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    Posted: 23 June 2007 at 13:26
[editors note: This thread contains the photo output (and comment) of a Dyxum members meeting. To find out more about Dyxum meetings, visit the meetings sub-forum!]

So....what happened....did 'rain stop play' ?

Cheers

IDM

[this thread is of photos taken when MojoRick visited London and the Lake District of the UK: associated meeting info is here - Bob J]

Edited by Bob Janes - 14 July 2007 at 18:41
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Not at all - it ended up just being to two of us, but was enjoyable all the same - small but perfectly formed might be a good description. I was a bit tardy in sorting out my pictures and I don't think Rick is counting on any internet access until he gets home - I've named this thread 'visits the UK' because I'm hoping he will also post us some pics from Stonehenge and the Lakes (his daughter wants to see stonehenge so they are going to the lakes via Stonehenge - I hope my kids don't find out how indulgent some fathers can be! :-)

Anyhow - some pics from the afternoon, which was intermittently damp and sweaty as the weather didn't seem to be able to make up its mind. We started at the London Eye...





Then we walked downriver towards the wobbly bridge and came across a whole host of German canoeists parked by the side of the river at low tide..


The badge on the side of Blackfriars railway bridge


...and from there we crossed the wobbly bridge and made it up to St Paul's (a suggestion that originaly came from Craig); unfortunately they don't allow photography inside, but you can take pics from the outside galleries - here just below the dome...


MojoRick in person!


I rather liked the high viewpoint..


This one from a tiny round window in the very top of the dome looking down about 250 ft - I think Rick might have got a better version, mine was grabbed before my vertigo took over...


These are taken from the gallery at the top of the dome, which is as high as you can get.








Seems like they are rebuilding London from the number of cranes around...


I think this gives an idea of how high the top of St Paul's is (plenty high enough for me!)


The view towards the wobbly bridge and beyond

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wow, thanks for the photos from top of St Paul's ... what was the entry fee?

I only found out that you could go up St Paul's when I looked at a photo I had taken from the Tate of St Paul's with an 85mm ... and I thought, hey: people up there! Link below to a shot from a 20mm from the Tate to St Paul's:
link to image, not a paste
(that was Nov-06, they were re-building London then too)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanMiddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2007 at 15:18
Nice shots, Bob - love the compositions in #5,7,9 - what were you shooting with ? [wondered if it was the beercan for the tele shots, and a few of the W/A's were at 24mm, so kit or 24/2.8???] - looks like a great day - sorry I couldn't make it...

...hope the weather improves for Rick - when I passed the log cabins at Carnforth on Thursday coming home it was 9/10ths cloud and threatening rain - then a few miles further on brilliant sun - then torrential rain at Manchester - so I expect "variable" might be a good description for what he'll likely have!

Cheers

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Entry fee is L9.50 (I think it might be free if you are there for a religious ceremony, but then they wouldn't let you up the stairs!) There are a lot of narrow stairs and the ones inside the dome are always a bit of a trial for me - I had to turn back the first time I tried and forced myself to go back up the next day in an attempt to conquor my vertigo (partially successful).

Although I have lived in London all my life, and took photos of the outside of the cathereral in my teens for my o level, it wasn't until I was in my thirties that I went inside for the first time and then was completely knocked out by it - I think Rick was quite impressed too.

The tele shots were with the beercan - by coincidence we both turned up with one! I was also carrying the 24/2.8 and a 50/1.7

As Rick originally hails from Kansas where, from the sounds of it, the weather can be very severe, he might not even notice!
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Just checked the site, 530 steep steps to get to the Golden Gallery. Some sore legs:)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2007 at 16:16
Originally posted by cjc181166 cjc181166 wrote:

Just checked the site, 530 steep steps to get to the Golden Gallery. Some sore legs:)

St Paul's


Very English, they show a diagram, quote the number of feet and most importantly, show how big a double-decker bus is in comparision.. :-)

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Great shots Bob!
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Originally posted by Bob Janes Bob Janes wrote:

Originally posted by cjc181166 cjc181166 wrote:

Just checked the site, 530 steep steps to get to the Golden Gallery. Some sore legs:)

St Paul's


Very English, they show a diagram, quote the number of feet and most importantly, show how big a double-decker bus is in comparision.. :-)

Bob


er, I though ... what bus, then I saw it, low. Now I feel sick. I am not very good with heights, I was fine util I was in my late 20s. I had a trip to south Wales, shooting waterfall. Place I'd been 5-6 times before, then I found myself on a not very steep slope and had to sit down. I totally lost it. I sat their for about 30 mins. And then eventually got up the courage to steadily CRAWL back to the path. Now, I'm fine in buildings most of the time, get a bit giddy looking down sometimes, can happily sit at the cafe in the window seat on the 7th floor of the tate.

spot the bus?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Turerkan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2007 at 23:11
stunningly beautiful shots! thanks guys:)
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Excellent series of shots. Martin
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Wow! Nice shots Bob.

I finally made time to process a few. Here are a select few from the London part of the tour.

I thought the following image, 'Unconquerable', would be a good start to the series.

'Unconquerable'


The girls had a super time in London. My daughter is on the far left and her friend is in the middle.



Outside of St. Paul's is this statue. I thought the gold made a good contrast to the stone:
'Trident'


I wonder why Bob Janes really hugs that wall:
'Bob'


Wow! Now I know! I think I'm getting a little dizzy:
'Dizzy'



Those cranes grow like weeds in London:
'What a View'


What a climb! Those 530 steps up St. Paul's sure wet my whistle. Bob let me use his 50mm f/1.7 for this natural light pub shot.
'London Pride'


Bob, thanks for taking me up to the top of St. Paul's. I have been on top of one the New Seven Wonders of the World (Chichén-Itzá pyramid - 91 steps, lol) and inside one of the Original 'Seven Wonders of the World' (The Great Pyramid of Giza - a 26 degree ramp and way up in the structure). St. Paul's ranks right at the top.

I spied this in the median of London Bridge. I am laying at the edge of the road shooting upward to get the sky in the background. Is this a classic shot to represent England, or what?
'Dragon'


Enough of London, it's time to travel to Northwest England. I thought this was an understatement! Would anyone travel fast on those roads?
'Understatement'


Stay tuned! The girls and I had a great adventure in the Northwest.
Rick
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Rick

:-)

I'll have to ask my wife the name of the road, but there is one in the Lake District where there are three signs erected by the locals after a series of crashes just before a downward hairpin bend.

"Slow"
"Slow NOW"
"You have been warned"
I've been away!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 July 2007 at 19:10
Originally posted by MojoRick MojoRick wrote:

I wonder why Bob Janes really hugs that wall:


Maybe because Bob is not too good at heights!

Good to hear from you - I had wondered where your postings were... The one with the trident is really nice - amazing texture on the stone. Glad to see you included the barmaid picture as well, but I'm surprised you didn't post your version of the one looking straight down from that little porthole... mine suffered dreadfully from my not being able to take more than a brief glance without feeing panicky :-)

I was thinking of you the other day when I went to the American Airpower hanger at Duxford with the Finns (see another posting thread) - they even managed to shoe-horn in a B-52!

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