A view from a hill

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Comments (42)

Steven Stoddart on February 2, 2011

Hiya Karin! Chuffed you like this... I have to say it is one of my favourites too...



Free Wheels on February 2, 2011

Hi steve, it's not hard for me to miss the floor :) I'm old enough to remember this Mum took me to the beach at Eastney opposite the Royal Marines Barracks, to watch. My Mum and Dad were both in the Navy.

Steven Stoddart on February 2, 2011

Hiya Mark - Blimey... that was an interesting link! It would be another 4 years before I arrived on the scene... My old man (if he was still with us) would have remembered all this... he was in the Royal Marines... My Ma was a Wren so I guess that aspect of our parental history share some similarities...

Thanks for posting that link... although I do have a wry smile on my face when I think about how we got to this point... I think I made some caustic remark about plunder....

Cheers. ol' top!


Closed on February 2, 2011

OH! Hi there Mark :) Yay, now I know your name! & Hiya Super Steve!

I just wanted to say thanks for the link as well. I am not a big fan of modern history, but I must say I really enjoyed that clip! I certainly will have to see more of those. My grandfather and uncle were both in the (US) Navy and I would sit for hours listening to their stories. It is nice to put pictures to the memories. (My father was an MP but that is a whole other story.. :) The size of the submarines, as shown with the seamen on top, was quite astounding. I don't know why I always picture them as small... :O

Okay, enough rambling from me, I just wanted to say thanks and it turned out like this.. :D Smiles, GG

Free Wheels on February 2, 2011

Hi Steve, sorry about the 1953 link, I couldn't find any footage of an early 1500's Spithead review.:) Still glad you found it interesting, those good old days when we had a RN fleet. GG really glad you found it interesting as well.

Steven Stoddart on February 3, 2011

Hiya Mark - Hells bells, nowt to say sorry about! While I was watching, there were memorable scenes where there seemed ships all over... Our present Navy seems a shadow of what it was... while some reduction might be expected, the present arrangement of shiny new aircraft carriers and no aircraft to go on them would seem a little extreme!

So, it was an interesting link.... so even less to say sorry about!

Hiya GG! "Super" Steve... You make me blush! (Still, I do love it!)

Cheers to both..


els f on February 4, 2011

thanks Steve! always happy to read your comments and wish you a nice weekend! Els

Steven Stoddart on February 6, 2011

Hello Mirko - Grand to see you have visited the gallery once again...

Thanks for your appreciation of this photo... your comments and visit are both very welcome!



lozpet on February 17, 2011

Sorry Steve I seemed to have missed a few of your photo's. This one looks great in B&W as a few have mentioned. Your right would never have worked in colour, the light & shadows look fantastic, LIKE & YS, Cheers, LOZ

Steven Stoddart on February 17, 2011

Hiya Loz - Nothin' to say sorry for! This photo is one reason why I dont mind the winter... With the sun so low, it lights up things in a way you do not see at any other time of year... The branches of the trees are all lit up and this was lost in the colour version...

Hence the B&W...

Marion is experimenting to great effect in B&W... what about you? I reckon you should do more based on this!!

Thanks, as always, for your appreciation...



beyer99 on February 18, 2011


LIKE best wishes a.beyer

H. Lotfi-Azad on February 28, 2011

Beautiful B&W ,,,

LIKe 14

Steven Stoddart on February 28, 2011

Welcome back, H Lotfi-Azad! I am glad you liked this photo... Sometimes, black and White works so much better than colour..

Thanks for stopping by and for your like



Scott Gore on February 28, 2011

Like Another super B/W! Best regards, Scott.

Steven Stoddart on March 1, 2011

Hiya Scott - It seems a little odd that all that technology designed to give faithful reproduction of colour is spurned in a significant number of my photographs! Sometimes colour lessens the impact..

With this, I saw the scene in B&W - mainly because the site is an ancient one and somehow, colour fades in history...

Thanks for your appreciation of this - and for the like : )



tmoj on March 1, 2011

Hi Steve,

looks like all praise I can imagine already given to this excellent B&W image has already been said above.

It's a pity that very few people are using B&W nowadays, me included.

This one certainly earns my L+Y*.

Best wishes, Timo

Steven Stoddart on March 1, 2011

Hello Timo -Alwaysa pleasure to welcome another visitor from Finland!

Ah! The bit of our brain that has "EGO" written on the door can never get enought praise but I appreciate the sentiment!

As for the use of B&W, well, it is only in recent times I have started to use it more.. and that was a sa result of photo's seen here in Panaoramio. As for using B&W in what your excellent icon suggests is your favourite environment (!), I don't think I have seen it used much at all..

Perhaps worth a try?

Thanks for stopping by today and for rating this with a YS and like



tmoj on March 2, 2011

Hi Steve,

you are right, very seldom underwater photos are B&W. Probably because many of the underwater creatures are so unbelievably colourful. But there certainly are cases where B&W would be a good idea. E.g shots deeper down, where main colour is bluish gray might actually look better in B&W.

I think I'll try to convert some of my UW shots to B&W. Let's see what comes out of that. I was actually using only B&W up to early eighties, when I lost my darkroom because my parents moved out of their old house and never set up a new one.

With digital B&W is in principle easy, but certainly requires time and some trial and error to start seeing B&W again and finding best conversion technique.

Best wishes, Timo

Steven Stoddart on March 2, 2011

Hi there Timo... Thanks for the post... it was interesting to get a perspective on this from someone who is so obviously comfortable below the waves as above them!

I too, also did my own processing but in the late seventies... It was not unknown for me to roll up at school with the unmistakable whiff of fixer around me.... No surprise that the aroma did nothing for the girls... sigh....

I learned my lesson though... These days I go to work with a bouquet of bleach about me instead...



Kikajon on March 17, 2011

I think that this b&w gives a real dimension to this picture, very nice

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Photo taken in Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

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    by Steven Stoddart
    • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • Exposure: 0.031s (1/32)
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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