One Pub, Three Impressions

A few weeks ago I snapped a quick photograph of the George pub in Wanstead, East London, captured through the front top deck window of a London double-decker bus as we went past. It was a dull day, and the bus window was grimy, so my original image looks a bit blah and lacklustre.

What it needs is a bit of oomph, so it seemed to be the perfect contender for playing about with some post-processing art filter effects, which is fast turning out to be my latest hobby. These three very different versions of the same image are all processed online via LunaPic, and are in the style of specific impressionist painters.

This first image is processed using a Van Gogh effect – it picks up the rusty-red brick and verdigris turrets of the old Edwardian building beautifully, although the concentrated blue everywhere else is perhaps a bit overdone. Still, overall it’s created a pleasing effect…

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The second image is in the style of Gaugin – I really love the crisp, clear lines and the strong, unapologetic use of yellows and reds…

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And the third impressionist image is using a Seurat effect filter – the reliance on muted greens and grey-blues and softer outlines give an altogether more sombre feel…

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Thursday Doors: Westminster Cathedral

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I took these external pics of Westminster Cathedral in London’s Victoria on my way to and from this year’s Annual Blogger’s Bash in June, and meant to post them earlier but seem to have missed the boat somewhat with my timings. Still, better late than never! To be honest I didn’t even know this cathedral existed until it turned up as a landmark on Geoff’s directions to the Bash venue nearby, and from what I could see in passing the heavy rectangular wooden doors are probably the plainest part of the building.

I looked it up once I got home and discovered that the foundation stone was laid in 1895 and the fabric of the building was completed eight years later, and although according to the website the interior is incomplete the cathedral still contains some fine marble work and mosaics. Apparently there’s also a public viewing gallery from the top of the 210ft (64m) tower, so I think overall Westminster Cathedral is certainly somewhere I’ll be visiting properly sometime in the future…

For more door-oriented posts please see Norm’s Thursday Doors post for this week and click on the blue frog 🙂

 

A-Z Challenge: S is for Streets

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S is for Streets…

Here are a few images of local-to-me residential streets in Leytonstone. The bulk of the original house-building around here took place from the 1880s onwards, although every now and again you see a more modern building looking almost out-of-place sitting between the traditional Victorian edifices. The most usual reason for this is because there would have been bomb damage during WWII which left empty spaces within the rows (once the rubble had been cleared and the craters filled) that were eventually replaced with a variety of new-builds in the years and decades afterwards 🙂

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…

A-Z Challenge: J is for St John’s Church

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J is for St John’s Church…

The church of St John the Baptist on Church Lane in Leytonstone was designed by architect Edward Blore, who apparently also worked on Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. The church was consecrated in 1833.

This year for my Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’ve decided to keep it super-simple, and stick close to home with a straightforward agenda. I tend to post lots of local London images anyway, so my aim is to post at least one new (as in taken recently, and not posted before) photograph each day, taking us on a whistle-stop A-Z tour of Local Leytonstone Life; simple snapshot images of ordinary everyday things around me that capture my attention, yet don’t take me out of my daily routine too much…