Boats at Pula, Sardinia, Italy

Boats at Pula, Sardinia, Italy

I took this photograph while walking around the historic ruins of Nora, according to my uncle (and my memory) this is Pula Harbour. Traditionally it was one of the best places to keep a boat on the island because it was so protected from the wind and weather. This would explain why the Phoenicians founded Nora in the 8th Century BC. Sadly, this small harbour is silting up and a lot of the bigger boats have been moved down the coast.

Silhouetted Palm Trees at Sunrise

Silhouetted Palm Trees at Sunrise

Looking out of my window right now the weather is almost completely opposite to what you’re seeing in the above photograph, so I thought I would share this beautiful sunrise photograph with you, to at the very least cheer me up. It was taken last September on the coast of Sardinia, Italy early one morning. I had spent some relaxing hours sat here in the warmth of the hot sun over the previous few days and it was a very refreshing change to be down at the beach and cold. I was just at the point of taking this photograph when I suddenly started to feel the warmth of the sun, just a little at first but noticeable none the less. If you look closely (on the enlarged picture, click the photo please) you will see a small boat on the horizon to the left of the sun. I noticed it to and as soon as this was taken I ran down to the edge of the water to take a second photograph looking into the sun. This can be seen below. Still, I personally prefer the one above.

Lookout Tower on the Coast of Sardinia

Lookout Tower on the Coast of Sardinia

The above photograph shows an abandoned tower that I found on a walk on the south coast of the island of Sardinia, Italy last September. Walking up the stairs there was no signs of life when knocking on a large steel door. From the information I can find online these towers were originally used to send messages (presumably through Morse Code or something similar) around the coast to various ports. The island had traditionally had a high military presence due to its prominent position in the Mediterranean Sea.

Over the past week or two I am happy to have been able to get out with my camera, although I realise that a lot of the photos being published are focused more around city centre Manchester than anything else. I have some interesting new subjects lined up and a few great photographic trips / adventures planned for the coming months. However, if there is a subject, topic or place you would like to see me photograph then please contact me or leave a comment below, because I am always on the look out for new and exciting locations, models or subjects.

Sunrise on the horizon, Mediterranean Sea

Sunrise on the horizon, Mediterranean Sea

As it gets closer and closer to the “shortest day” of the year, it seems only right to post a more uplifting photograph. This image was captured on the south east coast of Sardinia, Italy just outside a small town called Pula. Personally, I much prefer capturing sunrises. It is more effort to getting up early and to make sure you are there at the right time, also you have to get lucky (sometimes you get up and there is too much cloud or mist). But, when you do experience a sunrise like this, it makes all that effort worth it.

On this particular instance, I remember the sun hitting my face, looking around and realising everything was getting lighter and brighter and more importantly, warmer. The thing about sunsets is, as much as they are easier to photograph, the sun is disappearing, it is turning into night. In contrast, when you are around for sunrise, you have the rest of the day ahead of you – this can be very inspirational. On the day I took this photograph for example, I had one of the most amazing days of photography this year, taking hundreds of photographs of at least four or five different locations on the island, all in one day. That is the power of a sunrise for me as a photographer.