Monday, 30 March 2015

Up Is Down, Broken Water and Turing Bombe Rebuild

Up Is Down :- Or is that the other way around? Oh well. A grey and rather miserable afternoon provided me with this shot and image of the beach, sea wall and cliffs at low tide to the east of Brighton. The water was unusually still and reflective although it was still a grim but clear looking milky grey due to the chalk bed it was sitting on. I was pleased with the way this shot turned out as there's a distinct lack of colour throughout even though it's not a monochrome image. The cliffs and the water matched and the huge grey blue rocks also matched the heavy clouds that formed the sky above the cliffs.



Broken Water :- I was originally going to crop this image quite heavily so that the rocks and shoreline at the bottom were omitted but after trying it to see what it looked like I reinstated them as I much prefered it with them in. The image shows an old wooden breakwater that's seen better days sticking up out of the water. It would have originally continued to rise up and out continuing onto the beach but large sections are now missing due to the never ending pounding on the sea. The other end of the breakwater is still on the beach but that also has large panels and sections missing from it. Anyway, this view caught my eye and I knew instantly that it would make a great black and white image. It was shot from the beach and shore at Cuckmere Haven near Seaford on the south coast of England.



Turing Bombe Rebuild :- If you've seen "The Imitation Game" (based on the biography Alan Turing : The Enigma by Andrew Hodges) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley then you'll know all about this incredible machine. This is a shot of the (opened) back of the Turing/Welchman Bombe Machine at Bletchley Park. The Wikipedia entry for the bombe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombe) states that "The bombe was an electromechanical device used by British cryptologists to help decipher German Enigma-machine-encrypted secret messages during World War II." John Harper and the Bombe Rebuild Project team decided to try and rebuild one of these baffling and complex machines 60 years after all the British bombes were broken up. Incredibly, after several years of painstaking work (there was very little to go on as blueprints and various other notes had all been destroyed) a fully working Bombe machine stood once again at Bletchley Park (http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/). Once in a while GCHQ in London send Bletchley Park an incripted message to put this rebuilt marvel through its paces and put it to the test. So far it's Bletchley Park and the Bombe Rebuild 13 to GCHQ's nil. The machine's beaten them every time!



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