Walsall Night Panorama – Take 1….

Click to view in FlickrI’m still waiting for ideal conditions to capture a night-time version of my Walsall Panorama. To capture at the highest possible quality, and with maximum depth of field, requires exposure times of anything up to 5 minutes per frame, and at least 6 frames are needed to create a decent sized stitch. This calls for really calm conditions, as the slightest gust of wind can vibrate the camera and tripod just enough to render a shot too blurred to be used. Any trees in shot will also be rendered blurred as they blow about in the breeze. I was going to give it a go tonight, but upon stepping out onto the balcony I realised the breeze was a little too stiff for my liking. While I was out there I fired off a few test shots anyway, at lower resolution settings than I’d use to capture an A1 image. This is the result – its by no means perfect, but as a first attempt I’m rather pleased with it . . . .

A full size version of the image (which is very large) can be seen HERE……

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Lest We Forget . . . .

Thursday 6th June 2013

I spotted this grave a while ago, whilst visiting a departed friend of mine in Bloxwich Cemetery. I thought it was only right to return there today to pay my respects to Sapper Jenkinson. He, and his brothers in arms, laid down their lives for our freedom. I for one will never forget that . . . .View In Flickr

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”

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Fishwatching . . . .

Tuesday 4th June 2013

My stroll around Park Lime Pits today included a gentle blast from the past – teenagers swinging out over the lake on a rope swing, and swimming. With that, and the footpaths and steps becoming slightly overgrown at the moment, the place really did resemble its 1970’s self for a while…….

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Some of these fish are over a foot long

Anyway, I headed over to my usual quiet spot beside the small pool.

Approaching the spot through the trees, stealthily, I spotted a large shoal of Bream, with a few Roach tagging along for the ride. I love watching fish cruising along the pool, just below the surface – I could watch for hours, and usually do.

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Believe it or not, this is a pike.

Theres also a sizeable Pike which patrols the margins, but he’s a wily old creature. The slightest movement or vibration from the bank sends him scuttling off into the depths. The best shot I’ve managed to get of him is nothing more than a fuzzy, Pike-shaped blob. I’ll persevere though . . . . .

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Help For Heroes Hero Ride

Sunday 2nd June 2013

Saw this whilst walking towards St. James’s Park from Green Park on Sunday. Over 1000 cyclists ! ! ! !

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Sunny Sunday in The City . . . . .

Sunday 2nd June 2013 . . . .

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A very sunny afternoon for our stroll around the city today. Taking the Northern line south from Brent Cross, and changing onto the Victoria line at Euston, we soon arrived at Green Park. We were here to see and photograph the Bomber command memorial, situated at the Hyde Park end of the park, and it was quickly located. It is a magnificent monument, a very fitting tribute to the brave men of Bomber Command.

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park

A short walk along Constitution hill brought us to Buckingham Palace, where we were just in time to watch the start of a charity cycle ride in aid of Help For Heroes – over 1000 cyclists. It was an unforgettable sight.

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

Help For Heroes Cycle Ride

By now we were getting hungry – it was time to head for Snax and Costa Coffee, both close to Embankment tube station, for lunch. So familiar am I with the city now that our route was both short and direct – I’m a Brummy Cockney nowadays !!!!

Walking through St. James’s park and The Mall allowed me to fire off a few shots with the 5D ……

London Eye From St. James Park

London Eye From St. James Park

 

Buckingham Palace From St. James Park

Buckingham Palace From St. James Park

Buckingham Palace From St. James Park

Buckingham Palace From St. James Park

Nelson's Column

Nelson’s Column

Tank Memorial, London

Tank Memorial, London

After eating lunch in the Victoria Embankment Gardens we headed for The Strand – we wanted to locate and snap the disused tube station at Aldwych. On the way we paid a flying visit to the courtyard of Somerset House, where we watched youngsters dodging the fountains.

Somerset House, London

Somerset House, London

Somerset House, London

Somerset House, London

Somerset House, London

Somerset House, London

Aldwych station took a little spotting – it was situated further along the Strand than We’d expected.  It’s an eerie sight – looking like it was boarded up just yesterday. Hopefully we’ll be able to view the station on a guided tour, run by the London Transport Museum, pretty soon.

Strand - Disused Underground Station

Aldwych (Strand) Tube station entrance

A walk around Covent Garden, trying to locate a pub I’d visited 4 years ago, proved fruitless, so we adjourned to the Marquess Of Anglesey for a swift cock-a-knee pint …….

Phone Boxes, Covent Garden

Obligatory Phone box shot, Covent Garden . . .

A quick stroll to Leicester Square tube station brought our day to a close – the good old Northern Line delivered us back to the car at Brent Cross quickly and safely ……

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Walsall Arboretum Panorama

Friday 31st May 2013

Walsall Arboretum

Walsall Arboretum Panorama. Click anywhere on the photo to View Full Screen…..

A much, much larger version can be viewed HERE…..

Panoramic image of Walsall Arboretum lake, showing the Boathouse and Bandstand, bathed in late afternoon sun.

The image is a stitch of 8 photographs, Taken with a Canon 5D at 50mm, and processed using the PTGui image stitching plugin in Aperture.

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