Aust, January 2020

We had a particularly frosty Saturday night during January, so I thought I'd head down to Aust to see how it looked. The biggest surprise was that it actually looked very different - they'd knocked down the old ticket office, leaving just a wall and the turnstile.A bit of research shows that South Gloucestershire Council had consulted on, and approved, some changes to make the site safer and more secure, and to discourage some anti-social behaviour.There are more changes to come, but hopefully I'll still be able to access the site and take more photos. Back to the visit - the frost was pretty spectacular, and while I was there the sun started to burn it off. ...
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Aust

On the way back from Tintern, I fancied trying to get some decent photos of one or other of the Severn Bridges. I ended up parked just near the old ferry at Aust - and what a fantastic location is it! Distant views of the second Severn Bridge over grassy fields, the old ramps for the ferry, the big electricity pylon and the first bridge - superb. Somewhere to return to with the large format camera when it arrives. The pylon with flat light could be Bernd & Hilla Becher-esque....
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Derelict Church (NSFW)

I recently joined a site called Purpleport, which aims to put photographers and models in touch with each other - professionals and amateurs like me. I saw a shoot advertised that sounded too interesting to pass up - a couple of models were organising something at a derelict church outside Chepstow. And I'm so glad I did it - I am so pleased with the photos I got from it, although a lot of credit does have to go to the models Helen and Emma. I appreciate that nudes aren't everyone's cup of tea, but there's nothing gratuitous or offensive here - just what I hope you think are some beautiful images. " order_by="sortorder"] And yes, I have found the "cross-processed" preset in Lightroom......
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