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Small 12.0" x 8.0"
Medium 18.0" x 11.9"
Large 24.0" x 16.0"
X large 30.0" x 19.9"

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  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

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“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in. "

Leonard Cohen

Paignton Pier at dawn, with the early sunlight finding some gaps on the horizon and gently bathing the buildings on the pier.

Paignton Pier is a pleasure pier in the large English seaside resort Paignton, Devon. It was financed by Arthur Hyde Dendy, a local Paignton barrister and designed by George Soudon Bridgman.

The 780 feet (240 m) pier, with its customary grand pavilion at the seaward end, was opened to the public for the first time in June 1879. The pier-head pavilion was home to many forms of entertainment including singing, dancing, recitals, music hall, and most famously Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, re-titled HMS Pinafore on the water, performed by Mr D’Oyley’s full company on 27 and 28 July 1880. In 1881 the pier-head was enlarged to facilitate the construction of a Billiard room, adjoining the pavilion.

On the death of Arthur Dendy Paignton Pier was purchased by the Devon Dock, Pier and Steamship Company, under whose ownership it became a regular stop for paddle steamers travelling between Torquay and Brixham.

In 1919 the pier-head and its associated buildings were destroyed in a fire. These were never replaced and a period of decline followed. Sectioned as a defence measure in 1940, for fear of German invasion, the damaged neck was eventually repaired once hostilities had ceased.

In 1980 the fortunes of Paignton Pier took a turn for the better when a major redevelopment project was undertaken. This included the widening of the shoreward end to ensure a uniform neck, and the construction of the rather stylish pavilions that remain today. Paignton Pier comprises an entrance building at the shoreward end along with what looks to be several individual pavilion buildings connected along the neck. These in fact form one single amusement arcade through their entire length. At the pier-head there is now an open amusement area containing karts, slides and carousel.

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens (at 18mm)

Cromatek circular polarizer (equivalent to 2 stop ND filter)
Cromatek 0.6 ND graduated filter
Cromatek warming 81b filter

Kodak tripod

cable release

manual focus

manual exposure settings:

f/19
4 seconds
ISO 100

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