#226 – People In Railway Photography Revisited – Part 2

As I wasn’t using the optimal lens for the job, cropping played an important part of post processing., and this is where having a reasonably high megapixel count comes in handy. Now I’ve never subscribed to the theory that you should get it right in camera and never crop – it’s a laudable idea, but…

#225 – People in Railway Photography Revisited – Part 1

  Due to the usual late running on the Saturday of the East Lancs Steam Gala, the planned nightshoot was also running late, so by the time the assembled throng were let in, the engines were still being put down for the night. Never one to miss an opportunity to do something different, I hiked up the…

#224 – Calshot

Here’s one I wasn’t aware of, probably because it’s not in an advanced state of decay! This is the SS Calshot, a tug tender built at, and  used on, Southampton docks during the era of the great ocean liners – Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Normandie, United States, etc. Although it was open to the public,…

#223- Derelict Mills 11 – Oakwood Mill

Some places are so derelict that they aren’t even worth spending much time photographing, let alone trying to find a way in. I’d spotted this place near to the old Railway Warehouse hidden in the woods in Mossley, so after mooching round there for a while, I thought I’d have a look at this place….

#222 – Derelict Mills – Part 10 – Vernon Carus

More often than not, the places I go are dead. Not just as a building, but the companies that inhabited it have also died, along with all the traditions, products and culture that was unique to that enterprise. Technology and commerce move on, budgets shrink, new companies with lower costs come into the market, older companies…

#221 – Derelict Mills – Part 9 – Albion Mill

It’s weird and slightly perverse how some places that I’ve visited have ended up. The ruin that was Cheadle Bleachworks, a place that looked like it had been carpet bombed, ended up as luxury apartments, while this place, as sturdy and intact a mill as I’ve explored, ended up being demolished not long after I…

#220 – Derelict Mills – Part 8 – Griffe Mill

When you are particularly interested in something, you develop a consciousness for it. Professor Peter Wiseman in his brilliant book ‘The Luck Factor’ writes at length about this phenomena, and how people who believe that they are lucky or unlucky see and do things that back up that conviction – spotting five-pound notes on the…