ARCHIVE 355 – LOOKING SOUTHEAST FROM EAST WATER LANE (MONO)

 

 


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Looking southeast from East Water Lane, on the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 7 Aug 2014.

The eastern side of the lane, with a line of Hawthorns rising above a dry stone wall of the local limestone.  In the distance, trees line the road that continues on eastwards towards the Hunters Lodge Inn, Green Ore, and the main highway that runs down the Mendips’ steep southern slopes into the tiny city of Wells.

Back beyond the nearest tree, to its left, several other low trees are faintly seen out in the field.

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Technique: D800 with 12-24 Sigma lens at 12mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Cool Tones 1 preset.

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PEOPLE 332 – GOING TO WORK 63 (MONO)

 

 


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Morning movement … hurried steps … pounding the pavements … pounding the pavements … earning my keep … paying my bills … going to work … going to work … going to work …  

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  35  36 37  38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45  46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Strong Infrared High Contrast preset; Broad Quay, central Bristol; 11 Nov 2016.
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STILL LIFE 218 – CITY LIFE

 

 


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Shop front with security camera.  In a nutshell, Big Brother is watching you – even when you’re working out.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember reading that the UK now has more CCTV cameras than anywhere else.  But anyway, even if we haven’t got the most, then we certainly have one hell of a lot of them.

And of course the official line is that they are for the “common good”, that they are for the good and increased security of customers, staff, the cat next door, you name it.

Well, this may be so, but I continue to find it strange that in a country where photography is banned in so many places – think shopping centres and many other retail premises, for example – and where people are so concerned with their privacy (see the recent issues with Facebook for example), and where any photographer working anywhere near children in a public place is taking his/her life in his hands – that in this kind of neurotic milieu, anyone and everyone just takes these myriad cameras for granted.

Two points come immediately to mind.  Firstly, how are the personnel scanning CCTV output vetted, if at all? And secondly, there is an increasing trend where CCTV – which is supposed to be private and for our security – is appearing both on television, which is presumably regulated, as well as on many places on the internet, where regulation, if present at all,  may be far less stringent.

I don’t think that this situation is going to change, I think that CCTV is only going to grow more comprehensive and intrusive.  But I do think that this is something to be aware of, to be kept in mind, rather then merely being passively taken for granted.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 259mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Classic Chrome film simulation; Redcliff Hill, central Bristol; 20 Apr 2018.
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STILL LIFE 214 – BUS SHELTER, BACKLIT

 

 


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Bus shelter, shot against the light; underexposed.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm; 200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Broad Quay, Bristol; 15 Dec 2017.
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ARCHIVE 347 – POLLARDS AT TEALHAM (MONO)

 

 


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Pollarded willows on Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 30 Oct 2014.

A typical Levels landscape – dead flat countryside,  with water (sometimes a lot of water!) and pollarded trees.  Pollarding is explained here.

The more I look at this, the more these trees resemble knobbly headed beings with huge coiffures, that are coming slowly forwards to look at me – the second and third from the left, in particular, seem to be craning to get a better view.

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Technique: D700 with 12-24 Sigma lens at 24mm; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2; Color Efex Pro 4.

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ARCHIVE 343 – BLUE SUNRISE (MONO)

 

 


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Sunrise behind a young Alder on Jack’s Drove, Tadham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 28 Aug 2013.

Alders are wet country trees, they like “to have their feet in the water”.  This one, still a bush really, is up along Jack’s Drove, growing between the road and the water-filled ditch alongside it.

The sun was rising and I got within the young tree’s shadow.  The ultra-wideangle made sure the tree’s branches reached wide in the frame, reaching out to embrace the camera  – and, I hoped, me too –  and I made sure the rising sun was visible through the tree, as a brilliant, star-shaped brightness.

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Technique: D700 with 12-24 Sigma lens at 12mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2’s Tin Type preset, with heavy Cyanotype tone.

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STILL LIFE 203 – CARRION CROW

 

 


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Carrion Crow at sunrise.

A Minimal image, mostly featureless black or gold, with just a single horizontal band of silhouetted detail.  The fence post is not vertical, the fence’s wire is barbed, and the bird’s head is seen in profile: for me, these points add something.  Do you agree?

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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, in the Chew Valley; 6 Nov 2017.
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CHEW LAKE 24 – JUST BEFORE SUNRISE

 

 


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A view eastwards across Chew Valley Lake, just before sunrise.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 16 Feb 2018.
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STILL LIFE 202 – LONE TREE (MONO)

 

 


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The view across the lake at Priddy Mineries Reserve, on the Mendip Hills.

Can’t quite believe the title I’ve given this – sounds like an entry for a camera club competition!  What have I got against camera clubs?  Nothing, except to know that they’re not for me.   I’m a loner when it comes to photography – being alone and aware of my surroundings is what works.

And as for competitions, photography is to me – like most if not all of the other arts –  far too subjective to allow meaningful ranking or judging of one photograph against another.  In photography, we each do our own thing, we express ourselves.  If others like our images, well that’s a plus.  If not, well that’s how it is, and we should, I think, keep being true to ourselves, keep being true to how we look at and see the world.  For me, taking photos with a view to competition judges saying positive things about them would hardly be satisfying.  But then, as always, I am not the norm and neither are you – we are all different, we each do our own thing.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 98mm (equiv); 200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Astia/Soft film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Silhouette EV +1 preset, and adding a tone; Priddy Mineries Reserve, Mendip Hills, Somerset; 16 Feb 2018.
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STILL LIFE 199 – DUCK, SWIMMING

 

 


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Female Mallard, a common duck species, swimming.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; image rotated; Herons Green, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 16 Feb 2018.
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