Monday, 28 August 2017

Driving Videos in the United Kingdom.

My photography, YouTube channel and blog are just hobbies to keep me occupied, my proper job is a HGV driver around the roads of the United Kingdom. Occasionally I like to share videos of where I have been if they are somewhere I would like to photograph but I was unable to take the time to stop and picture them.
The following short films were taken on my travels around the country and I have set them to music, as it sounds better than the engine from my wagon.

The first video was taken on October 29th 2013 and shows the Dartford Crossing heading north before the toll booths were removed, and driving through the eastern tunnel until I emerge on the northern side of the River Thames in Essex. The speed has been increased by 2.

The 2nd video shows a crossing of the England / Scotland Carter Bar border crossing on the A68 from Northumbria in to the Border's region. Again has been speeded up

The next film again speeded up shows a drive through the historic Scottish Border's town of Jedburgh including passing the famous cathedral remains.

The following clip shows a crossing from the south to the north over the River Thames using the Woolwich Ferry. Again the clip has been speeded up.

The next is me driving past Lancaster services with the famous Pennine tower in view in all it's glory.

And the final clip was taken recently driving through Elland town centre in the early morning.
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Trains at Walsden and the Summit Tunnel.

Finding myself with a few hours to pass on a warm Sunday afternoon I thought I would catch the train up the Calder Valley and walk back along the Rochdale Canal from Walsden to Todmorden, whilst taking a few photos along the way. I thought I would walk the short distance from Walsden Station to the Summit Tunnel t see if I could get any pictures of the eastern portal and whilst there I thought it might be interesting to film a train either entering or exiting the tunnel. Luckily this being a Sunday I didn't have to wait too long as an eastbound train passed shortly after settling myself in for a wait. The result was this short video also available to view on YouTube.

Sadly I was not aware of the distraction of the weeds in front of the camera at the time but I don't think they remove much of the feel of the video.
The Summit Tunnel is one of the oldest railway tunnels in England, built between 1837 and 1841 and when opened it was the longest tunnel in the world at just over 1.6 miles long. The tunnel was closed for 8 months in 1985 due to a serious fire when a petrol train derailed and burst in to flames on the 20th December 1984.

I also before walking up took a short time to film trains in operation at Walsden station including a westbound train running straight threw, An eastbound trained filmed from the iron bridge (the only remaining part of the original station closed in 1961 with the current station reopening in 1990) and another westbound train slowing on approach to platform 1 filmed from platform 2 as it arrived.


The following video was filmed on the 14th November 2014 using my handheld tablet. I was just beginning to take an interest in photography and filmed a short clip of a pacer train passing on it's way into the mouth of the Summit Tunnel.


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Port de San Miquel to Portinatx, A virtual boat trip along the coast.

I recently posted a set of images taken along the northern coast of Ibiza, this selection of pictures uploaded to Flickr and Clickasnap are from the return journey from the Port de San Miquel to Portinatx.

The sea was a little rougher on the return journey which resulted in a few people having upset stomachs but I was ok and took a number of picture on the return journey which took about 45 minutes. The pictures were taken on the 12 July 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 digital bridge camera.

The first set of 17 pictures can be seen on Flickr or by using the arrows on the picture below.
San Miguel to Portinatx. A Boat Trip on The Northern Coast of Ibiza.

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There is also a YouTube slideshow which can be viewed below featuring the pictures set to music.

Some additional pictures taken from the Flickr album
Yacht's in Portinatx Bay.

Northern Coast of Ibiza 31.

Moscarter Lighthouse from Portinatx Bay.
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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Narrowboats, Waterfalls and Leaky Lock Gates at Walsden, West Yorkshire

With a few hours to kill on a bank holiday weekend I decided to go for a walk along the Rochdale Canal from Summit Tunnel to Todmorden and whilst taking a number of pictures I also took several short films using my camera, 2 of which I have uploaded for viewing on YouTube as well as below.

The first video was taken from bridge number 32 Copperas Bridge which carries the A6033 Rochdale Road across the canal. It shows a narrowboat sailing along the canal westward away from Gauxholme Railway Bridge.


The second short clip was taken showing a waterfall flowing nearby at the end of Farnboro Street alongside the Rochdale Canal. I just kind of found it relaxing watching the water cascading over the edge.



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And the 3rd video shows a scene at lock 31 on the Rochdale Canal also known as Lightbank Lock. I  just found something very relaxing about flow of water through the side and bottom of the gate.


Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Natural Beauty of the Northern Coast of Ibiza. Portinatx to San Miguel by Boat.

This set of pictures was taken on a boat trip along the coast of Ibiza from Portinatx to San Miguel. The trip was approx. 30 Min's and the views were outstanding as the boat followed the coastline closely. There are 2 sets taken along the coast but this set features the pictures taken on the trip out to San Miguel and the trip back to Portinatx will be shown later. The pictures were taken about 10.30 in the morning using a Polaroid iS2132 digital bridge camera on the 12 July 2014.


The pictures are split in to 2 selections with the first album of 17 pictures available to view on Flickr or by the slideshow album below.

The Northern Coast of Ibiza.
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The picture shows a coastline not far from Portinatx which has all colour drained from it apart from the blue sea.

Colour picture showing the coastline jutting out into the sea.

Rock lying away from the coast which seemed to be popular with people diving off.

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The Northern Coast Of Ibiza.



The Northern Coast of Ibiza 9.

The Northern Coast of Ibiza 14.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Seasons at Mearclough Bridge.

Mearclough Bridge is a 3 arch (2 arches over the River Calder and 1 hidden behind the trees) stone bridge that carries the Fall Lane over the River Calder. The bridge was given Grade II listed status on the 19th July 1988 and whilst it's thought the current bridge dates from around the year 1800 there is records of bridges at this point in earlier history.


The following information about the bridge was obtained from the Malcolm Bull Calderdale Companion site... I April 1769 Norland Township was fined for not keeping the bridge in repair and again in 1773. In 1774 £250 was donated to rebuild the bridge in stone. I'd like to give my thanks to the Malcolm Bull website for this information.

For many years the single track bridge was the only access for the refuse site and local businesses due to a low railway bridge along the road, this led to Mearclough Bridge being damaged a number of times and eventually closing to traffic when the new Sterne Mills Bridge opened in July 2015. After a period of time in which plans to close the bridge permanently were discussed the newly repaired bridge with restrictive access to all vehicles except cars was reopened in 2016.

There are a total of 16 pictures taken of and around the bridge and the River Calder here at various times of the year showing the seasons on the river. There are 11 pictures that can be seen on Flickr full size or via the arrows on the slideshow below.

Mearclough Bridge, Sowerby Bridge
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The picture shows the bridge from the northern side after repairs had been completed. It was taken in January 2016 after a light covering of snow.

The picture shows the River Calder flowing east towards Copley taken from atop Mearclough Bridge with the surrounding woodland turning from green to yellow.

The picture shows the newly repaired bridge from below and along the riverbank and was taken in November 2016.

Taken in June 2016 looking west from the top of Mearclough Bridge towards the weir just beyond the trees. The Spring season was just changing to Summer and the trees are showing a full green colour.

Taken looking towards Mearclough Weir in January 2016 with snow covering the surrounding trees, buildings and valley.

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River Calder Glowing Bright.


Mearclough Bridge 2.
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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Rishworth Branch Line.

The Rishworth Branch Line was a railway that ran along the Ryburn Valley from Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth. Originally proposed in 1865 work commenced in 1873 and the first section of line to Ripponden opened in 1878 with the line to Rishworth being completed in 1881. The original plans for the line meant tunnelling through the moor near here to connect with the main line at Rochdale but difficulties with landslides, e.t.c. meant this never happened. Problems with the surrounding land led to the line closing between Ripponden and Rishworth in March 1952 and completely in September 1958.

A number of the bridge crossing's still stand, along with the Scar Head Tunnel and at Rishworth the station platform still waits for a train never to arrive, although largely hidden now by undergrowth and inaccessible due to being on private land. Sadly there is no other evidence of the lines other stations and halt's remaining at Ripponden, Triangle or Watson's Crossing. The majority of these pictures featured in this slideshow were taken using my Nikon d3300 camera on the 29th April 2016.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Railway Station's of Calderdale.

A new slideshow featuring music. The slideshow has images taken at the railways stations of the Calder Valley. The stations are Brighouse, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden. The platform remains at Rishworth and station bridge at Triangle are also included. The are 23 images in the 2min 41sec long slideshow. The pictures were taken n a number of dates using either my Samsung Galaxy Tablet, Polaroid iS2132 Bridge Camera or my current choice of equipment, my Nikon d3300 SLR Camera.



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Friday, 18 August 2017

Mytholmroyd Railway Station.

Mytholmroyd Railway Station opened in May 1847 6 years after the railway passed through the town and has been in continuous use since, although the original buildings have either been demolished on the east bound platforms or closed off and are no longer in use on the west bound platforms. These are the former booking hall and stair tower and are Grade II listed. There are plans to redevelop the hall in to a community led facility housing the Ted Hughes Poetry Centre and the Alice Longstaff Gallery.

The current station features 2 platforms and was redeveloped in the late 80's early 90's adjacent to the original buildings and platforms. It serves the communities of Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot, Midgley and Cragg Vale.

I have been at the station many times armed with a camera and these first pictures were taken on the 14th August 2016. There are a total of 7 pictures that were taken with my Nikon d3300 this time with 5 feature on Flickr in the album below.

Mytholmroyd Railway Station.
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I live quite close and I have a fondness for railway photography so I have pictured the station many times. The first time using my Samsung Galaxy Tablet on the 26th October 2013. All 9 can be seen below.


 








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Saturday, 12 August 2017

New YouTube Channel for Colin Green Photography.

Well it's fair to say not really new, but a channel all the same to show off my photographs. I originally set it up as an experiment using some short videos my daughter had filmed on holiday using my Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and had until recently forgotten all about it. There are also a couple of videos taken whilst driving. There are currently 10 videos and 3 photographic slideshows to view on there. The 4 below are the 3 most viewed videos on YouTube and the most viewed photo slideshow.

Crossing the England Scotland Carter Bar border in Northumbria. The music that over lays the video is Lamentation by Kevin MacLeod. The video was uploaded on the 31st October 2013 and currently has 7918 views.

A Drive through Jedburgh shows a leisurely paced drive through the historic Scottish town of Jedburgh in the Borders region. The music is Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod and the film was uploaded on the 2nd November 2013 currently showing 2139 views.

Shark Swimming in Costa Teguise was filmed by my daughter at the Lanzarote aquarium and is a short film showing a shark swimming around his tank. The music is A Mission by Kevin MacLeod and it has been viewed 1538 times since it was uploaded on the 4th August 2013.

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The following video / slideshow features the 20 images currently available to buy at Photo 4 Me
The slideshow is 1min 41 seconds long and the music overlaying the film is Ghost Processional by Kevin MacLeod. There are not any stats for views as yet as it was only uploaded yesterday.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Luddenden Dene, an updated selection of pictures.

Luddenden Dean is a rural area of Calderdale, West Yorkshire with it has to be said not much going on anymore. At 1 time the area had a chapel, and a pub, features a couple of crossings over the Luddenden Brook and not really much else. It must have been a hard life and probably still is when the winter weather hits but that said I think it's one of the best places to walk in the area, with outstanding views and a sense of isolationism. The remains of Castle Carr are not too far from here but access is only allowed to the grounds at certain times and sadly when I was there this was not one of those occasions.


The local pub the Cat I'th Well has traded since at least the 18th Century and local legend says that the nearby Cat Rocks must be painted white by the Landlord on a certain day of the year or the pub will fail. One year the Landlord painted them a different colour and the pub was bankrupt before the years end.

The local stream Caty Well Brook flows into the Luddenden Brook running under the road near to the pub. Approx. 1 mile west from here is the remains of the Luddenden Methodist Chapel. The chapel was opened in the 1820's and provided a place for the local community to worship. It was destroyed by fire on the night of Monday January 4th 1954 devastating the small congregation that attended the chapel regularly. Services then moved to the nearby Sunday School and continued to meet there until November 1978. The graveyard is still used for burials and there is a communal grave for the orphaned children who died whilst working at Calvert's Mill, Wainstalls, the youngest being only 12 years old.

The Pictures were taken in July 2016 and can viewed in 2 different albums on Flickr and Clickasnap. They were taken using a Nikon D3300 SLR Camera.

Luddenden Dene.
Use the arrows to navigate the album or click to view full size on Flickr. There are 13 pictures to view on Flickr.

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