Last year I spent a week on Knoydart, a peninsula on the west coast of Scotland that's inaccessible by road. It's one of the most remote inhabited parts of the Scottish mainland, and the scenery is right up my street. This week I went back with the bike.
In 1986 my Dad took me to a camera shop. We were out shopping for my first proper camera and quickly homed in on a second hand Pentax K1000 with a 50mm f1.7 lens. At the time I didn't appreciate just how good a 50mm f1.7 lens is, and the K1000 (which had only been on the market for eight years) hadn't yet achieved its legendary status.
If memory serves, it cost £125. That's a serious amount of cash to a twelve year old boy in the mid '80s.
Three photos from a morning stroll round the local nature reserve. The sun was low, the light was flat, but when it shon weakly through the leaves the colours were magic.
This last one was taken a couple of weeks ago at night, under a street light on the pavement just outside my house. There are some beautiful things right under our noses...
I used to come here every year in my late teens for Breydon Regatta. The boats were big and the racing was exciting. Once the fun was over, stories were shared in the beer tent...
After I left the photo walk at Victoria Baths last weekend, I took a stroll through the area around Manchester University. My fisheye lens was still attached to my camera, and I had fun making interesting shapes out of the local architecture.
I'm sure there are other interesting ways to use a fisheye, but so far this approach is working for me.
I stopped for some lunch and a coffee, and tried my hand at some candid shots.
There are more in the full set on Flickr.
Last Saturday, I went on the Manchester edition of Scott Kelby's global photo walk. We had free range of Victoria Baths. It's a beautiful building, in the process of being restored.
My recent small-camera purchase has (happily) led to me carrying a camera more often. It doesn't come everywhere with me yet, but it's spent the week in the side pocket of my saddlebag.
This is progress. Now I just need to remember that I've got it with me.
I spotted this rather fantastic collection of squashes when I was doing the weekly shop. I didn't expect it to be a photo I'd bother uploading to Flickr, but as it turned out, I rather like it.
The Unicorn is a fairly unusual shop. They've got a great selection of seasonal organic fruit and veg, and a small selection of decent kitchen implements. Quite a mish-mash. I kept the camera out as I wandered, with an eye open for more interesting shapes that I could squeeze into a square.
I'm liking the squares...
As I may have mentioned, I'm working in London at the moment, travelling back to Manchester at the end of the week on the train. Last night I got chatting in the pub, missed the last train home, and ended up in a hotel.
I got the first train home this morning, which gave me a rare opportunity to see London at the crack of dawn. Euston was empty, with only a handful of people to distract me.
I saw it through fresh eyes.