OUTER SUBURBS 13 – STREET SCENE: ENTRANCE TO AN UNDERPASS (MONO)

 

 


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The path down to an underpass below a road, with vertical metal poles to keep out anything larger than bicycles.  Irresistibly I’m reminded of a path down to Hell, with two slim, grim, austere guardians at its entrance.

And do I believe in Hell?  Well, certainly not in any religious sense.  But I do believe that there are Hells on Earth: some of us make them for ourselves, and some of us make them for others, sometimes vast numbers of others.

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Harsh preset; south Bristol; 27 Aug 2018.
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STANTON DREW 52 – VILLAGE LIFE 15 (MONO)

 

 


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A cottage in the village, caught by the rising sun.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 83mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset and adding a light coffee tone; Stanton Drew, south of Bristol; 6 July 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 11 – MODERN HOUSING 2 (MONO)

 

 


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Modern housing.

There is an earlier Modern Housing post here: 1 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at  25mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 2 preset; south Bristol; 17 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 6 – MODERN HOUSING (MONO)

 

 

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Number 22.

The first image in this series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); Lightroom, using the Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Structure Harsh preset; south Bristol; 18 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 5 – CAR POUND (MONO)

 

 


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The car pound – where cash retrieves your car.

The irony here is that, despite this rather forbidding exterior, if you take the trouble to walk around the corner, all the barbed and razor wire has either fallen or been pulled down, so that climbing in is easy.  But, still, getting your car back over that wall is hardly going to be a walk in the park …

The first image in this series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Natural film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Strong Infrared Low Contrast preset; south Bristol; 18 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 4: WOOD PIGEON

 

 

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Living creature on nearly new architecture.  The tall fence keeps the world out.

The first image in this series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 18 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 2 – SUPERMARKET (MONO)

 

 


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The side of a supermarket facing away from customers’ eyes, so lacking marketing, advertising, corporate image and all that other profitable hot air – money talks and bullsh*t walks, right? 

So no frills here, just bricks, mortar, metal, cement and glass; pure functionality, for doing the job.  It looks a little bleak?  Well this is south Bristol.

The first image in this series, with context, is here: 1 .  It will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film preset; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Architectural preset and adding a light coffee tone; south Bristol; 18 Aug 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 1 – PATH THROUGH MODERN HOUSING

 

 


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I take long, early morning walks – 6 miles or more at present – to keep my waistline in check >>> and then eat and drink a lot >>> and then hope I’ll remain more or less static weightwise.  Well, everyone’s got to have a lifestyle, and there’s not the slightest doubt that these route marches are beneficial, both physically and mentally.

Just recently, I’ve been taking the Olympus TOUGH TG-5 camera along.  Its small and completely out of sight in my pocket and, should I be caught in a downpour or, then again, actually want to photograph in the rain, since its a TOUGH camera its waterproof.

So I walk around south Bristol, taking pictures of anything and everything.  At the moment, I don’t quite know where I’m going with this.  It might produce pictures rather different from those I’ve done before (like the one here maybe), it might produce unattractive images, and it might lead to multiple destinations.  Or it might lead nowhere at all.  Only time will tell.

I’ve lived in south Bristol for longer than I’ve lived anywhere else in this world, and I do have some kind of feel for it – not least that it is the smaller (and often poorer) relation of the north of the city – if there’s a lot of money in (increasingly expensive and fashionable) Bristol, not much of it is down here.  Anyway, I’m going to be photographing anything and everything “down south”, at least for awhile, and I hope you’ll enjoy the results.

I’ve walked past the scene shown above many times and, on each occasion, been visually attracted by it.  What gets to me here?  Well, the drabness and lack of windows (the pink house is most welcome!), and, in the mid- to foreground, the bland, rectilinear exteriors enlivened only by the two front doorsteps, the black water pipe, the distant satellite dish and some (also very welcome!) garden spill-over.

THE OLYMPUS TOUGH TG-5 CAMERA: LIKES, DISLIKES

This camera really is small and light, and slips completely out of sight in the pocket of my jogging bottoms (not that I actually jog, you understand …).  I could wish that it didn’t have a flaming red wriststrap but, even if I don’t use the strap and drop it, its a TOUGH camera and so ought to survive the fall onto concrete etc eminently well.

What else do I like about the TG-5?  Well, it has responsive autofocus, reasonable image stabilisation, reasonable high ISO performance, a useful 25mm-100mm zoom range (full frame equivalents) and it can shoot raw files – always wishing to do at least some post-processing, I only ever shoot raw.  Also it has a very small sensor (6.17×4.55mm!!!) and so for this sort of shot gives huge depths of focus – whereas this is NOT a camera for wafer-thin planes of focus and oodles of wonderful, dreamy bokeh!

What don’t I like?  The lack of a viewfinder and an articulated screen, but then not having these advantages is all part of its bring built like a tank so as to withstand very rough treatment.  And I prefer the colours of the images produced by the Fujifilm XT cameras, but not by a huge margin.

There is the possibility that the TG-5 will be updated soon, it is (in digital terms) getting a little long in the tooth.  But I think I’ll just stick with it, and keep my money in case I get tempted by the new Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras, which were announced on 23 August, or my Fujifilm X-T2’s update, due in the autumn possibly, to an ???X-T3???

There is an earlier, and quite different, picture from the outer suburbs here .  But this is not the way, at least at this stage, in which I see this current new series progressing.

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Technique: TG-5 at 70mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 17 Aug 2018.
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STILL LIFE 245 – LITTLE KING STREET

 

 


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Tag on the wall of a bar.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 223mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Little King Street, central Bristol; 19 July 2016.
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PEOPLE 346 – HURRYING ON PAST DECAY

 

 


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Smart and classy,

washed, brushed and neat,

hearts and minds set on a good day out.

And hurrying on past anything else,

hurrying on past any unwelcome reality,

hurrying on past decay.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film preset; Triangle South, central Bristol; 9 Sept 2016.
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