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This a picture of Barrow's High Bridge, over the docks

High Bridge in colour

And this is the same picture in black-and-white

High Bridge in B/W

I think the second one works much better. But what do you think?
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Another lovely day, so I didn't get any work done again. (There's a whole winter ahead for doing work, but days like this are to be prized.)

I spent the afternoon out with the Nikon, shooting one of my last precious rolls of Velvia 50 around various, mainly unconventional, locations. I'm afraid you'll have to wait a few weeks for the results, but no doubt they'll cheer up a gloomy winter evening.

Rosicards

Sep. 24th, 2007 11:17 am
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I've added two more images to my basic range. Both were photographs taken in the Ulverston area, and one intention is to sell them to the Ulverston TIC (Ulverston being much more well-heeled than Barrow.) They are:

The Hoad
The Hoad
Seen here from the public footpath, south of the town and close to Swarthmoor Hall.

Swarthmoor Hall
Swarthmoor Hall
In the grounds of the place where Quakers began!

A reminder of the other basic Rosicards currently available:

Old Square
Hancock.jpg

Whassat?
Whassat.jpg

Sunrise Industry
Dockland_Sunrise.jpg

The Red Men
The_Red_Men.jpg

Winter Boats
Winter_Boats.jpg

The London River
London_River.jpg

Rosicards are hand-made blank A6 greetings cards, with envelopes. They cost GBP 2.50 each, with discounts for larger quantities. Customised and personalised cards can be supplied to order.
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Two years ago I discovered the Geograph project and threw myself into it for a while - I wrote about it here.

Since I was operating with a film camera and no car, it became a bit dispiriting after a while that people with cars and digital cameras went scooting around the country grabbing all the first geographs. Unable to keep up and slipping rapidly down the leader board, I dropped out.

Now I've gone back. Much of the map is now covered, but there are new opportunities to take multiple pictures of the same square. So, there's a new little project for me - a detailed survey of my local squares!
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Further to my previous post...

I have established an eBay shop to sell my cards. You can visit it at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/rosicards

Happy shopping!

Rosicards!

Apr. 20th, 2007 12:20 pm
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Following my success in selling some of my cards using my photographs, I've decided to market them more widely! They are currently available as cream A6 cards with envelopes, but I fully intend to expand the range of card types, sizes and images if the venture proves successful. At the moment I can accept payment by PayPal and by personal cheque - if you would like to place an order, please let me know - rosicards at swimbarrow dot co dot uk.

Tell me, too, if you have a favourite image you would like to see in the range. Currently available are:

Dockland Sunrise
Dockland_Sunrise.jpg

Winter Boats
Winter_Boats.jpg

The Red Men
The_Red_Men.jpg

Whassat?
Whassat.jpg

The London River
London_River.jpg

Old Square
Hancock.jpg
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Out with the tide


Now here's an unusual one.

I don't like using the digital zoom on the Nikoff, but I used it today to supplement the optical zoom to capture the ship leaving Barrow Docks on a very high tide - one of those high enough to have waves over the marshes and lapping up to Ocean Road, where the picture was taken.

The buildings in the background are on Roa Island - not quite a real island as it is connected to the village of Rampside by a raised causeway, but it feels like a small island and is full of boats and nautical (at weekends) folk. On the far right is the Roa Island lifeboat station, which patrols the notorious sands and tides of Morecambe Bay.

Behind is the Forest of Bowland: the uplands of Lancashire, west of the M6 between Lancaster and Preston and north of Blackburn. I think that is Pendle Hill, home of witches, peeking over the shoulder towards the right. But I may be wrong...
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Walney Channel

It was almost spring-like today. A bit chilly by the channel, mind.

I thought we'd do the other side of the island today. The Channel, filled with boats as ever, with the Jubilee Bridge that connects the rest of the world to Walney.
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Fag Break


Let's have a closer look at that Spirit of Barrow statue...

Look closely at the Electrician (that would be my Uncle Frank, then). As I did as I passed by today, and did a double take. Some Barrovian wag has put a dog-end between his bronze lips. It just looks so right, at first glance I thought it was part of the statue!
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Recycling Tosca


I didn't get out with the camera today, so you'll have to make do with another picture of Tosca in the recycling bag.
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Gorse


You're spared the beach today.

Not halfway through February yet, and the gorse is in bloom!
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Do you get the impression that I like the beach? The music playing is entirely conincidental, by the way.
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Spirit of Barrow


This is just Barrow in a nutshell.

The Spirit of Barrow statue in Dalton Road (the main shopping drag) is quite recent. Like the Red Men on Channelside that I've commented on before, it celebrates a proud working-class without over-glamourising it. (alas, the group doesn't include a crane-driver (like my granddad) let alone a draughtsman like my dad!) Along with the figure of local Rugby League hero Willie Horne in Hindpool, this is a new and refreshing kind of public statuary. The old school is represented by Ramsden the Railway Baron and Schneider the Iron Master at either end of Duke Street, backs to each other of course (though between them they built up the town they were bitter rivals.)

Anyway, the Barrow-ness of the scene isn't the statue, it's the crane (the last one left from a magnificent cranescape) in the background, and the fact that it's raining.
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Lonely Boats!


I took a wander up towards North Scale this morning, although I didn't stay out long as it was drizzly and misty.

Many of the boats littering the channel, and theitr associated landing craft, seem under-used. Maybe I should set one free one day!

In my dreams...
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Maggie


Maggie Norton: Quaker, serious poet, consummate storyteller, lynchpin of the Ulverston Writers, and of course, friend. At Crook last night she asked me to bring along my camera to the next UW meeting next week because she wanted a mugshot for the website, but as I carry the Nikoff everywhere I go we did the sitting there and then, in the Crook Memorial Hall.

I like to do portraits though I haven't had much experience of formal portraiture and I've never really worked with lights. Had I had the Nikon with me I could have used the big electronic flash creatively but as it was I just had the Nikoff and its built-in flash. It could do with more modelling in the face and the intence shadow behind Maggie's head is annoying but on the whole I think it's a pleasing image, don't you?
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Today, the first trading day of the year, I went to Ulverston to try to tempt the books-crafts-and-artefacts shop The Tinners Rabbit into buying some of my photo-cards. They have agreed to buy half a dozen of each of three of my cards on a trial basis, with more to come if they sell!

The three designs they wanted to try are:

Walney Channel 20 Dec 2006
Winter Boats

The Red Men
The Red Men

Jerzy
Whassat?


Yay! Go me!
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I caught the bus to Ulverston today. Although it's only eight miles to the north that's eight miles closer to the Lake District, and apart from its undeniable northern-ness it might be a different world. Where Barrow is post-industrial, Ulverston is an agricultural market down. Where Barrow proper (as opposed to Walney, which seems to be thriving) is run-down and depressed, Ulverston oozes prosperity. It also has better food shops, which is why I went. It has better shops all round, most of them independents. There are few standards chains to be seen.

There are more pictures of Ulverston on this sunny market day here.
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I've put some more pictures of my surroundings, including the beach at high and low tides, here.
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The shameful confession is that I have caved in to the inevitable and purchased a digital camera. It's a Nikon Coolpix L3 and I suppose it's convenient for everyday work. The big Nikon is still there for special work though.

And the reason I've taken this disgraceful step is so that I can take lots of pictures of my new house:



and my new environment.

You can see pictures of the house and its surroundings here.
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Now I have this phone that takes pictures I have to find an excuse to used it, don't I? And this new project is not only where it comes into its own, but also lets me start something about one of the more irritatingly buzzy creatures in my headgear.

Like this one, on a minibus parked outside my house this morning:



If you pull Handel, do you hear the Water Music?

And this one, in the window of Partyland - a tacky shop in Reading's main drag:



Never were so many greengrocer's [sic] seen together in one place!

(Incidentally, given the distracting reflections in this picture, where you y9ou get a polarising filter for a phone camera?)

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