It’s The Little Things… Maelstrom!


I’ve always said there’s no such thing as getting lost. There’s going the quick way and then there’s going the scenic way. Hence today, while avoiding the holiday traffic on my way home from work I ended up in Sharpness Docks. Somewhere I haven’t been for years. The last time I was here I was delivering 30 tonnes of clinker and didn’t / couldn’t hang about.

The port lies on the banks of the River Severn and is one of the most inland ports in Britain and is the 8th biggest in the South West… (Um, don’t want to be picky but is being 8th biggest in a region of a country a boast?) Anyway I digress… Again!

What was impressive was the lock system, the tidal range at Sharpness is from 10-14 meters (Normal Spring to High Spring… look at me getting all technical!  *whispers* thanks Wiki!) That’s 36-43 ft… FFS! That’s a huge amount of water!

It was low tide when I was there and the sluice gates of the front locks were openDSC_8764-Pano.jpg

And there was a shed load* of water being released under pressure. That, I can promise you, is something to see!

*a valid unit of measure

The I.T.L.T. (my project now has an acronym!) image is a 1/6th sec exposure of the plume of one of the sluices.

Manual 365/173 Cheating Mother Hubbard!

Now, I have to admit, this is the past me pre writing my blog because I know that tonight (Tomorrow night in this world) I’m going to have trouble posting, be it down to tinternet or copious amounts of beer or just being worn out because of a strenuous day at work … I’ll let you take your pick. But, because the blog is so important to me and I was fortunate to get another shot I like yesterday (today) I’ve had the sense to write the blog last night (tonight) and save as a draft so all I’ve got to do, in my exhausted state, is press the button.

And voila… The Somerset Monument!

DSC_3164-Edit.jpgErected in memory of Lord Robert Edward Henry Somerset bit of a handy Fella at the Battle of Waterloo apparently and dominating the landscape on the edge of the cotswolds in Hawksbury, on the Gloucester / Wiltshire border.

Past Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/91 More Rama

I could add a “D” but I won’t… So “Pano” it is then!


Revisit to Birdlip this afternoon and 5 shots blended using Photoshop and edited in Lightroom and a mahoosive 45.5mb of image. I can’t help feel that I need more sky in it though… And it needs to be printed!

And to all my work colleagues who got a card thrust into their hands earlier… Hello, you are obligated to click all the links below! And unfortunately Quedgeley is just off to the left.





I also have new glass so Focalthingys… um… focalthingy now stretches from 18 to 300mm… My oh my, what fun* am I going to have with that?

DSC_0450-Edit.jpg300mm @ f/13, 1/10sec. ISO100

*long distance photos of churches**

**That’s just weird!


Peace Peeps and thanks Grandad! x





Manual 365/56 Dear Doctor Foster…

Gloucester City have offered the following statement:

“Whilst we sympathise with Dr Foster for his misfortune we feel that the integrity of this fair city need to be defended; Let it be known that there were a number of factors that were not mentioned in the original claim made in the Gloucester and Forest Herald. Namely, Dr Fosters’ demure stature contributed to his predicament and that due to central government cuts “category 1” potholes can now have a depth of 1.1 meters and must be repaired by the 38th Julember in all cases. It was unfortunate that Dr Foster chose to stop at the The Air Balloon Public House for (confirmed by signed affidavits) 3 pints of Guinness with Gin chasers and a large brandy “For the road” before carrying on. If Dr Foster had checked he also would have been aware that at this particular time of year was renowned for being a bit rainy. *rainy season in Gloucester runs from January 1st through December 31st

And finally, Gloucester City used to run a bus service to Cirencester which would have elevated the need for Dr Foster to be walking but, due to the number of wheels being nicked, this route had been suspended. Gloucester City can not be held responsible for this fact.”

Gloucester and into Wales From BirdlipDSC_7769.jpgFL 18mm @ f/22, 1/40 sec, ISO 100 (With tripod and 10 sec delay to stop camera shake)

Ah, the return of The Golden Hour! It’s been a long time coming but this lovely crisp cold snap we’re experiencing is great for it. I will admit that todays shots are from yesterday and apologise for yesterdays weak effort but the internet connection in the hotel was non existent and I haven’t the patience or mobile plan to be uploading photos over 3G.

DSC_7861.jpgBelted Galloway’s (Little bit of politics) FL 18mm @ f/8.0, 1/40 sec, ISO 100

DSC_7877.jpgGeorgie FL 55mm@ f/8,0, 1/40sec, ISO 100

And, cause I like the star burst effect of a really tight aperture my f/22 @ 1/640 sec…DSC_7775.jpgI’ve converted to B&W because the rest of the picture was under exposed and the greens looked bloody awful and I think the shadows work.

Peace Peeps! x