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Fierce winds and white knuckles! I was holding on for dear life.


Critical Out!!


There is only 1 good thing to come out of Winter ( besides Santa ), and that is the shorter days. It means I can get out at a reasonable hour and grab some night time shots. I love this kind of photography because the shot’s you can achieve are stunning and vibrant, which is such a massive contrast to what i am used to shooting.

So 7pm and it was down to the Media Village in Manchester to grab myself some colour and reflections.

Very rare do I get to head out on a weeknight due to family commitments, but when I do get the chance I don’t need asking twice. What started as a solo trip into the city just to get some night shots ( probably down in Media City……..AGAIN!! ) turned into an awesome few hours camped out on one of Manchester’s rooftops taking in the view.

I don’t do nowhere near enough rooftop exploration, but with them being mainly at night this will probably stay the case, well, until the kids can fend for themselves anyway :).

The weather was not the best but it was dry and that’s the main thing I suppose, however the murky clouds and orange/yellow glow from the light pollution gave the city a real Northern Wintery feel. I was more than happy with how they came out.

Wanted to try and cram as much into one of the shots as possible and with making a pano a little awkward dude to railings round some of the rooftop I decided to deploy the fish!

Really happy with the way this one came out. it was not intentional in my workflow but I get a real edgy apocalyptic feel from this shot.

Another with the fish and i think my fav of the night. Wanted to get a decent shot of the hotel coupled with Piccadilly Train Station.

The lack of a zoom lens didn’t stop me grabbing this shot. These were quite a way away but the 24-70mm did a fine job of reigning them in.

So that was my very rare but very enjoyable evening on the tiles, back down the guts busting flight of stairs to reality again!!


If you’ve ever driven up the M56 around the Frodsham area you cant fail to see the seemingly endless, fortress like towers of pipes and powerlines that bellow out smoke 24/7. It’s truly an awesome sight, but it becomes even more spectacular when the cover of darkness engulfs it. I took a trip here the other night to try and capture this Industrial light show in full effect.

Maybe it was my naivety  but I should have known I was not going to be able to take a wander and snap a few shots “willy nilly”. I got as far as I could go on 4 wheels and then foot before railings/padlocks and “danger keep out” signs meant i could go no further. As an explorer these don’t usually deter me but with this place an exception was made. As it was still light and frustrated at only getting to see the tip of the iceberg i went in search of an alternative route. After consulting Google maps on my iphone I set the sat-nav to take me to unchartered territory. With the car parked on a country lane and 3 fields to cross i made haste with my gear.

“Now this is more like it” i thought. I somehow had managed to get right around the shoreline  ( X marks the spot on the map above ) and to be standing opposite, with the estuary as its defence, the whole of the site that i could only struggle to see from my usual motorway vantage point. As it was still early and light I decided this spot was one to come back to as i did not fancy a lone trek across 3 fields in the pitch black. So back to my original limited vantage point to wait for the show.

The 2 shots below are the best I could muster from such a limited view and to get these I had the tripod set up on top of the car roof!! You can get some sort of scale as to the size of this place when you look at the 2 shots below. These were taken in just the blue shaded area of the map above…….the place is like it’s own little town.

Another trip is definitely on the cards.