OUTER SUBURBS 176 – EARLY MORNING 39

 

 


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A bitingly cold dawn with a hard frost: and so to slippery roads and pavements, and to a bright moon high in a completely clear sky.

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 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 .  All will open in separate windows.  You can also search on the “early morning” tag.

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 18 Jan 2020.

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OUTER SUBURBS 175 – EAST STREET

 

 

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Shopping in south Bristol: East Street in Bedminster, on the edge of the city centre, just to the south of the River Avon – and so “south of the river”, a phrase that, particularly on the city’s wealthier suburbs, may not always have been used charitably.  But for me this is a real place, tatty at the edges like Weston-super-Mare its true, but a place with real shops and real people – so much more human, interesting and alive than the large, generic, faceless facades of retail chain stores in the city centre.

And what to see in this first look?  Well, a narrow street; its not pedestrianized, but its mainly buses and delivery vehicles here, with the nearby main road taking the lion’s share of the through traffic.  And then large numbers of totally vandal-proof public seats, and large numbers of litter bins too – this street has a wonderful number of cafés, pubs and other eateries – this is not the gourmet capital of Bristol, those pretensions lie in wealthier neighbourhoods elsewhere, but here there are eateries for people who want good, simple food at reasonable prices – and what can be wrong with that?

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 21 Jan 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 174 – EARLY MORNING 38

 

 

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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 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 .  All will open in separate windows.  You can also search on the “early morning” tag.

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 10 Jan 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 173 – EARLY MORNING 37

 

 


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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 31 32 33 34 35 36 .  All will open in separate windows.  You can also search on the “early morning” tag.

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Adobe Standard profile; south Bristol; 7 Jan 2020.
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OUTER SUBURBS 172 – TREE IN WINTER, DAWN BREAKING

 

 


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Tree in winter, and the day beginning.

The first flash photograph I’ve taken for ages.

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window – definitely recommended.  Oh, I can be so breathtakingly forceful at times!!! …. 😉 ….

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; flash; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; Capture NX2; south Bristol; 2 Jan 2020.
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PEOPLE 385 – GOING TO WORK 98

 

 


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New Year’s Eve, and an early morning bus enters south Bristol, on its journey up from the Somerset Levels.

Recent Going to Work posts are here: 93 94 95 96 97 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 31 Dec 2019.

GOING TO WORK: THE EARLIER POSTS: 1-92.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

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 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 Each will open in a separate window.

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BIRDS 124 – JACKDAW (MONO)

 


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Walking in the early morning of New Year’s Day in south Bristol, and being suddenly delighted by a storm of black bodies and whirling wings close overhead. They were Jackdaws, small crows, and this large group had recently emerged from a communal roost where they’d spent the long winter night and – garrulous, sociable, busy, noisy – they were off around Bristol’s rooftops in search of the day’s first meal. They landed on the roof of a nearby factory but, active as they were, I knew that they’d soon be aloft again in a noisy, wheeling black cloud.

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LOL!!! >>> and so to one of photography’s great sayings >>> that the best camera for the job is the one you have with you >>> and so, from my pocket, I produced something really totally unsuitable for the job ahead, the only camera I was carrying, the Olympus TOUGH TG-5.

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But the birds were on the move again even quicker than I’d anticipated, and any “photographic technique” on my part was reduced to managing to get the zoom to it longest length (100mm equivalent), pointing the little camera at the whirling flock and firing five quick, single frames.  The camera was set for spot metering, thankfully at 3200 ISO, but on this dark morning that still only gave me 1/30 second at f4.9.

I’m also a great believer in “any picture is better than no picture at all”, and in this case the slow shutter speed blurred the flailing wings to give a real sense of movement – and so to high contrast black and white processing in Lightroom and something of an impressionistic result.
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OUTER SUBURBS 171 – EARLY MORNING MIST, MAIN ROAD

 

 


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Walking amidst early morning’s dark uncertainties, the wild and welcome screams of gulls my only companions. 

And, alone still, reaching a road – with trees, mists, lights, and the sky slowly brightening.

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 38mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 30 Dec 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 170 – EARLY MORNING 35

 

 


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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 31 32 33 34 .

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 800 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera  Portrait profile; south Bristol; 5 Dec 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 169 – EARLY MORNING 34

 

 


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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 31 32 33 .

Click onto the image twice to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile and selectively desaturating colour; south Bristol; 23 Dec 2019.
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