Thursday, 27 December 2012

St Matthews Highfield

On Boxing Day I went for a local stroll to the nearest church in the area. I used my new 45-175mm lens on my Panasonic Lumix G1 for these shots. Thanks Hilary!!


Parochial Hall and Cricket Club

South East

South West



Steeple Angle

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Scotmans Flash

I went to the flashes and canal early today to catch the low sun and early mist. There were plenty of people out and about too! I've done a mixture of colour and monochrome images for this set.

3 Dog Man

Bridge 2 In The Mist

Early Walkies
Into The Mist

Foggy Frozen Flash

Having A Chat

Winter Reeds

Misty Sunlight

Winter Walkers

Converging Lines

Monday, 10 December 2012

I went for a walk around Billinge and Kings Moss on a crisp, clear and cold afternoon and came back with this selection.

Billinge Mast

DW Stadium, Haigh Hall, Winter Hill

Date Stone

Flooded Frozen Field


Long Shadow

Full Winter Barn

Widnes Power Station
Winter Barn Silhouette

Winter Walkies

Friday, 30 November 2012

Frosty Plants

I used my Macro Tubes on these four photos of a frozen St. John's Wort and Sycamore seeds on the garden table.

Crystal Tips

Frosty Bud

Ice On Sycamore Seed
Frozen Edges

Multiple Exposures

As the title says, these three photos are a combination of six exposures each, all combined together to produce complete light trails on the M6 at Windy Arbour.
I used my tripod and remote trigger with the camera set to Bulb to achieve the variety of length of trails, and then used Photoshop to combine the images.
Spot the Police vehicle Emergency Blue Light!!

M6 North

 M6 South


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Artistic Licence

I only had my Iphone with me when we visited Liverpool this week, so instead of struggling with poor quality photos (especially inside the Cathedral), I've applied 'artistic licence' to a few shots. I only took the photos in the first place to give me an idea of the lighting and views for a future visit with Canon camera and tripod, which are allowed in the Cathedral!

Interior Inversion
Crowning Glory

Sunday, 18 November 2012


Here are a completely random set of photos from the last week, no theme, no agenda, I just tidied them all up and decided to post!!
All taken with my Lumix G1 and 14-45mm lens.

Early Sun

Family Outing

Catching The Light

Field Of Remembrance

Planting Winter Beds

Quiet Cafe

Turn Left At The Moon

Friday, 16 November 2012

Princess Elizabeth

A few different pics for the blog this time. Had an opportunity with a friend to take these photos today of the Princess Elizabeth, the steam train that welcomed Queen Elizabeth II to the start of her Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London last June.
I had to do some serious cloning work in Photoshop to clear the cables and electric wires to create a more authentic atmosphere!
The third one was my usual posterized alteration of one of the originals!

Princess Elizabeth

Steam At Speed
Steam Posterized

Just to bring everything up-to-date, a modern Virgin Train came through too!!

Beth Tweddle MBE

Friday, 9 November 2012

Lest We Forget

I went to Wigan Cemetery to pay my respects to a relative from the First World War as I do every November, and took a few photos exploring a quieter area of the Cemetery I'd not seen before.

My (three times removed) Cousin John Hopkins
Newly reorganised WW1 War Graves cared for by the CWGC

Grave Statue. I love these Gothic figures!
Weathered Grave Statue with added special effects

Overgrown Graves

More neglected graves. What a contrast to the War Graves!