#315 – Lucerne to Zurich Express

A recent business trip to Switzerland resulted in the opportunity to use the countries railway system to get to the airport. I’d never  been to Switzerland before but knew that the Swiss railway network, ran like the clockwork mechanisms the Swiss are famous for. And indeed, it did, everything ran bang on time, the trains were clean…

#313 – The Duke of Lancaster’s New Clothes

Seeing the Duke of Lancaster from the road for the first time is a bit of a surreal experience. The North Wales coast road is a fairly uninteresting drive as coast roads go, you can rarely if ever see the sea, and the road is a frustrating affair of dual carriageways, single carriage ways, roundabouts,…

#274 – Le Havre Panoramas

A belated follow up to the Southampton Panoramas from a few weeks back! I must admit to being not entirely happy with the composition of either, the top one has nothing at the right hand side to balance out the building and quay on the left, while the lower one has no space to the…

#272 – Olympic Park Abstracts 2 – The Orbit

More Olympic fun. I found the Orbit fascinating to look at, just a pity that there were no tickets available to go in it. The red on blue here has worked well, especially as I have my Fuji X10 in ‘Velvia’ simulation mode, which really saturates the colours. I hop that the orbit will be…

#271 – Olympic Park Abstracts 1 – The Velodrome

OK so they’re not really abstracts as such as you can probably tell what they are, but I took these like this as it was hard to get an interesting picture of the whole thing in many instances. All with the Fuji X10, the prospect of hauling an SLR round all day, as well as…

#270 – Southampton Panorama

One of the features that I’m really enjoying on the Fuji X10 is the sweep panorama function. You can set this to 120, 180 and 360 degree sweeps, but I do find it a little frustrating to use. As I always do 120 or 180 sweeps, it can be a little hit and miss as to…

#269 – Mechanical Funscape 2

These images are variations on the same theme as the image in the last post. As before, the black and white treatment has brought out the texture of the slightly corroded, painted surfaces of the steelwork. By removing the distraction of colour, the shapes are now far more prominent as are things like the repeating…

#268 – Mechanical Funscape 1

Engineers have turned their attention to all manner of things, developing machines to serve us in many ways – for example, to feed us, transport us, clean us, kill us, and in the photograph above, to frighten the living $&%! out of us. Camelot is Chorley’s own theme park, and about ten minutes from my…

#256 – Great North Steam Fair – 3

The thing I like about Beamish is that despite it being a museum, it all feels real. Unlike Disney, who manage to suck the life out of everything in their sterile make-believe theme parks, everything at Beamish is real, and not only that, most of the buildings existed elsewhere before being taken apart and re-sited…