Saturday, 28 June 2014

Duke Street, Electric Sea and Visual Effect

"Duke Street" :- This is Duke Street in the World Heritage City of Bath in Somerset, England. It was built in 1748 by the English architect John Wood, the Elder (1704 – 1754) who was also famous for surveying Stonehenge and the Stanton Drew stone circles. The facades are constructed of Bath stone (used in the Roman and Medieval periods on domestic, ecclesiastical and civil engineering projects) and many of the buildings in the pedestrianised street are listed as having Grade I status due to being of special architectural or historic interest.

"Electric Sea" :- Shot way back in July last year (2013) during a late evening (21:30pm) low tide on Brighton beach, Sussex, England. The salt water of the English Channel is boisterous at the best of times and it's not often that you get to see it in a calm, flat, reflective state. The famous Victorian pier (opened in 1899) sparkles and twinkles away with its 62,000 light bulbs glistening of the surface of the sea evoking thoughts of the ocean liners & steamers of older and more refined times.

"Visual Effect" :- No CGI, no green screen, no special effects, camera tricks or jiggery-pokery. This is simply mother nature putting on a display for me as I stood at Devil's Dyke (near Brighton) on top of the South Downs overlooking much of Sussex in England. I found a small grass covered bank to stand on which gave me a slightly better vantage point which added to the effect of the viewer being way above the ground. The acclaimed landscape artist John Constable (1776-1837) once described it as 'the grandest view in the world'. On a clear day you can indeed see for mile upon mile. It's an incredibly breath taking place to visit. You can read (and watch an interestng bit of film) about Devil's Dyke via this like here :- Devil's Dyke

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