Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Mercedes says thanks (or TA)

It’s hard to be longer than an S Class Mercedes… unless you’re its formal name!

Some names really are silly long these days…

Mercedes-Benz S Class 3.0 S350 CDI BlueTEC 7G-Tronic Plus 4dr.

Whatever happened to the good old L. GL, GLS and similar badges of company car status?

A quick glance along the rears of all the cars in the company car park, and you know where everybody stood in the pecking order.

Nice white 2012 car, shame about the diesel – but at least they have a reputation for long life (as if anyone buying an S Class really cared).

I still have an illogical liking of 2+2 registrations, and I like this one.

I guess it’s NOT property of a PC service engineer specialising in SATA hard drives.

Mercedes S Class [54 TA]

Mercedes S Class [54 TA]

I’m tending to favour aligning the cars accurately in pics where the camber of the road leans them over at odd angles. With a wide shot that angle is not obvious, but close in, concentrating on the subject, it just looks as if the camera was at an angle, not the road.

I’m not sure where most of the artificial light was coming from in this late night shot (a mix of various street lights, shop windows, and passing vehicles), but it was hard to balance the mix out and get this one close to white. It’s still not perfect, but everything I tried seem to end up with a colour cast.

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May 21, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

That 1988 rowing pic I asked about?

While I blog for my own reasons, independent of any readers, it’s still sad to note that the few comments/responses the material once got have dried up completely.

I guess ‘Social Media’ has killed this sort of thing.

I posted a pic taken from about the River Clyde in 1988, with rowers shown on a section of the River Clyde I couldn’t identify from present day aerial views…

Clyde Rowers From The Air

Clyde Rowers From The Air

Now that I know where this is, I also know why it wasn’t immediately obvious where it was, and why it didn’t make for an easy find using present day aerial views.

The first problem was one of assumption, deliberate or otherwise, that the pic had been shown with North at the top.

I know it’s a notional thing, but if this scene is inverted compared to its appearance on a map – those rowers are actually rowing downriver, to the south east.

The building seen to their right can still be found at the back of Richmond Park. Such buildings can usually be found and identified on old OS maps, but this one seems to be absent.

Clyde Riverbank Building

Clyde Riverbank Building

Incidentally, this pic caught one of Glasgow City Council’s safety initiative from years gone by – when all the spikes were sawn off their railings and fences. This followed a number of incidents where children (and others) had managed to fall and impail themselves on these old features, sometimes fatally.

The second problem was just nature – seen from above, most of the ground detail is now hidden below trees, and simply cannot be seen.

Don’t forget – the Google view below is inverted compared to the original pic shown above. That little building is on the south (lower) bank seen in the view below. You can also see how the trees have grown to completely the cover the view of the path and two benches seen in that original view.

Even this view is now out of date – the area on the south bank of the river (where the building still lies) is currently fenced off and has been cleared for extensive land works, not further identified.

May 21, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

   

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