Lisbon

Just a few photos from our recent trip to Lisbon…

I think I’ve lost touch with this photography stuff as I look at these photos and think that they’re mostly photos of man made stuff rather than interpretations of what’s in front of me. Anyway, it’s good that this photo collection has made me question stuff / my photography which, if honest, I’ve not engaged much in over the last couple of years.

We had a good time in Lisbon, it’s worth a visit, we ate loads of fish, which, if honest was one of the main reasons for going there. Went to the Oceanarium (which was brilliant D) and Pena Palace which was also brilliant. Drank loads of wine and generally unwound ourselves so that can’t be bad.

Here are some photos of our trip…

 

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Arco da Rua Augusta

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Lisbon trams

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Lisbon trams

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Lisbon trams.

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Not sure if honest!

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Praça do Comércio

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Resident of Lisbon Oceanarium

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Lisboa Santa Apolónia station

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Santa Justa Elevator – built by a student of Gustave Eiffel and was approx 100m from our hotel.

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Santa Justa Elevator – built by a student of Gustave Eiffel and was approx 100m from our hotel.

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View from Santa Justa Elevator

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Detail Santa Justa Elevator

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Detail Santa Justa Elevator

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Detail Santa Justa Elevator

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Belem ferry terminal

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Belem Castle

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Detail at Belem

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Detail at Belem

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Detail at Belem

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Pena Palace

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Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Jo at Pena Palace

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Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Tiles at Pena Palace

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Tiles at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Tiles at Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Pena Palace

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Detail at Pena Palace

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Peacock

Duxford – Battle of Britain Air Show 20 Sep 2015

Well, just a few photos from yesterday’s air show. Photographing fast moving planes is incredibly difficult resulting in a 90% failure rate nevertheless here are some I thought worth showing.

There were lots of Spitfires and Hurricanes, even some Messerschmitts doing pretend dogfights. One of the highlights was a Chinnook helicopter doing things you’d never expect such a heavy duty helicopter would be capable of. Sadly none of my photos of this were adequate to share.

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Yorkshire

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A Yorkshire tree…

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Same tree, the opposite cheek…

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Dry stone walls everywhere…

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A Yorkshire ménage a trois…

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Our Inn…

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The Lister Arms, an alternative Malham pub…

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Yorkshire landscape…

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Janet’s Fosse – weird place that locals reckon has fairies as inhabitants. Needless to say I’m not tuned into looking out for fairies so none were seen…

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Close to Janet’s Fosse, looks almost Mediterranean…

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Janet’s Fosse…

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Malham, my favourite photo from the trip…

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Gordale Scar – long story here about an 8 mile walk that got abandoned just up from this waterfall as it was becoming more like rock climbing rather than walking. Abandoning the route cost us another 3 miles so this photo shows us returning a couple of days later to see what we’d missed out on…

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Calf…

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Bike – there were loads of bikes both real and decorative, the decorative ones were leftovers from the Tour de France last year…

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Hardraw Force, sounds better than it really is as they advise you to turn up after torrential rain to see it in it’s glory…

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Jo being silly…

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Lincoln Cathedral, a stopover en route home…

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Lincoln Cathedral…

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Lincoln Cathedral in the background, photo taken from within the grounds of Lincoln Castle with Lincoln Prison (disused) as the main focus…

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Inside Lincoln Prison…

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Arty farty view of a door at Lincoln Prison…

Done…..

Newman Wedding

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On the river for Stag III.  Tom dressed up and father-in-law to be on left.IMG_20150619_132512

With friend Brian walking on South Downs.  Reception barn is located at foot of hills in distance.

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Jean in front of her barn dressing handiwork.

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At the pub.  L-R Jean, Laura’s Dad, Laura, Laura’s Mum.

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Groom’s parents ready to leave……………..

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Groom and brother ready to leave – Arundel Castle in background.

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Signing the register.

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Champagne on the terrace

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Eating Italian, L-R Jean blurred, Luz Joe’s girlfriend, Rob best man, Joe, Tom.

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Groom’s speech.

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Band warming up.

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Non-dancers drinking instead downstairs.

 

 

 

Geeky Stuff

These are the rather nice results from using a very clever photo merge programme called Agisoft PhotoScan and my digital camera hung off a basic kite (see earlier blog).  The first set is of a so called shieling mound – a temporary summer camp where families used to graze cattle in the summer.  These haven’t been used here since about 1800.

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The technique involves running a basic digital camera on video mode whilst the kite is flown at different heights and angles over the site and then downloading individual images.  These are about 150kB in size and around 80 were required to be loaded into the programme to make these 3D images.  The quality is limited as a result and a really chunky machine is required to process a set of normal pictures which would give a high quality resolution..

The set below are of a much more enigmatic site on Grimsay where we live and only recently discovered.  It comprises a long mound of natural rock with the remains of a V shaped building at one end.  At its apex is a small rock pool.  It is thought that the obviously curved leg of the V is probably the remains of a prehistoric roundhouse which dates back 2000-3000 years.

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The whole structure looks oddly phallic from the air but that is thought to be coincidental!

Finally here are some shots of a 3D model of our house which needs a bit more work yet.  The sun was low and bright when these were taken and the glare off the flat house Photoscan 1 Photoscan 2 Photoscan 3 Photoscan 4

surfaces has confused the programme a bit.