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This morning it was foggy (misty?) by the River Mersey
View from the bridge over The Mersey. No ferry here...
The fog was heavier in some places rather than others.
Likewise the pylon
Anyway, enough of this Victorian painterly aesthetic. I prefer harsh. Like this truncated bridge... Something about the eyes! It is the opposite end of the truncated structure in the previous photo but one.
Under the M60 bridge, things were less dreamlike. Or maybe not... Bad Bees
Bad Bees M60 bridge
Spiders' webs were showing clearly. This is f/2.8 with bonus not-so-creamy bokeh
Likewise (f/2.8). Weeds. Dead Ragged Robin? Strands of spiders' webs too
The river is relatively quiet at the moment, but debris from flooding can be seen several metres above the current waterline (probably from last year). The debris seems to be mainly supermarket plastic bags, or maybe they just catch on the branches easiest. After a storm a couple of months ago, the river rose frighteningly quickly and the weir further down was flowing backwards, upstream! If The Dog had fallen in, nothing would have saved him from the torrent. Noisy too.
Debris, high water mark
Some things don't really change... Gorsey Bank Park, a former (seemingly unlamented) housing estate is being turned into an industrial estate... plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. It is still an estate, just with a different adjective (although technically it is becoming a "business park", obviously a step-up (lol) ie "The Aurora Business Park"). In between estates it was a park/open space.
At the entrance to Gorsey Bank Park. Framed
Behind the wall, the next phase is underway. With some colourful graffiti not very colourful in this B+W shot...
Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 17-35 f/2.8
I particularly like the Nikkor AF-S 17-35 f/2.8. It is good for people and places. It is getting rare to find one now - I don't think they are made any more. The 'fast' f/2.8 is being negated by higher ISO speeds in newer cameras, and some would argue the necessity of f/2.8 on such a wide-angle. Let's just say depth of field for when it is needed. It is also quite heavy, being built like a tank. These lenses have survived war-zones.
On a full frame camera though, I think it is almost perfect. But what do I know? (ooh, passive aggresive).
PP'd in a combination of Lightroom/Silver Efex 2 and Photoshop*. For some reason I didn't enable lens corrections, even though I have the profiles.
*Adobe software is the sole reason I have Windows (Win7) on a computer (even that is running in a virtual machine despite graphics card issues) . I know there are Linux alternatives but I have an archive going back to 2003 with non destructive edits. I'll not touch Win10 (aka "Slurp" with a bargepole. However, I am slowly learning "Darktable" , a very capable FOSS alternative to Lightroom
These are some photos of Elina and her youngest child aged 3. Elina and her 3 children were 'temporarily' housed in this one room flat 18 months ago by Newham Council (they were living in the London Borough of Newham). The temporary housing is in Welwyn Garden City, approximately 20kms from the London Borough of Newham. More details can be found on Kate Belgrave's site 'This is how you and your kids can expect to live if you lose your home'
Elina shares the room with her 3 children
The hallway is full of children's buggys, there were just as many behind me. There is no space in the flats. The front door entry system is broken and buggys get stolen. At night people come in and drink and make noise on the stairs which is intimidating.
Elina and her youngest in their room.
Doll There was just enough space to show me her doll.
This is part of an ongoing series that Kate Belgrave is working on. Expect more...
Here are some photos I shot at the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group (KUWG) weekly action outside Kilburn jobcentre (they meet every Thursday, see the site for details).
Really? Kilburn Jobcentre takes the piss
The Jocentre Plus at Kilburn is having a laugh. Read more at Kate Belgrave asking what exactly are jobcentres for which happens to be about this particular jobcentre.
There is some surreal shit here too
Out of order Out of order...
Watching me watching you
Kate has written about this remarkable group of people and the incredible help and support they offer, so do a search and read more.
Some of the group
KUWG banner KUWG banner
And finally, just in case it hasn't clicked, read the following sign. It doesn't of course say who gets paid for the work, just 'making work pay'. Which of course, sounds chillingly like a play on 'work makes free'.
Making work pay...
I'm thinking workfare, sanctions and the whole shitfest surrounding benefits at the moment. Really, they should put that sign over the door and be done with it.
Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 17-35 f/2.8, fill flash
Soup kitchen reality - The UK in May 2015.
The people dining and the workers were happy to have their photos taken during breakfast at a Weymouth soup kitchen
Background to the visit and photos can be found in an article by Kate Belgrave 'Social security and voting Tory'.
All photos taken with a Nikon D800E with a Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f/2.8, natural light (no flash), all ISO 3200, f/3.5, zoom between 58-70mm, speeds between 1/160 to 1/400 second ie:
1. 58mm 1/200
2. 66mm 1/160
3. 60mm 1/320
4. 62mm 1/400
No noise reduction, some minor post production and cropping in Photoshop.
Still testing the Nikon D750 and where better than familiar places? Have sorted the metering and exposure compensation anyway.
Thames Path, just around the corner from The Cutty Sark. There is a little beach that becomes enormous when the tide is out. One of The Dog's favourite locations too! Mainly because of the half buried tyres which he pulls from the sand with brute force (example below). Think of those shoulder muscles. And teeth!
This post starts with blue and finishes with blue. Sand in the middle.
Mud and tiles
Tyre half buried
Shadows and a view of the breakers yard behind
Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f/2.8
Some old favourites from Nunhead Cemetery.
No arms, no head
Lucky to get anything really. I was testing a Nikon D750 and hadn't got it setup right. Spot metering and -1+1/3 EV exposure compensation. Ho hum...
All photos taken with an AF-S Nikkor 17-35 f/2.8