Sat in a beach cafe at Heysham I got talking to an office worker about my photography. She said there were some great shots to be had at the old dock side. Interested we followed her directions. Looking out to sea was a fantastic view of the old pier so I set to work photographing it. Behind me was Heysham’s nuclear power station and two unhappy armed police. To be fair they seemed to give Jayne more of a grilling than me, I think she must look more dodgy. Apparently its not illegal but frowned upon to take pictures of a nuclear power station. Below you can see the pier and a cooling vent sending water used in the plant back out to sea.
A gorgeous stretch of water in Knaresborough, and as usual loads to photograph.
Now I already knew that taking a panorama can be tricky but having your wife rocking the row boat your sat in it makes it near impossible and cause for a disagreement. However despite the little ones efforts and a warning with an oar I managed to capture the first two shots. The third I took from the safety of dry land.
Ribblehead Viaduct was finished in 1874. The bridge took one thousand navvies to build it, one hundred of which died during its construction.
What a impressive structure to witness and in such beautiful surroundings. There’s so many pictures to take here but I’m just showing you this panorama made up of eight shots.
A panorama of a gorgeous summer sunset over Clitheroe. Shot from the castle wall.
I’m always surprised how many locals are up here in the evening, either to see the sunsets or view the lit up town at night. I can’t believe they used to lock the castle grounds at sunset, this is what we were missing.
Another long exposure image, this time Cromwell’s Bridge near Clitheroe. The water poured over my wellies as I stood still in the middle of the river so as not to introduce camera shake on my 98 seconds exposure. The river constantly flowed around my tripod legs so I was amazed to get such a sharp result. The sky was drab but the reflections and the glass like water are beautiful isolating the rock and making it look super sharp.
Believe it or not it is possible to walk across the bridge. I didn’t dare.
I like the feeling when you come home from shooting and you aren’t really sure if you captured anything to be proud of until viewed in full on a big screen, and then you know you did well. Using a ND 1000 filter is a bit like shooting back with film, I mean its a lot of guess work and the results and clear immediately. Also each shot needs thinking about, in detail its not just a case of spewing out rapid fire, not when time between shots can easily be five or six minutes
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II’ve been working on taking panoramic shots of the local area. The two most well know features of where I live are Pendle Hill, know for the which trials 400 years ago, and the castle which is the smallest Norman Keep in England.
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