London has always been a city I like to visit. Some times a bit crowded, some times completely empty. This is one of those places that you'd expect to be busy most of the time but 10pm it was quiet. There were a few people on the opposite side of Westminster bridge but no one on the side with Big Ben. After playing around a bit I got my mum to pose in the picture for me and fortunately a double decker bus came past at just the right moment.
I'd debated whether to go out to the Roaches on this particular evening as the sunset didn't really look like it would be anything special but in the end I decided why not. I'd not been out during the day so why not go for an evening walk. I was down at the bottom of the hill making a picture of an abandoned farm house when I saw the stripe of orange starting to light up the sky. I rushed as quickly as I could up the hill to the top of the Roaches and fortunately got in a good position just in time to capture the sunset.
I think I'd headed down to London for the day to see a show and of course I took my camera. We went around the area by city hall in London where we found these little rivers running through the streets. I wanted a picture of the water moving so that of course meant putting my camera on a little bridge over the water and taking a nice low angle.
On a cold Easter Sunday I took a trip to New Brighton on the Wirral to a lighthouse I've wanted to photograph for months. Fortunately the clouds were slightly co-operative and I managed to get some pictures from the evening. I'll revisit when its a bit warmer.
This is Atom which is part of a series of panotpicons in Lancashire. This one is near the village of Wycoller in Pendle. It sits happily on top of a hill by the Wycoller country park car park. Unfortunately it was a grey day when I visited Atom but the clouds did put on a show in the end. We parked in the village of Wycoller and walked all the way up the hill to Atom only to find there was a handy car park 10 paces away from it. Oh well, the walk did me good.
Another visit to the lighthouse in New Brighton. I've wanted to go for months and again the sunset was good. This is fast becoming one of my favourite places to shoot as theres so many different compositions to be had. It still wasn't any warmer despite being the end of May.
This has been sitting on my computer for nearly 5 years. I'd toyed around with it in the past but I never quite got it how I wanted it. Converting it to black and white however worked wonders. I took this on a wander round London with a friend from university and we decided we were going to hit all the sites we could. We went to Greenwich, Westminster and eventually when the day had brightened up a bit we ended up at the London Eye. I've taken so many pictures of it but this is one of the handful I'm actually happy with.
After waiting ages for the two people in this picture to move I got bored and gave up. As the old saying goes yoou've got to work with what you've got so I stood a little bit further down the road from them nearer to the crossing and included them in the picture. I hope they don't mind. It felt very precarious in the middle of the road with the crazy Paris traffic sooming either side of me. Gave the wide angle lens a good work out though.
I've already taken on of the Walkie Talkie building in London before but that was during the day. I gave this a try at night and it gives a bit more definition to the windows and the shape of the building I think.
Another one from the trip to New Brighton. The sky went a lovely orange colour and the sand reflected it perfectly.
I've been to the Mermaid Pool in the Peak District several times now. This was the first time I'd been and the pool was still. There wasn't a hint of wind in the air at all. The only thing creating ripples were the ducks I scared as I walking round.
After going for a walk in The Roaches just outside Leek with a friend, we eventually reached the half way point of Lud's Church. Its a lush and cool chasm in the Black Forest near The Roaches. After trying a few angles I eventually managed to find one with the brach or small tree in the foreground.g
This was the first time I'd taken my new lens out. I'd waited a few days for the sky to actually give me a sunset and I went to my usual local sunset spot off Snape Lane. I'm quite happy with results and quite happy to have a decent zoom lens in my bag now too.
This is an unusual one for me. I was wandering round the Dovedale valley the other weekend and on my way up Thorpe Cloud was looking across to the hill on the other side and spotted this one just opposite.
After spending the day wandering through London we ended up wandering the banks of the Thames in the evening. I was experimenting with camera settings and by resting my camera on the pavement and hoping for the best I got this.
I went for a wander round the Roaches one evening and I'd walked past this old stone post and had a glance back over my shoulder and thought you know what, its worth turning round to take some pictures here. So I snapped away for a bit and ended up with this one that I quite liked.
I'd gone to Llanberis to walk up Snowdon via the Llanberis path. It was my second attempt and despite the sore knees I made it. Seeing as the top of Snowdon was covered in cloud I didn't take my gear up with me but as I had it with me I decided to visit a spot I'd been to before. This is a lake called Llynnau Mymbyr with Snowdon in the background. About 4 hours before this picture I'd been at the top of it in that cloud. I even put my 10 stop ND filter to use for this as well.
This is a number of experiments in one photograph. I'd used my 10 stop ND filter and its been converted to black and white two things I don't usually do. I am however getting to like black and white more and more. This is a little ruined house on the edge of the Roaches in Staffordshire. Its providing many oppertunities for interesting pictures.
When I was in Paris I stayed about 5 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower so it seemed silly not to visit the area at night. This was after a long day wandering round Paris enjoying the sights and sounds but I forced myself out as it had been one of the nicest days. For some reason I left my tripod back at the apartment but managed to take this hand held which is silly really. This also took a fair bit of masking to get the blue lights at the top to stand out. I think its worked out well in the end though.
After going to London to spend the afternoon on a Trey Ratcliff photo walk the day turned out to be about experimentation. I'd tried new things when shooting, some worked, some didn't. And now I've decided to try a bit of experimentation when processing. This was processed very unusually for me using one of Trey's presets but I like the texture and feels it has given to the whole photograph. Might be on to something here.