London, England – Part 4

Well, here we are on a further visit to London, and thankfully on a far better day weather-wise, than my last two London posts. This time, we have four photographs of Tower Bridge and three of around Trafalgar Square. Hope you like them!

Tower Bridge, London, UK

Tower Bridge, London, UK

Tower Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. It has two massive piers, which are sunk into the river bed, and over 11,000 tons of steel, which provide a framework for both towers and walkways. The framework is covered in Cornish granite and Portland stone cladding, which to this day protects the hidden steelwork and gives the Bridge its attractive appearance.

Tower Bridge, London, UK

Tower Bridge, London, UK

You can walk across these spans and part of the walkway is glass!

You can walk across these spans and part of the walkway is glass!

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Tower Bridge Detail

Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Trafalgar Square, London, UK

As the name suggests, the square is a commemoration of Admiral Lord Nelson’s naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar during of the Napoleonic Wars. At its centre is Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. The square itself is a public space and tourist attraction, and it is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings, as can be seen in the next photograph.

One of the Womens' Day demonstrations in Trafalgar Square

One of the Womens’ Day demonstrations in Trafalgar Square

...and finally, a London Bus to get home!

A London Bus!

That’s it! Just a quick post today! See you soon!

Cheers!

John

Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland

‘Kelpie’, is the Scots name given to water horses said to inhabit the lochs of Scotland. ‘The Kelpies’ were designed by artist, Andy Scott, and to me they are the most imposing of his many sculptures to be found in Scotland and around the world. They have been erected where the River Forth moves into the Forth and Clyde Canal as a welcome feature, not to be missed on any trip to Falkirk in Central Scotland. They stand 30 metres (100ft) high and are really impressive and lifelike! We live about 25 minutes away from ‘The Kelpies’, so we visit quite often! Hope you like the photographs:

This is the view as you walk from the Helix Park to the Kelpies.

This is the view as you walk from the Helix Park to the Kelpies.

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The Kelpies are erected using shaped panels of metal bolted to a pipe structure. I will publish some photographs of the inside, along with some of the smaller versions to be found at Falkirk Wheel, in a future post. I hope you enjoyed the photographs. Feel free to stay a while and browse through some of my other posts. If you would like to see another piece of Andy Scott’s work click here ‘Stirling, Scotland’ or if you would like to see photographs of the famous Falkirk Wheel click here ‘Falkirk Wheel, Scotland – a Modern Engineering Masterpiece’. Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to meet you here again!

Cheers!

John

London, England – Part 3

Following on from ‘London, England – Part 2’, here are a few more photographs of Westminster in London. London is a great city to visit! It has so much diversity, vibrance and has so much to see and do! Great for an action packed and filled holiday! However, I would never choose to live there! Hope you like the photographs:

The present Westminster Abbey was built on the orders of King Henry III in 1245. The coronation of British Kings and Queens take place there.

The present Westminster Abbey was built on the orders of King Henry III in 1245. The coronation of British Kings and Queens take place there.

The Palace of Westminster better known as the Houses of Parliament.

The Palace of Westminster, better known as the Houses of Parliament.

Big Ben!

Big Ben!

The Houses of Parliament from the other side of Westminster Bridge.

The Houses of Parliament from the other side of Westminster Bridge.

The London Eye with County Hall to its right.

The London Eye with County Hall to its right.

Notice that the London Eye has on orange coloured Gondola!

Notice that the London Eye has on orange coloured Gondola!

The London Eye!

The London Eye!

I have been to London on many occasions, even before we had family living there, however, I have not yet been on the London Eye! Must do that soon and take a polarising filter with me! Thanks for visiting my blog! You can see earlier London posts by clicking on ‘London, England – Part 1’ or ‘London, England – Part 2’ or feel free to browse through some of the other posts in my blog!

Cheers!

John

London, England – Part 2

Our younger son, Russell, and his partner, Fiona, live and work in London. It is a huge city, and when we visit, we don’t always manage to see the sights! On our last visit, there was one day which started off with bright blue skies! The day was calm but chilly. We decided to go into the centre! In the half hour it took us on the London Underground, the weather changed dramatically, as you will see from the published photographs. It was very still, but the sky was heavy and cloud covered! I couldn’t believe it! I had taken my camera, and had been anticipating a good shooting session, so whereas I would normally have avoided such a day, I was determined to take some photographs regardless! I am rather pleased with the way they came out! I just hope you like them too!

These photographs are of Westminster:

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Big Ben!

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Big Ben again! The top of the ‘Shard’ can also be seen in the distance. It is currently the highest building in Europe.

The London Eye and River Thames.

The London Eye and River Thames.

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The London Eye. Close up on Gondolas!

I hope you like the photographs. I hope to publish more over images from the same shoot over the next few days. Thank you for visiting my post. Please feel free to click on this link London, England – Part 1 to see earlier London photographs or browse some of my other work by clicking on the ‘Photographic Posts’ button at the top of the page or having a look in the Archives section in the right hand column.

Cheers!

John

Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland

It has been over a year since I posted and I must say that I am a little apprehensive about doing so. Can I remember how to create a post? Will it be any good? Will people like my latest photographs? Should I even try, just in case I am pulled away again by other demands? Having thought about it, I suppose that time in a blog doesn’t really matter, apart from people wondering what has happened to you and if you are still in the land of the living? So, here I am, back again, fit and healthy, still retired and two stone lighter for this venture back into posting! As regards the loss of weight, this is purely through walking! It is the best diet I know of! Penny (my other half) and I, are now both retired, we have moved back home to Scotland, but not to the west coast as we thought, but to the east! We have bought a house 5 miles south of where we lived before we moved south to England 29 years ago, and we are loving it!

I have chosen to publish a few new photographs of the famous Forth Rail Bridge for this ‘returning’ post (I can easily access the bridge from home in 15 minutes), particularly since it could shortly become a World Heritage Site! Hope you like them!

A Misty Forth Rail Bridge taken from St David's Bay.

A Misty Forth Rail Bridge taken from St David’s Bay.

You can see the Forth Road Bridge Suspension Tower sunlit in the background.

You can see the Forth Road Bridge Suspension Tower sunlit in the background.

The Forth Rail Bridge from North Queensferry.

The Forth Rail Bridge from North Queensferry.

The Forth Rail Bridge looms over North Queensferry.

The Forth Rail Bridge looms over North Queensferry.

Inter City and local trains cross the bridge to reach Edinburgh and the South.

Inter City and local trains cross the bridge to reach Edinburgh and the South.

The Cantilever built Forth Rail Bridge.

The Cantilever built Forth Rail Bridge.

The Forth Rail Bridge is of cantilever design and was completed on 4th March 1880! For my American friends, that is the same year as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory! Quite an engineering feat at that time!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post? Click this link, Forth Bridges, Scotland, if you would like to see some earlier photographs of the bridges! Thank you for visiting my blog and hope you visit again!

Cheers!

John

Bunree, Scotland

Bunree Caravan Club Site lies on the southern bank of Loch Linnhe. Loch Linnhe is a sea loch which runs towards Fort William and the start of the Caledonian Canal. From here you can sail all the way across Scotland, through Loch Ness, and finally to Inverness, or vice versa. We have stayed at this campsite with our motorhome quite a few times over the years, in a variety of different weather conditions, from gorgeous to stormy! If you have Google Earth you can enter ‘Bunree Caravan Club Site’ in the search box to see the spot where these shots were taken. I hope you like the photographs :

Looking down Loch Linnhe towards the Isle of Mull and the Atlantic Ocean.

Looking down Loch Linnhe towards the Isle of Mull and the Atlantic Ocean

Across Loch Lynnhe - Same direction as first shot but zoomed in.

Across Loch Lynnhe – Same direction as first shot but zoomed in.

Directly across Loch Lynnhe from Bunree Caravan Club Site at sundown.

Directly across Loch Lynnhe from Bunree Caravan Club Site at sundown.

Looking across Loch Lynnhe in the direction of  Corran Lighthouse.

Looking across Loch Lynnhe in the direction of Corran Lighthouse.

Looking North East from the campsite.

Looking North East from the campsite.

Each of these photographs was taken on a different visit, in different seasons, and at different times of the day. However they run in order from South West to North East. I hope you will agree that it is a beautiful Scottish location!

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John

Island of Burano, Italy – Part 2

I thought it was high time we visited the Island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon for a second look. Next to Venice itself, Burano is one of my favourite places because of the colours of the fishermen’s houses, the cleanliness of the whole island, and as I said in my ‘Island of Burano, Italy – Part 1’ post, the ‘spaghetti western’ look of the whole place. I hope you enjoy the photographs:

Looking from one of the Water Bus stops towards Burano Square.

Looking from one of the Water Bus stops towards Burano Square.

Burano Square. Walking across to the buildings and turning right leads you to the location of the previous photograph.

Walking across Burano Square to the buildings and turning right leads you to the location of the previous photograph.

Another view of Burano Square, looking slightly to the left of the previous photograph.

Another view of Burano Square, looking slightly to the left of the previous photograph.

Burano Lace Shop.

Burano Lace Shop.

Colourful Lace Shop and Terraced Houses on Burano Square.

Colourful Lace Shop and Terraced Houses on Burano Square.

Looking out on the cloudy, wet weather we are having at this precise moment in May, I can only say that I wish I was in Burano now! Hope you enjoyed the photographs!

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MY WEBSITE – This site is mainly photographic. From the initial screen, which scrolls through a few of my photographs as a taster, you can select PORTFOLIO, choose a COUNTRY, and a PLACE and then select individual photographs to look at from the thumbnail bar. Scrolling over each photograph using your mouse will bring up a caption about the image being viewed. Click this link www.johnstirlingphotography.com to go to the website now, or access it later by clicking the link under the ‘Check out my Website’ caption at the top of the right hand column of the blog. There, you can view my photographs at your leisure!

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Cheers until next time!

John

Ripon, England – Part 2

For viewers who are new to my blog, I have just started to document my current home of Ripon, North Yorkshire before we sell our current house and move home to Scotland. This is the second post in the series and I have included 7 new photographs of what is essentially a medieval market town and Cathedral City. I hope you like the photographs:

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Looking across the Market Square from East to West with the Green Cab Drivers Hut and traditional red British Telephone Boxes in view.

I just love the deep red colour of telephone boxes and Royal Mail Pillar Boxes in this country!

Looking along Kirkgate from Ripon Cathedral.

Looking along Kirkgate from Ripon Cathedral.

Kirkgate is one of the oldest streets in Ripon and it runs from the front of Ripon Cathedral, east to west, towards the Market Square. This photograph was taken from outside the Cathedral entrance looking towards the Market Square.

One of the beautiful large houses in Park Street.

One of the beautiful large houses in Park Street.

Park Street has some lovely old houses which have been superbly preserved and looked after. The direction of this photograph, and the next image of our Doctors’ Surgery, is looking generally west to east towards the Market Square.

This building houses our Doctor's Surgery in Park Street.

This building houses our Doctor’s Surgery in Park Street.

I hate visiting the doctor but I love the inside and outside of the building!

There is something about tiled roofs and chimney stacks!

There is something about tiled roofs and chimney stacks!

I cannot understand my fascination with tiled roofs and chimney stacks but I seem to have a lot of photographs of different types in my photograph bank! This one is of a roof in High Skellgate.

The Workhouse Museum in Allhallowgate.

The Workhouse Museum in Allhallowgate.

You have probably heard of the Workhouses that used to be all over this country. If you have ever watched the musical ‘Oliver!’ you will have an even better idea of what I am talking about! These places were for the poor and destitute who had nowhere else to go, at a time when there was no Welfare State. The environment was harsh and discipline was strict! Ripon Workhouse was still in operation as a workhouse until around 1930, and still took in vagrants until the early 1950s, although the welfare state was by then in operation! Before I retired as Headteacher (Principal) of a local school, one of our children’s grandmothers, who I got to know quite well, told me that she had been in the Workhouse as a child! Not as far in the past as we tend to think! The Workhouse now houses Ripon Workhouse Museum, which makes for a really interactive and interesting visit!

Ripon Market Square.

Ripon Market Square.

In ‘Ripon, England – Part 1’ I published the first image of Ripon Market Square. This second image gives a wider perspective on the square. There is a market held here every Thursday and I hope to be able to show you some photographs of the square with its stalls set up, if I can get permission to take photographs from the balcony in the Town Hall!!

That is all for this post and I hope you have enjoyed the photographs published here.

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Cheers until next time!

John

Mount Titlis, Switzerland – Part 2

My reasons for publishing this second Mount Titlis post are twofold. First of all, I love mountains, and the Mount Titlis Rotair cable car, and other cog railways and chairlifts are the only way I can experience being on the top of mountains taking lots of photographs. I am not a climber, have never been one, and have no wish to ever be one!

The second reason is more technical in nature and has to do with print sizes, so for those of you who want to avoid this section, you can go straight to the photographs!

In the last few years, I have been lucky enough to own and appreciate 3 digital SLR cameras. I first of all owned a Canon EOS 10D (6.3 megapixels, APS-C digital sensor) and then a Canon EOS 20D (8.2 megapixels, APS-C digital sensor). Both cameras produced great, pin sharp images, however, in the conversion from RAW to TIFF file types using Photoshop, the file sizes produced meant that the maximum print size that could be produced without starting to lose that pin sharp output was A3 (42cm x 29.7cm) size. I have always had an A3 printer, and for my required output, that has always been adequate. However, I have always wanted to be able to have the ability to produce large poster sized images if necessary.

My current camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mk II (21.1 megapixels, full-frame 35mm sensor) and this produces a huge file size when converted from RAW to TIFF file types. Using Photoshop once again, I could see by the rulers and detail on screen that the files should print up to A0 (118.9cm x 84.1cm) without loss of pin sharp output, but I had no way of putting this to the test!

Low and behold, what should happen recently but a new digital print shop opened up in the centre of Ripon, with the ability to print images up to and well above A0! Being keen to put one of my large file photographs to the test, and to test out the print shop itself, I decided to have the first image published in this post printed at A1 (84.1cm x 59.4cm) size. I was overwhelmed by the size, the quality and the pin sharp detail, right down to some little huts on the edge of the mountain lake, which hadn’t been noticeable in smaller prints!

I hope you like the photographs:

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Mount Graustock (in foreground to right) and Engstlensee (Lake)

The lake that you can just see in the middle of the photograph has some huts on its edge which can easily be seen on the A1 (84.1cm x 59.4cm) print.

Caterpillar Digger at 10,000ft!!

Caterpillar Digger at 10,000ft!!

I have seen Caterpillar Tractors in some strange places but never in a thousand years did I expect to find one here,…

Communications Tower at 10,000 ft!!

Communications Tower at 10,000 ft!!

…and some other unexpected technology,…

Cable Car Station and associated building levels of Klein Titlis at 10,000ft!!

Cable Car Station and associated building levels of Klein Titlis at 10,000ft!!

… and cafes, restaurants and shops!!

Trubsee Lake and Mount Huetstock

Trubsee Lake and Mount Huetstock

I suppose I shouldn’t really be surprised, considering the whole experience – the unparalleled views, the cafes, the restaurants, the shops, and for those who enjoy extreme sport – the climbing, snowboarding and skiing!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed the photographs. You are more than welcome to stay a while and have a look at some more of my work.

You can access more of my photographs by:

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Cheers until next time!

John

Verona, Italy

While visiting Lake Garda on one of our trips to Italy, we embarked on a day’s tour to the city of Verona; not because we had heard anything special about the city itself, but because of the link with William Shakespeare’s plays. The stories of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ are set there and that in itself draws many tourists from around the world! Of course, we had to visit the famous balcony where Romeo is supposed to have wooed Juliet, and take a photograph, but we were not enticed into paying to have our photographs taken on the balcony itself! We left that to younger romantics!

The walled city itself is very pretty, is steeped in history like virtually all of Italy, and well worth a visit! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take many photographs because we were taken round at a very quick pace, but I hope you will enjoy the selection published here, including the famous balcony itself!

This street is Via Leoni and Juliet's house and balcony are on the right a few hundred metres ahead

This street is Via Leoni and Juliet’s house and balcony are on the right a few hundred metres ahead

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Juliet’s House and Balcony

We were amazed by the number of tourists visiting what is essentially a totally fictitious tourist attraction! What stunned us even more were the number of English speaking people there who gave me the impression that they were visiting an actual, genuine, historical site! Some human beings never fail to amaze and amuse!

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Verona Market

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Far end of Verona market showing links with Venice (the winged lion). The intricate designs on the building facades are wonderful!

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Statue of the famous poet Dante who came to Verona on his exile from his home city of Florence.

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Tower of Torre dei Lamberti. I liked the colours and angles in this shot.

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This is ‘Arena di Verona’ where operatic concerts are performed.

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We had a lovely lunch in this restaurant overlooking the ‘Arena di Verona’.

It was a very enjoyable day trip and well worth the visit! Just remember, if you do happen to find yourselves there, the story of Romeo and Juliet is pure fiction; but fun to visit all the same!

Cheers!

John