Back On It!

After a bit of a hiatus I am back on it. I've had a week or so off social media and blogging whilst out in France with friends. Its the first holiday that I've had in over five years where I've done 'nothing'. We sat by the pool, drank great wine, eat wonderful food and [...]

Urbex Palace – Rich and Strange

Another superb example of the decoration in the Urbex Palace tromp l'oeil covering the centre of this wall. Although this is a rather grand bathroom, I cant imagine it was very comfortable unless being fed grapes by fair maidens. Click the image to purchase. I dont usually use the fisheye very much, but it was [...]

Urbex Palace – How Not to Create a 360 Panorama

This was one of the highlights of the recent trip to Italy. I knew after seeing several images of this room that it would be awesome to create a 360 here. I wasn't going to post this image as I'm not happy with it on SO many levels, but decided in the end that it [...]

London City Panorama

With the sun setting later and later as summer draws closer its becoming increasing frustrating to get out and do some night shooting. I ventured out to The City last night to have a play and shoot a few panoramas and have a bit of an explore without the hustle and bustle of all the [...]

By |2012-09-04T11:08:37+01:00May 27th, 2012|Blog, Featured, London, Panoramas, UK|3 Comments

Hunting Lodge A – Kitchen

There wasn't very much left in this kitchen, a couple of sinks and that was about it. I liked the symmetry again and thought the varying textures and pastel shades on the walls would pop nicely when processed so took a bit of time with this one. Click the image for a slightly larger version [...]

Manor House T – The Chapel

I've been to several large houses in Europe that have chapels attached, nothing quite like this one though. In keeping with the rest of the property the whole room was painted with trompe-l'œil pretty much everything in the image apart from the alter is painted. It's obviously been a long time since the chapel was [...]

By |2012-04-16T23:42:55+01:00April 16th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Overseas, Residential|7 Comments

PTGui Tutorial

I've had a few people ask how I line up my panoramas, so I thought it was about time I shared my processing technique. Currently I am using PTGui, its a pretty cool program and works really well. The only proviso is that you have a panoramic head that is correctly aligned for your camera [...]

By |2012-09-01T11:18:50+01:00March 22nd, 2012|Blog, Featured, Industrial, Tutorials, Urban Exploration|1 Comment

Centrale Thermique – Take It Away

I've been doing a lot of panoramas recently and although I really like doing them I wanted to get back to something more my usual style. I wanted PIPES this evening. I was searching through my images from last summer and came across this from Centrale Thermique, its a powerstation in Europe, disused of course. [...]

Image Processing Tutorial

I thought that I'd create a post showing how I created an image this morning. I've been spending a bit of time brushing up on skills and looking into tutorials recently, so I thought it was time to put into use what I had learnt and share that with my viewers. Generally I use several [...]

Cotehele Quay

Cotehele Quay is on the River Tamar and was once a busy transit and freight quay, market gardeners sent their wares to Plymouth from here and no doubt the local mines will have also used it. The quay and area in general is dotted with lime kilns. The lime would have been used in agriculture [...]

By |2012-09-04T11:08:44+01:00February 1st, 2012|Blog, Cornwall, Devon, Featured, Panoramas, UK|4 Comments

Cotehele – Potting Shed

Cotehele is in The Tamar Valley on the border of Devon and Cornwall, once this area was awash with market gardens, the steep south facing hills giving a great aspect for growing flowers. The area was mostly known for daffodils, these gardens are no longer working, however various kinds of daffs can still be found [...]

By |2012-01-31T22:20:06+00:00January 31st, 2012|Blog, Cornwall, Featured, UK|4 Comments

Wool Grading Sheds – Ironwork

This is a pretty simple image - just an empty warehouse, but look at the lovely ironwork in the roof. They don't make them like that anymore. The room was probably the tidiest, of the buildings at site, nicely clean floors and no  rotting roofs. the sun was low as you can see and gave [...]

By |2012-01-30T21:43:14+00:00January 30th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|5 Comments

Notre Dame de Lourdes – Casablanca

Back to Morocco and a rather nice 360. I specifically went to the cathedral to capture this image. I'd seen interiors shots of the cathedral before but not a full 360 and certainly not an HDR 360. As you can hopefully see its a pretty impressive structure from the inside, outside is rather more mundane. [...]

By |2012-09-04T11:08:44+01:00January 25th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Morocco, Overseas, Panoramas, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Wool Grading – Dodgy Room #2

Here's another shot of the room with the dodgy floor. After venturing across the bridge and not being sure what to find the other side of the door I was faces with a rather large hole in the floor. Luckily the door was placed over the hole so I was able to get into the [...]

By |2012-01-24T21:21:14+00:00January 24th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Wool Grading – Two Ways

I've tried to take advantage of the wide angle lens here and split the image in two. This was an idea I saw at some of the local asylums where the corridors are acutely angled. This is testament to having my eyes open and thinking about framing images and what the camera and lens can [...]

By |2012-01-19T22:34:01+00:00January 19th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|0 Comments

Wool Grading Sheds – The Switch

Although the mill is very stripped and just a shell there are a few interesting things left on the walls, well one or two anyway. I spotted this switch and thought it would make a nice subject and a change to use a different lens. Shooting wide angle is pretty easy, composition is a doddle [...]

By |2012-01-17T23:07:50+00:00January 17th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|0 Comments

Hospital B – The Bends

This was the part of the hospital that I came to see, I'd seen several images of this bendy corridor before and was keen to find it for myself. There are not that may locations with curved corridors, so I was glad to open the door and stumble right into it. I can only assume [...]

By |2012-01-16T23:17:11+00:00January 16th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Medical, UK, Urban Exploration|5 Comments

Hospital B – Carnage!

Here's a not unusual urbex room - windows broken, metal removed and false ceiling collapsed. This was also very wet with water dripping everywhere including all over my camera, not ideal, but I had to get the shot! Another location in the hospital that I wasn't really too fussed about and If I remember correctly [...]

By |2012-01-12T23:17:26+00:00January 12th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Medical, UK, Uncategorized, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Hospital B – Disarray

On the way back from Cornwall we stopped off at a 'nice' hospital that I'd found out about. Initially I wasn't too impressed and on return to the PC after uploading and looking at my shots i really wasn't expecting much from this set at all.Viveca and I didn't spend too long at the location [...]

By |2012-01-11T23:36:49+00:00January 11th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Medical, UK, Urban Exploration|9 Comments

National Trust – Cotehele Courtyard #2

The present house was built between 1485 and 1539 during the reigns of Richard III, Henry VII and Henry VIII. Sir Richard Edgcumbe, was rewarded for his loyalty to Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth (the battle was in 1485), started to completely remodel the original 13th century property. Following Richard Edgcumbe's death 4 [...]

By |2012-09-01T10:07:50+01:00January 7th, 2012|Blog, Cornwall, Featured, Panoramas, Uncategorized|1 Comment

National Trust House – Cotehele Courtyard #1

Local to where my Mum lives is a beautiful National Trust house.I've been going here for over 20 years, well before I had an interest in photography. The house was built around 1485 and is one of the least changed Tudor buildings in the UK. I took the opportunity to check it out again over [...]

By |2012-09-01T09:57:02+01:00January 4th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Panoramas|4 Comments

Bodmin Jail – Naval Wing

The most derelict part of the prison that is actually accessible is the Naval Wing. The wing was of course originally covered with an internal landing on each floor, initially for housing civilians then handed to the Navy. Supports for the landings this can be seen in the higher levels where wooden posts still remain. [...]

By |2012-01-06T21:44:09+00:00January 3rd, 2012|Blog, Featured|2 Comments

Bodmin Jail – The Lag

As is customary Viveca and I visited some nice decayed places over the holidays. This is a partially abandoned prison in Cornwall, UK. It was built in 1779 for prisoners of war and saw 50 public executions, the last of which was in 1909. The prison was closed in 1922 and was left to rot. [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:32:52+00:00January 2nd, 2012|Blog, Cornwall, Featured|3 Comments
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