Bring me sunshine

This hat shop in Manchester is striking in its own right, but I waited for a passser-by to give it additional interest. By chance I managed to get the chap in a pose not too disimilar to the classic Morcambe and Wise dance. He also has a carrier bag, Eric Morcambe style. 🙂

FILM - Bring me sunshine

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford Delta 400.

Taken on 23 April 2019

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Landscape Photographer of the Year

Well, sort of…

On a recent visit to Manchester I arrived at Manchester Picadilly station to find a series of boards displaying the winning entries for the most recent Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

There were some beautiful and striking images on show and I took a couple of photographs of people looking at them – this one from the balcony overlooking the ticket-hall area.

I’ve cropped it from the square original due to a winding error (I didn’t wind it on enough and got two slightly overlapping frames).

FILM - Landscape Photographer of the Year

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford Delta 400.

Taken on 23 April 2019

Manchester town hall

The clock tower of Manchester town hall. At first glance I thought there was a scratch on the negative to the right of the lamppost, but it’s actually a passing aircraft. The same with the two lesser marks at top left. I thought about removing them in Photoshop, but decided against it.

FILM - Manchester town hall

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 15 February 2019

Close Encounters

This is one of the main atrium / escalator areas in the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, UK. The design of the overhead lighting was very striking and so I took the shot. Upon scanning the negative it reminded me of the climactic scene in Steven Spielberg’s classic movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where the alien mothership descends at Devil’s Tower (although that had fewer retail outlets and escalators if I recall correctly… 🙂 ).

FILM - Close Encounters

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 15 February 2019

By the sunlit fountain

People enjoy the unseasonably mild February weather by the fountain in Picadilly Gardens, Manchester.

The 35 RC’s lens had coped quite well with the conditions (shooting straight into the direction of the low sun). There’s some noticeable flaring in the shot (top left, and lower-centre right), but nothing too severe and the contrast has remained in place.

FILM - Fountain

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 15 February 2019