Find the Ely Then/Now interactive rephotography Mother lode here!
They have been split into 4 parts, as I suspect loading all of the sliders on one page might worry your browser (and mine).
I forgot I did these! I took the photos one night at around midnight in January 2016. Using a nodal ninja, 3 shot bracketing at 18 different angles for 48 images at each location, a 10mm ultra wide lens and a longest exposure of 1 minute, each of these took around 45 minutes to shoot, but i think they were worth it.
It’s hard to believe but it was absolutely pitch black. The Cathedral was barely visible and the famous ‘lantern’ was not illuminated that night. I had to use the light from my phone screen to see the controls on the camera! There was some barely visible orangey tungsten type lighting inside the cathedral, and the street lights were all bright yellow sodium. Compensating white balance for the sodium lights made the orange lights within the cathedral that gorgeous blue. The distant clouds in the sky were originally orange too illuminated by various street lighting, and the wb correction turned those blue too! Win win win. The bells in the west tower went off every 15 minutes and gave me the right willies every time!
In the 2nd pano the clouds were coming in and the long exposure gave a great streaky effect!
I highly recommend going fullscreen! (Click and drag the images to rotate the view)
Here’s the new video of the fine city of Ely, Cambridgeshire, taking in old and new photos of Station Road, Castlehythe, Broad Street, Annesdale, Waterside, Forehill, Market Place, High Street, St Marys Street, Tower Court, The Gallery, Barton Road and of course Ely Cathedral!
Music by Eliran Ben Ishai
A sneak preview of my latest video compilation of scenes from around Ely, Cambridgshire.
Click and drag the slider to compare the before and after images!
We should definitely bring awnings back – Pizza Express have the right idea! The old black/white photo was found on the Your Ely facebook page here, and they put it at somewhere between 1890 and 1910. Identifying the distinctive looking car on the left might help pin it down. My colour photo was taken on 26th March 2017, after a failed attempt on 23rd March 2017 when I hadn’t realised that the photographer was actually squatting down for this shot. It makes a lot of difference!
This location on Google Streetview, the video should follow within the next few days.