Walk in the fog

December 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This morning it was foggy (misty?) by the River Mersey

Foggy River MerseyFoggy River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

View from the bridge over The Mersey. No ferry here...

 

The fog was heavier in some places rather than others.

Truncated railway bridge, person walking pastTruncated railway bridge, person walking pastWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Spectral

 

Likewise the pylon

Pylons in the mist, Mersey Vale Nature ReservePylon in the mist, Mersey Vale Nature ReserveWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

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 trucated structure in the previous photo but one.

Barricade, bastion, defense? No. A truncated railway bridgeBarricade, bastion, defense? No. A truncated railway bridgeWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Sentinal bridge

 

Under the M60 bridge, things were less dreamlike. Or maybe not... Bad Bees

M60 bridge with sihouette and Bad Bees graffitiM60 bridge with sihouette and Bad Bees graffitiWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Bad Bees M60 bridge

 

Spiders' webs were showing clearly. This is f/2.8 with bonus not-so-creamy bokeh

Spiders' webs, M60 bridge, River MerseySpiders' webs, M60 bridge, River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Webs

 

Likewise (f/2.8). Weeds. Dead Ragged Robin? Strands of spiders' webs too

Weeds, M60 bridge, River MerseyWeeds, M60 bridge, River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Weeds

 

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.

Flood debris, River MerseyFlood debris, River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

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.

Gorsey Bank Park, StockportGorsey Bank Park, StockportWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

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...

Gorsey Bank building worksGorsey Bank building worksWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Gorsey Bank

 

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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 on a computer. I know there are Linux alternatives but I have an archive going back to 2003 with non destructive edits. They aren't even friendly to a virtual machine (graphics card issues) so I have to keep a working Windows environment into which I dual boot if required. Win 7 too, I'll not touch Win 10 with a bargepole


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