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Konkai-Komyo-ji temple in Kyoto

I found the place at which 46511 shoot. 

I posted Seiryoji temple' Photo for 46511, but I felt something different in situation around archtecture.

So I have searched the temple in old Japanese postcards and I found it.

This old architecture burned in 1934 and rebuild in 1944, so the shape is changed little bit but the situation of the building and atmosphere around it have same feeling.…


Added by Koichi Watanabe on February 3, 2013 at 2:42pm — 7 Comments


Got my flight OK,but went out to the west.

Coming back the pilot brought me down the middle of Port Stanley Harbour and I got off a series of shots of the South shore from Moody Brook to the Lady Elizabeth.

Now have a list of contact numbers to get permission to go on the land to try and redo the original shots.

Apparently Sparrow Cove is only accessible from the sea so have a contact for a guy with a boat.

Got all the way to Port Louis for the grave shot only to…


Added by Ian Sharp on September 21, 2011 at 4:08am — No Comments



Not getting out and about as much at the moment as we are experiencing Antarctic weather just now,snow blizzards etc which really hamper movement around the Islands.

Got a round robin flight on Monday,fingers crossed, so will get some views from the air of the place.

Added by Ian Sharp on August 21, 2011 at 4:20am — 1 Comment

Dis-location in Sydney

A number of the 1874 photographs of Sydney show the harbour and its bays and headlands. Although many of the headlands around the harbour are now distinguished by man-made features, especially built structures, that was much less the case in 1874. As a result, identifying the exact location from which some photographs were taken can be difficult. An example of this is shown below.…


Added by Tony Dawson on July 10, 2011 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

HMS Challenger and Commodore Rowley Lambert RN

Those of you who are interested in a little of the history of Challenger, before and after the oceanographic expedition, and of Commodore Lambert who commanded the ship for three years on the Royal Navy's Australia Station, might care to read the following:


HMS Challenger

HMS Challenger was launched at Woolwich on 13 February 1858. She was a 3-masted, 21-gun corvette with a 200ft-long wooden hull and a displacement of 2137…


Added by Tony Dawson on June 5, 2011 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Re-photographing Sydney

This is my first blog so maybe I should say why I joined the crew. I’d recently finished writing a book which included a short biography of Commodore Rowley Lambert, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Australia Station from 1867 to 1870. Lambert’s flagship during those years in Sydney was HMS Challenger, the same ship that, under the command of Captain G.S. Nares and Captain F.T. Thomson, afterwards made the 3½ year survey voyage and again spent some weeks in Sydney. Gary’s idea…


Added by Tony Dawson on May 25, 2011 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Getting back into it

The stress of managing the ship had previously been taking its toll on my own photographs but not any more. In the last few weeks, I have rediscovered what it is like to make pictures as an artist/photographer and I thought I would add a few examples here in the hope it might inspire someone or brighten someone's day.


The images are an evolution of my early Challenger work and continue to employ the same type of lens as used by the Challenger photographers. However, these…


Added by GaryMcLeod on May 23, 2011 at 5:01am — No Comments

The Grave

I have been informed that the grave is located somewhere near Port Louis which is a fair way from Port Stanley but not impossible to get to.

When I get some free time I will have a run round there and see if I can locate it.

Added by Ian Sharp on April 10, 2011 at 12:22am — 1 Comment

Falklands pictures

Been out and about in the Port Stanley area over the last weekend trying to locate any of the places where the six pictures were taken.There are Balsam Bogs in abundance but not quite what was in the original.

Searched the Main Cemetary to see if the Grave had been relocated there, but again no luck.

Found Sparrow Cove and it will be a combination of Vehicle and "Shank's" to get there as it is a way from Port Stanley Harbour to the North on the far side of Port…


Added by Ian Sharp on March 30, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Looking at the whole picture before diving into the detail

So, I've spent hours, days and months pondering over picture 799 in the Unofficial Cape of Good Hope series ( 


The strong, visible columns make the building so easy to find, you'd think. But now comes a complexity of my own making.  Early on in the process of looking for these places I printed out each…


Added by Eleanor Muller on March 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Adderley Street: Then and now.

After carefully working with Google Maps and Streetview (I love that technology!) I narrowed down the options for a re-photography on Saturday afternoon.


The first shot to tackle was 45625,  Adderley Street, the main street of Cape Town's city centre.



The confirmed building is the black-spired church in the middle of the picture - the clock-tower of the Groote Kerk which is still there.  In addition, I know that the small pagoda in…


Added by Eleanor Muller on March 28, 2011 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

My voyage - Mexico to Patagonia

On the 22nd April 2009, I left Japan after 4 years to travel from Mexico to Patagonia, a journey that would take 378 days, ending on the 5th May 2010.  On this date, I returned to my home in Wales and a month later returned to Japan.  It was a trip I had been contemplating for a long time.  I left the U.K. in Nov 2002, travelling through S.E. Asia and India, plus working and travelling around Australia and New Zealand.  I ended up in Japan in May 2005.  Latin America was always next.  I…


Added by Neill Velardo on February 18, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

One year on...

I'm not a blogger and haven't ever written one... but this is special as it's the first birthday of Gary's internet voyage with the SNS Challenger so it deserves some commemoration of the anniversary from one of the 'crew' members.


The photos of Gibraltar seem to have been finished now as some of the original have no corresponding views today but I'd like to add something about what conditions might have been like for the inhabitants of this peninsular back in the time of the…


Added by Gill Chesney-Green on December 21, 2010 at 9:52pm — 3 Comments

help from my professors :)

last weekend, i went on a two-day field trip to Bataan and Pampanga- two different provinces in central Luzon, Philippines. it was for Philippine Art and Design History. lucky, our first stop was Betis Church.…


Added by Kassandra Victoria E. Velhagen on December 20, 2010 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Thinking about photo trials

I am currently contemplating some project briefs. These are intended to give participants some structure if they choose to be creatively inspired by the experience of re-phtographing the locations. In writing these project briefs, I am forced to reflect upon my own experiences of being inspired by HMS Challenger. I had already started to use my Hybrid camera by the time I had re-photograph the locations, so I was therefore already involved with looking through an old eye with a modern brain.…


Added by GaryMcLeod on December 19, 2010 at 5:46am — 5 Comments

"Photographer's Block"

Over recent weeks, I have increasingly felt that the "Sailing Log" only touches upon my personal feelings and thoughts towards the project and my role within it. When I first started out, I was very open about my thinking processes, but over time, this has been replaced with ship activity and…


Added by GaryMcLeod on December 14, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

With New Eyes

It's been a while since I have blogged in SNS and it's because I have been trying to push the envelope as to how I can expand my experience in SNS to a more creative direction. My experience in photographing the historic spots featured from HMS Challenger's collection has brought about a lot of realizations that I have always found to be musing about but never really pursued them.

I have always been haunted by old photographs. Old letters. Old journals. I have always been…


Added by Kathy Ponce on December 11, 2010 at 8:45pm — 4 Comments

Picture 46606: from the Castle of Good Hope

I visited the Castle of Good Hope today, looking to see whether any of the unofficial photos had been taken from there. Picture 46606 appears to have been taken from either the Buuren or Leerdam bastions, or on the battlements between the two bastions. This was the only point high enough for the angle of this picture - and also a logical place for a photo to be taken. I'll go through the pros and cons of each option.



Added by Eleanor Muller on December 11, 2010 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Visit to Admiralty House

I met Grant outside Admiralty House yesterday at 1pm
We were met by a very charming Sergeant Samantha Chengan and Petty Officer Medupe who work for the Navy's PRO department.
We explained to them a little about the Challenger project and showed the copies of the original photographs taken in and around Admiralty house..
We began in the garden and easily identified where the original image was taken from . We…

Added by Kim Stevens on December 8, 2010 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

Looking Deeper into Photo 439

So I happened to Google the keywords "Intramuros 19th century". I don't know why I didn't think about that in the beginning while trying to confirm the photo 439 of HMS Challenger. Anyway, here's what I found.

This photo shows building on the left of the cathedral a little more clearly than the previous clues we…


Added by Kathy Ponce on November 30, 2010 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment

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