OUTER SUBURBS 160 – EARLY MORNING 31

 

 


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Clear morning, early December.

Other images in this Early Morning series – from both rural and urban settings, and from Kenya too – are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 4 Dec 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 78 – SUNRISE

 

 


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The first in a short series of images from the day’s start in south Bristol.

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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique:  TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 21 Feb 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 59 – WINTER MORNING 2

 

 


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Peaceful morning.  A slight breeze, and big, fluffy clouds drifting, slowly, as the sun rises.

There is an earlier winter morning image here: 1 .  It will open in a separate window.

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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 49mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Natural film simulation; south Bristol; 17 Dec 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 49 – THE DAY BEGINS

 

 


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A decaying contrail, high up above the city’s southern outskirts: the skies above south Bristol are rarely empty.  Nearby is the city’s busy airport, which handles much holiday traffic, and there are also lots of higher flying aircraft, many of them eastbound for London.

Can greenhouse gases and global warming really be brought under control?  And what will be the actual, real impact of the recent climate conference in Poland?  I have no answers, but I do know that governments and others in the Modern Age like to be seen to be doing something, but that being seen to do something does not always actually equate to doing something that is effective.

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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 40mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 1 Oct 2018.
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OUTER SUBURBS 37 – LOOKING UP IN THE MODERN WORLD

 

 


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Looking up: streetlight with contrails and cloud.  The side of the light is just catching the glare of the sunrise.  The square structure below the light is a shield to prevent it shining into houses.

Looking up: something that, as photographers, we should all keep in mind >>> indeed, keeping looking every which way is the thing.

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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 640 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 2 Oct 2018.
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STILL LIFE 232 – LOOKING UP, IN VICTORIA STREET (MONO)

 

 


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Walking in Victoria Street, and looking up at this huge building beside the road.  Those who know my liking for looking at images every which way – back to front, upside down, inside out, you name it – well, you will think that I’ve rotated this, but I’m not sure that’s true.  Its quite a long time ago, but I think this reflects original camera orientation – one of the things about these Fujifilm X cameras is that they are light and compact relative to full-frame gear, so that using them in unusual positions/orientations is easier.

What is here?  An office block reclines across the foreground, taking it easy, and providing the foreground with a precise grid of lines.   And because its an old building that’s being renovated, its wearing scaffolding.  The cloudy sky has a decaying contrail that stretches down from top left to the intersection of the grid and the scaffolding: all three elements in the image come together at this point.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Structure Harsh preset and adding a light Selenium tone; Victoria Street, central Bristol; 11 Nov 2016.
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STILL LIFE 166 – THREE WORLDS

 

 


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Looking up on a frosty morning: fluffy clouds, our planet’s Moon, a jet.

The clouds are just starting to take on the first hues of the sunrise.  The Moon looks hard, pale, uncompromising.  And the aircraft arrows upwards between them, a tiny dot relentlessy pursued by a vast contrail.

Three worlds.

The Moon is another world and the clouds belong to our world, so that’s two accounted for.  But the Moon and the clouds are both Natural phenomena, produced by the same universal processes that have produced ourselves – thousands of millions of years before those processes produced ourselves, of course.  We are new kids on the block.

The Moon and the clouds are indifferent to our presence.  Were we not here, they would most certainly continue to exist.  But were they not here, our lives would be severely impacted, if not impossible.

And so to the aircraft.  This is the third world here.  It is the product of the natural resources of our world, which we have used to build a machine to take us at great speed across our world’s surface.  So far so good.  The problems come, of course, when it emerges that our world’s natural resources are not infinite, and that the lovely fluffy white contrail is not the healthiest thing around, both for ourselves and for our climate.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 206mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Stanton Drew; 6 Nov 2017.
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BRISTOL 108 – LOOKING UP, AT DAYBREAK

 

 

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Out early.  Cold and dark; high ISO numbers, lenses wide open – and then looking up.

The first hints of sunrise above Victoria Street, in the city centre; 11 Nov 2016.

X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 84mm (equiv); 6400 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 114 – LOOKING UP AT SUNRISE (MONO)

 

 

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Looking up over our garden this morning – clouds and a contrail caught by the rising sun; 22 Apr 2013.

I was just on the point of making that greatest of luxuries, the morning’s first cup of tea, when I glanced out of the window.  And then came one of the great improbables – a FATman moving at a rate of knots – in a frantic dash out into the back garden!

I love skies  and clouds but, especially when the sun is just appearing or disappearing, and when contrails are moving steadily across the sky, things happen quickly – and there’s no time to hang about!

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 135mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset.
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GARDEN 9 – LOOKING UP AT SUNRISE (MONO)

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Looking up over our garden this morning – clouds and a contrail caught by the rising sun; 22 Apr 2013.

Just on the point of making that greatest of luxuries, the morning’s first cup of tea, when a glance out of the window – and then one of the great improbables – a FATman moving at a rate of knots!

I love skies  and clouds, but especially when the sun is just appearing or disappearing, and when contrails are moving steadily across the sky, things happen quickly – there’s no time to hang about!

Nikon D800 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 135mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Fine Art High Key preset.
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