Narrowboat in Castlefield at night

Narrowboat in Castlefield at night

A couple of Monday’s ago (I forget when exactly) I got a phone call from Chris asking me to go for a walk to take some photos.I agreed without realising that it was raining outside, but do want to get out more at night with my camera, as I like to the idea of night photography. Stupidly I only took my mono-pod and when we arrived in Castlefield I found a fantastic photo opportunity. I have been back three or four times since I took this photograph, but there hasn’t been a narrowboat in this position on the canal since that night. Without my tripod it was impossible to get a sharp photograph. The small preview above looks OK, but when you see the larger version of the photo it is definitely blurred. Always be prepared to stubble across an amazing photo opportunity even if it is freezing cold, at night and raining and all you want to do is sit on the sofa with a hot chocolate.

Fishing boat on Lough Corrib, Ireland

Fishing boat on Lough Corrib, Ireland

I took this photograph back in August 2006. I was stood on the shore with my back to the beautiful Ashford Castle. It was evening when I took this image so the light gave nice warm colours. Lough Corrib was teaming with Salmon which were jumping out of the water, it must have been pretty easy for these two fishermen to catch a few of them.

Seagull at Dunbar Harbour, Scotland

Seagull at Dunbar Harbor, Scotland

Whilst browsing through my now extensive collection of photographs of Scotland. I found this interesting picture of a Seagull watching over the beautiful harbour at Dunbar (about 40 miles east of Edinburgh along the coast). The image above is definitely not as good photographically as the one I published on the same day I took this (Tuesday 18th July 2006). But I did want to show the boat on its side, which didn’t feature in the previous photo. Taken into this sun the original file straight out of the camera looks very different, using Photoshop I was able to mask out the foreground rocks and colour correct the background separately to the foreground. This took maybe 15 minutes to do something that would have taken a good 3 – 5 hours in a traditional darkroom. It seems the more technology advances we can do more with our time but that only puts more demands on our time.

U.S. Coast Guard, New York

U.S. Coast Guard, New York

Going back through my archives of last years trip to New York I realised that I have many photographs of that part of the world that have not been put online, in fact over the short time I was in New York I took over 900 photographs. Now I’m not planning on publishing even half of them but I did come across a few interesting images that I thought I would like to share. The photo above was taken on the 28th March 2005, just after getting off the ferry having been to Liberty Island. The sun in the wrong place and this was a quick grab shot of the U.S. Coast Guard boat. What caught my eye was the two machine guns on the boat, personally I have never seen a coast guard boat with guns on it in the UK, is this common I wonder?