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A Bridge Too Far

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 22 August 2013 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Well friends thank you very much for your patience in waiting for me to return from our family trip to London. Let me tell you that it was very tiring on the legs and feet but Mrs. Curly and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a few very scorching days and tramped miles over the streets of our capital city. I have to say that I was very impressed with the "Boris bikes" and the numbers being used, I was also impressed with the Oyster cards (a great way to pack in a lot of cheap travel in a day.) Of course there are hundreds of places that one would have liked to have seen or visited, but you seriously only have time for the major attractions on a short visit. If you get a little streetwise, eating and drinking in London can be just as cheap as it is in South Shields, yeah you have to work at it though. The South Bank, the Aquarium, and Festival Hall were new exciting visits for me, I'd certainly return for more detailed looks at the south side of the Thames.

I doubt that I'll be showing much in the way of pictures, I only took the little Fuji point and shoot and mainly got quick snaps for the family album, nothing of huge merit worth sharing. At least nothing that you haven't already seen many times before.

So, thinking of the many bridges that we criss-crossed over the Thames and my recent military theme, I was brought back to this image shot on Armed Forces Day on 23rd. June in the Bents Park, South Shields. After having a go at so many bridges I needed a rest and a fag too, does this textured shot remind you of Dirk Bogarde in A Bridge Too Far?

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22 Aug 2013 5:31am

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Welcome back. Thinks for sharing.

22 Aug 2013 5:43am

@Bruce: Thanks for keeping up with me Bruce, I'll be back around visiting shortly.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Glad you all enjoyed wandering thru my backyard and, yes, must say this is a very convincing oldie even if I've never seen the movie.

22 Aug 2013 6:06am

@Ronnie 2¢: Some parts of your back yard are exciting at night Ronnie (even though I'm not quite sure which part you are in), but it's definitely a colourful place for all ages. Really enjoyed getting off the beaten track a bit north of Covent Garden for instance. Some great little alleys and courtyards.

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

That sounds like a great trip to London. This shot is brilliantly framed and processed

22 Aug 2013 6:13am

@Christine: I'm a bit like Ainsley I think, love to visit but cannot wait to get home again. Life is far too fast and frantic in London.

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Nice work. It feels old.

22 Aug 2013 6:14am

@ursulakatariina: That's the appearance I wanted to have, I think it worked.

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Oh your processing has captured that theme perfectly. Glad to here you all had a great time in London

22 Aug 2013 6:28am

@Doug: It was fun whilst it lasted, I wonder what Londoners would think of South Shields? Wonder if they'd like a slower pace?

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I love going to London, it's like it's own little bubble as part of the UK, always difficult trying to pack everything in you want to see, I have to say the Yeoman tour of the Tower of London is probably the best thing i've done down there. It makes me laugh at night how they sling the rubbish out on the street. But I have to say the best thing about London is I get to leave it behind and return home to the Peak district.

22 Aug 2013 7:00am

@Ainsley: I agree with you completely, nice place to visit now and then, but great to get away from!

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Too busy jabbering on and didn't compliment your fine portrait. looks great!!

22 Aug 2013 7:00am

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

A great processing. And it was a nice movie ;-)

22 Aug 2013 7:07am

@Calusarus: It's so long ago I've almost forgotten it Fred :-)

Catherine from France

Thanks for your sharing during the last days, it was very interesting.
I went to London a lot of times, from 20 years old to ...... now !
I never saw the film ' a bridge too far', but the portrait today is nice.

22 Aug 2013 7:32am

@Catherine: I guess you like the fast paced busy city environment then?

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Very appropriate processing Curly. Don't know about you but I'm always pleased to get home after a trip to London...............

22 Aug 2013 8:24am

@Nigel: You, me, and Ainsley too!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Glad to here you had a good time in the big L. Excellent treatment here

22 Aug 2013 9:20am

@grouser: Give me country market towns any day, but Mrs. Curly and the kids enjoyed it.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbe image de ce magnifique film. Bonne journée.

22 Aug 2013 9:22am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting story ... thank you very much Curly ...
I like war reportage type picture in a newspaper of the time ... Good picture and good editing ... something that you master perfectly!
A hug, Adela

22 Aug 2013 11:01am

@Adela Fonts: Glad you liked it, thanks :-)

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Your precious wife made the rip all right? That is great hope you all enjoyed.

22 Aug 2013 11:33am

@J.R.: Yes, she thoroughly enjoyed it, she's happy that she managed to ensure that the kids have seen London.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Sounds like your trip to London was a success Curly! ;-)

22 Aug 2013 12:28pm

@Eric Cousineau: We all seemed to enjoy it Eric, despite the aching legs and sore feet.

Joyce from Montana, United States

Really love the processed enhancement of the spirit of this capture.

22 Aug 2013 12:28pm

@Joyce: Nothing special Joyce, just a textured overlay in the "overlay" blend mode.

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

London is a great visit, glad your family had a great time, nice shot

22 Aug 2013 12:30pm

@The Mouse: I fancy a trip to Glasgow next (if Mrs. Curly is still fit enough - everything depends on her.)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I don't know the movie either, but I do like your processing.
The comments re: visiting London and then getting out made me smile. A family member who lives in London is here in the US for a break! ;D

22 Aug 2013 1:29pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: I don't blame them Judy - you need a break after London!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Absolutely excellent!

22 Aug 2013 1:56pm

@Steve Rice: Glad you like it Steve, thanks.

Bruno FROMENTIERE from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Nice processing !

22 Aug 2013 2:01pm

@Bruno FROMENTIERE: Hey thanks Bruno!

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue et iamge quel rendu dans les tons sueprbe compo.

22 Aug 2013 2:26pm

@Nicou: So glad you liked it.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Good to hear your family had a nice vacation. I like the treatment and texture you have given this - looks very period and classic.

22 Aug 2013 6:12pm

@Ruthiebear: I wanted it aged, but not too much (if you get my drift)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Glad to hear that you had a great trip to London!! I love how your story led to what you posted today with the fag. So hard to get used to that term given how derogatorily it is used here in the States. A great candid capture!!

22 Aug 2013 6:22pm

@Steven: Ooh err Steve, I've just learned a little about Dirk Bogarde that I didn't know previously. It kind of relates to your derogatory American term.

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Excellent photo.

22 Aug 2013 6:28pm

@Irene: Thank you Irene, glad you liked it. I don't know why, but I seem to have quite a lot of military themed shots right now.

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, this looks so "period" again ... the gentleman on the left does remind me field marshal montgomery !!!

22 Aug 2013 6:56pm

@franz: Wasn't Spike Milligan his "batman"? Perhaps only in his creative thoughts eh?

Maria from California, United States

a very interesting filter or/and processing

22 Aug 2013 7:24pm

@Maria: Hey good to hear from you Maria - this is just a textured overlay to produce this result.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

It does have a truly authentic feel to it. I am also a fan of Oyster cards-cheaper, quicker and more secure than cash-gotta be the way forward

22 Aug 2013 8:22pm

@CElliottUK: Oyster card plus a good London Transport "app" on a smartphone and life was "sorted" in the "big smoke". Seriously these two were an absolute boon.

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

This image definitely does remind me of A Bridge Too Far. I like the texture and vintage feel.
Glad you had a good time in London with the family!

22 Aug 2013 8:47pm

@~~~Ann~~~: Are you and I the only two in here who have watched it?

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image. I really like the processing. It could have been taken 60 years ago. I am glad that you had a great trip to London! Sounds like it was fun!

22 Aug 2013 9:27pm

@Elaine Hancock: It feels like sixty years ago...................oh my aching feet :-)

Abena from Illinois, United States

I love the mood of the shot, it reminds me of the guards back home :) Funny how the one to the left looks pretty amusing and the one to the right looks rather serious :-)

23 Aug 2013 2:56am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Definitely one of my fav movies... I managed to buy a DVD a while ago! Despite being a war film, the romance (and melancholy) is touching and the title is just brilliant! Thanks for the memories Curly! Have a good day!

23 Aug 2013 2:56am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Cool !

23 Aug 2013 11:23am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

This is a wonderful image, very well done, I had to really look at it, it comes almost
through as a washed out newspaper we feel we can see through, but there is good
dimension and the effect is beautiful !~

23 Aug 2013 5:16pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Nice photograph. Looks just like WWII images I've seen.

23 Aug 2013 9:52pm

Regina G. Santaella from Cancún, Mexico

Amazing processing, very well achieved :)

25 Aug 2013 5:35pm

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