Manual 365/213.5 The Motorway Footpath

A group of lads cycling across the Severn Bridge asked the hung over photographer to get a shot of them with their phones so he took the opportunity to get a panorama too. Cheers Fellas!DSC_7564-Pano-Edit.jpgPeace Peeps!


Manual 365/46 Wings Stay On, Wings Fall Off…

You can thank Gary Larson for the title; I’ll try and hunt down the offending cartoon for the end of the blog.

A long and tiring day with not many chances for shooting but we were lucky to; one, deviate slightly from our expected route and make land fall over the UK via Portland and Chesil Beach. Two, The weather back home was clear and crisp so I could see the afore mentioned places and three, I had a window seat thanks to the kindness of a fellow passenger who gave up her seat for an empty row in front.

The pictures aren’t that clear due to shooting through glass and the reluctance of the pilot to let me step outside. But I have cleaned them up in Lightroom a bit.

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I’m not sure of the horizon distance at 36,000 feet but I do know that sometimes it’s little observations on a massive scale that can change an entire viewpoint. I little while after taking the above picture I was trying to get a bearing on where we were so that I could get a shot in the general direction of home. (About 30 miles North Eastish of Portland) I saw a built up area I thought was Dorchester… It wasn’t, it was Bristol. I know it was Bristol because I got the following shot.

DSC_6982Flickr Link: The Severn Crossings

And if I craned a look back I could see Portland in the retreating distance but I would need the largest fish eye lens ever and an end of wing seat for that shot!

The time between each shot was 11 minutes, that trip by car would take in excess of 2 hrs on a good day. 30 minutes later we were landing in Manchester and it took just over 3 1/2 hours to eventually get back home to Wiltshire.

The world is such a massive tiny place!

Tech details, both shot in manual mode using my stock 18-55mm lens, I have cropped both pictures and cleaned up in lightroom but no graduated filters have been used. Both shots taken at f/18, 1/60th sec, ISO 100. RAW files are available, PM me on my Facebook link or email me at

And as promised, the offending cartoon!


No link for this one but Google Gary Larson if you don’t know his work. He’s brilliant and I think about him every time I get on a plane!

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Manual 365/8 – 235 Years and Not Going Anywhere

I managed to grab an hour around Ironbridge as promised and with the swollen river and bright sun it was an hour well spent.


I often hear that it’s a bad idea to shoot around mid day, no matter what the time of year because the light is so harsh but with it so cloudy lately I’m afraid that I had to make good with the time I had.

I was impressed with the town and it’s obvious that a lot of time and care is taken of the historical remnants and there are a number of museums dotted around. I must admit though I avoided these because I didn’t want to get pictures of what was. I wanted to get pictures of what is.

Iron Bridge

Lime Kiln


I love the order of the brick and the random in the stone in this picture. Also, I took this with my lens set at 50mm and moved me rather than the zoom to get the shot I liked, It took me 4 attempts but eventually I got there!

And a shout out to Coalbrookdale, the engine behind Ironbridge!

The Gear By The Old Foundry

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It’s strange, all the time I was walking around the town snapping away like a right tourist I had the thought going through my head; These are just trophies, folly to be admired after the creators are dust but immortalised in iron and stone, lucky to have been written into history with the blood and tears of the many.

The soot, the grime, has long been washed away, the squalor and dirt removed by the passage of time and as we sit, worrying about the fears of today, take a moment and remember; we all matter so much more than those poor souls mattered to their pioneering industrialist masters but without their sacrifices we wouldn’t be where we are today…

Over the next few weeks I have decided I’m going to Tolpuddle…

General location of Decapitated Teddies Pictures

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Info on Ironbridge -> “I only wanted to get to the pub” – Abraham Darby the 3rd 1779

Info on Coalbrookdale -> “Well, if we’re out of wood try burning the coke! It’s bloody freezing in here!” Abraham Darby Gold Medal Winner (The 1st) 1709

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