One of the simpliest but best Christmas decorations (in my opinion) around the city centre can be found on the corner of Albert Square, in front of the Town Hall looking down Cross Street towards Exchange Square, where the Manchester Wheel is currently located. I felt it has been too long since I processed any of my photographs into black and white and this view seemed to call for it. It was taken at night a few weeks ago now and the camera was on a tripod.
It was a complete guess photo to be honest, due to being on the corner of a cross roads. The tripod was on the pavement, but with the huge numbers of people (mainly going to and from the German / Christmas Market) it was impossible to look through the viewfinder to compose the image. So I simply set up my camera with a 2 second shutter delay (to avoid camera shake) and waited for the traffic lights to go red, hoping that my camera would take the long exposure before a big bus drove past and into my image. It turned out better than I had expected, so I thought I would share it with you.
This afternoon, I headed back home to Hale near Altrincham (south of Manchester) to my parents house to spend Christmas with family. I hope to try to get out with the camera at least once before I have to head back into the city to continue my battle with University coursework.
This photograph is taken of a large (probably 8 foot high) sign in the holiday resort of Serena, part of the Roquetas de Mar area of Almeria on the south east coast of Spain. The area around where this image was captured is currently under going heavy development with dozens of new apartment buildings under construction. I was on an evening walk from the Golf Centre Apartments, where I was staying for my week in Almeria and it seemed a very strange place to have this kind of thing, due to it being a five or ten minutes walk from the main shopping and eating area of the resort. Still, I thought it was worth taking a photograph, even if the sun was behind it making it extremely difficult to get a good picture.
I found this sign whilst taking photographs around Nantwich one rainy summer afternoon, if you look closely you can even see the drops of rain on the sign. I was going to go into the photographers shop to look around but whilst taking the photo I had a distinct feeling of being watch by the shop owner and decided not to venture inside. Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to remove the TV Ariel in the background in Photoshop, maybe I will update this image when I get the chance.
I have been looking for photographs featuring signs for a few months now, because at the end of the year there is a “signs” competition. The above photograph of at “Seaview” sign was taken last month in Dunure. Dunure is a small fishing village on the west coast of Scotland. I don’t like the large amounts of grasses at the bottom of the image, although the contrast in colours between the greens and blues work well. If I had the chance to take this photograph again I would have definitely gone for a little higher view point, I was almost kneeing down to take this picture. However, I did do a little bit of weeding around the sign itself to make it more readable and less cluttered. This photograph probably won’t make it into my competition entry but I thought it would be good to put online anyway.