Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College is the architectural centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, a World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London, described by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as being of “outstanding universal value” and reckoned to be the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”.
The site is managed by the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College (Foundation), set up in July 1998 as a Registered Charity to “look after these magnificent buildings and their grounds for the benefit of the nation”.
The grounds and some of its buildings are open to visitors. The buildings were originally constructed to serve as the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, now generally known as Greenwich Hospital, which was designed by Christopher Wren, and built between 1696 and 1712. The hospital closed in 1869. Between 1873 and 1998 it was the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


I went up into the deepest darkest corners of my loft today and found my old 35mm SLR Fuji ST 605! I couldn't believe it. Now I haven't seen this baby in decades. Literally. I thought I'd lost it or flogged it years ago. 

I took it downstairs and discovered (not the hard way) that it is still loaded with film. I'm gonna say black and white because it had a yellow filter stuck over the lens and I was a big shooter of B&W back in the day. Now, I don't know, but I have to get it developed even though it's been about 25/27 years since it's seen the light of day.

I had a couple of little batteries that fitted it too and blow me down, the meter still works! Far as I can tell it's in perfect working order. Will finish off the roll and send it off for processing. 

I'm well chuffed I am.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Queen's House

The Queen's House is located in Greenwich, London, England. It was built as an adjunct to the Tudor Palace of Greenwich, previously known, before its redevelopment by Henry VII as the Palace of Placentia, which was a rambling, mainly red-brick building in a more vernacular style.
This would have presented a dramatic contrast of appearance to the newer, white-painted House, although the latter was much smaller and really a modern version of an older tradition of private 'garden houses', not a public building, and one used only by the queen's privileged inner circle.
However, the House's original use was short – no more than seven years – before the English Civil War began in 1642 and swept away the court culture from which it sprang. Of its interiors, three ceilings and some wall decorations survive in part, but no interior remains in its original state.
It is normally open to the public daily, free of charge, along with the other museum galleries and the 17th-century Royal Observatory, Greenwich, which is also part of the National Maritime Museum.

Friday, 23 March 2012

A request

I have a question followed by a request. My stats show that over 11,000 of you have visited this site and, on average, I get about 30-50 visitors per day. Now, out of all these people, I have one follower and maybe a handful of comments. It makes me wonder about the veracity of these stats and so, my question is (a few actually)...
Why do you come here? 
Are you looking for specific or general information or just to look at my photos?
What would like this blog to be? 
What would improve it...for you?

And my request? Let me know that you're out there. Please.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

On Black Horses....

Whilst out and about in Bexhill-On-Sea I came across these three folks giving their horses a run. All the elements lined up nicely. My Fuji X10 stood ready and here you have it.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Big versus little

I've not been around much lately as I've been putting together my newbie friendly training site (come on over if you have ten minutes) so I thought it was about time I posted up a few more pics from my walkabouts.

This was taken in Trafalgar Square with my little Fuji X10. You should see the big version! Whilst it's somewhat sharp, I'll bet this fellah's images are like razors.