Portrait of a Seagull in Blackpool

Portrait of a Seagull in Blackpool

Sometimes it’s just luck. Taking pictures of birds with a compact camera is difficult. I have found that seagulls and pigeons are probably the easiest of bird to photograph as they are very comfortable around man. We were sat on the front at Blackpool having an ice cream and the world’s most friendly Seagull came to talk to me (kind of). He came so close it was almost threatening. I love the look on the birds face and possibly wouldn’t have published this image if it wasn’t for the second seagull in the background. I decided to make the photograph black and white because there wasn’t much colour in the original. I never new seagulls had red eyes until I looked closely at this image. Hope you like this bird as much as I do.

H2O (water) on Steamed up Window

H2O (water) on Steamed up Window

Firstly and most importantly, happy mother’s day to my mum and to all the mother’s reading this. Secondly, I am hoping to enter a couple of images later this week into a photographic competition entitled “H2O”. After browsing through Flickr for inspiration I found this photograph of the word condensation, it was written in the condensation on a window. It give me the “idea” to try my own condensation photograph using the H2O symbol instead. Before you comment saying that I did it wrong, I know and it doesn’t matter to me that the 2 should have been lower. I took this photograph by using a kettle which I boiled up about a dozen times next the a window. I had the camera on a tripod and wrote the H2O with my finger on the window. It had been raining but at the time I took this photograph I think it was starting to snow outside. I am just unsure if it is good enough to enter. Please comment if you think it is good enough for a competition or not? Can you read the H2O clearly enough?

B of the Bang Sculpture, Manchester

B of the Bang Sculpture, Manchester

The past two days have been really sunny, cold but with nice skies and lighting. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get but with my camera but this morning I decided I wanted to get up early and go to Manchester’s Sports City. Looking on the maps I choose to walk there, its probably about two or three miles from where I live but it is into an area of the city I have never explored before. When I woke up however it was very overcast with dark grey clouds. Still, I had made up my mind I was going to go so I did. It rained a little but I didn’t get soaking wet. After seeing the sculpture I wasn’t that impressed, the area beneath it was fenced off and two or three of the spikes had come off and were in a pile on the floor. I will have to go back one early morning when there is a nice blue sky. I like the above photo but I want a shot that gives a sense of scale because this thing is huge, 183 feet (56m) tall, thats taller than both Nelson’s Column and the Angel of the North.

Church Clock and Statue detail

Church Clock and Statue detail

Bad start to the New Year due to a friend being taken into hospital, she will be fine but its never nice in hospitals. This afternoon I took the train over to Macclesfield to visit her in Macclesfield General Hospital. I enjoyed the walk back to the station from the hospital and took a few evening photos, the lighting was very bad (cloudy, overcast and going dark) but I managed to grab this photo, I was experimenting with ‘depth of field’ in the above photo. The foreground (the statue) is sharp but the background (the clock and church) are out of focus. I made it a black & white image to give a more dramatic feel. The church is St Michael & All Angels (Church of England) in the centre of Macclesfield.