After a weekend away, it’s back home, and chance to look at the photographs I took. Most of them were from an hour or so I spent capturing the sunset as the tide came in yesterday afternoon. There’s not a whole lot of variety of compositions, so it’s about choosing the best ones and then editing to get the best out of each shot.
Tomorrow is a photo day in Birmingham with my brother. Plan is to meet for coffee and a catchup, then explore a few parts of the city and see what photos we can make. He will be tooled up with his Leica film and digital cameras, whereas I will just have my trusty Sony. Should be fun!
Some 30 years ago we used to go to Blackpool each year to see the ‘Illuminations’. We’d set off around 6pm after I got home from work, make what was then a 3 hour car trip, drive along the promenade to see the fabulous light show, then the same journey home with the kids asleep on the back seat. We went again today, first time for a very long time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We got there much earlier, so had chance to look around in daylight before trying our luck in the amusement arcade, before the obligatory drive to look at all the lights. What a great afternoon and evening, topped off with Blackpool’s famous fish and chips…!
With a bedroom looking out towards the Berlin TV Tower, our hotel was a perfect spot for a nighttime photo. A mini tripod on the windowsill and a long exposure were all that was needed to capture the light trails from the passing traffic.
This is one of my favourite places – Penmon Point on Anglesey. Approached down a long and narrow toll road just outside Beaumaris, it has a stony beach, a couple of fisherman’s cottages, a quaint little cafe, and of course this lighthouse. At low tide you can get right to the base of the lighthouse, but at other times the waves make for great long exposure photos.
This is Barney. Next door’s cat. He has attitude. He’s also very efficient at keeping our garden free of rabbits, mice and other miscellaneous wildlife. There’s barely a day passes when we don’t see him trotting across our garden with his catch…
This is my Olympus OM2n 35mm film camera. I had one ‘in the day’ (around 1979-1980) but it was a bit battered and I sold it long ago. I picked this beautiful example up a couple of years ago and reckon I will never part with it – it’s in pretty much mint condition, came with 28mm and 135mm lenses as well as the 50mm, and even has the original box! Must get out and use it more…
Olympus OM2n (c. 1979) – SonyA7iii & 85mm
As the weather forecast was good when we got here, we had an early supper, and headed to the Giants Causeway – just in time for a massive rainstorm. We sat it out for half an hour and it cleared just as quickly, leaving this fantastic sky.