STILL LIFE 173 – BROAD STREET 2

 

 


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Loitering in Broad Street, lolling back against a shop front, gazing blearily up at the façade across the street.

Another image from the same moments, as the rising sun blasted along Broad Street, is here.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Broad Street, central Bristol; 1 Dec 2017.
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STILL LIFE 172 – BROAD STREET

 

 


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Early morning, and low angle sunlight – hard, cold, bright – sears across the facades of Broad Street.

Another early morning journey down into the city.  Staggering out of Hart’s Bakery after a hot, thick, toasted cheese, garlic and mushroom sandwich – and a hefty slice of moist bread pudding (paradise on Earth!) – I found the sun still only just struggling up over the tall southern skyline. 

And so swiftly on into the still dark canyons of the city centre’s streets, waiting for the sun, looking for the light.

And then it came, cold, bright and totally dazzling, and I was glad of the peak on my cap and the deep hood on my lens.  And so to this picture, looking across to the other side the road, and isolating details with the long end of a zoom; I used spot metering for precise exposure of a small part of the frame.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Broad Street, central Bristol; 1 Dec 2017.
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BIRDS 97 – THE LOVE OF JACKDAWS FOR CHIMNEYS

 

 

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A bright moon on an icy morning,  just at sunrise, and a pair of Jackdaws are on the top of a chimney in the village Stanton Drew, not far south of Bristol.

Jackdaws are our smallest crow, they pair for life, and they are often around our houses – and especially our chimneys – in which (amongst other places) they nest.  They are sociable, garrulous and often quite accepting of man, and I have a lot of affection for them – but then, I have a lot of affection for wildlife generally.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Stanton Drew, near Bristol; 6 Nov 2017.

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STANTON DREW 38 – VILLAGE LIFE 5

 

 


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Maybe just a touch too picturesque for me but, still, a valued, quiet corner of England, although not at all far from Bristol’s hustle and bustle.

An introduction to this Village Life series can be found here: 1 Further images are here: 2 3 4 .    Each will open in a new window.

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Technique: D700 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 24mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom; Color Efex Pro 4; Stanton Drew; 22 Oct 2014.

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STILL LIFE 163 – ARCHITECTURE

 

 


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Urban abstract, isolated with a telephoto.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 153mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Victoria Street, central Bristol; 7 Apr 2017.
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STILL LIFE 161 – MASONRY

 

 


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Surface of a wall near the railway station.  Pale cream or honey-coloured stone, perhaps Bath Stone from the Jurassic, used ornamentally amongst certainly older rocks.

A picture about differing colours, shapes and, above all, textures – enlarge it to see the rocks’ rough textures.

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Technique: X-T2 with 10-24mm Fujinon lens at 36mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; angled camera; Lower Approach Road, Temple Meads Station, Bristol; 28 Apr 2017.
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STILL LIFE 154 – BROAD PLAIN

 

 


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Shafts of morning sunlight softly caress a façade – or rake harshly across it, laying bare its every jagged line and texture – its just a matter of how we look at things in the moment.

But the window keeps its privacy in cool shadow; also for the moment.

Analysis: this is a picture of a window (oh, you’re thinking, he’s sharp …), but to me (but maybe not to you …) its more an assemblage of shapes, textures, light and shadow.  Apart from the window’s frame it has Minimal colour but, as so often happens, presenting in it black and white would certainly lose something – the very faint yellow below the window, for example, adds something I think.  I’ve talked about a method of photography where the photographer looks for good light and then thinks what to do with it, how to use it, and I know I’m not alone in this.  Here is an example.  The morning sunlight was slanting across the façade, and I walked along, looking up at the interplays of the light with the building, thinking what might be possible.  And, as always, a telephoto was useful in picking out details from the overall scene.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm; 200 ISO; Lightroom; Broad Plain, central Bristol; 26 May 2017.
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ARCHIVE 318 – CATHEDRAL (MONO)

 

 


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The West Front of Wells Cathedral, Somerset; 17 Sept 2009.

I’m at home in Somerset – I’m Somerset born and bred – and one of the good things about now living in Bristol is that its within quite easy reach of Wells, Glastonbury and Bath, all places that I’m very fond of.

I like Wells in particular for its antiquity and its small and very accessible size, for its absolutely glorious cathedral – and of course for its vicinity to the Somerset Levels – for me it is the gateway to the Levels.  I often visit Wells, and am never less than thrilled by the cathedral’s West Front, as seen from the large green out in front of it.   This towering, cliff-like face of the cathedral was originally painted in bright colours, to further impress the populace with their god’s majesty and beauty – a TV reconstruction of it as it originally was, hundreds of years ago, was simply stupefying.

One day I was standing down at the foot of this stupendous cliff of masonry, holding the F6 with the 12-24 attached and set at 12mm – and I clearly remember putting the camera to my eye and looking up – and being sent reeling by the epic vision above me!  This is the picture you see here.  There are absolutely no thoughts about correcting the converging verticals  – they make the shot, giving the effect of this powerful, stupendous, towering  mass of masonry reaching up into the heavens.

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Technique: F6 with Sigma 12-24 lens at 12mm (122 degrees field of view); Ilford Delta 3200 black and white film rated at 6400 ISO.

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STILL LIFE 150 – STAIRS IN AN ALLEYWAY

 

 


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Street art and a flight of steps, off Quay Street in the city centre.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 84mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Bristol; 19 May 2017.
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STILL LIFE 147 – SHADOWS OF THE NATURAL WORLD

 

 


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A meeting of the Natural and Unnatural worlds; shadows of roadside trees on bland, precise, sterile, retail architecture.

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Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 36mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Broadmead shopping centre, Bristol; 11 Aug 2017.
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