Archive for June, 2008

A Celebration of Wool

Monday, June 30th, 2008

These images are compiled from shots taken at [WoolFest] in Cumbria this weekend. The festival was a series of lots, alternating between rare breed sheep, textile artists and old ladies knitting hats. Great fun.

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A portrait in Cumbria

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Patrick is our little mate who lives in Cumbria. His big brother just got a lovely old scooter. Here is Patrick wishing he was old enough to go for a ride. Click images to view larger.

Whinlatter Forest

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Pictures taken at the new Whinlatter Forest Mountain Bike trail, Lake District. The top distressed image was of course an accident, borne from using an uncontrollable compact camera, but I quite like the effect. Click images to view larger.

Two dogs

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Melissa, thanks for the suggestion in your comment to try this image in Black and White. Here is how it came out, the reflective glass is less of a distraction here, in fact it’s starting to look like a cheesy art birthday card now.

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To the beach…

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This is an photograph I have been working on today, in search for that fine-art black & white style.

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A evening bike ride…

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

This evening we went up Snowdon. On mountain bikes. This involves a 2 hour ride/push to the summit, followed by a bone-shaking 25 minute decent back to Llanberis and a pint.

The new summit cafe is really taking shape now. People often comment that in demolishing the previous eyesore that was the 1960’s cafe from the summit of Snowdon, there was the opportunity to return the summit of our highest mountain to its natural state. Every year though, this hill gets busier. At the weekends there can be a queue to stand on the summit platform even when the train is closed.

Although this bustling summit feels at odds with the relative freedom of the rest of Snowdonia, in the wider context, Europe’s mountains are scatted with are cable cars, funicular railways and high alpine cafes. These cafes often offer wonderful local food and impressive views. In this tradition, one beautiful piece of modern architecture on our most trafficked Welsh summit doesn’t seem one too many to me. Maybe now it will become the exciting mountain experience for the masses it always should have been. Let’s just hope when it’s completed, that the chef is as good as the architect…

Cheeky Sue

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I would like to do a lot more impromptu portrait shots, they are fun to do, and the results are probably more engaging to look at than pictures of old trees. I am a quite shy though, and asking strangers if I can photograph them, I find hard. So, if anyone wants to just walk on up and volunteer for a portrait session, feel free!

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Hawthorn tree

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I was trying a technique on this image using a long exposure, where the movement of the leaves and branches can be seen as blurred motion against the crisp foreground and sky. Unfortunately it was so windy up here, almost everything in the scene was moving!

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

In the language of flowers, the thistle is an ancient Celtic symbol for Nobility of Character. Looking at these majestic, but heavily armoured flowerheads, it’s easy to see why.


Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Mountain bikers often times take themselves pretty seriously. There’s the expensive bikes, the tight leggings stretched over rippling thighs, the layers of technical performance fabrics, the hard-won fitness, the sizing-up of other riders, the unwritten competition. Occasionally though, someone comes along and laughs in the face of all that. Here’s to that man!