2013. nikon

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Palace of Westminster beside River Thames, London by David McKelvey
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Pâtisserie Lionel Raux, Bayonne, Aquitaine by David McKelvey

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Lighthouse by James Winter
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One of the three lighthouses on the Isle of May

On 8 June 1778 Robert Stevenson, the noted Scottish civil engineer, was born.

The first of the famous family closely associated with lighthouse engineering for nearly two hundred years. He was born in Glasgow, the son of Alan Stevenson who died prematurely in the West Indies. His step-father and father-in-law Thomas Smith had been appointed Engineer to the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses in 1787. On joining Smith he was entrusted with the superintendence of the building of the Pentland Skerries light for the Commissioners in 1794, having already had experience at Little Cumbrae with his step-father. Robert Stevenson held the post of sole Engineer until 1842 and was responsible for at least fifteen major lighthouses. 

Stevenson is generally credited with the design of the famous Bell Rock Lighthouse, and without doubt was resident engineer, but there is debate on who actually designed it, even nowadays some credit another famous Scottish engineer John Rennie the Elder


You might think all lighthouses are much alike but I beg to differ, having looked through Stevenson’s structures I must say the one in the pic, on the Isle of May is his finest, it’s ornate gothic tower on a castellated stone building was designed to resemble a castle, 24 metres (79 ft) high and with accommodation for three light keepers and their families, along with additional space for visiting officials. The new lighthouse started operating on 1 September 1816, and is now a listed building. Nowadays it is automated.

Perhaps the most famous of the Stevenson family is Robert’s’ grandson Robert Louis Stevenson,  can you imagine the adventures being played out in his head as a youngster being taken around all these lighthouses.

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Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom by J.L. Ramsaur Photography
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One of the best, and more thrilling rides at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is this roller coaster called Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. An out-of-control train speeding through the Himalayan Mountains while trying to avoid the Abominable Snowman. I am not a big roller coaster fan…but did actually enjoy this one since I promised everyone in my family that I would ride everything while we were on vacation (except the Tower of Terror!). Definitely one of the must ride attractions while at Animal Kingdom… Technical Information: Camera - Nikon D5200 Lens – Nikkor 18-300mm Zoom ISO – 500 Aperture – f/4.2 Exposure – 1/2000 second Focal Length – 32mm The original RAW file was processed with Adobe Camera Raw and final adjustments were made with Photoshop CS6. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

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RED by Shinichiro Saka
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Peggy at First Light by Peter Brannon
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Cathedral views, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England - July 2013


Because it was summer, and the school holidays had only just started, the cathedral was packed. So packed that it was impossible to get any good wide angle or panorama photography - so I just looked up. The vaulted ceilings, the gorgeous designs, the wonderful architecture - and this perfect frame.

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camera-insanity of 2013.

i decided to try and find pictures of all the analogue cameras i’ve taken photos with (in roughly chronological order), over the course of 2013 - since i wasn’t sure i could remember them all:

rolleiflex old standard, kiev 60, agfa optima 1035, agfa box 50, agfa clack, canon ae-1, zeiss ikon donata, rolleiflex f 3.5, nikon em, konica fs-1, sinar f2

(in some sense this is only the tip of the iceberg: i have/had multiple copies of at least two of these cameras, and there were quite a number of lenses involved that aren’t pictured here)

five of these have gone back to ebay in the meantime - which means that i still have way too many cameras.