Snow Hits Coulsdon 2016

As the New York City, Washington DC and the rest of much of the US East Coast braces itself for 2ft of snow and blizzards (good luck everybody), my very own Coulsdon in Surrey experienced just enough slow last weekend to not have any real impact but to certainly make to place look beautiful.  It would be nice to have a little more (not 2ft and blizzards) beats the mild very very wet and damp winter we’ve been having.

Here are a few shots I managed to grab on an early Sunday morning stroll around the neighborhood.

Bradmore Green Pond, Old Coulsdon

Snow in Coulsdon with the Shard on the horizon

Cane Hill and Farthing Downs, Coulsdon

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Views of Farthing Downs, Coulsdon

Farthing Downs Sunset

I recently submitted one of my images to the local newspaper, the Croydon Advertiser as part of their #visionsofcroydon theme.  The image as you can see was of a beautiful summer sunset looking across Farthing Downs towards what was Cane Hill Hospital just south of Coulsdon town centre, it is a really stunning area.  I feel lucky to live here being able to enjoy the countryside and be within a stone’s throw of London – the best of both worlds.

Yesterday I found said image taking a prime double page spread.  Fantastic, but it was a favourable comment from a local conservative council candidate that got me thinking.

“Looks Amazing” he said, “it is I thought”.  However the very same conservative council that run Croydon are, it would seem hell bent on taking away such views for future generations.  You see the Cane Hill hospital site is due to be redeveloped for housing after many years of laying derelict and unloved.  Now I am the first person to recognise the acute housing shortages that have been building up in London over the last 30 years and agree there is need to build more homes and quickly, but what is being proposed for Coulsdon’s Cane Hill site represents over development and these views are very likely to be consigned to history.

So please enjoy a few of my favourite images of Cane Hill and Farthing Downs, lets hope the views aren’t damaged too much.

Hello World from 8dcphotography.co.uk

Little ole me

Little ole me

A quick hello to the interweb from 8Dcphotography.co.uk.  I’ll shortly add further entries but wanted to first introduce myself and explain a little about what I aim to cover on my blog over the coming days, months and years.

First off, the facts.  My name is Andy, I’m a Lancastrian living in Coulsdon (near London) in the UK and amongst other things have a developing passion for all things photography, hence this blog.  My interest in photography initially started as a teenager and over the years this interest has decreased and increased as different hobbies and distractions have influenced my life.  One thing however that I noticed a few years ago is that for some reason, probably unconsciously I kept going back to my photography as a core interest.  So with this in mind I decided to take my hobby more seriously and invested in my first Digital SLR back in 2011.  Having owned numerous digital cameras and having a film SLR when I was a teenager I’d come to realise that the only way to get really creative and have full control over your photography was to go down the DSLR route.  I’d previously owned an early Canon Powershot G2 which really started to re-ignite my passion for photography but ultimately I was set on taking the leap into DSLRs.

So my first investment, after a lot of research, was the Canon EOS 550d (T2i) a very capable crop factor entry-level DSLR camera.  Having thoroughly genned up on the manual I set off into the world to take me some pics and that as they say is the start of my story.

Two years later and I’m loving it.  I’ve added some “decent glass” to my collection,  had some of my photo’s published and built up a vast collection and array of images… some better than others!! which are published on Flickr and now my recently launched site www.8dcphotography.co.uk

So, what’s next I hear you say.  In my next blog I plan to talk about this year’s voyage of discovery, that is my 365 Project e.g. publish a photo per day for every day in 2013.  I’ll talk about my feelings on approaching a 365 project and what I think I’ve gained so-far.

Also, after owning my EOS 550D for over two years now, and being very well served by it I’ve recently upgraded to the long awaited EOS 70D so as I’m sure many of you Canon fanboys will appreciate I plan to write a mini review and my first thoughts on Canon’s latest DSLR model.

Happy reading everybody please feel free to check-out my new Site and Flickr photostream and I’ll be back soon with more blogging.