham-on-Sea and the Parrett estuary from Breen Down, the western extremity of the limestone Mendip Hills, which extends for a mile into the channel. The Somerset levels, 650 kmĀ² of peat bog, extend off to the east (left) and south. This flat land was once regulaly under water, but drainage ditches, and the sea wall seen along the coast here have allowed development and increased agriculture. The levels are mostly at sea level, and Brent Knoll (distant left), Glastonbury Tor (30m SE) and the Isle of Athelny are the only significant hills on the levels.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-04 15:36:01
Photoblog: 08 Apr 2007
Playing with the channel mixer in PS.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8.0 0.013 sec (1/80) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-26 12:39:12
Photoblog: 07 Apr 2007
Thought I'd try it in black and white, since it went down well...
NIKON D50 18 mm f/5.6 0.008 sec (1/125) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-27 16:09:54
Photoblog: 06 Apr 2007
NIKON D50 18.3 mm f/8.0 0.025 sec (1/40) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-04 16:52:17
Photoblog: 05 Apr 2007
Bad light that day. I left the lab at one when the sun was shining and the sky was blue, but by the time I got to the beach the storm was rolling in, the wind picking up and then the rain started. This is one of the few shots I got with nice light. The next morning BBC News were down here monitoring the force 10 that had arrived overnight, closing the bridges.
The bridge is the second motorway crossing of the estuary, the first built in the 1960s, and this in the 1990s, following a similar route to the Severn railway tunnel. The bridge has a bend in the middle, hence the shipping channel span being visible here. The Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary have a huge tidal range, and at low tide much of this becomes mud flats.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/8.0 0.006 sec (1/160) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-01-17 14:56:28
Photoblog: 03 Apr 2007
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-02 00:11:03
Photoblog: 02 Apr 2007
NIKON D50 18 mm f/3.5 1/2500 sec ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-16 13:54:24
Photoblog: 01 Apr 2007
Rusty old machinery on the beach of the hidden little Church Ope Cove on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England. This was just lying on the beach, and may be have been to do with the quarrying on the island -- part of a crane perhaps -- but I don't think this was the original location.
NIKON D50 51.9 mm f/8.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-07 15:41:44
Photoblog: 31 Mar 2007
They day hadn't be especially impressive weather wise, but as we stopped off at the station to pick up my bike the clouds cleared a little, and the setting sun lit up the undersides of those remaining. Silhouetted in the background is the parish church of St Mary, Redcliffe.
NIKON D50 44 mm f/4.5 0.002 sec (1/500) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-05 17:35:58
Photoblog: 30 Mar 2007
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-10 14:48:36
Photoblog: 29 Mar 2007
The power station at Didcot, south of Oxford, is one of Britain's largest, and is prominant on the Great Western main line railway, between London and Bristol. Didcot A is a 1960s 2,000MW coal fired generator, and Didcot B is a 1990s 1,360MW gas fired generator. Didcot A was recently the subject of Greenpeace demonstrations, with 30 protesters breaking in and painting "Blair's Legacy" on the 200m main chimney. Didcot A is scheduled for closure sometime in the next decade, though experiments with conversion to gas and biomass are ongoing.
NIKON D50 50 mm f/11.0 0.001 sec (1/1000) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-16 10:29:59
Photoblog: 28 Mar 2007
Bottom left: As the River Avon flows out of the city of Bristol, England, it cuts through a limestone ridge to form the Avon Gorge. Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 414 metre long Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the gorge, 75 metres above high water.
Middle left: The original route of the river has been "floated" with lock gates to produce the Floating Harbour.
Centre, bottom: On the west bank of the gorge, in Somerset, is Leigh Woods, donated to the National Trust in the early 20th century to prevent any further development of the gorge.
Middle, right: Bristol's largest park, on its outskirts (and actually outside the city's boundaries, despite being owned by the city) is the Ashton Court Estate. The mansion is now a conference centre, and the park used for summer festivals. During this photo, the Balloon Fiesta was being set up.
The end of my 24+ hour journey: bus from Cincinnati to Chicago, plane to Dublin, plane to Bristol. Cheap flights and all that. Actually, I say end of the journey, there was then car to the new house in Bristol and then down to my parents' in Dorset.
NIKON D50 55.0 mm f/8.0 0.003 sec (1/320) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-08-09 14:46:36
Photoblog: 27 Mar 2007
NIKON D50 65 mm f/9.0 0.003 sec (1/320) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-09-18 10:05:46
Photoblog: 26 Mar 2007
Wind blown hawthorn(?) on Breen Down, a headland where the Mendip Hills meet the Bristol Channel in North Somerset. In the distance is Flat Holm island, and Newport, South Wales.
Update: rowans? I need to get my tree book out.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/11.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-02-04 15:42:56
Photoblog: 25 Mar 2007
I don't usually go for these HDR things, but I thought I'd have a play. I wanted to get the moody sky and the foreground subject, but without loosing all the shadows and making a dull, flat, grey image like so many HDRs.This is on the corner of Dixmyth Avenue and Clifton Avenue, beside the hospital which was being extended in early 2006.
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-07-22 22:00:59
Photoblog: 24 Mar 2007
Stourhead Gardens 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 bridge. The lake is filled by the nearby spring of the River Stour.
NIKON D50 18 mm f/10.0 0.025 sec (1/40) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-11-04 16:31:43
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.
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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 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 0.077 sec (1/13) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2006-12-09 13:44:24