I promised myself this year that I would start writing a blog. Well, it's almost the end of January and here I am, a day to go. And I've finally figured out what to write - for this month at least.
Instead of looking at what to write about, I started looking at the pictures I wanted to use. I mean, what use is photography blog without photos?
One of the things I like best about this time of year are the long nights and early evenings. I would say I've been out a lot, photographing all the evening things possible, but that would be an exaggeration. I've been out a couple of times.
And it was then I realised I do have quite a lot of night-time photos! It's been a bit of a trip down memory lane, and I've even surprised myself with what I have. So, rather than bombard you with photo after photo, I have chosen my favourites for you to enjoy.
These are so much fun to just play with. The first thing you should always do with a sparkler - as demonstrated here - is draw a figure of eight. It was a good test for me to set up the camera in the right place, and then we really started having fun. One of the best things about sparklers (in the UK anyway) is that they are readily available almost year round, and there is normally plenty of water to drop them in afterwards! Also, you do not have to go anywhere specifically once you've got them. The back garden is a great location, and even writing this right now I'm wondering whether to try sparklers in the rain... Could be interesting.
Yes, in Southampton, we make use of the old walls that used to mark the edge of the city by lighting them with colour changing LEDs. If arriving by cruise ship at night, this particular stretch of wall may be one of the first things you see. It may seem rather strange, but actually, I love it. Both for taking photos of and also just because it highlights the old part of town in a new way. On the right you have the outside walls of West Quay Shopping Centre. I'm sure its deliberate, but the new(ish) walkway almost mirrors the path of the old walls which are just behind it. Two or three hundred years ago - this would have been the beach and dockside.
Buildings, we have all seen them, we all live in them, we all travel through, past and around them every day. Lets not forget to look at them a bit more often.
So that's it. My first blog. If you have read this far, please, let me know what you think. If you have any suggestions, any at all, I would love to hear them. Email [email protected] or tell me on https://www.facebook.com/Silverscalephotography
Thanks for reading!