Mark and I had been planning a cycle ride for a while and after recently getting my mountain bike serviced and its wheels rebuilt, it was time to head for the hills. We were going to keep it easy going for the first big ride and go down to Sale Water Park (somewhere I am looking to go to photograph as soon as possible) but in the end I found we could get a train from Manchester to Glossop, so we did that instead. We then cycled up the Snake Pass (more formally known as the A57) and I am embarrassed to say it took me over an hour to cycle the 4 or 5 miles to the top, although the top was near Bleaklow which is around 2,000 feet above sea level.When we eventually got to the top the sign in the above photograph greeted us. Using Mark’s camera I decided to take a photo of my camera (the Nikon D80) hanging from the sign post to add interest. At this point we are looking in a westerly direction towards Glossop. The main thing to point out above this picture is it was taken at 11:28am and the water in the pond behind the sign was frozen solid. When we came past it an hour or two later it was still frozen and we were still in t-shirts, because cycling uphill and then cycling off road are both very warming forms of exercise.
Yesterday was a cloudy overcast day (surprise surprise) and although I did take a wide angle full view of the archway this photo was better in my opinion. The arch was built in 1987 and is the largest Chinese archway in Europe. Due to the tall buildings all around and the street signs etc it is very difficult to capture a good photo of the whole thing, especially on a dull day. I did try a Kov style HDR but it didn’t look very good.
The thing that I really like in this image is the top of the picture, which is a detail that is hardly noticeably until you study it closely. The way the whole structure is colour fascinates me and I think it looks great. I probably should have set my camera square on to the sign, but I would have been in the middle of the road and my tripod probably wouldn’t have defended me to well from moving cars!
There are four Pizza Express Restaurants in the city centre of Manchester and this photograph shows the nearest one to my flat. I have never actually eaten at the Peter Street Pizza Express but I am currently producing a serious of photographs around the Deansgate / Cross Street area of Manchester. Yesterday I was looking at food and the signage that goes with the various businesses. As I study the buildings and architecture around certain areas of the city I am seeing some fantastic details. Unfortunately these details I want to photograph will be very difficult to capture on camera.
After studying graphic design for nearly four years I constantly look at logos of all different types. The Pizza Express logo is very Art Nouveau and that is probably what made me look up and take this picture. That and the details of the brick work or tiles on the wall behind it.
The above photograph shows the artwork in the doorway of Fred Aldous, Manchester’s largest supplier of Art, Craft and Design materials based in the heart of the Northern Quarter. As a design student you can imagine I enjoy visiting and browsing art shops. On a recent visit to Fred Aldous art shop I noticed this quite large stone art work.
Unfortunately it was rather late in the day and so there was little light in the dark doorway. Still, by using a monopod as my camera support I was able to get this image reasonably sharp (for web viewing at least). It seemed only logical to remove all colour from the image as the only colours were a blue tint on the left (from the outside) and a yellow tint on the right of the image (from inside the doorway).
I think the thing that drew me to take this picture is that the more you look at it, the more details you start to see the hands, different types of art equipment, brushes etc. It isn’t my best or favourite image, but something that I saw in my day to day life that I couldn’t walk past without at least trying to record photographically.