OUTER SUBURBS 212 – CAR BESIDE FENCE, EARLY LIGHT

 

 


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Walking the locked down suburbs:  sunrise, a new fence and a car.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 400 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 31 Mar 2020.

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OUTER SUBURBS 211 – HOUSE WITH NEW FENCE AND THE SHADOWS OF TREES

 

 


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Walking in the lockdown, on a gloriously sunny morning – and being grateful for the TG-5’s wide angle lens.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 250 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 31 Mar 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 210 – PARKED AT NUMBER 94 (MONO)

 

 

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A clear morning; bright, cold sunshine; everything still, quiet and locked down – and a car parked at Number 94.  For obvious reasons no doubt, I have been experiencing something of a photographic block recently, something of an unwillingness to raise the camera and look at things, but the glorious sunshine – even though not seen here –  got to me.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W 12 profile; south Bristol; 31 Mar 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 209 – CORONAVIRUS 2: THE DAYS WE LIVE IN

 

 

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Still with some (hopefully decreasing!) leg problems, I’m out walking the early morning streets of the Outer Suburbs again.  Decidedly quiet and deserted streets, a strange hush and calm over most areas and, in this lockdown, I’m allowed to walk as this counts as my one period of exercise outdoors per day.

I thought about taking some pictures of the lockdown but, mostly, its just that – nearly everything quiet, closed, shut down, locked down, hardly the stuff of interesting images – I’ll leave someone else to document it.

But this did catch my eye.  Outside a favourite pub, with the sun coming up, the children’s playground in lockdown too – no one goes on the swings today.  I found this very striking, and moving too, the virus reaching down through all age groups of our society.

The pub itself, behind, is closed indefinitely as are all pubs in this country, with notices on the windows saying that no cash or food / drink stocks are stored within – for even in times of trouble and distress like these, there are always those ready to take advantage of any opportunity.  And in the background, a car park beside a major supermarket, with but a single car.

However, sad though all this is, I will continue to walk the streets: it makes me feel good and, quite apart from the virus, we need to keep up our mental health too – and its always good to be out bright and early in the day.  And I’ll continue to drink world class Belgian beer too, for that matter – though I realise that this may be a rather less than universally accepted panacea …

My first post on coronavirus is here: 1 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 28mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 28 Mar 2020.

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OUTER SUBURBS 208 – BREAKFAST IN THE OUTER SUBURBS 2

 

 


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Breakfast plonked down on top of various urgent and often tea-stained papers, that are but the tip of the iceberg of great piles of paper and other rubbish that litter what I laughingly call my “desk”.  A hot breakfast, something to keep the cold out – the near zero temperatures and strong winds of the early morning – as I pound the streets of the Outer Suburbs.  Streets which are now, in these locked down, virus-ridden times, mainly quiet and almost devoid of other walkers, almost all of whom – thank goodness! – are very much into social distancing.

So, what is here?  Well, piping hot cod and chorizo fishcakes and cooked tomatoes, along with grapes, and slices of orange, apple and melon.  And all given more bite by pickled garlic, and a gert great dollop of (meaning, in rather more refined circles, “quite a lot of”…)  Patak’s Lime Pickle.  Oh yes, and all washed down with a mug of hot, strong tea – tea strong enough to stand the spoon up in! >>> tea that leaves a dry film on your teeth! >>> tea that puts hairs on your vest! >>> that sort of tea!!!

When I’ve eaten one of these breakfasts, cats follow me down the streets.  But that’s OK, I like cats.

Oh and the mug, yes, Homer Simpson, very much a role model.

An earlier breakfast post is here: 1 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Natural profile; south Bristol; 28 Mar 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 207 – MAIN ROAD AT DAWN

 

 


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Standing beside a road – at a bus stop, at dawn – and tilting the world.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; rotated; south Bristol; 1 Jan 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 206 – EARLY MORNING, WITH TELEGRAPH POLE

 

 


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For those who don’t know them, this is a telegraph pole with telephone lines radiating out from its top.  Telephone engineers carry short ladders that take them up to the footholds on alternate sides of the pole; above these there is a double foothold on which the engineer can place both feet while leaning back, supported by a strap around the pole, to comfortably and safely work on the phone lines.

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Technique: TG-5 at 70mm (equiv); 6,400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Adobe Standard profile; south Bristol; 11 Feb 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 205 – SODA WATER WITH ICE AND A SLICE OF LEMON 3

 

 


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A soft drink at lunch: there are earlier versions here: 1 2 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 19 Feb 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 204 – EARLY MORNING PAVEMENT

 

 


Walking an early morning pavement,

the light path reaching out ahead.

Squeezed in between dark suburban gardens on one side,

and dark cars – jam-packed, bumper to bumper – on the other.

And looking up, to see warning of an intersection;

and the incandescent, surrogate sun itself;

and nothing else beyond but city lights,

twinkling far away in the dark.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Muted profile; south Bristol; 27 Dec 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 203 – BUS SHELTER (MONO)

 

 


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A bleak interior, facing a bleak main road, but still thought worthy of the armrests that bring comfort for the have’s while prohibiting a night’s meagre repose – out of the rain if nothing else – for the have-not’s.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the B&W 03 profile; south Bristol; 21 Jan 2020.
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