OUTER SUBURBS 159 – EARLY MORNING 30

 

 


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Bus shelter (with illuminated arrival times) beside a busy main road, a major route into the city from the south.  And the first, faint flush of sunrise.

A few minutes prior to this, crossing this road, I had witnessed two cars narrowly avoiding a collision, only to then myself narrowly avoid being hit by a driver speeding through a red light – ah, south Bristol ….. que je t’aime! …..

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 .

Technique: TG-5 at 70mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 27 Nov 2019.

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SOMERSET LEVELS 424 – WET MORNING, LEWIS’S DROVE (MONO)

 

 


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Looking northwards along the glistening tarmac of Lewis’s Drove (no relation!), on a very wet morning.  Telegraph poles lean haphazardly, a crow atop one; and the higher ground at Panborough is just visible through the murk.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format to give 450mm; 3200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Triste 2 preset and adding a light Coffee tone; Lewis’s Drove, on Westhay Moor, on the Somerset Levels southeast of Wedmore; 25 Sept 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 148 – EARLY MORNING 26

 

 


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Autumn sets in, the year ages, and early mornings are often a visually enchanting world of soft light and deep shadow.

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 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 38mm (equiv) >>> and even working at 6400 ISO, the shutter speed was still only 1/20th second;  Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 24 Oct 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 423 – TOTNEY DROVE (MONO)

 

 


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Morning commute in the countryside: high speeds down narrow lanes.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format at 450mm; in-camera processing of raw file, starting at the Graphite profile; further processing of the jpeg in Lightroom; Totney Drove, on Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wedmore; 9 Sept 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 422 – WET MORNING (MONO)

 

 


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A wet morning – LOL! this is England in late September after all!!! – driving westwards on Godney Moor, rain pouring down, one side of the single track road already awash – and I stopped to take a picture through the streaming windscreen.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 105mm; 3200 ISO; in-camera processing of a raw file using the Graphite profile; further processing of the jpeg in Lightroom; Tripps Drove, Godney Moor, on the Somerset Levels southwest of Wells; 25 Sept 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 143 – PARKING FOR CARS (MONO)

 

 


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Parking along a main street.  This is not a wealthy area of the city: note the pawn brokers’ signs – the suspended metallic orbs – above the pavement on the left.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W Blue Filter profile; south Bristol; 29 Jan 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 418 – THE ROAD BEHIND THE BEACH (MONO)

 

 

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A wet and windy morning, where the Somerset Levels run down to the sea at Sand Bay, just north of Weston-super-Mare.  This is the little road, scarcely wider than my little car, that runs along behind the beach.  There are puddles from the morning’s rain, bright yellow lines along the road’s edge that ban stopping – because any vehicle that stops here immediately blocks the road (its hardly rocket science!) – and there is the tree arched over the road that bears testimony to the strong westerly gales that often batter this low and very exposed coast.  The actual beach is off beyond the large bank on the right, while low, flat farmland stretches inland from the road’s left.

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This little road appears insignificant, but it has great significance to me.  For it was along here, probably around 1960 or so, that three of us keen amateur geologists rode on our bikes, making our first ever “geological expedition”, to collect samples of the brachiopods, corals and other fossils from Sand Point, the long promontory of Carboniferous Limestone that is behind the camera.

And later, in 1967-8, when birding had infected my very soul, it was along this road that our two highly enthusiastic biology teachers brought us out in the school minibus very early on Saturday mornings, to look at the birdlife.  I remember those two teachers – now long dead of course – with a lot of affection and admiration.  They were enthusiastic, they communicated their enthusiasm to us youngsters, and they contributed their spare time putting us in touch with – and getting us interested in  – the Natural World.  One of us (not me!!!) went on to become a Professor (in the British sense) of Biochemistry and, old as they then were, the surviving member of this biological duo, together with the Prof’s old chemistry teacher, actually attended the professorial inauguration ceremony >>> that everyone should have such dedicated and enthusiastic teachers!

And finally, also, far more recently, Sand Bay was the subject of my very first and rather uncertain post on FATman Photos, on 26 April 2011 – that post can be found here .

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 70mm; 3200 ISO; in-camera raw processing and cropping; Beach Road, Sand Bay, north of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 4 Oct 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 415 – EARLY MORNING 19 (MONO)

 

 


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A stormy morning, and Westhay Moor Drove – one of the many dead straight roads in this relatively recently created, lowland landscape – makes off eastwards towards the wild sky of the sunrise.

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 .

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Technique: X-T2 with 10-25 Fujinon lens at 15mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Acros+R profile; Westhay Moor Drove, Westhay Moor, on the Somerset Levels southeast of Wedmore; 9 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 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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