This Is Not A
Yesterday afternoon was a bit of a disappointment.
I'd booked it off work on Thursday, because the forecast said it
was going to be nice, and I'd planned to do something I don't have time
to do in the normal run of events, namely to stroll around Wrexham
I wasn't too disturbed when I got up at 6:50 on Friday
morning to find that it was pretty grey: the forecast was for it to
brighten up by mid morning. So I packed my trusty BenQ and set off for
By the time I left work at 12:30, it was still overcast.
Still, I'd made my plans and intended sticking to them. So off I strode
into town, down into Brook Street, along St Giles Way, back up Mount
Street and Temple Row, snapping away at anything which looked
interesting, until I came to the Parish Church of St Giles. This
was my intended main target, so I walked around the outside taking
photographs of it at various angles, plus a couple of snaps of the
grave of Elihu Yale (he whose donations - financed by colonialism, tax
gouging and overall duplicity - helped expand the American university
which has since borne his name).
(I didn't go inside. Although an atheist to the bone, I still feel
that taking photographs inside churches is not quite done).
I took a few pictures of the town itself, but not many. I found
that I was inhibited by a large degree of self-consciousness when
trying to shoot street scenes. I felt I was drawing attention to myself
(not a wise thing to do in a town with more than its fair share of
chavs, slappers, smackheads and other Darwinian failures), which I
found deeply uncomfortable. So, after about half an hour, I headed
When I uploaded the photographs to the PC, I found that for some
reason very few of them had come out particularly well. I've long known
that this camera doesn't seem to reproduce reduced-light conditions
very well without fiddling a bit with the settings, and I don't think I
had the light-meter settings right: everything looked too dark and the
sky, rather than being greyish, looked as if it was about to
dump a month's rainfall in sixty seconds.
I did some remedial work with the pictures in Paint Shop Pro, but
they're still not really right. Nonetheless, some of them are likely to
turn up in The Gallery shortly.
PS: They're there now.
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