Triptych-tastic

Hi All,

Last weekend gone, we travelled down to Kent for a family event – as we shared the chore of driving, I took the chance to snap some pictures from the comfort of the passenger seat.

Triptych: Industry

Triptych: Industry

Triptych: Trees

Triptych: Trees

All six shots were taken within a mile or so of each other in two sets of three – hence the triptych. All shots were taken using Hipstamatic for the iPhone.

I found the A1(M) to be a remarkably photogenic motorway (when you compare it to the M1 or the M6). Open fields contrast strongly with Industrial and town landscapes – so there is a lot to see.

All of my iPhone images are part of my iphoneography set on flickr

Thanks

Gary

Blackrod Scarecrow Festival 2011

Hi All,

Last weekend (2nd/3rd July) Blackrod played host to its 4th Annual Scarecrow Festival. It was a great weekend of community events for all the family.

The stars of the show are the scarecrows themselves, I’d lost count this year but i’d bet there were close to a hundred scattered around the village. The weather was brilliant and the village had a carnival atmosphere.

This giant Bertie Bassett was my favorite (well second after our own entry here)

To see more pics from the day you can either check out the events official website or by checking out the unofficial flickr group.

thanks

Gary

From the Archive: Sunset over Horwich

Hi All,

I’ve been scanning through my back catalogue of flickr images over the last few days (now up to 736 images), and i’ve discovered a few little gems that i’d totally forgotton about.

This image was taken way back in December 2009 on Chorley Old Road, Horwich. Its of the view looking over Horwich towards Wigan (approx. location here). It was originally blogged here.

It was taken using a D40 and with 18/55mm kit lens. 30 seconds at f22.

Sunset Over Horwich

I remember it being a freezing evening, even though I was only out of the car for less than 5 minutes to grab the image, my hands had turned blue 😦

Thanks

Gary

A Nice Surprise

Hi All

I love reading the feedback I get for my photos on flickr, but every now and then I get a nice little surprise. One of my most recent images has been added to a gallery of images called “The Quays” on The Lowry, Salford‘s flickr page.

Outside The Lowry #2

The image was taken using Hipstamatic on the iPhone just outside The Lowry Theatre. Its a great place to take photo’s as the architecture is very unique and photogenic.

I’m flattered to be included in the gallery, especially seeing the quality of some of the other images selected, and a little bit of exposure (no pun intended) is always nice.

Thanks

Gary

Horwich Parkway – A Mini Panorama

Hi All,

Just a quick post today – I’ve been messing around with a few of the Hipstamatic images I took on the train a few weeks ago and found two that were particularly suited to a panorama.

Initially I attempted the lazy way and did it with a photo-merge in photoshop, but the results were hideous, so I had to do it the good old fashioned way. 10 minutes of cursing and a lot of tongue poking later and I had what I wanted.

I finished it off with a canvas textured neutral backdrop to keep with the retro feel.

Thanks

Gary

Little Discoveries

Hi All,

I’ve recently been clearing out my office space and I happened on an exposed roll of Ilford HP5+ 120 film. Initially I couldn’t for the life of me remember when I had shot it – I’ve only had a single roll developed for my Holga.

After some thinking and checking through my images on flickr, I do remember taking the Holga with me when I went for a drive over to Belmont, back in March (the Hipstamatic images taken were posted here, here and here). There should be some similarities in the images, as they would have been shot at the same subjects.

I’m going to use Ilford Labs again for the processing, but as 120 format scanning is a little on the dear side I think i’ll get them developed as nice 6″x6″ prints and then scan them in from there (even though I’ve got a reasonable flatbed scanner, I still struggle to get a decent scan from a negative).

I’ll get this roll of in the next few days – i’m intrigued to see how they came out. I do remember it being quite a sunny day, so i’m hoping for better results than my first roll (very gloomy conditions).

Thanks

Gary

Abandoned Power Station

Hi All,

At the end of last week, I did a little bit of urbexing around the Red Moss area of Horwich.

We went specifically to find the old power station that used to be attached to the old Horwich Loco Works – the Loco Works now acts as industrial storage and the power station has been stripped and left to rot.

We wanted to get inside the building and have a look around, but due to the local flooding we had to settle on a long distance shot.

I’ve planned lots more exploring of the Red Moss SSSI over the summer and I’ll post what I find here.

Thanks

Gary