Seventh Heaven

We decided to break our journey home from a week in North Wales with an overnight stop in Liverpool.  Asking for a quiet room we weren’t surprised to be up on the seventh floor, but weren’t expecting the half decent view though!  I think I used every lens I had with me and all three cameras shooting from, or should I say through, the window. 

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Fuji X-T3 Processed on the iPad using Snapseed as were all but one of these images

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Fuji X-100t

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INSTA360 One – the camera grabber was present on the seventh floor too!

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Fuji X-T3

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Fuji X-T3

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Fuji X-T3

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Fuji X-T3 with Samyang 8mm fisheye (uncorrected)

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Fuji X-T3

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Fuji X-T3

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Armageddon outta this blog post!

From fisheye to telephoto, from 360  to long exposures I made the most of the very limited opportunities this seventh floor window provided.

Seventh heaven – if only the window had been cleaner!

A Day on the Beach – in pictures

I will write a narrative blog post shortly but in the meantime here are eleven images from a day on the Wirral recently. I arrived at 7.30am, in the dark, and left at 6.30pm, also in the dark.

New Brighton Lighthouse or Perch Rock Lighthouse, is a decommissioned lighthouse situated at the confluence of the River Mersey and Liverpool Bay on an outcrop off New Brighton known locally as Perch Rock. Together with its neighbour, the Napoleonic era Fort Perch Rock, it is one of the Wirral’s best known landmarks.

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8:03am (iPhone)

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8:03am (iPhone)

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8:17am – sun has just risen beyond me.

 

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9:21am – container ship Charlotte Orchard coming into the docks at Bootle

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10:52am – Perch Rock lighthouse (long exposure)

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12:59pm – time for some minimalist long exposures at West Kirby

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1:11pm – second minimalist long exposure from West Kirby

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2:32pm – Liverpool skyline from New Brighton beach

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3:14pm – New Brighton Lighthouse aka Perch Rock Lighthouse (long exposure)

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4:52pm – Catch!

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5:33pm – sunset was 5:51pm but we did not get the sunset we hoped for. We hung around until 6:15 just in case though!

We didn't get the sunset we hoped for but after ten hours on location it didn't seem right not to wait another half hour just in case!

6:21pm – just about to set off home but couldn’t resist a quick snap looking towards the docks and ferry ports at Bootle.

All images Fuji X-T3 unless stated.

300 Up!

Yes, this is the 300th  post on this blog which has to be some sort of milestone for me. The first post was on 17/8/2014 but then I waited until 19th December before making any further posts. To “celebrate” I’ve looked back and picked out five favourite moments from the last four years. I could have picked out far more, and these are not necessarily my favourites, but for what they are worth, and in no particular order …

Developing Tanks are Go!

Sadly, my darkroom adventure didn’t last too long due to domestic requirements. Fleeting as it was though I enjoyed my return to the analogue days and still harbour the hope of reinstalling a darkroom again in the future.

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Zac – two years ago perhaps? Canon A1 35mm film camera. Scan from warm tone darkroom print

Time Passages

Universally panned by the folk at my camera club, this remains one of my favourite images partly because of the effort, not to say discomfort, involved in getting the image in the first place.

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Not a Universal Favourite

 

An Afternoon at 23mm

The Fuji X100 series are fabulous, pocketable, carry-everywhere cameras and I particularly enjoyed a day in the centre of Leeds armed with nothing more than a camera with a fixed lens and a few filters in my pocket.

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Harsh light, strong contrasts and processing to match

Pre-flight Nerves

Not my best drone imagery but the first!

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West Vale from the air

 

63-2017 Week 4

December 2017 saw me coming towards the end of the 63 daily images challenge that was the prequel to this years 365. It wasn’t the first time I’d tried to take a picture a day but it was the first time I’d got anywhere near success so I was in buoyant mood.

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Woodside Mills lock

One of the things that featured in my initial interest in buying a drone was this set of locks near to my home. So, unsurprisingly I’ve photographed it from various angles and heights over the last twelve months. The lock is also within the relatively small area I regularly use to try out ideas with the drone.

 

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23 feet up is nowhere near my highest shot – but you don’t always need to be at 400 feet!

So, when I wanted to try using the panoramic feature it was to this spot that I headed initially. First results were very pleasing but on reflecting back at the computer I realised I could do better and also have a little more control of the composition by making some small tweaks to the process. So, for Take 2, I moved across the canal and used Woodside Mills locks as my focal point.

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102 feet up on a windy morning

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I’m immediately below the drone

What I was trying to achieve on a very blustery morning was a spherical panorama with the locks broadly central in the frame. And broadly-speaking it worked!

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From this …

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… to this. Thirty four individual images make up this spherical panorama which really puts the locks in context with their surroundings.

 

 

 

 

 

The Road Goes Ever On

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Blackley Top

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”

JRR Tolkien (1892-1973)