Thursday, 22 May 2014

Clun Festival of the Green Man

Bank Holiday Monday. We visited Clun on the way Home. They were having the Festival of the Green Man. We arrived just as the Battle on the Bridge was going to happen, unfortunately we were not able to get close enough to see the Green Man defeat the Ice Queen and lead the May Queen in Victory down the road. This last part we did see as they walked past us to the Castle where celebrations were to be had.








































Not many people about in Telford

We left Blists Hill and returned to the Telford International Hotel. We decided to eat out and walked into Telford.

Info about Telford from reference in Wikipedia.

"Telford is a large new town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England, about 13 miles (21 km) east of Shrewsbury, and 30 miles (48 km) west of Birmingham. With an estimated population (for the borough) of 170,300 in 2010 and around 155,000 in Telford itself,[1] Telford is the largest town in Shropshire, and one of the fastest-growing towns in the United Kingdom".

The bit we were in was virtually deserted


"It is named after civil engineer Thomas Telford. The town was put together in the 1960s and 1970s as a new town on previously industrial and agricultural land and smaller towns.
Telford now includes Ironbridge Gorge, a scenic tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town advertises itself as "The Birthplace of Industry", due to its proximity to Coalbrookdale and other places in the Ironbridge Gorge area, which are internationally recognised as being important to the Industrial Revolution".


















Blists Hill Victorian Town post #03

Post #03 on The Blists Hill Victorian Town. Many of the workshops where quite dark with sunlight coming into the windows and doors creating a high contrast situation. I decided to shoot HDR for these shots. The Canon 5D mkiii has a menu function that sets some of the multiple exposure settings for you. You still have to decide what exposure values and shooting conditions but this function does mean its easy to switch the camera over. I choose to retain the original exposures in RAW. The 5D produces a combined JPEG file which is useful.

The photos here where shot a high to very high ISO's. The RAW files where then processed in the NIK HDR plug-in for Lightroom. It was only after I had produced all these images (except one) that I though that as I was shooting High ISO that I should have done the noise reduction on the individual images before the export to HDR. A quick email to Ian Wilson (out Digital Techniques Guru) confirmed that this is what I should have done. Hay Ho we learn something new each day :)


















Guernsey 16 - Les Vardes Quarry Nature Walk

We met up with the Guernsey Camera Clubs at a Quarry operated by Ronez. In 2015 the company created a short 50 minute nature walk around the...