#288 – Big Wheel

Ever since The London Eye brought Ferris Wheels back into vogue in the UK, they’ve been popping up all over the place in the UK. Manchester has had one semi-permanently in the Triangle for some years (although not this year), as have other large towns and cities, so I was quite surprised to see one…

#269 – Mechanical Funscape 2

These images are variations on the same theme as the image in the last post. As before, the black and white treatment has brought out the texture of the slightly corroded, painted surfaces of the steelwork. By removing the distraction of colour, the shapes are now far more prominent as are things like the repeating…

#268 – Mechanical Funscape 1

Engineers have turned their attention to all manner of things, developing machines to serve us in many ways – for example, to feed us, transport us, clean us, kill us, and in the photograph above, to frighten the living $&%! out of us. Camelot is Chorley’s own theme park, and about ten minutes from my…

#174 – Astley Hall

Been busy recently with family and suchlike, so although I’ve taken plenty of photos of my 8 month old daughter, not much indutrial has been in front ofmy lenses. I’m busy writing various blog posts but have found that I’ve not got the photos I need to illustrate them online, grrr. So, here’s one from…

#131 – Finishing Department

Sometimes as explorers and even as photographers, we overlook the stuff closest to  home and yet travel for miles to see other stuff. Such was the case with this old mill near my house in Chorley. It’s literally 5 minutes away, and although I was aware it was empty, I’d never made the effort to…

#125 – Tilted Compositions 2

Site of what was (I think) the Group 2 area of Royal Ordnance Chorley, now Buckshaw Village. It’s all been cleared and graded, this single lump of reinforced concrete is pretty much the only remnant of anything resembling structural engineering. From a photographic perspective, the tilted compositions hasn’t worked here – a super wide angle lens would have been…

#60 – it doesn’t always go according to plan… (part 2)

Following on from my post the other week, I attempted to photograph the Cotton Mills Express again. Right, I thought, I’ll watch it locally, then head out to somewhere more photogenic. So I saw it a couple of miles away from my house (which was further than it got last time – it failed at…

#41 – the beauty of twilight

In my eyes, the best low light photography isn’t done in darkness, it’s done just before, just after the sun has set, but before the sky goes it’s inky black. It’s for that brief period of time when the sky goes a lovely cobalt blue colour, and you can really make a feature of the…

#9 – ARCHIVE MAY 2009: Long Exposures

Night photography is something I enjoy doing but don’t get round to doing enough of. Why? Something to do with Not being arsed in the evenings once I get home from work – in the winter when it gets dark early it’s normally cold and wet, while in the summer, it doesn’t get dark until…

#7 – ARCHIVE FEBRUARY 2009: Nikon D700 Low Noise Performance

After nearly 4 years of reliable performance, I’ve relegated my Nikon D70 to the shelf as a back-up camera. In it’s place, and at great cost, I’ve invested in a Nion D700. What an incredible camera! I’m more of a photographer than a camera enthusiast, but the D700 is just amazing. Yes it’s bloody expensive,…