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Photography: Capturing history

1 1 Moorcroft Pool

This is Moorcroft Pool in Moorcroft Wood, also known as ‘The Sanna’, because there used to be a sanatorium on one side of the wood. It’s much bigger now as three pools are formed into one. It wasn’t like this when I photographed it a couple of years ago and so I captured a little history.

The Sanna 8 April 2012

This was Moorcroft Pool in 2012. Not only was it losing water, the light was very different for this photo too, because the weather wasn’t so good.  The photo from this year was taken with my Nikon D3200 and this older photo was taken with my Fujifilm S5600. You don’t need a fancy camera to record history and change, even the camera on your phone might do.

Lake in summer

Now for a challenge… Which camera did I use for this photo? The Nikon DSLR with over 24 megapixels or the Fujifilm S5600 with just 5 megapixels?

Wednesbury South

This is the same place, but a different time of year and a different camera. What do you think? The Nikon with it’s larger sensor and better definition or the Fujifilm with it’s better zoom. It’s hard to tell on a computer screen because the display will be 72 dpi (dots per inch). Large printouts of these pictures would reveal that the first one loses definition when enlarged, but the second one doesn’t because that was taken with the Nikon. I’ve actually resized that though, from 6,000 pixels wide to just 1,000 pixels wide for the internet.

Why not try capturing history with your camera or camera-phone? Watch out for things that will change. If you have unusual weather for example or they plan to demolish a building.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, Wow, were the three pools combined by man or nature? I’ve been following your blog for many years and have seen the different shots of the Sanna but I didn’t realize that the pond had changed so much. I thought it was due to the weather or different places in the pond.

    I love to take pictures of beautiful sunsets and sunrises. I guess that’s capturing a part of history, right?

    March 25, 2014 at 18:30

    • Hi Carolyn,

      The pools in Moorcroft wood were formed a couple of centuries ago by open cast mining. They gave up mining because they kept flooding and left us with a valuable resource that has been taken over by nature. I’m surprised that there isn’t more wildlife, I’ve only seen ducks so far. It seems the water table was low and they were pumping water to fill up the canal or another pool. On the 30th of March is a full moon. I’ll try to take a picture of that! I don’t usually like red sunsets, but you can get interesting effects and pictures is you have something interesting in the foreground.

      March 25, 2014 at 21:45

  2. I will send you a picture I have of a sunset. Feel free to edit, critique, etc.

    March 25, 2014 at 18:31

    • I’ll check that out and maybe edit! 🙂

      March 25, 2014 at 21:45

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