Monday, April 20, 2009

S is for Stonehenge

October 1986

My sister Janet and I ventured to London in October of 1986 with six days on our hands and no fixed itinerary other than suggestions from friends, images from James Bond and Monty Python, and lyrics from Beatles songs.

We managed most of the good spots, the touristy stuff, and the required historical things you do to justify the whole affair to your intellectual side. Stonehenge is a little of both, I think, and fit neatly on a day-long bus trip to Bath (touristy) and Salisbury Cathedral (historical guilt).

It was the perfect day: overcast, windy, with a slight mist. There weren't a lot of people around, and we were kept on the perimeter of the stones, about a hundred feet or so away, on a circular path. So while there were always two or three people directly across from me, walking past the stones, it was a simple matter to wait for them to pass behind a stone, out of sight, to take my picture.

These were shot on Kodachrome 64 with a Pentax ME Super. The lens was my Toyo 70-200, probably at somewhere between 70 and 100mm. The transparency was scanned sometime in 2000 on a Crosfield 645-type drum scanner, not a terrific resolution but pretty high tech for the time.

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