Posts in Category: Cityscape

Clifton Suspension Bridge

This is a photo of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which sits across the Avon Gorge.The bridge spans 214 meters and is supported by two 26 meter high towers. At high tide, the bridge sits at 76 meters above the water. The bridge opened in 1864 and links Clifton to Leigh woods in North Somerset.

Clifton Observatory

Dating back to 1766 the Clifton Observatory, which sits on top of the Avon Gorge, gives fantastic views of the suspension bridge and the surrounding ares. The observatory was originally a windmill that was used to grind corn but was later adapted to grind snuff; the Observatory then became known as Snuff Mill.

In 1777 the mill caught fire, this was caused by the sails being left to turn during a gale and the equipment overheating. The mill was then left derelict for about 50 years until a Bristol based artist, William West, rented it for his studio in 1828. William West was responsible for transforming the building into what we see today, he installed a large telescope on top of the mill turning into an observatory. In 1829 the telescope was replaced by convex lens and sloping mirror which is known as the camera obscura; this still works today. Light travels through the lens and is reflected vertically down by the mirror onto a table which gives a true image of the surrounding area.

William west also built a cave below the observatory which leads to a viewing platform in the cliff face about 250 feet above the base of the Gorge. The cave, known as Giant’s cave was opened to the public in 1837 and is still accessible today.

Pero’s Bridge

This is a shot looking towards Millennium Square from Pero’s Bridge in Bristol City Centre. The big wheel is only there for a short time and I was able to frame it between the two horns of the bridge. This was taken at pedestrian rush hour but the long exposure has rendered almost all of the people invisible.

Bristol Night Lights

This is a photo taken from a recent photo walk with Frui and professional photographer Jimmy Watkins, There was a group of six of us and we met at Zero Degrees; our first stop was at the top of a multi-story car park which gave a great view towards the city centre. After some coaching and a few shots it was on to our next location which was at the bottom of Park Street where there were plenty of images to be had if you looked for them. It was a great experience and an enjoyable evening spending time with other photographers.


Flying High

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Mall Street

It feels like the wet weekends are never ending at the moment in Bristol UK so I thought I would use it to my advantage. This is a shot on one of the walkways that leads into Cabot Circus, a shopping mall in the city. Some of it is under cover so that helps with not getting the camera wet!!! I liked how the colours form the signs and shop window reflected on the wet paving. This shot was hand held, ISO 6400, f/8 and SS 1/200.

The Park Bench

This photo was taken during a walk around Brandon Hill in Bristol. The park is home to the famous Cabot Tower and has some wonderful views across the city. The two friends were talking and sitting on the bench and enjoying one of the views.

Liquid Colour

This photo was taken in Millennium Square in Bristol, it is a modern water feature and I likes how it reflected the colours of the surrounding lights. The camera was on a tripod and a shutter speed of 2 seconds was used to make sure the cascade of water was sufficiently blurred to produce the abstract effect.

Bristol Heritage

This shot was taken at Bristol Docks during a heritage weekend. People were re-enacting how the docks used to work. Some of the dock cranes were in action and you had the opportunity to take a look inside. Health and safety was clearly not invented back then as you had to work around large unguarded cogs and pulleys, I wouldn’t want to argue with them as they looked like they could take your arm off without a second thought! The other thing that struck me was the amount of thick black smoke that the cranes were pumping into the air, now that was pollution!

Tall Ship

I took a visit to Bristol City Docks as there was a tall ship moored there. I waited until the sun went down to try and capture the colours in the sky (from blue to red). My aim was also to get a silhouette of the ship which also cut out a lot of the clutter around the dock area. Although it is a relatively low key image the ship and dock cranes are easily identifiable.