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Shot from Charlton Road, overlooking the A102 Blackwall Tunnel approach. The Olympic Stadium is already staring to disappear behind new developments (view full-size, squint and you might see the top of it just to the left of the Orbit). At some point I guess we can expect the Millennium Dome to get similarly obscured.
Here’s a similar view from 2010:
No buildings on the Peninsula between Dome and Greenwich Millennium Village, no cable car, no sign of the Olympic developments. I just wish the 2010 shot included the “eco” Sainsbury’s which has since been demolished (unthinkable at the time).
Putting this together tells me I should a) get a long lens for my Fuji, b) take these more often (and catalogue them better in my archives).
A great weekend in Lille, travelling by Eurostar from Ebbsfleet International (about which I could get quite evangelical – for its convenience, if not its glamour and sophistication: the train left Lille Europe at 17.36 local time on the way home and we got into our house in SE7 at 18.20).
I visited France a lot as a child and – a bit like with camping the previous weekend – couldn’t imagine at the time that I wouldn’t do so regularly forever, but then through my 20’s and 30’s hardly went at all. It felt good to be back there, and to see my daughter discover Orangina, waffles, pain au chocolat, and all those things that are readily available in London but somehow much better in France. Paris next year, I think.
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I’ll win no prizes for composition with these shorts (nor probably for depth-of-field control), but I’m very much enjoying what I can do with the Fuji X-T10 with a 35mm f1.4 lens on the front.
These shots from an excellent camping trip to a pine forest somewhere outside Battle in East Sussex this weekend just gone.
All shot on an iPhone 6s+, then processed in Snapseed iOS app. Here follows the magic formula* for B&W conversion in Snapseed:
- Contrast +10%
- Drama +20% (don’t be put off when you open this filter and find it defaulted to a deeply unpleasant 90%)
- Convert to Black & White: ‘Neutral’
- Apply a colour filter in the Black & White conversion filter, to taste
- Warmth +8%
- Vignette: to taste, depending how cluttered your corners are
- Frame: whatever (but here’s something I have learnt: the more film-like the frame I use, the more I regret it later).
*Not a magic formula, obviously; but a useful shortcut, hopefully. All values above approximate.
The former Mersey Ferry MV Royal Iris, moored on the Thames next to Second Floor Studios & Arts on the Woolwich/Charlton borders. There’s a group hoping to ‘Save the Royal Iris‘ and return her to the Mersey; I wish them luck, but it’s difficult to be optimistic looking at her current state.
The burst of summer that came with the start of May has turned into something a bit more standard: sunshine, showers, and a stiff, cool breeze.
The last couple of days have taken me along the South Bank, and also into the odd, quiet backwater of Surrey Docks. If there’s a more dispiriting example of dockland ‘regeneration’ than that at Canada Water, I don’t want to go there. Decathlon and BHS arranged alongside, but largely ignoring, the water; their car park dominating the area; a token sculpture representing the area’s past. The coots looked happy enough, swimming in and out of the reed bed, I suppose.