After our Saturday morning exploring the centre of Blackpool we drove a couple of miles north along to coast to a quieter part of the beach for a picnic and a spot of sun bathing. It was a great afternoon and we decided to wait around for the sunset. There was a lot of haar (sea mist) over the sea, making the sunset a little diluted. At about 8pm two fisherman started setting up their rods over the sea wall so I thought it would add interest to an otherwise boring sunset.
Nice sunsets don’t happen everyday, certainly not in Manchester. I love taking pictures of sunsets and living near the Manchester International Airport (at the time) I saw a lot of planes. This photograph was taken back in December 2005 on the same day I stopped to take an even better picture (in my opinion) of a plane landing directly into the sunset. I was travelling from Cheadle to back home in Hale, via the airport. This photograph above was taken out of the moving car window, travelling at about 30 mph. It was a total grab shot so I was amazed to see the plane perfectly lined up with the fence. There was nothing I could do to avoid the fence and the blurring of this part of the picture just adds to
the fact that I was moving whilst taking it. For those interested I was travelling along Ringway Road from Heald Green / Styal Road up towards the Terminal One roundabout. Still, I prefer the original photograph I posted on the day.
Last October I was taking some photos of Salford Quays when I managed to get the picture above of the sun setting behind the Imperial War Museum North. I have enhanced it slightly in Photoshop but I am still not sure if I really like it. The whispery clouds in the sky are nice but the silhouette of the building doesn’t work well for me. Still one of my photographic goals to get a really nice sunset behind the buildings at Salford Quays, this example isn’t a good enough in my opinion but the building does have a nice shape so I thought I would share it.
The photograph above shows the side of GMEX Exhibition Centre from the GMEX Metrolink platform. It was taken on the 25th of January, after being inspired by a few interesting reflection photos online I have started looking out for reflections in my photography. I feel this sunset works particularly well on the side of the GMEX building in Manchester.