OUTER SUBURBS 134 – TAKING A CAMERA TO LUNCH … AND A FUN COMPETITION WITH FUN PRIZES!!!

 

 

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Out for lunch, and lunch taking awhile to appear. Well, it was a Monday, the school holidays are over, and maybe the restaurant hadn’t expected such a tide of (mostly) oldies.  Anyway, the TG-5 camera was in my pocket, as it often is, and so to looking around at the things on the table in front of me.  When you’re into photography, there’s always something to look at …

But when it eventually appeared, the large mixed grill couldn’t be faulted – a carnivore’s dream, accompanied by tomato, onion rings, mushroom and (an inexhaustible supply of) chips, and probably with more than a whole day’s quota of calories.  In fact it was almost more than I could eat; must be getting old …

And, as always, the Olympus TOUGH TG-5 camera was wonderfully compact, and very capable and adaptable.  I used spot metering; and also the Microscope Mode, which enables extreme close up shots with illumination from the camera; 1600 ISO; processing in Lightroom.  Each picture can be enlarged by clicking onto it to open a larger version in a separate window, and clicking onto that image to further enlarge it.

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3 >>> COMPETITION!!!  BIG PRIZES!!!  QUESTION: WHAT DOES THIS ARTWORK SHOW???  >>>  First prize: a night out in the Outer Suburbs with The FATman!!!  Second prize: two nights out in Outer Suburbs with The FATman!!!!!!  And furthermore, really entering into the spirit of the thing, The FATman will on this occasion lower his usual standards and dress code so that black tie will NOT be de rigueur!

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OUTER SUBURBS 133 – EARLY MORNING 13

 

 


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Early morning: looking up above a main road.

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban areas – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 28 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 132 – EARLY MORNING 12

 

 


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The rising sun lights a roadside tree, which has been pollarded (scalped might be a better description) perhaps a little late in the season >>> and so it brightens my mornings to see it sprouting lots of new leaves before autumn really gets itself into gear.

This is the thing really.  While our species is creating havoc with the natural world – while during the Anthropocene we are causing another of the great species extinctions that have occurred in the geological past (think dinosaurs and comet impacts for example)  – given just half a chance Nature never stops >>> LOL! >>> as gardeners who try to impose their will on it will readily testify!

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban areas – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 35mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 27 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 131 – MAN AND BUS SHELTER AT SUNRISE, BESIDE GRASS AND NEW FENCE

 

 


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The year grows older, the sun rises later and – quite suddenly it seems – “the light” is starting to make very welcome appearances again during my early morning walks in Bristol’s suburbs.  From here on in, for quite a few months to come, I can look forward to sunrises, colours, mists and the wonderful remnants of night. 

One project that I have in mind is to look at autumn colour and bleakness up on the Mendip Hills; another is to take the Nikon Z 6 and the 70-300 lens down into the glare, noise, bustle, turmoil and winter darkness of Bristol’s early morning rush hours – well the spirit is willing anyway, although the willingness and fortitude of the flesh is perhaps another matter >>> but the lure of Harts Bakery might just tip the scales!!!

Anyway >>> in this image, a man stands in a bus shelter that, being struck by the sunrise’s first, intense rays, throws shadows across a new and as yet unpainted fence.  Reflected light washes over the grass in the foreground.

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Technique: TG-5 at 53mm (equiv); 250 ISO; spot metering on the fence; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 28 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 130 – EDGE OF A MAIN ROAD

 

 


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Life in a gutter at the side of a busy main road.   Life on the edge???   Perhaps, but possibly safer than it might be at the moment in the Amazonian rain forests …

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 22 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 129 – PARKED CAR 6

 

 


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Walking towards the early morning sun, head down against the glare.  Walking past cars parked along a roaring main road, and glorying in the fierce light glinting and sparking off surfaces that, at once sleek, engineered and immaculate, are nevertheless now alive, organic and streaming in the heavy dew.

There are earlier images in this Parked Car series here: 1 2 3 4 5 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 29 August 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 128 – EARLY MORNING 9

 

 


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Early morning in the outer suburbs: sunlight weak, shadows wan, and the cars dripping with dew.

Other images in this Early Morning series – from rural areas – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 21 Aug 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 127 – ROADSIDE WOOD

 

 


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Piece of wood beside a road, washed by early morning sunlight (apologies to those anticipating sylvan delights beside one of Her Maj’s broad and stately thoroughfares … ).

Minimalism, and an image dominated by the upper right to lower left, precisely parallel diagonals of the built environment, with which the trends of the unbuilt environment – the wood and the shadows – do not conform.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 250 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 25 July 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 126 – OUT WALKING, AND LOOKING DOWN

 

 


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Out walking: early morning sunlight on flowers beside the path.

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Technique: TG-5 at 49mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 29 July 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 125 – FRONT GARDENS

 

 


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Botanical Rebellion in the Age Of The Car >>> let’s hear it for the bush!!!

(Postscript: a few days after I shot this, the bush was pruned / aka hacked, but I’m not going to tell you that …)

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 29 July 2019.
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