Monthly Archives: October 2011

MoNovember Challenge

Posted by Caz on Monday, 31st October 2011
Mono abstract taken in October '11

Mono abstract taken in October '11

I’ve been invited to join the MoNovember group on Flickr. It accepts submissions taken during November only. You don’t have to do one a day, but I might just give that a go.

The shot won’t be my Project365 or Daily Dragon image for the day either, I’ll try and do something different. Three pics a day during November? I must be mad! Even if I take a shot each day, I’m not sure I’ll have time to post it on the right day, but I will endeavour to keep up.

It will be a good challenge – sometimes I feel that I don’t do nearly as much mono work as I should. Hopefully this will help me get my eye back in!

Chelmsford Photowalk #34

Posted by Caz on Monday, 24th October 2011

Yesterday I spent the day at the Sewage Works! Not as bad as you might think – the Chelmsford Photowalk Flickr group went to Crossness Pumping Station for the final public open day of 2011. It’s a fascinating slice of Victorian Engineering at its very best.

Opened in 1865 by HRH the Prince Of Wales, the building was designed by the Metropolitan Board of Works Chief Engineer, Joseph Bazalgette. Charles H Driver is likely to have contributed towards the decorative iron work inside the structure. The whole lot was built by contractor William Webster.

Despite nearly 50 years of neglect since closing, the buildings and equipment have begun to be lovingly restored to their former glory by an army of willing volunteers. There’s plenty to see. In the main Engine House you have to wear a hard hat at all times – here you can see Rodney, Adrian and Simon modelling theirs:

Three stooges

Three stooges

The four beam engines are the biggest of their kind in the world, standing a majestic 75ft high and 71ft long. They are named Victoria, Prince Consort, Albert Edward and Alexandra. So far, Prince Consort is the only one which has been fully restored to working condition, steaming for the first time again in 2003 when it was formally started by the present HRH the Prince of Wales. The engines were built to drive the huge sewage pumps, which in their heyday would be able to pump 6.125 tons per stroke. That’s a lot of poop!

The building’s ironwork of floors, railings and stairs are completely over the top for their function, but are a grand testament to high Victorian detailing. They are being stripped of their rust and painstakingly repainted – which is best illustrated by this shot showing the work in progress:

Painting in progress

Painting in progress

As you can see, there were plenty of picture opportunities – this shot of the central Octagon nearly made it for Day #1392:

Central octagon ironwork

Central octagon ironwork

Here is a selection of my pictures from the day:

At The Seaside

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 19th October 2011

I was in Blackpool to stay for a few days and attend BarCamp Blackpool3 last weekend. I met up with Alistair and some other geek friends who were all staying in the same B&B.

We arrived on Friday afternoon/evening. Three of us took a long stroll up the prom from South Pier to the Tower Ballroom. We wanted to visit the newly-unveiled Comedy Carpet, a huge work occupying the pavement below Blackpool’s most famous landmark. We spent a while finding our favourite quotes and giggling at it all.

Alistair and a suitable caption?

Alistair and a suitable caption?

The BarCamp itself occupied much of Saturday’s time, although we did manage to escape for a bit to take some pictures on the prom at lunchtime. This sinister image nearly made it for Day #1134:

Curly Shadow

Curly Shadow

Sunday was spent on a long photowalk and geocaching outing, plus a ride on the trams to visit the Illuminations further north. We were very lucky with the weather – apart from a drizzly lunchtime while we camped in the pub, the sun shone and we had a great sunset later on, plus a potter on the pier. This view of roosting birds over the North Pier nearly made it for Day #1385:

Roosting over North Pier

Roosting over North Pier

Monday morning dawned and we all set off on our separate journeys – goodbye Blackpool for this year, hope to see you again in 2012. Here is a selection of my photos from the weekend: