STANTON DREW 43 – VILLAGE LIFE 10

 

 

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Looking out from the village at sunrise, on a cold and very misty day.  Using a telephoto to isolate a small part of the scene.

An introduction to this Village Life series can be found here: 1Further images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   Each will open in a new window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it yet again – certainly recommended >>> can you see the two birds in the tall tree?  Woodpigeons, I think.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm; 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Stanton Drew; 6 Nov 2017.
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STANTON DREW 42 – VILLAGE LIFE 9

 

 


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In the cemetery of the Church of the St Mary the Virgin, in Stanton Drew, early on a very frosty, misty morning.

I have spoken about this delightful churchyard before.  Although neither Christian nor an admirer of church architecture, I love to come and wander here in solitude because this simple country churchyard speaks volumes to me, enriching both my eyes and my mind.  Wandering alone in this little churchyard always gives me time to think about the deeper things on Life, not least of which is the impermanence of everything, to which these weathered and leaning tombstones bear certain witness.  And, as I say, in solitude – this church is up at the end of a little road,  next to a farm, and I have never met anyone else there. I was going to say that I’d never met another soul there but, for all I know, they have been all around me as I walk and, if that is the case, then that’s absolutely fine by me.

I have often wondered what I would do if confronted by a soul or ghost – call it what you will – and like to think that my overriding emotion would be one of wonder, rather than fear.  But that scenario has yet to be tested although – if what I experienced is to be believed – I have on one occasion at least been very close indeed to a ghost.  I was with a friend in a roadside pub, parts of which are very old – dating back to the days when transport on England’s main roads was by coach and horses.  Sitting eating her meal, my companion suddenly became rigid and very pale – and dumbstruck save for “There’s something here …”.  Later she told me she had seen a tall woman, dressed in black, standing beside us.  After she had calmed down a bit, I walked around the many empty rooms of the old and rambling building, talking to the darkness, waiting to see if anything would appear.  Nothing did.  But later, a small child went into a room and immediately came out saying “Mummy, Mummy, come and see the little doggy!” – but the bare room was completely empty.  Someone told me that children are more sensitive to such phenomena than adults, but I don’t know if that’s true.

My attitude to ghosts is simple.  I know nothing about them but, because there have been so many reports over the centuries, I feel that there must be something there, though I have no idea what that something (or things) may be.

An introduction to this Village Life series can be found here: 1 Further images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .    Each will open in a new window.

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

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 138mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Pro Neg. Hi film simulation; Stanton Drew; 6 Nov 2017.  I especially like the look this film simulation gives to this particular image.
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BRISTOL 127 – THE SUN BREAKING THROUGH

 

 


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A cold morning, and the rising sun starts to burn through the mists over Whitchurch village, on the southern outskirts of Bristol.

The first image in this series, along with context, can be found hereSubsequent images are here: 2   .

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Whitchurch, south Bristol; 2 Nov 2017.
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PEOPLE 299 – GOING TO WORK 35

 

 


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All my pictures of Bristol’s morning rush hour have been taken in the city centre.  But here is something different, here is “rush hour” out in the sticks, out on the city’s edge.  To be sure there are still houses around, both to the left and to the right of this shot, but there are also trees and broad grass verges, and back behind the bus shelter are open fields with sheep and cattle. The sunrise of a clear, frosty morning is blazing in across that open farmland.

Two people wait for the morning bus to work, perhaps enjoying the bright (but still cold) sun, but for sure deeply engaged with their mobile devices.  Through the bus shelter’s icy windows we see only their engrossed shadows.

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2324, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30,  31,  32, 33  34  . Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open another version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom; Capture NX2; south Bristol; 8 Nov 2017.
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BRISTOL 126 – PARADISE

 

 


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As you open this post, I can hear you thinking “This is Paradise?!  Has FATman finally lost it???”.  Well, to me, in a way, yes it is paradise.  Why do I think this?  Have I finally lost the plot?  And, then again, how can I have lost something I’ve never really found in the first place?

OK, explanations.  This is a little cut through between two back lanes in south Bristol, that I regularly pass through during the 5 mile walks that I use to relax and free my mind and to (hopefully) reduce my waistline.  Its a very simple little place.  Just some grass that is roughly cut by the local council, and a stream flowing through a little culvert – water which, despite the houses close in upon either side, probably explains why this lovely little spot has never been built on.

And then there’s this absolutely beautiful and serene tree, with a canopy like some vast umbrella, which looks just ideal for sitting under on some reflective day, although I have yet to do so.  Add to all this a very friendly little ginger and white cat who has lost most of his tail, and for the brief times that I’m within this quiet little space, I feel uplifted and very much at peace, and so … paradise …

And you’re seeing this delightful little spot perhaps at its best.  The cat’s not there, to be sure, but the grass has been cut, the tree is ablaze with autumn’s hues, and all is shrouded by a soft, autumn mist.

I have for a long time, perhaps for all of my life in fact, hankered after the simple life – I warmly recall my first years in Kenya, without phone, TV or radio, but with geckos chattering back and for to each other across my living room –  and those feelings have only accelerated since my retirement from work four years ago.  Modern life and technology seem only to make things ever more complex and rushed, but I’m after far more simple pleasures and a far more leisurely pace – and maybe this little, unpretentious space goes some way towards symbolising those ideals.

The first image in this series, along with context, can be found here.

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Technique: TG-5 at 57mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Natural film preset; Whitchurch, south Bristol; 2 Nov 2017.

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BRISTOL 125 – TOWN AND COUNTRY

 

 

 

The Olympus Tough TG-5 camera  is new to me, the first Olympus (other than, briefly, the mju-ii) that I’ve used since the heady days of the classic OM-1 and OM-2, back in the early 1970s.  Tough cameras are just that – waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof to various degrees.  My plan is to take this one out in bad weather – torrential rain comes to mind – and to photograph in these conditions.  I’m mad?  Oh yes, devoutly …

I’m primarily drawn to this camera because of its waterproof qualities, but it also shoots raw files, has quite good autofocus, and contains the same image processor as current top of the range Olympus cameras.  Furthermore it has a 25mm-100mm (full frame equivalent) zoom lens, which is a very handy range when longer telephotos are not required.  Its sensor is very small however (1/2.3 in), but it is a small and light camera, very handy to carry when out walking.  And so to some images, taken during a walk around south Bristol on a misty autumn morning – and, who knows, maybe pictures taken on later walks too.

Most of my pictures of Bristol have been from the city’s centre, but now here are some taken far out in the suburbs, where the city blends into (or maybe, intrudes upon) the surrounding countryside – although thousands of new homes are scheduled to be built not far to the left of this picture soon – so this view may no longer be on the city’s edge in the not too far distant future …

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film preset; Whitchurch, south Bristol; 2 Nov 2017.

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SOMERSET LEVELS 299 – MISTY MORNING, ALLERTON MOOR 3

 

 


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Looking into misty light, early in the day.

You can find other images from this dark and mysterious morning here and here.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Allerton Moor;  22 Aug 2017.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 296 – MISTY MORNING, ALLERTON MOOR 2 (MONO)

 

 


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Mute Swans in the water-filled ditch – the rhyne (rhymes with seen) – that runs along beside the mostly single track road across Allerton Moor.

A misty morning.  The rhyne, which does duty as the field’s fence in this wet part of the world, runs on off into the distance before starting to bear off to the left, where a faintly seen fence beside the road keeps the unwary traveller from the deep and glutinous clutches of the dark water and ooze. 

Up right of the swans, cattle at the rhyne’s edge: there may be a place there where they can get down safely to the water’s edge to drink. And behind the cattle, in the murk, farm buildings.

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

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film preset; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at Janice’s Infrared preset; Allerton Moor, west of Chapel Allerton; 22 Aug 2017.

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SOMERSET LEVELS 294 – MISTY MORNING, ALLERTON MOOR

 

 


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Cows in the mist: early morning on Allerton Moor, west of Chapel Allerton; 22 Aug 2017.

Another early visit to these flatlands, with rolling banks of mist looming and vanishing with disconcerting rapidity.  Someone had just seen otters in a roadside ditch.  I couldn’t see them but then, driving on towards the village of Mark, cows were grazing in a rough field on my left and there was light seeping uncertainly through the mist.

Little colour: this reflects the original scene, and the Pro Neg Hi film simulation helps too.  The animal on the left is identifiable, but the two further off could be rocks or some derelict piece of farm machinery.  I really enjoy such lighting conditions.

I’m heading in towards minor surgery this coming week, and have much to do before I’m temporarily physically curtailed.  Hence I’ve not been able to give others’ blogs as much attention as I’d like – apologies for this.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Pro Neg Hi film simulation.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 292 – EARLY IN THE DAY, JUST BEFORE MIDWINTER

 

 


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The first flushes of sunrise on 16th Dec 2016 –  just before the shortest day of the year.  I was heading towards the village of Mark, and looking eastwards across Binham Moor.

Composition: a noisy, grainy, blurry image – no more than an impression of what it was like being there.  And what was it like being there?  Well, it was ******* cold and, despite 1/250th and image stabilisation, I was lying across the outside of the car, hoping to high heaven that, shivering as I was, I could still hold the camera steady.  Did I have a tripod with me?  Yes.  Could I be bothered to use it?  Nope – but then that’s always the case!  This image is very much a series of horizontal layers, one on top of the other, the darkness of the ground moving up, in a series of discreet steps, into the first welcome tints of the day.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 25,600 ISO; 1/250th, wide open at f5.6; Lightroom.
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