The remains of the old Ford House in Prestbury, Cheshire. I liked the shapes, texture and tonality in this image and I think there is always something quite intriguing about the exposure of the interior of old buildings in this way. Ford House has since been replaced by a three story block of a flats that authentically recreates the architectural style of the original. Sadly, old Ford House succumbed to several years of neglect and was ultimately declared to be unsafe.
- Aperture: ƒ/4.5
- Focal length: 70mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/125s
This was an eventful journey from Buxton to Whaley Bridge on the 11th of August along the A5004, during which I had a very nasty bike accident in the vicinity of the reservoir bends. Spent the night in Stepping Hill and Wythenshawe hospitals after hitting the road at nearly 30MPH! Suffice to say that I didn’t quite meet all of my photo objectives on this run. This was probably the last shot I took before the accident and was looking forward to reaching even more scenic views further down the road. I do love this landscape though, it is often quite dramatic and prone to turbulent weather, great skies and all of those interesting and exciting attributes of high altitude locations. This image has been orton processed.
Nikon D80, 50mm, 100iso, f1.4, 1/2000sec, June 9th 2013 – 6:03pm
Cooling off in the shade – much needed respite from the recent ‘heat wave’ temperatures. Storms are forecast for next week and now it looks as if our summer is about to return to the more ‘normal’ condition(s) of constant grey fug and rain.
My intention was to create an image that would have a strong colour signature by making use of very shallow DOF and shooting toward the ground, hence creating this ‘essence’ of refreshing cool green shade.
Nikon D80, 50mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/1500sec, 9th June 2013 – 6:03pm
A semi-abstract image of grass and a green fence in the lower-top fields at Prestbury Cheshire. I like the way a touch (more than a touch) of orton processing has flattened this image out and driven the shallow DOF into the realms of deep abstraction.
Stormy weather approaching Macclesfield from the east. A heavily treated image of pylons on the 400KV line that goes into the Hurdsfield sub station. I like the drama and sense of electrical danger in this image.
Down by the river Bollin in Prestbury, Cheshire
It is a lot more spring-like down here now, new shoots are in abundance and the valley is starting to look green again — just. This shot was taken with my new Nikon D300S fitted with a vintage Nikkor AI 35mm f2.8 lens, one of my all time favs! I wanted to create semi abstract images with a lot of bokeh, to try to denature my subject and remove it from its normal context — graphic intentions, interest in textures and shape etc.