Photoblog: 18 Feb 2011
A year ago, I was cycling around the Chilean lake district, up snow-capped volcanoes and around waterfalls and rivers and beaches. It was nice.
More photos can be found in the Chile set.
NIKON D90 29 mm f/9.0 0.001 sec (1/800) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2009-09-28 19:23:50
Photoblog: 16 Feb 2011
This is the Second Ring Road in Beijing. Confusingly, there is no First Ring Road. But there is a Third. And a Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth. The Seventh is under construction. They're thinking about an Eighth.
The Second Ring Road follows the route of the old city moat, with a metro line underneath it. Here, on the right would have been the city walls -- now modern office blocks -- and on the left was farmland until remarkably recently (now hotels and apartment towers).
The road is close to motorway standard throughout, with three or four lanes, grade separated junctions, and parallel local roads between junctions, with additional (usually segregated) bicycle paths. This doesn't prevent the massive traffic jams.
Within the old city there is a grid of wide boulevards every km, but in many places the old dense "hutong" building plans remain between the boulevards. In the past decade the trend has been to bulldoze the hutong to make way for high-rise commercial and residential buildings designed around high car use. But this trend is reversing as the inevitable backlash to such destruction -- as seen throughout Europe in the post-war decades -- gathers strength, and as the politicians and planners of Beijing look at their city and situation they're in and realise that, just as in European cities, the motor car is a transport solution that simply doesn't scale. Beijing is currently a smog filled mess of traffic jams, crashes, and illegally parked cars on every available bit of land. But the construction of new roads is slowing in favour of massive expansion of the metro system, the city has been forced to restrict car use and vehicular accesses, and the rapid fall of the status of the bicycle may even be slowing.
NIKON D90 17 mm f/2.8 1/4000 sec ISO 800 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-08-13 01:15:09
Photoblog: 14 Feb 2011
Looking up to the Pap Of Glencoe from Ballachulish Bridge back in the spring.
NIKON D90 10 mm f/10.0 0.004 sec (1/250) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-05-22 10:34:17
Photoblog: 12 Feb 2011
from camden, overflowing with rubbish...
guys! i ignored flickr. sorry, i see a couple of you asked time-critical questions that i failed to answer on time :( i am trying to catch up.
NIKON D90 17 mm f/2.8 0.067 sec (1/15) ISO 1250 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-12-31 18:06:45
Photoblog: 10 Feb 2011
Sadly I failed to get the shot with a steam train included.
NIKON D90 26 mm f/9.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-05-24 15:00:05
Photoblog: 08 Feb 2011
A July bike ride around the royal docks. Not sure I got the colour balance quite right...
NIKON D90 38 mm f/10.0 0.003 sec (1/400) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-07-31 19:20:50
Photoblog: 06 Feb 2011
NIKON D90 14 mm f/9.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-05-22 13:01:16
Photoblog: 25 Dec 2010
as the snow was easing, having crossed walla crag in it...
the bronze age circle -- actually, slightly flattened circle -- is the best known of the Cumbrian stone circles. they are aligned with the sunrise over a nearby peak on the autumn equinox. more pictures and info.
embiggen on black
NIKON D90 10 mm f/10.0 0.008 sec (1/125) ISO 250 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-02-21 13:44:14
Photoblog: 23 Dec 2010
and paternoster square
NIKON D90 10 mm f/13.0 8 ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2009-12-16 19:30:42
NIKON D50 70 mm f/8.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2009-01-14 10:04:44
Photoblog: 15 Dec 2010
at greenwich, last week.
NIKON D90 90 mm f/9.0 0.001 sec (1/1000) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2009-08-20 18:15:47
NIKON D90 40 mm f/10.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-02-21 15:59:13
NIKON D50 27 mm f/9.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2008-08-23 15:23:17
Photoblog: 07 Dec 2010
on the way to Glenfinnan last week.
NIKON D90 55 mm f/9.0 0.002 sec (1/640) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-05-24 10:11:45
Photoblog: 03 Dec 2010
a quick stop at Parliament Square after the Victory Flashmob last week. Anyone who has ever visited Parliament Square will know what an absolute mess it is -- and not because of the protesters.
This shot was taken in the middle of the day, and edited in gIMP on the netbook. There was a lot of perspective distortion to correct, and I'm not sure I got it quite right...
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-07-13 15:31:18
NIKON D50 75 mm f/8.0 0.013 sec (1/80) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2008-06-19 06:20:03
Photoblog: 27 Nov 2010
Way back at the other end of the Summer.
NIKON D90 26 mm f/10.0 0.003 sec (1/400) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-04-11 18:27:38
Photoblog: 25 Nov 2010
walking through Deptford churchyard back in the spring.
NIKON D90 55 mm f/2.8 0.002 sec (1/500) ISO 640 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-04-11 17:40:48
Photoblog: 23 Nov 2010
It's a bit moist up there.
NIKON D90 10 mm f/10.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-05-22 15:54:38
Photoblog: 21 Nov 2010
Yesterday lunchtime. I've been meaning to shoot the toy museum for a while...
NIKON D50 10 mm f/5.0 1/3200 sec ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2008-06-04 12:03:13
NIKON D50 62 mm f/10.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2008-06-18 15:01:04
Photoblog: 17 Nov 2010
Reducing waste with an infinitely reusable placard.
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-09-18 16:01:27
Photoblog: 15 Nov 2010
Urban renewal is creeping east; the dome no longer sits alone amongst the industrial ruins of the Blackwall Peninsula: it is now joined by the first few apartment blocks, while the industrial ruins have been chipped up into gravel and shipped off down the river on barges. The Peninsula is in that in-between stage, where most of the old has been cleared away, but little of the new has yet arrived; empty and windswept -- except where a solitary wall provides a shelter.
Keywords: Blackwall Peninsula, East London, England, Greenwich, Isle of Dogs, London, North Greenwich, River Thames, Tower Hamlets, UK, architecture, cityscape, concrete, demolition, londonist, londonistriverproject, lpyc, rivers, skyscrapers, urban, urban decay
NIKON D90 22 mm f/10.0 0.01 sec (1/100) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-04-10 11:37:31
Photoblog: 13 Nov 2010
NIKON D50 18 mm f/9.0 0.006 sec (1/160) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2007-06-22 09:29:09
Photoblog: 11 Nov 2010
On Monday evening, killing time, by the river, in the shade of the trees, waiting for the train home.
NIKON D90 17 mm f/9.0 0.005 sec (1/200) ISO 400 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-05-24 15:43:41
Photoblog: 09 Nov 2010
A very British city streetscape, with its fake KFC kebab shop; the cheaply decorated off license with the national lottery sign blocking half the pavement; utilities works actually blocking the entire pavement in the distance, with no alternative facilities provided except a "please use footway opposite" sign; the ubiquitous parked car, lined up on the smashed up cobbling only because the council have had to install bollards, hard physical barriers to stop them parking as close to the front door of their destination as they possibly can...
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-08-21 05:32:47
Photoblog: 07 Nov 2010
NIKON D90 35 mm f/9.0 0.001 sec (1/800) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2009-09-27 16:48:59
Photoblog: 05 Nov 2010
The Old Beijing is roughly rectangular, aligned to the compass points, a few km east-west and a few more north-south, slightly fatter at the southern end, where the outer city had been tacked on. Around it ran the city walls, and then the city moat.
Nowadays, the walls are mostly gone, and the moat now houses the circle line, line 2, of the underground railway. Above it runs the 2nd Ring Road, a congested ten lane motorway, the inner-most of Beijing's five beltways. Being right in the heart of the city, it has to cut carefully between ancient budhist temples and great glass office blocks, in the densest residential and business districts. It therefore has to try to serve both through traffic and local traffic, often with complicated layers of three lane + hard shoulder through-traffic carriageways separated from two lane local-traffic carriageways and then segregated bike paths, with miscellaneous official and illegal parking layers, and all the while crowds of pedestrians around the subway stops and office blocks, just trying to cross the road.
This stretch at Yonghegong felt like calm wilderness, compared to Dongzhimen, two stops down the line.
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-08-17 13:14:52
Photoblog: 03 Nov 2010
Following the Victory Flashmob at New Scotland Yard this lunchtime, I continued my exploration out east -- here, the market on Sclater Street, next to the newly opened Shoreditch High Street station, on the site of the old Bishopsgate Goods Station.
Unknown model unkown focal length unknown aperture unknown exposure ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-07-04 15:02:49
Photoblog: 01 Nov 2010
Talking of cycling up mountains -- why not sponsor me to do just that? I'll be cycling up mountains to raise money for Computer Aid, who give refurbished PCs to schools, universities and hospitals -- but only if you give me enough money!
Thanks to everyone who has already done so!
NIKON D90 10 mm f/10.0 0.003 sec (1/400) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2009-04-20 16:36:07
Photoblog: 30 Oct 2010
In the highlands in May.
Posting will be a little light here for a while, while I go off to Beijing, and finish all of the hundreds of other stupid things I've taken on. There's no lack of photos taken, only a lack of processed and ready to post items -- so expect loads in the autumn.
NIKON D90 17 mm f/10.0 0.003 sec (1/400) ISO 200 | Taken by Joe D on 2010-05-21 13:36:27