Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Still Life

A departure from Landscapes today, so I thought I would share a still life I took a couple of years ago but which I still love to view - hope you do too!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Anderton Boat Lift

Just round the corner from where I took yesterdays image is the Anderton Boat Lift which lies near the village of Anderton in Cheshire and provides a needed link between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Marbury Country Park

For my photo walkabout today I went over to Northwich in Cheshire and visited Anderton Boat Lift and Marbury Park Country Park.  The juxtaposition between the country park on one side of the river and the industrial site on the other offers some interesting views.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Wenesleydale barns

I found this lovely barn with its red doors sitting in a newly mowed field one sunny day in Wensleydale in Yorkshire. Made me want to go to a few miles down the road to the Hawes cheese factory and get some of that delicious Wensleydale cheese - you know the one that a certain animated character and his dog made famous!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Christ Church

This beautiful old gothic style church founded in 1853 sits overlooking the M67 motorway in Denton Tameside near Manchester, yet somehow I get the feeling of a countryside location.  I think it is the feel of solitude I get from the building.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

St Lawrence Church

Known locally as the Black and White Church, St Lawrence church in Denton, Tameside is a timber framed building which dates back to 1531, and further extended in 1872 - over 500 years old and still going strong. Another local name is Th'owd Peg, because of the wooden pegs used to join the timbers.

Only 29 of this type of common medieval building remain in England and Wales.

Rhos on Sea, North Wales

When I arrived at the harbour to capture the sunrise I was searching for something to put a point of focus into the foreground. I knew I wanted a boat, after all it is a harbour, but didn't know which one I would be able to capture in the just the right position.

The orange coloured boat was lying on the shore pointing out towards the sun, it was just lying there waiting for the sky to do its magic and all I had to do when I arrived was set up my camera, compose and make the image.  However, when I went to the same spot the next day, guess what, the boat was tied up to the harbour wall and no longer available for the image! If I hadn't got up early and driven down to the harbour I would have missed the opportunity.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Roaches

I love the hills south of Buxton and especially so of those known as the Roaches.  They are a group of wind carved outcrops of gritstone rocks in the Peak District National Park .  Great for rock climbing, walking and just breathing in the beauty of the place with family and friends on a day trip.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Llandudno Pier

The longest pier in Wales and the fifth longest in the UK, Llandudno pier struts its stuff into the Irish Sea. Just above the position I was standing to make this image is the Great Orme with its wild herds of Kashmiri Goats. Driving around the 3 miles of road that skirts the side of the Orme affords you great views across to Anglesey and if you've never been, well you should.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Autumn colours

Okay, I know, its not autumn, its just that with all the cold damp weather we are having lately I thought I would post a nice cheeful scene of a beautiful autumn I had last year over in Yorkshire. It kinda lifts the spirits to see the autumn colours of the trees and the golden leaves on the ground!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Reflections at sunrise

Being a photographer the ideal time for visiting a location is early each morning, just before
sunrise or, early evening at sunset. Why? Because at these times of the day the light is lower in the sky, shadows elongate and the colours become richer, warmer and more saturated. It is these shadows created by the lower sunlight which often reveal important and beautiful patterns which might otherwise go unnoticed. Also, on a calm day, the still waters of a nearby lake or slow running river reflect both the sky and the landscape features perfectly.

This image shows the beautiful shadows and reflections that a combination of early morning sunrise and still waters can bring.

Situated less than 3 miles outside Leek on the A523 to Macclesfield down the aptly named Rudyard Road lies a hidden gem in the Staffordshire countryside. Rudyard Lake is a reservoir for the local Caldon and Trent & Mersey canals and offers a haven of peace and tranquillity which has resulted in its being described as one of the most romantic spots in the UK.

If you think that the name Rudyard sounds familiar it could be because a certain John Lockwood Kipling and Alice Macdonald, parents of Rudyard Kipling, met here and liked the place so much they named their son after it. Rudyard Kipling of course became known for his many literary works which included 'Jungle Book' and 'Puck of Pucks Hill'.

The two and a half mile long lake was created more than two centuries ago to supply water for the then expanding canal system of the West Midlands. In 1846 the North Staffordshire Railway acquired the lake and offered days out to the workers of the Midlands and North West. In the 19th and early 20th centuries thousands of visitors would disembark each weekend from the trains - many of them from local towns such as Leek, Stoke and Macclesfield. There was a steady decline in visitors following the second World War and the closure of the railway in the 1970's added to the decline. Today the lake is owned and operated by British Waterways and is experiencing a rejuvenation of interest, and deservedly so, and is now a popular venue to visit for a day out, offering opportunities for walking, boating, sailing, fishing and of course photography. The artist inside you can easily find inspiration from the magnificent scenery which surrounds the lake.

I love the summer: the long days, sunshine, warm weather, blue skies and green grass. However, the very things I like about the season do not necessarily lead to the most interesting or dynamic pictures. Dramatic skies, threatening weather and the atmospheric lighting these conditions can bring, can all make for stunning images. So if you want to take images of Rudyard Lake or any other beauty spot, do not let poor weather put you off visiting.