Zero to Naught.

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I decided this week I could not leave Bristol without getting a little underground at least once. So I researched and found the entrance to a well known Bristol drain that diverts the Malago creek, aka Dreadnaught.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm Keywords: bristol, travel, uk

I got myself a pair of 8 quid wellies from Wickes, waited for the sun to be roughly pointing the right way (and actually not buried behind cloud – damn England 🙂 ) and set off.

Entrance was going to be via a 2m drop through a hatch with no step irons but some local boys begrudgingly offered me a alternate squeeze in – that was not to say these kids could not monkey bar their way around the top of the cage and throw themselves out of the hatch like freaking acrobats. Quite amazing and something I could not hope to do.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D  Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)  Aperture: f/5.6  ISO: 200
Focal Length: 10 mm  Keywords: bristol, travel, uk

Being alone, I was a little spooked. Of course it did not help that the amplified sound of running water sounded like I was approaching Niagara! The scale of the over engineered tunnel was amazing, something not often seen in Australia. This inflow, from what I can tell, is the most interesting feature.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 2 sec (2) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 10 mm Keywords: bristol, travel, uk

This one is HDR as the cage above simply was not visible (blown out) in a regular shot.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 1/8-1.3 sec Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 16 mm Keywords: bristol, travel, uk

I then proceeded to take shots of myself with the radio release. I moved from Ultra-wide to Mid and finally to 50mm for the top and bottom shots. The light streaming in through the windows at the top might have been too bright for the overall shot but worked very well in these shots.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D  Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)  Aperture: f/5.6  ISO: 100
Focal Length: 11 mm  Keywords: bristol, travel, uk

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Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 1 sec (1) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 17 mm Keywords: bristol, travel, uk
Camera: Canon EOS 20D  Exposure: 0.6 sec (3/5)  Aperture: f/5.6  ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm  Keywords: bristol, travel, uk
Camera: Canon EOS 20D  Exposure: 0.6 sec (3/5)  Aperture: f/5.6  ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm  Keywords: bristol, travel, uk

So that is some underground Bristol. A lack of backup and cease and desist orders from my Tripod Girl may prevent any further expeditions into the other, somewhat more dangerous (ie. tidal), Bristol drains.

Comments

4 Responses to “Zero to Naught.”

  1. Sven on May 10th, 2008 2:46 pm

    That first pic is great – love that lighting.

    Also, for the sake of technicalities, Kelli did say “don’t go down *that* drain”, meaning Motherload, so you can happily claim complete innocence.

  2. jon on May 10th, 2008 10:16 pm

    This trip was authorised 🙂

  3. Sven on May 11th, 2008 2:15 pm

    It sounds better if you say “No way, man! I’m a rebel who lives by his own rules!”

  4. Kay on May 12th, 2008 11:50 am

    You are lucky to get out from down there alive! However, great pictures.

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