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Making a boring subject look attention-grabbing

Mark Reeves

ARPS is self-taught photographer now residing in North West England. Having grown up in Fife, he lived for a few years in London earlier than spending 5 years travelling round England together with his associate on a canal boat after which settling to stay on the coast of the Wirral. His work has been exhibited in Waterloo Station in London, within the World Museum in Liverpool and numerous galleries within the North West. In addition to being energetic on local weather change throughout the RPS he’s additionally the occasions supervisor for the Society’s specialist panorama group. Mark additionally offers common talks to digital camera golf equipment and teaches pictures on a part-time foundation.

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52N 0W, Hertfordshire, Diana Buzoianu

The mission “By Levels” was conceived in 2021 when being a little bit of a map nerd, I discovered myself someday pondering the locations the place traces of latitude and longitude intersect. I had by no means knowingly been to such a spot, so was intrigued to seek out out the place was the closest to my dwelling. Having situated it – some 43 miles to the south – I then puzzled the place its subsequent closest neighbours have been. Maybe inevitably, this led me to plotting all of the intersections on a map of the UK after which contemplating the feasibility of photographing all of them. I shortly realised that it might contain an enormous quantity of travelling and that it might be a daft concept to try it alone. However why not contain others? I took my concept to the RPS Panorama Group committee as a proposal, and so By Levels was born!

Getting the mission off the bottom concerned firstly figuring out the place all of the intersections are and plotting them on a map so that folks may simply determine their nearest ones. I figured that folks have been extra prone to become involved if they might relate summary coordinates to a spot that they knew. The mapping wasn’t too tough as you possibly can simply sort, say, “53N 2W” into Google Maps, and it’ll present you the precise location.

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The traces of latitude and longitude intersecting over the UK and Eire

It turned out that there are 34 locations the place traces of latitude and longitude intersect over land within the UK, and I used to be actually happy to seek out that folks volunteered for each intersection. The mission temporary gave members the selection of photographing both the view from their chosen intersection or a view with the intersection within the body.

It turned out that there are 34 locations the place traces of latitude and longitude intersect over land within the UK, and I used to be actually happy to seek out that folks volunteered for each intersection.

From the outset, we deliberate a particular version of the panorama group’s printed journal and so anticipated that there would should be a course of for choosing which photos ought to be printed in circumstances the place a number of photographers photographed on the identical areas. To realize this, we established a range panel comprising RPS members Simon Hill, Hon.FRPS and Joe Cornish, Hon.FRPS, Vanda Ralevska (common decide for Panorama Photographer of the 12 months) and Nigel Clifford FRGS, president of the Royal Geographical Society.

Inevitably, after all, I used to be eager to participate myself and so I photographed the 2 intersections closest to my dwelling and in addition two others that I cross repeatedly when visiting my household in central Scotland. What I in a short time discovered by means of my very own participation was simply how tough it may be to make an honest picture when the placement is only a seemingly random spot on a map! Challenges that members needed to deal with included not solely uninspiring areas but additionally gaining access to non-public land and attending to some fairly distant locations.

One in all my private favorite photos was Ann Miles’ beautiful panorama of a subject of crops (chard?), displaying that with a little bit of inventiveness, even a seemingly infinite flat panorama will be made partaking.

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53N 0W, Lincolnshire, Ann Miles

I additionally should acknowledge the efforts that some members went to to be able to get their photos. Jean Robson wanted a 7km cycle up a mud highway, then a climb up and over a col lined in deep heather and at last a plod throughout a lavatory to be able to get to the intersection at 57oN 4oW to take this picture of the Monadhliath hills.

I additionally should acknowledge the efforts that some members went to to be able to get their photos. Jean Robson wanted a 7km cycle up a mud highway, then a climb up and over a col lined in deep heather and at last a plod throughout a lavatory to be able to get to the intersection at 57oN 4oW to take this picture of the Monadhliath hills.

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57N 4W, Dumfries & Galloway, Jean Robson

Because the deadline for picture submissions approached, it started to look seemingly that no person was going to {photograph} at a few intersections within the Highlands (57oN 3oW in Aberdeenshire and 57oN 5oW in Assynt within the Highlands). Unsurprisingly, these have been the 2 most distant areas, requiring a number of miles of tramping throughout heather moorland on a compass bearing. Quite than go away these intersections unphotographed, one other panorama group committee colleague and I set off to {photograph} them ourselves. While heather moorlands drying up due to summer season droughts is most positively not one thing to be celebrated, it did imply that this last problem was barely much less arduous than it may have been. And so it was, in September 2022, that the mission was accomplished.

All photos submitted have been subsequently uploaded to a web based gallery which will be considered right here:

So far as I’m conscious, such a mission has by no means been undertaken earlier than, and we imagine that it’s, due to this fact, distinctive. Suggestions from members was actually enthusiastic, with folks usually saying how a lot that they had loved the problem of photographing “odd” areas!

A Number of Submissions

The next is a curated collection of photos from the mission. All captions are from the photographers.

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53N 0, Lincolnshire, Ann Miles

My actual location was 53degrees 0 minutes 51.16 seconds North/ 0 levels 0 minutes 1.57 seconds West. I’m going through West so panorama covers from S to N. Meridian which was roughly 1 km south of my location. The intersection is within the course of the far left of my scene.

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55N 4W, Dumfries & Galloway, Jean Robson

Taken from about 100 meters from the intersection, as a result of the farmer suggested towards coming into the sphere with a bull in it. Taken trying in a SSE course throughout the intersection.

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51N 2W, Wiltshire, Richard Draper

The puddle arrow factors to the center of the sphere the place the intersection of 51N 2W lies. I used to be about 80 metres from the purpose at 50°59’58” N 2°00’02” W and at 155 metres altitude. I used to be going through east on thirtieth January 2022 because the winter solar was near setting. It is a pretty a part of Cranborne Chase on the southern finish of Wiltshire near the intersection with Hampshire and Dorset. The closest village is Bowerchalke, the place the river Chalke rises and flows into the close by River Ebble.

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52N 0W, Hertfordshire, Diana Buzoianu

This level is in the course of a subject of photo voltaic farm and it reveals a beautiful juxtaposition between nature and the inventive minds of people to harness clear vitality.

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52N 0, Hertfordshire, Diana Buzoianu

I couldn’t choose a greater time for photographing this coordinates ..the storm Eunice was simply approaching. I had my imaginative and prescient of capturing the picture of this golden oak tree from above from my drone however the storm made it positively inconceivable to fly. As I used to be searching for different methods of capturing the purpose, a lovely rainbow was simply starting to shine by means of the heavy gray clouds of rain. Only for just a few seconds a shocking view of the tree enveloped by the rainbow appeared. That was positively greater than I may ask for.. This oak tree is true on the coordinates 52N.3W and stands tall in the course of a subject within the village of Michaelchurch Escley in Herefordshire.

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52N 4W Carmarthenshire, Neil Purcell

52N 4W, is on a website adjoining to the B4337, at Dinas Quarry, Pen y Ddinas, close to Llansawel in Carmarthenshire.

The hill of Pen Dinas was an space of unimproved pasture, recognized domestically as ‘the Warren’. As soon as upon time, there have been the stays of a summer-house ‘inside some type of historic encampment’ (Pocket book on Carmarthenshire 1804-10). It’s possible that the ‘historic encampment’ was a later prehistoric sort hillfort, that are in any other case scarce within the locality.

The stays of the summer season home, or probably a prospect tower, have been stated to have been a part of the close by Edwinsford property.

The positioning, now owned by Tarmac, is deserted, having closed down within the late 1980’s. When operational, it largely produced granite grit for highway building, in addition to a stunning quantity of quartz crystal.

The precise intersection is inaccessible, buried beneath deep brambles and bracken. Going through WNW, I opted for this shot on the topmost a part of the location, which is roughly 300 metres north of the intersection, and which speaks a bit of the historical past and nature of the place and the individuals who as soon as labored there.

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52N 5W, Pembrokeshire, Michael Cooper

This intersection level is situated in Dyffryn, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire. The precise intersection level is behind this deserted ruinous previous constructing, to the rear of this wall is dense impenetrable scrub on non-public land. I’m standing roughly 5-6 m NE of the particular intersection level going through roughly SW

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53N 1W, Nottinghamshire, Kevin Gibbin

Trying roughly north-north-west with Cocker Beck on my proper, the intersection is on the left of the picture simply in entrance of the hedgerow.

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53N 4W, Gwynedd, Saul Richmond Huck

The intersection of 53N 4W is alongside one of many Diffwys lakes within the Moelwyns in Snowdonia. Having climbed so far as the precise location it appeared a disgrace to not climb a bit additional to raise myself above and look again over the intersection to point out it in its storm-beaten environment. The picture was taken at 53°00’10.0″N 3°59’50.0″W. The intersection is on the left-hand facet of the image 360m away and is situated beneath the left-most limb of the left-hand lake. The vista is trying southwest over the Croesor Valley in direction of Porthmadog with the slopes of Cnicht on the suitable.

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54N 2W, Yorkshire, John Foster

Burning heather on Barden Moor at 54N. 2W. My actual location was 54.00341 N, 1.99263 W. I used to be going through SSW and I used to be round 300 yards from the intersection. I feel the intersection is roughly the place the tractor is, to the intense left of the shot. The heather burners didn’t need me to come back any nearer.

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55N 7W Co. Derry, Robin Taylor-Hunt

The intersection level sits inside a pasture subject, overlooking an space of farmland that lies in between Lough Foyle to the north-west and the putting skyline of Binevinagh to the north-east. Nevertheless, on the morning I used to be there the visibility and light-weight was not too thrilling, and so I ended up going for a close-up of the intersection level itself – this dried out previous dock plant throughout the grass subject.

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58N 7W, Isle of Harris, Alex Nail

58N 7W on Harris is without doubt one of the most scenic latitude and longitude intersections in the entire nation. I camped on the spot in a single day with my spouse and our canine on the finish of Could hoping for a sundown however as a substitute discovering overcast circumstances and an icy northerly wind. I used to be up at 4.30am the next morning to seek out clear skies and I made my option to the northern facet of Loch Braigh Bheagarais to align the loch with the distant view of the Harris hills and Luskentyre. This picture was taken at 58°00’05”N 7”00’09”W. The true intersection lies simply 300m from this level, on the far left fringe of the picture, however in the end this majestic view was an excessive amount of to cross up!

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57N 3W Aberdeenshire, John Stewart

The intersection is a 5 mile stroll from Ballater. I selected a really heat day with thunderstorms predicted. It’s located close to a grouse moor so had to decide on a Sunday when the grouse get a break day being shot. I’m about 200 yards from the purpose trying south east in direction of Mount Eager which is probably the most Easterly Munro (over 300 toes). Fortunately the bottom was very dry as this space is normally a lavatory. The intersection is more-or-less central within the body within the decrease floor behind the foreground rocks.

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57N 3W Aberdeenshire, Colin Balfour

Taken from the intersection level trying south-southeast in direction of Mount Eager (939m) which is probably the most easterly Munro.

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57N 3W Aberdeenshire, Mark Reeves

Taken on the intersection following the driest July for over 100 years, this picture depicts a completely dry upland peat lavatory. The picture appears to be like in direction of the munro Mount Eager (939m) some 3km to the SSE. The heather and grasses have been rendered white by way of an infrared digital camera while the peat, seen within the lavatory gullies within the foreground and center distance, seems black.



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