Saxon Shore Way – Conyer to Faversham, Kent, UK – 10/09/11

•September 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Photos from walking part of the Saxon Shore Way from Conyer to Faversham in Kent. A distance of 6 miles past the old crossing point for the old Harty Ferry to the Isle Of Sheppey.


Oare Marshes, Kent, UK


Oare Marshes, Kent, UK

~ Oare Marshes, Kent, UK ~


iPhone4 : 4mm
f/2.8 : 1/702 sec : ISO 80


The Swale, Kent, UK

~ The Swale, Kent, UK ~


iPhone4 : 4mm
f/2.8 : 1/670 sec : ISO 80


View towards Teynham, Kent, UK

~ View towards Teynham, Kent, UK ~


iPhone4 : 4mm
f/2.8 : 1/2011 sec : ISO 80


Disused Jetty, Uplees Marshes, Kent, UK

~ Disused Jetty, Uplees Marshes, Kent, UK ~


iPhone4 : 4mm
f/2.8 : 1/670 sec : ISO 80


View back towards the Isle Of Sheppey Crossing, Kent, UK

~ View back towards the Isle Of Sheppey Crossing, Kent, UK ~


iPhone4 : 4mm
f/2.8 : 1/754 sec : ISO 80


Old Harty Ferry Crossing Jetty, Kent, UK

~ Old Harty Ferry Crossing Jetty, Kent, UK ~


iPhone4 : 4mm
f/2.8 : 1/1257 sec : ISO 80


Oare Creek, Oare, Faversham, Kent, UK

~ Oare Creek, Oare, Faversham, Kent, UK ~


iPhone4 : 4mm
f/2.8 : 1/1312 sec : ISO 80


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Hastings, East Sussex, UK – Long Exposures

•March 8, 2010 • 4 Comments

After buying myself a 10-stop ND filter I decided to head down to the sea and test it out. Cue me, my tripod and my camera on Hastings sea-front…


Hastings Pier, East Sussex, UK - Long Exposure

~ Hastings Pier, East Sussex, UK – Long Exposure ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/22 : 30 sec : ISO 200


Hastings, East Sussex, UK - Long Exposure

~ Hastings, East Sussex, UK – Long Exposure ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/11 : 6 sec : ISO 200


Hastings, East Sussex, UK - Long Exposure

~ Hastings Pier, East Sussex, UK – Long Exposure ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/22 : 30 sec : ISO 200


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New Website Unveiled

•September 20, 2009 • 2 Comments

Starting today, Sunday 20th September, Mike Franklin Photography is pleased to unveil the new website design to replace the old MySpace presence. There are 6 galleries covering Landscapes, Sunsets, Black & White, Structures, Lake District and Abstract & Miscellaneous. Payments are handled securely by PayPal.

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•September 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Top Posts for all days ending 2009-09-08 (Summarized)

Title Views
North Downs Way Walk – Dover to Folkesto 310
And More Porthleven, Cornwall, UK – Phot 204
Lake District Images – Photos 187
Bewl Water, Kent, UK – Photos 167
Cuckmere River, Cuckmere Haven, Sussex - 159
Kent and East Sussex Coast Drive – Photo 156
Bewl Water Round Reservoir Walk – Photos 140
Wast Water, Lake District – Photo 131
Poultwood Golf Club Refit – Photos 126
Lake District Images – Photos 117
Rochester Castle, Kent, UK – Photos 103
Balloon over Leeds Castle, Kent, UK – Ph 98
My First Photo In Print 87
South Downs Way Walk – Exton to Buriton 86
Raiding The Archives – Photos 81
More Snow in Kent – Photos 77
Snow in Kent – Photo 75
Porthleven, Cornwall, UK – Photos 73
More Lake District Images – Photos 69
Another Photo used in print – Wells, Som 57
A Full Page Photo In Print – Photo 53
Lake District Images – Photos 47
More Porthleven, Cornwall, UK – Photos 44
A Very Cold Day In Maidstone – Photo 43
Sunsets – Photos 40
1,000 Hits And More Cold Photos From Mai 40
Sunset in Maidstone – Photos 36
Gig Poster – Regrade, George & Drago 36
Cornwall Images – Photos 33
Leeds Castle, Kent, UK – Photos 32
Gig Poster – Regrade, Lower Bell, Maidst 31
Sunset Panorama, Boughton Monchelsea, Ke 30
Shine A Light – Photo 23
A Photo For Winter 22
A Mono Day – Photos 20
Another Sunset Panorama, Boughton Monche 19
The Reasoning, London Borderline – 18/10 17
John Young Band, Southend Riga Bar – 22/ 17
Impending Storm, Tudeley, Kent, UK – Pho 16
A Mono Day Continued – Photo 14
Armistice Day Sunset, Kent, UK – Photo 12

A Full Page Photo In Print – Photo

•July 28, 2009 • 3 Comments

Another photo appeared in Belgium’s DAMn Magazine #22 (A magazine on contemporary culture) illustrating an article on an exhibition at The Design Museum in London. The artists Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s ‘Listening Station’ was based on the acoustic sound mirrors along the South Coast….. Thanks go to Siegrid Demyttenaere and Claudine de Pauw at DAMn Magazine…


DAMn Magazine #22 - P78&79

~ DAMn Magazine #22 – P78&79 ~


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Acoustic Sound Mirror, Abbot's Cliff, Dover, Kent, UK

~ Acoustic Sound Mirror, Abbot’s Cliff, Dover, Kent, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/11 : 1/80 sec : ISO 200


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Another Photo used in print – Wells, Somerset, UK – Photo

•July 13, 2009 • 4 Comments

Thanks to Sam Manley down in Truro I had another photo published in print recently… Another photo taken in Wells in Somerset was chosen as the front cover of the Health and Social Care Directory for Somerset 2009/2010.


Another photo in print... Right Care Index - Somerset 2009/2010

~ Health and Social Care Directory for Somerset 2009/2010 ~


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Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK

~ Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/11 : 1/160 sec : ISO 200


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Kent and East Sussex Coast Drive – Photos

•July 10, 2009 • 2 Comments

Last Sunday I spent a fantastic and fascinating day travelling the south east coast from the White Cliffs of Dover down to the Firehills of Fairlight near Hastings. From the WWII gun emplacements at St Martins Battery could be seen the faint outline of the French coast. Now, I never knew that the word ‘Battery’ came from the French ‘battre‘ meaning ‘to beat’ until I read it on an information board here. You learn something new every day, even at my age…

There a few photos taken from St Martin’s Battery on my post North Downs Way Walk – Dover to Folkestone – Photos.

On leaving Dover I visited the Battle Of Britain Memorial dedicated to ‘The Few':-

Battle Of Britain Memorial Panorama, Capel le Ferne, Kent, UK

~ Battle Of Britain Memorial Panorama, Capel le Ferne, Kent, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
4 photo panorama stitch
Spans 107° horizontally : 44° vertically
f/11 : 1/125 sec : ISO 200


THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

After the fall of France in June 1940, Adolf Hitler contemplated invading Britain.

Before this could be attempted, the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, had to destroy RAF Fighter Command and thus achieve control of the skies over southern England.

So the Battle of Britain came to be fought – officially between July 10 and October 31 1940 – and the Luftwaffe, and therefore the invasion plan, was thwarted.

The spearhead of the British defence was just under 3000 pilots and other aircrew of Fighter Command, of whom well over 500 died from all causes during the Battle. Their contribution at a turning point in British history was eventually recognised by the “immediate” award of the 1939-45 Star with Battle of Britain Clasp.

In a speech in the House of Commons on August 20 1940, as the Battle raged, Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister, referred to the British airmen who by their prowess and devotion were turning the tide of World War.

He went on to declare, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Ever since, those who fought in the Battle have been referred to as “The Few”.

Those who earned that title are quick to stress the contribution to their victory of many other men and women in the RAF, as well as in the Royal Navy and Army and civilians in many capacities.

They often, too, stress the contribution to final victory in 1945 of the man who led them, Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding (1882-1970). It is often argued that without Dowding’s victory in 1940, other Generals would have been denied their triumphs later in the war.

The feeling of respect was mutual. To the normally unemotional Air Chief Marshal Dowding, The Few were, “My Dear Fighter Boys”.


Driving along the coast through Folkestone, Hythe and Dymchurch I ended up right out in the middle of nowhere on a spit of reclaimed land from the sea called Dungeness. If you are ever in this part of the world visit ‘The Pilot Inn‘ for THE best fish & chips I have ever tasted…

Dungeness, Kent, UK

~ Dungeness, Kent, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 23mm
f/11 : 1/125 sec : ISO 200


There is a nuclear power station here and two lighthouses. As the land continually builds up here various lighthouses have had to be constructed over the years here:-

From Urban75.org

With its treacherous shifting banks of sand and shingle, Dungeness point has always been feared as a notorious black spot for mariners.

Advances in marine technology during the 16th century substantially increased the size and number of ships passing through the English Channel, with a corresponding increase in losses around Dungeness.

During one particularly bad winter gale it is said that over 1000 sailors lost their lives, along with many valuable cargoes.

The first lighthouses
Beacons were originally lit on the land to warn passing sailors, but to combat this growing problem, a proper lighthouse was constructed at Dungeness in 1615.

Its owner, Sir Edward Howard, was empowered by King James I to levy tolls of one penny per ton from all ships passing it – something that didn’t go down too well with fleet owners.

A steady build up of shingle saw the sea disappearing into the distance, so in 1635 a new lighthouse (‘Lamplough’s Tower’) was built closer to the water’s edge. This stood some 110 feet high and lasted over 100 years.

As the sea continued to recede, it was necessary to build a third lighthouse in 1792.

Lighthouse number three
Standing 116ft tall, the lighthouse (‘Samuel Wyatt’s Tower’) was built to a similar design as the Eddystone light, and was lit by 17 Argon lamps, magnified by silvered concave reflectors.

With the shingle bank continuing to grow in size and pushing the lighthouse further from the sea, work began on the present ‘Old Lighthouse’ in 1901.

The Old Lighthouse (‘The High Light Tower’)
Built by Patrick & Co of London, the fourth lighthouse was ceremonially opened by His Majesty, The Prince of Wales (later George V) in 1904, with its 150ft height making it one of tallest lighthouses in the UK.

Its intermittent light, flashing every 10 seconds, was visible for around 18 miles.

Sporting a steel roof and slate floor, the Top Lantern Room housed the massive circular lens. Weighing two tons, the whole assembly smoothly floated on a bed of mercury.

The lighthouse was operational between 1904 and 1960, before being superceded by the fifth lighthouse, situated about half a mile away.

This new lighthouse had to be built because the buildings of the nearby Dungeness Power Stations were found to be obscuring some of the light.

New lighthouse
Resplendent in its smooth, clean, modern lines and black and white paint job, lighthouse number five was constructed in 1961.

Officially opened by H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester, the 43m high lighthouse was brought into operation on 20th November, 1961 and was the first one to incorporate the Xenon electric arc lamp.

The new Dungeness Lighthouse is visible for 27 sea miles. Converted to automatic operation in 1991, it is currently monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Depot at Harwich.


A short trip from here through Camber and past the new wind farm at Little Cheyne Court housing 26 turbines 115 metres high I arrived for a short walk around Rye. Rye used to be a port in medieval times but has since been left high and dry by the sea which is now a mile away.

Landgate Tower, Rye, East Sussex, UK

~ Landgate Tower, Rye, East Sussex, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/11 : 1/80 sec : ISO 200


Rye Parish Church, Rye, East Sussex, UK

~ Rye Parish Church, Rye, East Sussex, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/11 : 1/40 sec : ISO 200


Harley Davidson, Rye, East Sussex, UK

~ Harley Davidson, Rye, East Sussex, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 42mm
f/11 : 1/40 sec : ISO 200


After Rye was a short drive to Winchelsea and the strangely ruined church of St Thomas The Martyr (Thomas Becket – Archbishop of Canterbury murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by knights of Henry II).

Winchelsea Church, Winchelsea, East Sussex, UK

~ Winchelsea Church, Winchelsea, East Sussex, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/11 : 1/40 sec : ISO 200


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