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ROSS-ON-WYE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2003 - PAGE TWO
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This series of three pages show photographic updates to my earlier page, which have taken place since since 15 November. The following photographs were taken on 7 December and show more of the town lights, plus some of those on private dwelling houses, ranging from the tasteful and sublime to those ostentatious displays which necessitate the National Grid pulling in backup from Continental Europe.

Christmas Day, which coincidentally falls upon the same day the Christian Church celebrate the birth of Jesus, occurs on December 25th this year as always, and as that day fast approaches the town's folk of Ross-on-Wye are marking the tradition in differing ways. Personally, I upgrade the light bulb in my computer room from 40 to 60 watt, whilst others decorate the streets with lights and that great Victorian invention, the Christmas tree. Some like to celebrate in the ever escalating British tradition of vandalism. Vandalizing the Market House Christmas tree, which had been kindly donated by Ross Rotary Club, was brought forward to a date well in advance of the usual New Year's Eve deadline this year as it did not even survive fully intact until December.

Whatever your belief, be it in the Son of God, the Midwinter Solstice, the Sales Figures or simply trying to survive without ending up in too much more debt, I sincerely hope you have a Happy Christmas!

Out of technical interest: I deliberately took slow exposures of the lights so as to show the car light trails where applicable. If you look at the second photograph on this page, there is an apparent ghost figure standing behind the man leaning against the wall using his mobile phone. This occurred because he was actually pacing up and down whilst talking and then leaned on the wall mid exposure. The 'ghost' is actually a feint image of him pacing. This just goes to show how easy it is to falsify photographic 'ghosts', if you feel that way inclined! It also demonstrates how it is possible to take a night shot of an apparently empty street by using a small aperture and long exposure, even when there are people milling about - providing none of them stop milling mid exposure.

LATEST - [CHRISTMAS IN ROSS-ON-WYE]

Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
A view of Broad Street from the Market House on 7 December 2003.
Broad Street , Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
A closer view of Broad Street on 7 December 2003.
View from the Market House, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
A view from the Market House on 7 December 2003.
High Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
A view of High Street on 7 December 2003.


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