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Creating a historical record #photography

Carters Green in West Bromwich will be altered at the end of this month and so I decided to photograph the road layout before the changes. I had to dodge the showers but fortunately, the light wasn’t too bad. Creating a historical record with photographs leaves something of our time for future generations. We do have to preserve our archives and I use an external disk drive and USB flash drives. All the photographs are in JPG format.

Creating an historical record

Creating a historical record

I think having cars and people in this shot improves it. It records the fashions of the time. There is a lot of detail, even the style of the street lighting will probably change in the future. The two ladies walking through the frame add a touch of colour to the shot too. There is a lot in this shot that adds depth, the tree in the foreground, the people and the clock tower adds an unusual sense of proportion towering over everything else. Creating a historical record is about trying to capture the spirit of our time.


I increased the ISO to 250 and the shots were noise free but I have since experimented with ISO settings and at higher settings, I do get noise. On this occasion the higher ISO settings allowed me a faster shutter speed on aperture priority. This picture was shot at f/11 and the camera gave me 1/400 of a second. I wanted to be able to zoom in on subjects and it was quite windy so the fast shutter suited the situation. Vibration from the traffic can also be a problem that a fast shutter will eliminate. VR doesn’t always eliminate that problem.

Creating an historical record

The future

I try to imagine what people will think in the future and I think they will find this shot quite interesting and informative. We are creating a historical record and so the more that is going on in the frame the better. I also shot these on a fine setting at 6000 x 4000 pixels so on the originals you can zoom in on the details. These shots shouldn’t be thought of in isolation, they are part of an eclectic collection of pictures of buildings, people and vehicles that show the essence of the early 21st-century life.

That’s all for this week. Do enjoy your photography and try to leave something behind for the next generation and the generation after that. If you would like to subscribe to my blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or you can follow me on Twitter for links to the latest posts. Those links are also posted on my Facebook page.

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