Thursday, 30 April 2015

Seating Area, Stay Online and Dusk on the Downs

Seating Area :- Ok, I'll own up. I deliberately chose the most unglamourous angle from which to take this shot from. No greenery, no grass, no trees, bushes, plants or flowers ... just concrete and a few white plastic chairs on which to sit. It's actually one of the outdoor seating areas of the Whitecliffs Cafe which is situated in an old art deco building on the seafront in Saltdean. If you sit here and have a coffee or ice cream and look in the opposite direction from which this shot was taken you actually have a wide panoramic view of the beach and English Channel. The cafe and Saltdean are just a few miles east of Brighton on the south coast of England.

Stay Online :- Funny how things can work out isn't it. When I took this shot back in December 2014 it's because I'd gone out due to being offline at home due to maintenence work in the area so was making use of the 'free' time that I had as I couldn't get on with anything indoors. Today I chose to post it after several months of it being kept on file and this morning I've had to wait to post it because maintenence work has had me offline for a an hour or so once again. Irony. Anyway, back up and running for the time being so here it is. Shot during a winter sunset at Ovingdean Gap on the South coast of England.

Dusk on the Downs :- I saw today in the local news that scientists from Durham University’s Department of Earth Sciences have said that the South Downs have been identified as suitable for fracking. The South Downs National Park is a range of chalk hills that is (approcimatley) 260 square miles or 670 km2 across the south-eastern coastal counties of England. Growing up and living in Brighton I rapidly learned to appreciate the vast unpolpulated rolling hills and wide open spaces that surround the seaside resort. It worries and concerns me greatly that there's a chance these unspoilt and picturesque downs will soon be subjected to hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking”. This shot was taken in March 2014 as I was walking back to Ovingdean from Lewes in Sussex.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Daily Doodle : Lazy Lobster

My mind must move and work in a very mysterious and somewhat lateral way because as as I read that today's Daily Doodle theme was a "Lazy Lobster" an image of a lobster in bed throwing an alarm clock sprang instantly into my head. Gut reaction is often the thing to go with so I didn't waste any more time and set to creating the lethargic crustacean. Here it is...

Damp Wall, High Stile and Flight of Fancy

Damp Wall :- This is a shot and image of the mighty sea wall that stretches 3.5 miles or 5.63 kilometers from Saltdean to Brighton. It was built in the 1930's and has a large and wide walkway on it which enables visitors to walk that stretch of the coast at the foot of the cliffs. This huge wave formed 'splash wall' helps protect the chalk cliffs and hold back erosion that would have threatened this part of the coast. The A259 coast road runs along the top of these cliffs so it's vital that the cliffs were proytected as much as possible.

High Stile :- A wooden stle sits high up on a hill that's part of the South Downs Way in Sussex, England. I was walking from Seaford Head to Cuckmere Haven and the famous Seven Sisters Cliffs when I spotted it high above me. I liked the mystery that it evoked. It's an entance or exit to or from something but it's high enough not to give any of its secrets away. In reality what's on the other side is probably just another field with a few sheep dotted about in it but as an image I think it's quite striking.

Flight of Fancy :- The beautiful Victorian bandstand that stands on Brighton seafront close to the border of Hove is affectionately known as "The Birdcage". It was designed by a Brighton Borough Surveyor named Phillip Lockwood and opened to the public in 1884. In 2009 it was beautifully and lovingly restored to its original specification and reopened. This image was taken from the lower promenade looking up and shows the window of The Band Stand Cafe that's situated directed below the bandstand itself.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Daily Doodle : Karate Koala

I had fun knocking out this sketch / dfoodle for today's theme on Twitter which was a Karate Koala. I knew what i wanted to make it look like straight away and after some quick research and photo references i got to wrok. I think it turned out ok.

End of the Show, Ring Through the Trees and Consumed by Time

End of the Show :- Shot in November 2014 as the sun droped down and lit up a long cloud that was stretching out to sea and hanging off the coast of Brighton. We are blessed with some incredible sunsets and twilight scenes here. The starlings often swarm in and awe the tourists with their huge murmerations around sunset. The Victorian architecture looks even more wonderful when it's back ed by the glow of the evening. The waves lap and drag the pebbles down the beach in a hypnotic, drowse inducing way. This is the Brighton I love.

Ring Through the Trees :- This was shot just by the National Trust Shop and Circles Cafe in the village of Avebury. The village is famous for being partially built within an ancient set of stone cirlces. In fact Avebury is the largest stone cirlce in Europe and it's specualted that it's possibly the largest in the world. So in this image if you look beyond the wire fence in the foreground and beyond the silhouetted tree you'll see some of the standing stones arcing off into the distance as they are caught by the evening sun. It's an incredible place to wander and explore and unlike Stonehenge you are free to walk or sit among the stones and contemplate life in general. Avebury is in Wiltshire, in southwest England.

Consumed by Time :- It was very eerie standing in this old ruined School and Church. It's surrounded by tall trees and stands in a small clearing at the bottom of a slope near a country lane on west Sussex, England. It was built in 1880 and served as a School during the week and a Church at the weekends. It stopped being used as a School in 1925 but continued to be used as a Church right up until 1959 where it finally held its last Wedding. I have often wondered about the people that got married on that fnal day and want to know if they have seen what their place of marriage looks like now.

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Daily Doodle : Juggling Jellyfish

One never knows quite what's going to be thrown our way by Twitter's Daily Doodle (@Daily__Doodle). They are often full of surprises and today was no exception as the given subject was a Juggling Jellyfish. The immediate idea that sprang to mind was to skecth someone juggling with jellyfish but somebody had already done that so I aborted and simply went for the straight forward approach of a jellyfish throwing some clubs. Here it is...

Bletchely Lake, Path to Nowhere and Metal Cormorant

Bletchely Lake :- Bletchley park is now famous and well known for being the home of the code breakers. This is where a huge team of highly intelligent and clever people gathered in secrecy to intercept cyphers and codes and in turn shorten WWII by two to four years and save thousands upon thousands of lives. The huts and grand house (which you can see in the center of this shot) were placed around a large lake which provided a welcome break from the mind mending puzzles they were faced with daily. There are a few rare photographs from that period that actually show some of the Bletchley Park code breakers skating on the lake when it hd frozen over in Winter. Bletchley Park is in Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire and now open to the public.

Path to Nowhere :- A shot that was screaming at me to be taken as I wandered from the village of Ovingdean and over the top of East Brighton Gold Course to get to Brighton itself. A thick sea mist had blanketed the coast and visibility was dwon to only a few hundred yards at most. The course was deadly quiet as the mist stifled all sound, no wildlife was to be seen and not a single golfer was out. Who'd try to hit a ball in that! The chalk pathway is one of the paths on the golf course for those using a golf buggy.

Metal Cormorant :- This is a shot (looking south) taken from the Swing Bridge in Newhaven on the south coast of England. It's looking down the River Ouse towards Fort Hill where the river meets the sea. Just to the right of center you can see a large Cormorant standing on the remnants of an old bridge. It was made by local sculptor Christian Funnell and was originally part of a carnival float. Christian decided later on to place it on the river as part of a joke thinking it would be removed by the authorities. It wasn't removed at all and has become welcomed by the locals. Since this shot was taken a new Cormorant has been commisioned and made by Christian which is steel and is 2.5m x 2.5m in size.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Quire, Thirteen and North Tower

The Quire :- I've had this shot on file for some time now (since 2013) and I love the way the lights, shadows and lines pull you in. What I don't like about it is the fact that modern technology reared its ugly head in the form of a laptop and sticks out like a sore thumb to the bottom right of the image. Ah can't have it all. The shot was taken back in October 2013 and it's of the Quire in Chichester's mighty and very grand Cathedral. You can't see them in this shot but The Quire has a set of wooden misericords from the 14th century. A misericord or mercy seat is a small wooden shelf on the underside of a folding seat in a church.

Thirteen :- A chance discovery as I was wandering the beaches of Cuckmere Haven. These weathered chalk bits were neatly balanced on each other and piled up on each wooden post of the old breakwater. All I had to do was stand there and take the shot. In the background the "Seven Sisters" chalk face suddenly springs up from out of nowhere and hurtles off into the East towards Birling Gap and Eastbourne where Beachy Head takes over. This has got to be one of the most picturesque places to visit in Sussex on the south cast of England.

North Tower :- The wall in the background is Roman, the fortress in the foreground is medieval. This is Pevensey Castle which is located in Pevensey which sits between Eastbourne and Hastings in East Sussex. This is where William the Conqueror and his army stayed overnight after landing at Pevensey Bay on 28th September 1066. When they left the following morning they marched on to defeat and kill Harold II at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066. The Bayeux Tapestry depicts WIlliam's army constructing a castle at "Hestengaceastra" and there's speculation that that refers to the temporary Norman castle that was built here within the Roman walls.

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Daily Doodle : A Weeks Worth of 'Em

Ok so I have been away this last week which meant the sketches and daily doodles had to fall by the wayside. However I have spent most of the afternoon catching up so presented here are the five doodle for this last week (20th - 24th).

Elephant and Egg 20th April 2015

Fantastic Fox 21st April 2015

Giant 22nd April 2015

Hippo in a Hat 23rd April 2015

Insect Eating an Ice Cream

Close to Pefection, A Peek of Nature and Silbury Hill

Close to Pefection :- Not a lot I can say about this image really. It's simply the sun going down on yet another day with the tide rolling in and out as it always has done. Clockwork. The universe is like one gigantic cog with everything turning, running, spinning and hurtling to a set pattern and time. Our days and years can be set by it and we know when comets and eclipses are going to appear because of the regularity of the cosmos. Mind blowing stuff when you take time to actually stop and think about it. The problem is not many people do stop to think about it as it's all taken for granted. You'll miss it when it's gone.

A Peek of Nature :- I'm always amazed and dumb struck at the human races ability to concrete over Mother Nature. As I was taking this shot it struck me that I was standing where there was once rock pools, seaweed and waves. Then along came some money, an architect and a huge workforce who proceeded to flatten the lot and pour tons of grey ugly concrete over it all. Once it was completed they then stuck a bit of greenery at the top where you can't see it to landscape the area. I found myself almost doing a slow hand clap as I stood staring at this view which was taken in a car park at Brighton Marina. Isn't mankind clever!

Silbury Hill :- This is a grass covered chalk hill in Wiltshire that's actually the largest man-made mound in Europe. This image of mine doesn't do it justice as it is immense in size (30 metres or 98 ft in height and its circular base is 167 metres or 548 ft in diameter) and compares to some of the smaller Egyptian pyramids of the Giza Necropolis. Nobody knows why it was built or what its purpose was for but they do know that it it's prehistoric as it was completed somewhere around 2400 BC and is situated between the standing stones of Avebury and Stonehenge. Silbury Hill is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Misted Mirror, Dissolve and Lower Promenade

Misted Mirror :- A seriously thick sea mist rolled in last week and engulfed most of Brighton and the south coast. I ventured into town with the camera to grab the odd moody shot and decied to walk back along the undercliff walk that runs between the sea and the base of the cliffs. The walk also takes you around the back of Brighton Marina which is where I was when I took this shot. The mist seemed to frame the building in the center quite well and it also appeared to intensify the reflection whilst sucking a lot of the colour out of the scene.

Dissolve :- You know it's a thick fog when the piers on Brighton's famous seafront start to disappear. Normally the frame of the West Pier stands out like a sore thumb but on this occasion it was shrouded in mist and looked very ghostly. At one point it vanished altogether and I sat on the pebbled beach for a whuile and waited until it started to peep through again. The pier was built in 1866 and is (unashamedly) one of my photographic muses. I loved her as a child and still love her now.

Lower Promenade :- Sunnier and warmer times provded me with this shot and image of the western protective arm and wall of Brighton Marina. The sea was relatively calm and still but there was a slight breeze to let you known exactly where you were. The entire structure is a mass of concrete, steel and cables. It's stood its ground and held back the pounding sea since the 1970's but now looks a bit battered and worn in places. It was unusually quiet and devoid of fishermen who normally stand here casting their lines out into the depths. I walked along as far as i could go which was near to the end and then turned around and wandered back again with a great view of Brighton to keep me going.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Landgate, Rocky Beach II and Divine

The Landgate :- This is the mighty and impressive Landgate Arch in Rye, a small town in East Sussex, England. Way back in the annals of time Rye was on an island and the only way to and from the mainland at high tide was through this gate. The Landgate dates from around 1329 (during the reign of Edward III) and is the only surviving one of four original fortified entrances to Rye. It once had strong gates, a drawbridge and a portcullis.

Rocky Beach II :- Everything fell just right for me to take this shot. The tide was out, the light was hitting the chalk of the famous "Seven Sisters" cliffs and wispy clouds were making the sky interesting. It was shot on the beach at Hope Gap which is between Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven. An old set of stone steps (built in the late 70's) connect a dip in the land (the lowest point of the cliff) to the beach. If you get your timing right and get there during low tide the beach offers some of the most tremendous views of Cuckmere Haven and "The Seven Sisters".

Divine :- Not many people get to see the interior of St Bartholomew's Church in Brighton from this view point. The church is open daily to the public but the balcony is closed off via a locked door that's to the side. I got talking to one of the volunteers who was taking care of the church and showing people around that day and they were interested in what I was doing with my camera etc. I said I'd email the shots (once processed) I took that day to the church (which I did) and that they could, if they so wished use them for free on their website etc. Much to my surprise the volunteer asked if I'd like to take some shots from high up on the balcony and proceeded to unlock the door for me. So what you are looking at here is the vast interior space of the church. You'll notice that there are no central supporting pillars nor are there any pillars on either side which add to the feeling of space. The church officially opened on 18th September 1874. Just to give you an idea of size and scale of the church the Byzantine style Baldacchino that you see at the far end is 45 feet (13.71 metres) high. The cross that's on the northern wall above the Baldacchino is 30 feet (9.14 meters) high. The church itself is 170 feet (51.81 meters) in length, 59 feet (17.98 meters) wide and has a height of 135 feet (41.14 meters) to the ridge of the roof.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Watching All, Squared Up and Lone Sheep

Watching All :- It may sound like an odd thing to say but I think brighton's West pier is now more famous and iconic in its ruined state than it ever was when it was actually a fully functioning pier. You can guarantee that every single sundown draws photographers and tourists down to the shoreline to watch the sky light up behind the delicate twisted metal frame. She was built by Eugenius Birch in 1866 and provided entertainment for 109 years until she was finally closed to the public in 1975. She held aloft many stars from the silver screen (Tony Curtis, Laurence Olivier, Roger Moore, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, John Mills, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith and manay many more all trod her boards) and appeared in varius TV programs too. This shot was taken back in February 2015 from on top of an old stone breakwater that runs high up onto the beach.

Squared Up :- An otherwise unispiring bit of 70's architecture transformed into an interesting image due to maintenence work. This is the pedestrian path that runs from Black Rock in Kemptown and joins up with the Undercliff Walk at the back of Brighton Marina. There's also a ramp and set of steps where you can gain access to the Marina itself. As with all designs and architecture that are badly thought out and then added to and / or altered the steps and ramp neatly deliver you straight into a vast car park where you have to negotiate soppers driving in and out of the local supermarket before seeing anything of the marina itself. It's a grey, bland and unispiring place that seems to sucvk the life out of you the minute you walk in. It should be vibrant and colourful but sadly it lacks both those qualities.

Lone Sheep :- I was trying to find an alternative route back to where i'd parked the car when I took this shot back in 2012. I'd decided to take a walk out to The Chattri which is a war memorial built to honour the Indian dead of the First World War. It's in a remote place on the South Downs that's 500 feet above the City of Brighton and near a suburb called Patcham but the only way you can reach it is by foot along a bridleway, through fences and across fields. The path I chose on the way out there was fine at first but I suddenly found the pathway I was on had me striding across an open field which just hapened to be full of young Bulls who were quite agitated and frisky. A couple had already started to pick up speed and come towards me and I found the entire experience rather unnerving to sday the least. I eventually made it safely to The Chattri, paid my respects and took in the scenery. It was then time to make my way back to the car but I didn't fancy taking my chances by going through the bull field again so I searched for different way back which was when I was greeted by this view and the one solitary sheep.

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Daily Doodle : Dancing Duck

Well today's Daily Doodle was going rather jolly well up until I was interupted, concentration broke and coffee was then spilled over the keyboard and drawing slate to my PC. Several minutes ensued of frantic mopping up and cleaning and as far as I can see everything is working ok (ish). Keyboard feels a tad sticky and smells of coffee now (as does my right arm)and for some unknown reason I can now highlight things on screen without trying to(need to get to the bottom of that one). Anyway, returned to the sketch which today was a "Dancing Duck" and managed to finish it without spilling anything else. I need to get a lock fitted on the door ... I hate interuptions when you are "in the zone". Here's the Dancing Duck ...

Chance of Rain, Path & Sign and Count to 10

Chance of Rain :- Low tide in the Cornish village of Mevagissey gave me the chance to nip down onto a small stretch of sand and get among the rocks for this moody shot of the outer harbour. A storm had been threatening to break for a couple of hours but apart from the odd spot of rain it did nothing apart from hang over the sea, harbour and village. This part of England is famous for its tales of smugglers and pirates and Mevagissey has quite a smuggling history. It's streets and roads are narrow and full of twists and turns which enabled the smugglers that operated in the area to give the excisemen (tax collectors) the slip whenever they caught up with them. Mevagissey was famously known for its boat building and the boats it built in the 18th Century (1700's) were capable of making the trip from France to England in a day or less. You can read more about the smugglers here "Smugglers in Cornwall"

Path & Sign :- As I was taking this shot thoughts of the old "Hammer Horror" films from the 70's sprang to mind along with images of Victorian London in the fog and The Slaughtered Lamb Inn from "An American Werewolf in London". It was very eerie up on the path that leads over East Brighton Golf Course from the village of Ovingdean to Whitehawk. A thick sea mist had rolled in and devoured the beach as well as quite a bit of Brighton itself. The sounds were deadened and stifled, the wildlife was still and visibility was reduced to just a few hundred yards. This shot was taken just before the path drops down to the golf house (hidden in the mist). The sign that's silhouetted where the path splits is warning those using the public right of way that it's also a bridleway and that horses are ridden in the area too.

Count to 10 :- Right time, right place. I'd hada hunch that we were in for a decent sunset so threw a few bits in the car and headed down to the beach at Ovingdean Gap. When I got there it didn't look as if it was going to actually do much at all and I was considering packing up and calling it a day when the sky suddenly lit up and Mother Nature put on this staggering display. We are lucky here in Brighton. Because of our position on the south coast we get to see some incredible sunsets over the English Channel. No city skyline or skyscrapers to get in our way here (although soon the City of Brighton will have several large ugly towers thundering skywards from the Marina and the i360 on Brighton seafront). Of all the sunsets that I have witnessed and caught on camera I have to say this one was the most spectacular and it did actually take my breath away. I was also lucky in that it coincided with low tide so got the added bonus of the reflections in the pools left behind.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Daily Doodle : Crazy Cat

Today's given Daily Doodle theme was a Crazy Cat. Didn't really spend any time thinking about this one as I simply jumped in and started sketching to see where I'd end up. This is where it got me...

Fading Front, Well Earned Rest and Thirties Portal

Fading Front :- This was shot just a few days ago on the 13th April 2015 (Monday) during a very heavy sea mist that had rolled in from the English Channel and was smothering Brighton's famous seafront. In this image you can see the beautiful Brighton Bandstand (known as 'The Birdcage') which was designed by Phillip Lockwood and opened in 1884. As I stood there in the damp air on the promenade it suddenly struck me just how unchanged this area is. Stick a few people in Crinoline dresses, bonnets, frock coats and top hats and you'd be hard pushed to guess the year. This then lead me to another train of thought which was wondering just how the 1800's did actually look in colour. We only ever see the odd black and white image and base out knowledge on the architecture and clothes that have managed to survive. On this particular day it was hard to see anything more than a few hundred yeards away as the mist was swallowing everything in its path!

Well Earned Rest :- A black and white image of sundown as seen from the beach in Hove. There's a very different feel and look to everything once you cross from brighton into Hove. WEven the beach takes on a different look and feel. The old Victorian railings are of a different design, the breakwaters aren't the same either. Hove has its own identity which is quite surprsing when you think that apart from a man made border Brighton and Hove simply run into each other. There's a somewhat dreamy quality about this image that I find difficult to put my finger on.

Thirties Portal :- A bright and sunny promenade in Saltdean which is just a few miles East of the city of Brighton. Much of Saltdean village is 1930's built and it's well known for several buildings which were built in an Art Deco / Streamline Modern style. The subway that passes between Saltdean Lido (built in 1938) and the beach has a very 1930's entrance to it. The brickwork is reminiscent of some othe old 1930's tiled fireplace surrounds that I've seen. It's huge, very square and imposing but still retains a certain elegance about it that no longer seems to be required when architects design anything new. The subway was actually built four years before the Lido and was part of a road widening scheme.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Daily Doodle : Bear with Balloon

Ok so here's my second doodle for today which is "Bear with Balloon". The minute I read today's theme I knew everyone would be going the winnie the pooh sort of approach depicting a bear floating up holding a balloon or a bear wlaking along holding a balloon but in my mind I saw things differently and settled down to creating it immediately...

Daily Doodle : Ape in An Apron

Ok. So yesterday I was busy all day and away from my PC which meant I could n't join in with the usual Daily Doodle fun on Twitter. But fear not as I have been busy playing catch up so here's today's first installment which is of yesterday's theme of an ape in an apron. Firth thing that sprang to mind was Gordon Ramsay and his ape like qualities of furrowed brow and throwing his weight around all the time so with that firmly in mind I set about creating my ape. Here he is ...

Underlighting, Broken Breakwater and Colourful Glass

Underlighting :- Even the ugliest of things can make fascinating images if you look at them the right way. This is the section of Marina Way that cuts underneath Marine Drive in Brighton. It's the only way that you can drive in and out of Brighton Marina therefore it's very busy. I had to time the shot between traffic so was there for some time before it all came together. Like the marinia itself this was built in the 1970's ... and it looks it as tt could well be a shot of the interior of Darth Vader's Death Star! So this part is a tunnel but then it's roof acts as a bridge as the main A259 has to run over the top of it.

Broken Breakwater :- An old wooden breakwater stands battered and worn by the elements on the beach at Cuckmere Haven on the south coast of England. This is also the mouth of the Cuckmere Eastuary as it's at this point that the River Cuckmere flows into the English Channel. This is a very famous and well photographed Sussex beauty spot. It's appeared in many TV programs and has been a major film location several times over. The huge white chalk face that you see rising up in the background is the start of the famous series of chalk cliffs known as the Seven Sisters and form part of the South Downs in East Sussex. They stretch between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne.

Colourful Glass :- When you are surrounded by all the grandeur and decadence of the Middle Street Synagogue in Brighton it's easy to overlook the magnificents windows that flank the building on either side. The Synagogue opened in 1875 and is regarded to be Brighton's second most important historic building (the Royal Pavilion is understandably number one). These wonderful windows were made by a company called Campbell Smith & Co who were founded 1873. What's even more remakable is that the company that made these windows is still operational and making top quality things in Fleet, Hampshire. Each set of windows in the Synagogue are unique and the windows featured in this image are located in the ground floor Northern wall.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Daily Doodle : Dragon

Due to the up and coming new season of Game of Thrones today's Daily Doodle subject was a Dragon. The minute I knew what the theme was an image similar to this one popped into my head so I simply went for it. Here it is...

Monday, 13 April 2015

A Man's World, Water Water Everywhere and Pipes

A Man's World :- Before I am accused of giving this image a sexist title let me explain. It's called that because that's exactly what it is as this was shot not far from the of the "Long Man of Wilmingon", a large figure on Windover Hill near Wilmington in East Sussex. This is the view (if he had eyes and was real) that he's woken up to every day since the the 16th or 17th century. The Long Man himself is carved into the hillside and is 69.2 metres or 227 ft tall and holds two "staves" (one in each hand). The large hillside figure is a scheduled ancient monument. Most people point their camera at the "Long Man" (as did I) but I thought it also interesting to take a shot of what he looks out upon, this is his domain and therefore his world.

Water Water Everywhere :- Seriously moody and brooding. The shot looked great in colour too but the minute I saw it as a black and white image I knew I had to go with that approach when processing it. The shot was taken at Ovingdean Gap (near Brighton) at the end of February this year. A heavy storm was rolling in over the English Channel just as the sun was setting and one of the clouds was unleashing its watery payload over the sea. I managed to negotiate my way out over the slippery rocks exposed at low tide and crouched down to maximise the reflection of the sky in the water. The final image was far more dramatic than i could have hoped for.

Pipes :- Organ pipes to be precise. Usually things like these are tucked away behind false walls or a door or as is more often the case they are high up on a balcony somewhere and far out of reach. I was surprised to find these ones at ground level and at the side one of the aisles of Buckfast Abbey in Buckfast, Devon. Unfortuantely I didn't get to hear them so cannot tell you what it feels like to be standing next to them as the sound thunders out but I was pleased to get this shot.

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