Today I have been photographing a little Lego postman. Now as cute as he is, just a simple snapshot will not be enough to make this an excellent image. – more –
It was 8pm on the Sunday evening and almost as fast as the first snow of the year started to fall, I was collecting all my camera gear together and getting it ready for an early morning trek. I was hoping for some nice sunrise pictures with the glistening snow, so decided the closest place was Kinver Edge. One of the beauties of sunrise pictures in winter is the fact that you don’t have to get up at 3am; instead the alarm was set for 6.30. Almost as soon as the alarm went off I was peering through the window to see if there was indeed a decent snow fall; I was not disappointed and quickly vacated the house (after making the essential flask of tea).
Now sunrise wasn’t due until 8.12, with twilight dawn at 7.33, so with virtually no one brave enough on the snow covered roads I was there quite early, trekking through the forest which was like some kind of horror movie, with the deathly quiet and in the pitch black, with what little bit of moonlight making the snow glow the way. I kept expecting some werewolf to come and take me away into the depths of the forest. When I finally made it to the top it was still pitch black and there was not really much opportunity for photographs just then, so out came the tea while I built the tiniest snow man and took a photo of it just to prove to the kids that I had indeed made one.
Below are a few of the photographs taken that morning but no sunrise pictures as the thick mist didn’t clear until 11′ish by which time I was long gone.
Okay so it was a pretty dull day with clouds rolling in at low altitudes and we couldn’t even see anywhere near the peak. Now I know there is a train that can take you up Mount Snowdon but come on, you’re really not going to find a picture by taking the train. So instead I decided to lug all my camera gear with me, just on the off chance that I could capture the shot. Really this was more of an exploration for future visits.
The Shropshire Photographic Society arranged for an evening with Joe Cornish at the Walker Theatre within the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury.
Now I don’t normally go in for talks, as generally I find them a bit boring but Joe is one of my heroes in Landscape Photography (I currently have three) and this was too close an opportunity to miss.
To be quite honest I wasn’t really expecting much out of the evening but just the fact that I could say I met him was enough.
It all started at the Midland Hotel in Manchester where a Vintage bus was waiting to take the guests and myself off to the Registry office in Sale. It was a great way to meet everyone, keep everyone all together and most importantly arrive on time!. As it was so well organised we all went to a local pub with the Dan (the groom) to settle any nerves.
After a beautiful ceremony we all (except for Bride and Groom) went back on the bus to the Midland Hotel for an afternoon Wedding Breakfast and then evening entertainment.
It was such a pleasure being around this couple and their friends and I wish them all the best for their future.