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Bath: Abbey & Roman Baths 1

For all Bath’s Georgian splendour, it is the Roman Baths themselves that are the City’s true treasure. The Roman structures visible today date back to approx 60 AD and for the next 1800 years they have fluctuated from being in use to being in disrepair. In fact for a long period they were buried and largely forgotton until subsidence in the area “uncovered” them again in the 1850’s.

So we have the Victorian’s to thank for their current appearance and indeed it was they who opened the baths to the public in 1897, since when they have changed little.

Because the Roman Baths are so special, I’m going to share my images of them over a number of posts. The first three of which, starting with the one below, depict the Abbey (which sits next door) from within the grounds of the Roman Baths themselves: 

The Abbey & Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

The Scent Bottle

These are the first few still life shots taken using my new light tent and reflector:


All these shots were side-lit using a daylight lamp. It’s not a proper studio-light (something that I intend to rectify in the future) but it’s not bad and does a pretty good job of artificially re-creating daylight conditions.

The first three images were taken using the Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM and the second three with the Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM Macro. The main issue with using the 100mm Macro is that it’s so sharp that it shows-up every single flaw and blemish in the subject, to the point where they can be a little distracting.

The scent bottle was bought in Bath a number of years ago (in the dark ages before I had my first DSLR…;0)…) from the shop in the Roman Baths Museum. As I recall it’s a replica of a Roman period perfume bottle. I was attracted to the shape, pattern and colour…..I think it’s beautiful.

It’s a bit of a running joke between my wife and I that, when it comes to souvenirs from our travels, it’s me pushing to purchase and it usually involves ceramics, glass or prints/paintings. Liz is often heard to say “…..and where are we going to put it!” or “…..haven’t we got enough knick-knacks!” I win some and I lose some…..;0).

I’ll be posting more still life shots in the future.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2013). All rights reserved.

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