:: Norwich - 2015 pictures ::
Just an occasional post - with more activity over on Flickr, where my user name is bardwellpeter
:: Rediscovering Norwich ::
Pictures of Norwich, Norfolk and East Anglia - mostly taken since our return to my birthplace in the summer of 2013, with a few older ones thrown in.
The city of Norwich is famed for once having had 52 churches and 365 public houses within its walls.... keeping things in their proper proportion.
(Click on individual images for a larger version!)
:: Norwich and Norfolk ::
Norwich is the main centre of the county of Norfolk, the sticky-out bit on England's eastern coast - and, prior to the
Industrial Revolution, was variously reckoned to be the country's second or third largest town.
Situated 100 miles north of London, it's famed for having had 52 churches and 365 pubs within its walls - and is celebrated
locally as "a fine city".... with the quotation, from 1851, actually describing my birthplace as "a fine OLD city", even back then!
:: Rome, and Lazio ::
As well as Italy's glorious capital, the Regione of Lazio has many other attractions
for visitors - from inland hill towns to the islands of Ventotene and Ponza.
In two dozen Roman trips, across 17 years, we've tried most months of the calendar - but
mid-November has consistently been our favourite time, with February and August also good
if you prefer to avoid the worst of the crowds!
Click on these initial pictures to open each separate gallery of photos - mostly
central Rome on the first page, with places beyond there on the second...
Once in those galleries, use the 'next' and 'previous' links to move through them!
:: Puglia ::
This is the region that forms the ankle and heel of the Italian boot, with a long
Mediterranean coastline that faces out onto the Adriatic and Ionian seas and runs
down to the Gulf of Taranto.
Highlights include the trulli - bizarrely shaped peasant homes - of Alberobello, cathedral
cities north of Bari such as Trani and, in the south, the gloriously baroque city of Lecce.
Photos from several visits since 2001 : after the first two maps, click on any of the other
thumbnails to go to collections from each particular area or theme...
:: A taste of Sicily ::
Galleries of photos from just a few of this island's many delights...
Cities such as Palermo, Catania, Syracusa, Agrigento and Cefalu - as well
as smaller islands, like Favignana, Pantelleria, Lipari... and other Aeolians
Simply click on the pictures here to open any one of them
:: Why scan? 35mm slide copying with your digicam ::
A few examples of the results from digitising several thousand transparencies, using a
Nikon CP 5400 digital compact camera as the basis of a homemade slidecopier.
The holder was put together from a few metal oddments, some card and electrical tape
(click on the first image for details), of a size that held the slides about 2.5" from the
camera body, where they'd just fill the frame with the lens zoomed to its 35mm setting...
at which barrel distortion was reduced to the minimum.
Shot using 5MP Fine setting in Aperture priority mode, mainly at ISO 80.
Illuminated by daylight, reflected from the ceiling of a sunny terrace, using a custom white
balance that was set at the start of each session... and sometimes rechecked.
Many of the slides (which I've kept) were on high contrast film, or taken with a polariser,
so reshooting with reduced saturation and contrast was often necessary and, most times, a
quick clean with a soft lens brush.
After cropping, the JPG files are about 1.33Mb, and they average some 2400x1600 pixels
(enough for decent 8"x5" prints) - roughly 85% of camera's full pixel count in 3:2 mode.
Post-processing workflow using - at the time - Photoshop Elements 3 (WinXP) went:
- Remove any barrel distortion with the "Lens Distortion" filter from photo-plugins.com
- Rotate as necessary, crop to remove slide mount margins and other unwanted areas
- Clone stamp or healing brush to remove dust marks
- Improve brightness range with Levels or 'Shadows and Highlights'
- Unsharp mask, then "Save As" at JPG Quality 11
Time for about 50 slides (exposure, uploading, editing and saving) averaged 3 minutes each,
but what worked best was shooting continuously while the weather and light were good, and
then processing them in the evenings or when the light wasn't suitable!
:: In Box ::
Pictures here are either oddities, edits of other people's photos - or are perhaps awaiting transfer to other galleries!
:: Ciccio's 80th ::
This great character - patron of "Da Ciccio" down in Ischia Ponte - was born there in 1932, and is still going strong... Forza!
That apron's message, "80 - Voglia di cucinare" ?
When pronounced in dialect... 'O tanta voglia di cucinare - says, roughly, "I've still got the urge to cook"
:: National Railway Museum - Pietrarsa ::
Italy's very first railway line ran along the coast, past Vesuvius - from the royal villa
in Portici to the capital of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies.
Today the Pietrarsa railway museum is housed where Ferdinand II built his trains, on the
seafront only a mile or two from the centre of Naples - and within easy reach of Sorrento.