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    Posted: 18 October 2018 at 12:12
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Bristol is one of the larger and most prosperous cities in England (proof: it has three camera shops and two specialist film labs!!!), and has been profitable from many different industries over the six centuries of its existance, several of which involved its docks. The 'floating harbour' was created by damming the river Avon in 1804, though the docks had been in use (tidal) since Roman times.

Here are some night pics of one part of the docks, taken with the Sony Nex 6 and 16-50mm f3.5-5.6. The first few are taken with 5-second exposures with a gorillapod, the last hand-held at 1/6 second and 3200 ISO.

Bristol Bridge - the site of the original river crossing and the reason for the city's existance (Bristol <- Brig Stowe <- bridge town)
f11 - note the lovely sunstars (if you like that kind of thing!):


One of the views from the bridge at f5.6, showing the senstive rebuilding of derelict 19th century warehouses into modern office blocks for the insurance industry:


A view in the other direction, showing the new curved footbridge across to the new apartments (on the rhs) rebuilt from Courage's Brewery (the tall buildings in the background are apartments and hotels). Castle park, on the left, is where the castle used to be, and then the main shopping centre until it was flattened by you-know-who in WWII. The strange thing in the foregoround is a floating concrete plinth for unloading barges.


The old Bristol Castle was destroyed by Cromwell in 1647 or so but a few walls remain, like this one (left of the old moat) in a quiet corner facing the new build offices:


Edited by Micholand - 18 October 2018 at 18:03
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So many great times I have had in Bristol, think you have caught the fusion of old and new Bristol very well.
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Originally posted by BearairCactus BearairCactus wrote:

So many great times I have had in Bristol, think you have caught the fusion of old and new Bristol very well.


Thanks. It does seem to be more of a fusion than a collision, like you get in some places, though Bristol is hardly recognisable now from the pre-war photos.
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I have some prewar photos of Bristol taken by my father, mostly of Bedminster, will dig them out if you would like to see them.

I agree Bristol has made a fusion of old, new and different cultures, I love the docks around by Brunels Buttery.
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Nice set and keep 'em coming. All too often we tend to focus on grand scenery (which is well worth shooting and sharing, of course) and end up not focusing enough on our own neck of the woods.

It's so much quicker, simpler, and easier, speaking from experience. I started a thread for where I live and now am enjoying shooting around where I live - the little details, since there isn't all that much grand scenery in a standard American mid-size urban town.

I think there's a strong composition for the curved lighted foot bridge with some reflection using its natural curvature on a tighter shot.
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Very nice work Anthony. Only know Bristol from the airport . Lokking forward to more
 



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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Very nice work Anthony. Only know Bristol from the airport . Lokking forward to more


Thanks, Guys. I will add some more pics. The city is really not short of interesting things to photograph (especially at night!) - I feel very lucky!
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Originally posted by BearairCactus BearairCactus wrote:

I have some prewar photos of Bristol taken by my father, mostly of Bedminster, will dig them out if you would like to see them.


Yes, I would very much like to see those. I am just old enough to remember the ruins of some of the things bombed out in WWII, but they've all gone years ago now. The old dutch house and St. Mary leport street were grand medieval buildings - such a pity they disappeared.

If you will forgive the comparison, I have found it quite a shock to see images of parts of the US where ruined buildings and factories still stand where they were last used fifty years ago and more. Nothing here stands still that long, because we're much more short of space, perhaps. You would have some difficulty in finding any ruined or derelict buildings in Bristol now*
Near the main railway station there's a stretch of road where the offices have been knocked down and immediately replaced three times in my lifetime alone - some office blocks do get re-furbished but a lot of them have a very short life span. There's always something new going up! (and always some roads closed for rebuilding, sigh, )

*Land prices are so high it is too expensive to leave it lying idle. A terraced Victorian house along the street from me sold for £500,000 a few weeks ago (10% above the asking price!). The cost of actually *building* one is a quarter of that if you get the land free. And when I was a child the houses sold for about £1500.
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Excellent night shots of this fine city!

Hope to see some daytine shots as well!
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