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Photographs of Fishbourne

Location: Chichester Harbour, Fishbourne, West Sussex[info] (50.832885, -0.8114 [Google Maps] [maps.live.com] [multimap])
Dates: started Saturday, 20th January 2001
On Saturday 20th(?) January 2001 the weather was very clear (and so quite cold), but after doing the weekly shop decided I couldn't miss this opportunity and decided to walk to Fishbourne from Chichester. Perhaps going in my flying jacket and trainers was a little inadvisable after all the rain we'd had in previous months - although there hadn't been much rain in recent days, the fields were still completely saturated with water and early optimistic sod-hopping (jumping from tuft of grass to tuft of grass to try and stay out of the water) soon gave way to trudging along with wet and muddy feet. I think it was well worth it in the end though.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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This is the entrance passage to the field where you get access to the water.  It's usually all dark and gloomy but the auto light level on the camera brightened everything up, which kind of lessens the atmosphere.
09, gamma corrected
May 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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I think this is more how it should have been.
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20th January 2001
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First of three pictures taken on the small bridge coming out of the woods (at the end of the passageway, see above), trying to capture the light reflecting off the water.  This one's a bit dark and gloomy with too much in the way of twigs; I think I got it better on the third attempt.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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The second attempt at capturing light on the stream through the woods.  A lot brighter, but with that stonking great bit of tree through it.  I could edit it out but the next one's better IMHO.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Third attempt at capturing the light on the woodland stream.  By crouching down I got rid of enough of the branch, and got enough light on the water that the rest of the wood is dark enough to be atmospheric, but not too dark to be a mass of black.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Looking back at the stream from the other side; after tramping over the sodden cow field (way too wet and cold to take pictures of that, and anyway, there weren't any cows) and over the first mini-bridge in the second field to get to the stream, this lovely chalk stream was a bit of a lift to my spirits.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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The second bridge across the stream (although if I'd have come at it from a different direction I could have saved myself some of the grief with muddy feet earlier, it's the first bridge if you come at it via a back way from the village pond).  Not a great shot, I think the second attempt - at the bottom of the page - captures it better.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Attempt to capture the colours of the scene - the vivid blues and greens - along with the burst of light from the low winter sun.  Looking into the sun doesn't make taking a photo easy, so it's a little skewed...
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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...processed version of 16, rotated slightly to compensate for my dodgy camerawork.
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20th January 2001
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The boards that allow you to get from the entrance from the village down to the third (second from village) bridge with dry feet.  You can see the water either side - that's just the remains of the heavy rains.  Looks like it's going to be there for quite some time.
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20th January 2001
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The final bridge itself, with the small weir (?) underneath where the stream water falls away on it's way into the inlet.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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First shot of the water after emerging from the field.  Not especially exciting, but shows the lie of the land - this (east?) bank with tufted grass, the reeds beds to the north(?) an the farmland over on the other (west?) bank.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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The winter sun hanging low over the water.  Slightly skewed again, and with the same excuse of looking into the sun.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A corrected version of the above sun-over-water scene.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A closer view of some of the reeds at the edge of the water.
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20th January 2001
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More reeds at the edge of the water.  Basically that tufty grass was wet, and I wanted to get as many shots as possible without having to come back!
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A view across the reeds back towards the last house in the village.
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20th January 2001
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Trying desperately to get a picture of the mute swans on the water, but this is is just a 3x optical zoom camera, not attached to a telescope.  At 100% the full-sized version could crop down to a half-decent picture of the swan, so I've kept it just in case (as with a lot of these photographs!)
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Same as the above, but finally got one with the swan looking at me.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Snap of birds rising off the fields across the inlet.  Not really apparent in the thumbnail version (see below)
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A second shot of the birds coming off the fields, this time with them a little closer.  If I remember correctly I think they were lapwings, but here they're pretty much black blurry blobs.  Good luck identifying them!
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20th January 2001
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Birds coming off the little spit of land that's visible at a time when the tide's pretty high.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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More of the swan
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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What's with this swan fixation?
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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There were some ducks out on the water.  Right now I'm wishing I had the even more expensive new 10x zoom version of my camera.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Small birds sitting on posts.  Again, zoom not really up to it.
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20th January 2001
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Birds lined up along the spit of land at high water.
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20th January 2001
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The shoreline.  I think I just liked the vivid colours (although they're a little less vivid here)
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Sun reflected in water, with a little lens flare over the shoreline.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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As above but rotated to adjust for sun-blindness.  Other rotated images were cropped to get rid of the triangular wedges of white that the rotation added to the edges of the images, but this one is the only one that's actually been touched up - the triangle in the top right was filled using a linear fill made up from colours picked out of the photo itself to make sure there's at least some sky in this image (otherwise a crop would have had to remove all the sky).  I also cloned the top of one of the trees over to add to the top of a truncated tree on the right.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A cropped version of the above image (and so with the same touched-up sky).  Getting rid of a bit of that dark foreground to concentrate on the reflection on the water.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Faintly interesting vegetation poking up through the water, with water birds in the background.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A view back to Chichester Cathedral over the fields.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Hey look, more swans - a couple of cygnets this time.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A random view out across the water.
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20th January 2001
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Public footpath sign (metal).
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20th January 2001
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View of the water rushing out of one of the streams
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20th January 2001
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More water/stream rushing.
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20th January 2001
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Another on of those "ooh, look at the pretty green and blue" pictures of nothing much.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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An actual picture of something - two cyclists wending their way back towards Chichester.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A bit of sea wall.  Is it a sea wall? Strictly speaking Fishbourne's quite a way from the sea really isn't it?
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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The same wall, seen from above.  Some of the images like this I moved to the textures area (of interesting but non-tiling images for use in backgrounds), but this one kind of goes with the above.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Another attempt at a swan pic.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Look, this swan thing is getting out of hand...
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20th January 2001
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...that's it, no more swans!  Ever!
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20th January 2001
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Public footpath sign (wood)
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20th January 2001
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The pretty Norman (?) church on the way back out of Fishbourne.  Nice big car park next door for dog walkers to welly-up in.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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The thatched cottage that overlooks the pond on the other side of the inlet.    Out back they were burning... well, I hope it was leaves... anyway, it didn't seem to make the photo smoky.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Looking out over the village pond (pretty much the view from the front window of the thatched cottage).  On thumbnailing this image I thought it looked a bit skewed...
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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...so I rotated it to "correct" for this and realised that, in the larger views, the original looks less skewed than the "corrected" version.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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After crossing the mill race and heading out towards the reeds I tried to capture the impending tunnel of reeds, the water on the puddle and get some cool lens flare effects.  However I think the camera equalised out most of the interesting tones.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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This shot captures more of the sun and lens flare, but the foreground is pretty much darkened out of existance.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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This shot at least captures a little of the claustrophobia of the wall of reeds.  These have been cut back though; in summer they're all overgrown and you pretty muh have to fight your way through, which is interesting given the proximity of the paths to the water...
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Walking down the path, I turned and saw this.  And then twisted my ankle in a mud-filled rabbit hole.  In the balance of things I guess this view was worth a twisted ankle.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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Hobbling on, the sun just happened to be in the perfect position to give me this view of the bridge out onto the west bank of the inlet.  I had meant to get to Fishbourne an hour or two earlier, but then I wouldn't have got this view of a bridge shining with reflected light.  Of course the water that caused this effect made the boards of the bridge treacherously slippery, but the darker area to the left is a textured area that got me across without getting my feet any wetter. 
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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A version of the above, slightly rotated to get the bridge to line up a little better, and cropped to make it more central.
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20th January 2001
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Looking back I saw this view of  the reeds reflected in a stream.
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20th January 2001
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The large tree, visible in many shots from the other side of the river
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20th January 2001
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The previous image rotated to straighten out the horizon a little.
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20th January 2001
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...and again, but cropped to get rid of some of the foreground.
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20th January 2001
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Long shadows time.  Time for me to go home I think. After this my camera died with flat batteries, and as I tried to nurse it back to life so that it would retract its lens properly I managed to slip on the same patch of mud that I twisted my ankle on earlier, and started moving rapidly towards the water.  I managed to stay upright enough to work out what to do, and ended up resting on both feet and my right elbow dug into the soft mud, the camera safe in my right hand; I pushed myself up with the tips of my left fingers so that I wasn't so dirty that I couldn't get the lens cap on the camera.  Neither the satchel-type bag slung over my shoulder nor my arse got muddy, so I managed to walk home with little embarrassment.
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20th January 2001
Camera: Olympus C2020Z
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After the drama of my little slip-up, I twice ended up nursing the camera back into life long enough to take photographs - a slightly blurry image of some wicker fencing consigned to the textures area and this image of the bridge in the field going back home.  Almost back where I started from.  A last shot, one of Chichester Cathedral at dusk, finally did for the batteries.

Misc stuff

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20th January 2001
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Birds on the spit of land as seen from the other side of the inlet.
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20th January 2001
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Random water image chopped from up above.

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