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I've been trying to instill a bit of 'difference' into my car-trail photography. I've been to most of the bridges within about 15/20 miles of me, and they are starting to look very samey.


Whilst on a bridge, I stood on the spot, and took a shot facing each way. I think it's nice having the two shots together like this; adds a little interest.


As for what's next on the 'car trails' front... we shall see!

Stanmer Park, Brighton


Pinholaroid / FP-100C

In The Big Book of Photographing British Flowers, in the chapter on Bluebells, the rules state that the only photos that you're allowed to take of the subject are ones where a few bluebells are perfectly in focus, and the rest form a lovely blue bokeh.


Have a look round Flickr - you'll see that everyone has read the book, and is following the rules to the letter.

Spring! Daffodils! Blue Skies! Rushing out to take photos then going "ooh, it's a bit colder than it looks"!

The forecast for today was a dark and dull one, but i took a risk to get some autumn photos in Brighton.


Here we see Brighton & Hove 820 (Dame Flora Robson) at Old Steine on service 26 to Coldean via Hollingbury. 09th November 2011.

In 2001 Brighton introduced a flat fare of £1 for any journey in the city. 209 is seen here in North Street advertising this while working a 24 to Coldean and Hollingbury.

The forecast for today was a dark and dull one, but i took a risk to get some autumn photos in Brighton.


Here we see Brighton & Hove 826 (Harry Cowley) on service 26 to Hollingbury & Coldean. 09th November 2011.

Brighton & Hove 874 on service 24 to Coldean - Hollingbury. 07th May 2014.

Volvo B10BLE Wright Renown R223HCD 223 Brighton & Hove on Route 26 to Coldean Via Hollingbury Seen at Brighton Town Centre

The bluebells have arrived. The cliche is to shoot them with a shallow depth of field, but the Canon 35mm f2 gives it a bit of a twist with the pentagonal bokeh

Rear shot of a repainted rear on Brighton & Hove 874 on service 24 to Coldean - Hollingbury. 07th May 2014.

Brighton & Hove 871 on service 24 to Coldean - Hollingbury. 07th May 2014.

Brighton & Hove 661 on North Street on service 26 to Hollingbury & Coldean. 17th May 2013.

Brighton & Hove 656 at Churchill Square on service 46 to Hollingbury - Coldean. 19th May 2013.

Brighton & Hove 649 at St.Peter's Church on service 26 to Hollingbury - Coldean. 19th May 2013.

Taken in Coldean woods on my travels

Preserved Brighton & Hove Volvo B10BLE Wright Renown R228 HCD showing a former route (24 Coldean - Brighton City Centre)

Brighton & Hove 609 on service 24 to Coldean - Hollingbury. 07th May 2014.

Bus: YN55 NFO

Route: 46

Destination: Coldean via Hollingbury

Location: Old Steine, Brighton

Date: 5th April 2015

This is best viewed at a larger size. This is of a couple walking throught the Great Wood near Stanmer and Coldean in Brighton. I have turned it into black and white and have used a slight surface blur effect with photoshop to help bring attention on the happy couple.

Brighton and hove fleet number 918 on route 46 to Hollingbury & Coldean

Brighton & Hove 450 at Churchill Square on service 26 to Hollingbury & Coldean. 14th May 2013

i just loved the packed & very small shopping allays & lanes of Brighton, Sussex,England.


Listeni/ˈbraɪtən/ is a town on the south coast of Great Britain.[2] It makes up half of the city and unitary authority of Brighton and Hove (formed from the previous towns of Brighton, Hove, Portslade and several other villages). Formerly part of the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, it remains part of the ceremonial county of East Sussex, within the historic county of Sussex.


The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" dates from before Domesday Book (1086), but it emerged as a health resort featuring sea bathing during the 18th century, was used as a seaside getaway by the Prince Regent, and became a highly popular destination for day-trippers from London after the arrival of the railway in 1841. Brighton experienced rapid population it reaching a peak of over 160,000 by 1961.[3]


Modern Brighton forms part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation stretching along the coast, with a population of around 480,000 inhabitants.



Main article: History of Brighton


Brighton, The Front and the Chain Pier Seen in the Distance, Frederick William Woledge, 1840.

Brighton appears to have been inhabited since the neolithic period circa 3500 BC, with a settlement at Whitehawk Camp.[14]


Brythonic Celts arrived in Britain in the 7th century BC, an an important Brythonic settlement existed at Hollingbury Camp. This Celtic Iron Age encampment is circumscribed by substantial earthwork outer walls with a diameter of approximately 300 metres. Cissbury Ring, roughly 10 miles (16 km) from Hollingbury, is suggested to have been the tribal "capital".[15]


From the 1st century AD The Romans built a number of villas in Brighton and Romano-British Brythonic Celts formed farming settlements in the area.[16]


After the Romans left in the early 4th century AD the Brighton area came back under the control of the native Celts. However the Anglo-Saxons began to invade the region in the late 5th century AD, and Brighton became part of the Kingdom of Sussex, founded in 477 AD by king Aelle.[17]


Anthony Seldon identified five phases of development in pre-20th century Brighton.[18] Until 1730, it was a fishing and agricultural settlement. It was founded by Saxons and mentioned in the Domesday Book under the name Bristelmestune; a rent of 4,000 herring was established.[5] Its importance grew from the Norman era onwards, and by the 14th century there was a parish church, a market and rudimentary law enforcement (the first town constable was elected in 1285).[19] Sacked and burnt by French invaders in the early 16th century—the earliest depiction of Brighton, a painting of c. 1520, shows Admiral Pregent de Bidoux's attack of June 1514—the town nevertheless recovered strongly on the back of a thriving mackerel-fishing industry. By the mid-17th century, Brighton was Sussex's most populous and important town.[20] Over the next few decades, though, events severely affected its local and national standing, such that by 1730 "it was a forlorn town decidedly down on its luck": more foreign attacks, storms (especially the devastating Great Storm of 1703), a declining fishing industry and the emergence of nearby Shoreham as a significant port.[20]


From the 1730s, Brighton entered its second phase of development—one which brought a rapid improvement in its fortunes. The contemporary fad for drinking and bathing in seawater as a purported cure for illnesses was enthusiastically encouraged by Dr Richard Russell from nearby Lewes. He sent many patients to "take the cure" in the sea at Brighton, published a popular treatise[note 1] on the subject, and moved to the town soon afterwards (the Royal Albion, one of Brighton's early hotels, occupies the site of his house).[22] Others were already visiting the town for recreational purposes before Russell became famous, though, and his actions coincided with other developments which made Brighton more attractive to visitors. From the 1760s it was a boarding point for boats travelling to France; road transport to London was improved[23] when the main road via Crawley was turnpiked in 1770;[24] and spas and indoor baths were opened by other entrepreneurial physicians such as Sake Dean Mahomed and Anthony Relhan (who also wrote the town's first guidebook).[23]


Photochrom of Brighton aquarium, 1890–1900

From 1780, development of the Georgian terraces had started and the fishing village became the fashionable resort of Brighton. Growth of the town was further encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent (later King George IV) after his first visit in 1783.[25] He spent much of his leisure time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion during the early part of his Regency. In this period the modern form of the name Brighton came into common use.[26]


The arrival of the London and Brighton Railway in 1841 brought Brighton within the reach of day-trippers from London. The population grew from around 7,000 in 1801 to over 120,000 by 1901.[27] Many of the major attractions were built during the Victorian era such as the Grand Hotel (1864), the West Pier (1866) and the Palace Pier (1899). Prior to either of these structures the famous Chain Pier was built, to the designs of Captain Samuel Brown. It lasted from 1823 to 1896, and featured in paintings by both Turner and Constable.


Because of boundary changes, the land area of Brighton expanded from 1,640 acres (7 km2) in 1854 to 14,347 acres (58 km2) in 1952.[28] New housing estates were established in the acquired areas including Moulsecoomb, Bevendean, Coldean and Whitehawk. The major expansion of 1928 also incorporated the villages of Patcham, Ovingdean and Rottingdean, and much council housing was built in parts of Woodingdean after the Second World War.


Gentrification since then has made Brighton more fashionable again. Recent housing in North Laine, for instance, has been designed in keeping with the area.


In 1997, Brighton and Hove were joined to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove, which was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the millennium celebrations in 2000.



Brighton & Hove 832 (David Land) on service 24 to Hollingbury via Coldean. 12th October 2011.

Brighton & Hove 662 at Churchill Square on service 46 to Hollingbury - Coldean. 19th May 2013.

Brighton & Hove 230 at Churchill Square on service 46 to Hollingbury & Coldean. 14th May 2013.

Brighton and hove fleet number 654 on route 46 to Hollingbury & Coldean

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