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with the emphasis on the GREAT. We have a very beautiful country indeed and at certain times of the year it comes into it's own

Londong, Great Britain. June, 2017

Braunton leads Royal Scot through Cholsey with the final day of The Great Britain X - Penzance to Paddington.

When launched in 1843, SS Great Britain was by far the largest vessel afloat. A passenger steamship, she was very advanced for her time, and was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854.

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service, she operated between Bristol and New York. While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in a time of 14 days.

6.30am Start, lots of mist and fog around Bristol this morning. Was hoping for some around Brunel's iron ship but there was none. As the sun came up it briefly bottom lit the clouds but only lasted a couple of minutes. This was the best image taken.

Summer mornings mean early starts for landscape photography but once you make the effort and drag yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour you will realize that it is well worth the effort. For this shot i used the Lee Big Stopper to reduce the shutter speed to give me a 2 minute exposure further blurring the clouds and water. I wasnt sure about placing the ship in the middle of the frame but wanted to include the dockyard buildings. I hope it works and that you all enjoy the image.

From the London Postcrossing get-together, signed by all the participants, and sent as a "Just Postcards" special round robin.

I'm not normally one for posting such exaggerated HDR processed shots but this one works for me! It's a single shot HDR taken on the deck of the SS Great Britain in Bristol.


Shot using a Manfrotto 709b mini tripod, discrete enough to avoid the tripod police in tourist attractions such as this!


SS Great Britain

A4 Pacific, No. 60009 Union Of South Africa

Is seen passing Spittal at

Berwick-Upon-Tweed working day 9 of the Great Britain VII tour from Edinburgh Waverley-London King's Cross 1Z28

The locomotive was running some 65 minutes late when this picture was taken.

Jack the Flipper celebrates the 1.Atelier & Showroom renovation completion today with this stunning b&w composition of world-renowned Stonehenge in the United Kingdom.


Like the legend which was created by building this awe-inspiring Stonehenge, also Jack the Flipper was built by a legend of faith, true friendship, loyalty and passion. We are proud to present many exclusive works with you in the future to come!


The world is our dream!

Markus, Sascha, Anke & Uwe


A wider image of the floating harbour and the SS Great Britain taken in Clifton Wood, Bristol


Prints of this image are available HERE

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About this Shot


When down in Bristol recently we took a trip around the SS Great Britain. Would highly recommend it to anyone that gets the chance.


HDR shot from 3 exposures (-2, 0, +2)



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"What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."

Jack Kerouac (On the Road)


Good-bye Great Britain... while your riding the high of Olympic success, I'm on the road again! See you all again when I arrive at my next crazy venture beneath the skies ツ ツ ツ


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Sunday evening just after the sun had dropped below the horizon. Took a few more shots but this was my best i think. Also met up with Wizard CG from the Bristol group on flickr and was great to talk about photography. Wizard said i was one of the people who inspired him when he was learning, that is so nice to hear seeing the superb quality of the mans images.

Gold Medal presented to Great Britain forward Gerry Davey at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Steam train at Plymouth Railway Station on Platform 4

Brunel's SS Great Britain lays preserved within the Great Western Dockyard Dry Dock, Bristol. The ships huge reproduction engine slowly rotating is on display.

This is a shot of the engines of the SS Great Britain which extend vertically over several decks. These are reproductions of the original 1843 steam engines in the same part of the ship. They turn slowly electrically but much slower than the original would to demonstrate the principals used accompanied by the sounds of sailors shovelling coal.


My visit to Bristol gave me an opportunity to visit the Ship which I had not seen before. The ship when launched in 1843 was by far the largest vessel afloat. She was designed by the famous engineer Isambard Brunel. She was revolutionary for the time being the first to combine an iron hull with a screw propeller in a large ocean going vessel giving great speed. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days. Great Britain carried thousands of immigrants to Australia from 1852 until converted to sail in 1881. In 1970 Great Britain was returned to the Bristol dry dock where she was built. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, she is an award-winning visitor attraction and museum ship in Bristol Harbour, with between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors annually.


The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A68 with a Sigma 10-20mm zoom at 10mm. It was pretty dim requiring an ISO of 1600 to get anything near a fast enough shutter speed. I took 3 raw images 2EV spacing processed with Photomatix 6 Contrast Optimiser. The minus 2 image with the fastest shutter speed was brought in with a layer mask to correct some areas where engine movement was showing. Detail was brought back in with Topaz Clarity and Adjust. More punch using Unsharp Mask 41 amount and 41 radius.


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