This shot was taken at Kings Weston House in Bristol. Kings Weston House is a grade 1 listed building and was completer in 1917 and was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and was the home of Edward Southwell. During World War 1 the house was converted to a hospital. In 1935 the house was bought by the Bristol Municipal Charities and leased to the education authorities to be used a s a school. It went on to be Bristol Technical College of Architecture which later went on to be Bath University School for Architecture. During the following years the house was used for a verity of functions including a police training centre. The house is now used for conferences, weddings and private events, there is also a cafe which is open to the public and lovely walks around the surrounding estate.
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.
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.
This is a photo of Corfe Castle in Purbeck,Dorset. This shot was taken just after 0600 as I wanted to try and catch some early morning mist. My day started at 04:45 which gave me time to drive to the village and climb a near by hill for a good vantage point. A good pair of waling boots were in order as the side of the hill was very steep with loose stones on the way up amd it was at this point that I discovered how unfit I really am. After climbing what felt like a mountain and fighting through the gorse bushes, thorns and putting up with the constant bombardment of flies I finally found my spot.
This photo was taken during sunrise at Saltford Marina, which is located between Bristol and Bath. Although it can be hard work getting up early on a Sunday morning, the results can be worth it. Add the bonus of enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside before most other people are stirring, and you end up with a nice relaxed morning, albeit a little cold at this time of the year!
The camera was on a tripod and triggered by a wireless remote to help prevent camera shake, 1/50 sec @ f/11, ISO 100.
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.
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.
It was by pure good fortune that I stumbled upon this poppy field. You would not see it if you were travelling by car as it is well hidden by an established country road hedge. So I set my alarm for 4am in a bit to capture the first light of the sun raking across the top of the poppies. Sunrise was at 5am but the clouds did not let the sun through until about 6am. I still managed to capture the glow of the sun hitting the poppies. I didn’t want to go for single poppy shots; I wanted to show the carpet of red leading up to the house in the distance.
I decided to go for a drive to Severn Beach to get some photos of the Severn Crossing. It was not quite the sunset of the previous days but I didn’t let that put me off. I did have black and white in mind but thought the colour version was good. It kind of feels monochromatic and I particularly like the texture in the foreground against the smooth sweeping line of the bridge.
I decided to take a walk along the docks on a nice cloudy evening. The original plan was to go the Lloyds Bank Amphitheatre to take some black and white photos. When arrived, there were too many skate boarders and other people milling around so I decided to take a walk along the opposite bank. Toward the end of the docks, near the SS Great Britain, is a fairly new development of apartments with lots of glass. This is where I ended up and I liked the cool colours in the glass contrasting with the warm colours of the setting sun reflecting off of the brooding clouds.