European markets are fantastic, combine them with a fast lens to give those silky soft backgrounds and its a photographer’s dream. The above photograph was taken at Campo de Fiori, one of the main markets in the capital. I originally thought that these were blood oranges, but after searching online they don’t seem a dark enough red. Anyone want to comment on whether or not these are blood oranges?
Whenever I get my camera out by the sea, harbours are always places for me to focus my eye, particularly on the details. This old blue rope was wrapped around an even older looking and probably retired fishing boat in Abersoch, North Wales. I don’t like the black piece of piping in the foreground, but the textures and colours on this rope made me want to capture a record of it.
Flying is something that has always fascinated me. The above photograph shows a close-up detail of the main instruments on a 1975 Cessna 172 Skyhawk II. I was lucky enough to get to fly this aircraft from Manchester City Airport (formally Barton Airfield). This was my first flying lesson, although I had been in a Cessna a few years previously when my cousin went on a flying lesson and I sat in the back. I was a little shocked to find I would be sitting in the main pilots seat, meaning that it was my job to get the plane off the ground and then back down. Fortunately I had a brilliant instructor who talked me through everything.
Fires fascinate me, the colour, warmth and movement that these flames create makes for a pattern worthy of recording. The above fire was a bonfire at my uncle’s farm down in Lincolnshire. Although this was taken at night it was shot hand held as there was enough light coming from the fire to make using a tripod a waste of time. Next time I have such an opportunity hopefully I can play with some darkening filters over my lens to use longer exposures and experiment a little more.