Thursday, June 18, 2009

Town with a Long History

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This is the Highstreet, in Stockton, Cleaveland, UK, a town with a very long history. There was a castle at rear left of this picture in medieval times, commanding the river which is a couple of hundred yards beyond the buildings (its foundations were found by workers in the 1960s), and there has been a street market here (hence the breadth of the street) for some 800 years, the charter for which was granted by King John, of Robin Hood fame. I took this photo in December, 2006, hence the Christmas decorations, and you can see by the clock in the tower of the Town Hall that it is 12.05pm. A series of rain squalls went through and left the roads wet, excellent reflectors to the patchy sun that came up later. The image as taken was quite dark, so mid-tones were recovered with gamma-correction, then contrast, colour and sharpness were all adjusted. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike

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