Fishponds Road

In my mind, I conceived standing in the middle of a road junction at night, and taking a long-exposure shot of passing traffic using a fisheye lens, so the traditional streaky light trails would be curved in interesting ways. I headed over to the junction between Fishponds Road and Downend Road and stood by the […]

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Heavenly bodies

No, sorry. This is another post about astronomy. What were you expecting?* 😉 I wrote recently about my new fisheye lens. But finding out that their original name was whole-sky lenses inspired me to have another go at making star trails with this lens. It took about three hours to expose. I also took a […]

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Stars at night

As the title suggests, this photo is of stars at night – but not as we know them! This photo was taken using a cardboard cut-out bokeh filter. It shows a view down Fishponds Road with an illuminated traffic bollard in the foreground, and the shops on Straits Parade in the distance.

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The night sky

This photo was composed from 329 exposures, each of 30 seconds, for a total of nearly three hours of shooting. It’s a view of the night sky over Bristol, looking generally northwards (all the stars rotate around the pole star Polaris, remember?). I think it’s beautiful.

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Taking pictures of the night sky

I recently moved from a flat in Kingswood to a house in Fishponds, on the very outskirts of Bristol. It overlooks the massive Oldbury Court Estate, which shortly gives way to the countryside. Compared with Kingswood, there is hardly any visible light pollution here – at least to my urban-accustomed eyes. Back in Kingswood the […]

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My first medium format negative

I’ve recently taken an interest in medium format photography. Aside from the “disastrous” first roll, this is the first picture I’m pleased with it. My Conway camera doesn’t have a tripod socket so this long exposure (probably about 15 seconds) was taken by holding the camera tightly against my balcony railings. Unfortunately I knocked it […]

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An evening view

The other night, I saw a strange cloud formation at a weather front forming around sunset. I rushed to get my camera to capture it before it disappeared. The result of my haste is a pretty poor picture of a weather front, but I like it because of the way the fish eye lens curves […]

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