Saturday, 5 September 2015

A Quick Visit to Bath

Classic Bath architecture: the Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent in Bath is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom.  Although some changes have been made to the various interiors over the years, the Georgian stone fa├žade remains much as it was when it was first built (Wikipedia).


Now this is what I call a proper door.
Entrance to Bath cathedral
One really nice feature of the JixiPix Antique software is that every parameter involved is entirely adjustable.
Here I set the Photo Age to zero - so it did not fade and tint the original image - allowing a lot more of the original colour to shine through.
This creates more of a faded hand-coloured image effect, rather than just a faded look..

Friday, 4 September 2015

Reykjavik in Blue

What to do on a wet, not very inspiring day in a new city.   Natalie's project on day one in Iceland was 'Reykjavik in blue'  a colour which, it turned out, was far more prolific than my yellow series. Here's a small sample of what she shot - proving, I think, that a theme not only provides a relatively easy to follow direction in a confusing new location but also in this case, produces a good sample of what experiencing a new culture can be like...


The Blue Lagoon in the Pouring Rain

This is Iceland's premiere attraction for visitors - the Blue Lagoon Spa out near Keflavik airport - most guests visit enroute for Reykjavik directly off the plane - not a bad idea after a gruelling 23 hour flight from Sydney.  We have been in Iceland three days and drove down to the lagoon for a 10am session this morning in the rain.
Because the tickets for this place have to be pre-booked, the bad weather wasn't putting anyone off a visit. Here are a few quick shots I did this morning.
Some single exposures, some multiples in the rain.

This is the front of the geothermal station at Blue Lagoon - the complex itself is off to the right
The car park was half full when we arrived. You get a wristband that has a chip - this opens your locker and can be used to tot up your bar bill should you eat or drink while wallowing in the waters. The pool is only 4 or 5 foot deep at its maximum so most of the time guests are bobbing up and down in the shallows clutching a glass of wine or beer, shifting from cool patches of water to hotter ones, and vice versa!

Blue-green waters off the main bathing area.
You can see how jagged the volcanic rock is, how white the lining of the pools are and the turquoise...


That Lacock Window where photography began...

Here's a beautiful HDR shot of THE WINDOW (taken by Natalie) at Lacock Abbey
This window was probably the first subject made by Henry Fox Talbot.
The Oriel window - in the abbey.
The original image was no bigger than a postage stamp (see below) and accredited as being "taken in 1835 or 1839".