Dunham Massey Hall in the Snow

Often I find myself in a fantastic location where nearly everything is perfect for the photograph I want to capture. I still take the shot but I stubbornly seek to get the perfect image. I will be first to admit that most of the pictures I make aren’t perfect, but in this case with Dunham Massey Hall and the lake in front, this is as good as I can get without getting into a boat or stepping on the ice. Two weeks ago I walked to this park and conditions weren’t perfect. Two days ago when the above photograph was taken the light and snow were fantastic. Just what I was looking for and I hope some of you reading this enjoy the above picture as much as I do.

Dunham Massey Mill

Dunham Massey Mill

I have been wanting to get a good photograph of the Mill at Dunham Massey for a number of years. My dad has taken dozens of great pictures of this interesting building and I have been waiting to get down to the park on a lovely day with blue skies and the sun in the right place. Here the sun was coming over my shoulder and lighting up the building. Fortunately it was a weekday afternoon when this image was captured and so there were few people around to get in front of my lens.

Dunham Massey Hall

Dunham Massey Hall

Now that I am back in the south Manchester area I wanted to do something a bit different today, so Kay and I went to Dunham Massey for a walk and to feed the ducks. The lighting conditions were perfect and from the photograph above you can see that the sun was in the perfect place and that the sky looks great. I took and published a similar photograph to the above image 15 months ago  which as you can see below, was not taken in ideal lighting conditions. Knowing how to make the most of light is something that comes with practice in photography. Maybe in another 15 months time I will go back to Dunham Massey and retake the above image even better!

Countryside South of Hale, Cheshire

Countryside South of Hale, Cheshire

This is a photograph taken a while back round the corner from where I used to live. Although it seems a little false, the sky was like this. I have seen and photographed a couple of days with skies similar to the one pictured above. At this location it was easier to see the fluffy clouds both close to the camera and far away in the distance over the hills. This view is looking towards Manchester Airport, but there is no planes because we are over a mile away from the runway. I often used to get the off the bus from college at the bus stop where I was stood to take this photograph, sometimes there would be horses in the field. It reminds me that although I love living in the city centre and the convenience and visual diversity this brings with it. There are scenes out of the window like this one which I really miss, especially on cloudy, over cast days like today.