I didn’t know what to expect when I was told I was been taken to the town of Fleetwood. It is just north of Blackpool and much smaller. They have a nice shopping centre called Freeport, behind which is the large harbour in the photograph above. I couldn’t take the picture at first as the light was in the wrong place but we came back later in the afternoon to get this photograph, with the sun in the right place. The shopping centre is just off this image to the left.
Two reasons for sharing this photograph with you. Firstly, I took an interesting photograph of the modern sculpture at the harbour. It was the most interesting thing I had taken a picture of that day but didn’t really show you what the harbour looks like with all the boats. This is difficult to do as there are at least three different areas, above shows you just one but you do get a much better idea of the place in my opinion. Secondly, I am heading up to Teesdale in County Durham tomorrow for a weekend of photography and this picture was taken in the north of the country also. Yes, Whiteheaven is in Cumbria but Durham and Cumbria are similar to me all the way down here in Manchester. Anyway, the photograph isn’t technically that wonderful (like always I blame that on the weather) but I liked the masts of the boats, as they appear to merge together.
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.
I spent the morning on a walk taking detailed photographs of water falls of various sizes. Afterward we decided to meet up with my cousin John in the sea-side town of Whiteheaven. The weather was not as good as yesterday but I found this interesting structure on the waterfront at Whiteheaven’s massive harbour. From a distance it looked like an wave shaped shelter for the walkway but on closer inspection it appears to have lights on the opposite side to the view in the photograph. It must make a very eye-catching sculpture at night.