I could spend many hours sitting watching open fires, more so large bonfires. The above image was captured at the weekend down in the small village of Horbling, Lincolnshire. Obviously, my camera was set up on the tripod, pointing into the fire (from a safe distance of course) and I threw on a large tree trunk; you can see this at the bottom of the frame. I think that the dark thin branches going into the centre of the fire make for an interesting photograph. As we approach Halloween, what better way to celebrate this than share a picture of fire?
I spent this afternoon and evening in the small village of Horbling in Lincolnshire, on my uncle’s farm / plant nursery. He was having his annual bonfire party with friends and family, with fireworks and BBQ etc. I spent a lot of the evening experimenting with different lighting techniques, taking photographs mainly of the fire itself but also some painting with light ideas and firework pictures. The above image is my favourite firework shot. Personally, I don’t feel it is quite as impressive as the series I managed to capture from the Blackpool Fireworks Competition but I am still happy enough with this image to share it with you. Amateur fireworks are much harder to photograph than professional displays.
Before heading back home to Manchester we took a trip to the town of Stamford on the River Welland in Lincolnshire. There were lots of old buildings and interesting shops, streets and churches, some of which date back to the Middle Ages. The church in the photograph below is All Saints Church.
On the way to Skegness we went through the town of Boston (not the New England Boston) but the original Boston in Lincolnshire which dates back to 1545. Whilst passing through the town I saw a large Windmill. On the way back from Skegness we all decided to stop and go for a coffee and check out the Maud Foster Windmill. It is one of the largest operating windmills in England and was built in 1819 at the cost of around £1826 or around $3700 USD (which was a large sum in those days). I climbed the narrow ladders up the seven floors right to the top, it is very interesting, a good afternoon out especially for families with younger (under 12) children.