Industrial Essex

From the (slightly muddy) banks of Vange Creek looking towards the jumbled industrial detrius of the London Gateway Terminal and Old Corringham Refinery is this somewhat gloomy but busy view across the marshes.

EDIT:- Just noticed that the boat is called the ‘Pescadora’ which is Spanish for Fisherwoman, or Fisherman’s Wife. Not sure why I thought that was worth pointing out, but………

Industrial Essex

The Long Road Home

Had a play with the TriggerTrap Mobile app on the way home from work last night.   Haven’t played with it for a while and it’s a lot more stable than it used to be now, having suffered just one crash (of the application) on the whole trip.  This I suspect was caused mostly by me covering 50m quicker than the iPhone could cope with taking and saving a photo.

Triggertrap was set to Distance Lapse rather than time lapse, triggering a capture every 50m or so.  In practice, some images were captured well within 50m of the previous one and some were considerably further apart.  Again, I don’t think this is a Triggertrap issue, more down to the phone, and Location services being able to keep up with the speed of change.

Anyhow, I managed an impressive 978 shots before the battery died, some 5 miles short of home.  Assembled at 10 fps, the resultant video looks like this.  I did originally have a Kasabian track as the background – it worked well to give a sense of frenzied drive around the M25.  Unfortunately YouTube didn’t like it for copyright reasons so I swapped it out for something royalty free.  It really changes the whole tone of the film though (have a look at the Flickr version for the original soundtrack).

Big Billy

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Having a bit of a sort through some of the (disappointingly few) photo’s I’ve taken this year and found this one of Big Bill, who last made an appearence in the 52 week theme for HDR.  The snow had gone, but returned with a vengance again this week.

Week 2 – Autumn

Right, week 2 and I found myself struggling. There doesn’t seem to be many trees about at the moment with Autumnal Leaves. Everything’s still pretty green. Additionally, whilst out and about most of the fields in darkest Essex have been ploughed, and whilst Autumna, aren’t that inspiring.

So, with options 1 and 2 out of the window (and with it a chance to improve my landscape shots) I was forced indoors again for the second week running.

With some help from the wife and kids I acquired some conkers (or chestnuts to the young and PC brigade) which inspired these. Hopefully it doesn’t look like they were just plonked on the bar indoors and next time I will take some setup shots to accompany the explanation.

Autumn - Week 2

Autumn - Week 2

Autumn - Week 2

A strange flower in a garden devoid of flora

Strange Flower

Whilst out in the garden I was surprised to find this. Surprised mostly because our garden is utterly devoid of Flora with the exception of our neighbours Ivy and some weedy grass. No idea what kind of flower it is and never have I seen one like it before. The Stamen are shaped like some sort of Alien Helicopter and the flies seem to like it, as do the gnats. Otherwise it was just there, on it’s own

Recorded for posterity with the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 with a 12mm Kenko Extention tube attached.

Sandals, abandoned in the sun

Out in the garden at the weekend I ended up leaving my sandals laying about while I soaked up a few rays. Bit of a daft idea really as when I went to put them on again they were rather warm and scalded the soles of my feet.

Sandals in the sunshine

First time the 70-200 has been attached to the camera for ages – forgot what a narrow DOF you get with it.