One day in August 2012, a set on Flickr.
On Monday evening me and the missus decided that we would make use of the last night of freedom together before the cheeky monkeys come home from their summer holidays with the Grandparents. We booked to see Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, at a new cinema in New Brighton. On the drive over we came over the crest of a hill that presented us with fantastic views of the Bay of Liverpool and out towards the Irish Sea. What presented before us was a fantastic cloud formation of a storm gathering pace and intensity – appearing to hover over the wind farms out in the bay! Now unfortunately I only had my iPhone with me and as good a camera it is for a phone I was cursing that I hadn’t got my proper camera with me; so much so given that I nearly decided to bring it but didn’t feel comfortable leaving it in the car whilst we were in the cinema. Anyway, despite this shortcoming the iPhone coupled with Instagram has provided some pretty intense looking images of the impending storm.
Whilst we were enjoying the film little did I know that the storm I had nonchalantly photographed earlier was wreaking havoc over the northern part of the Wirral leaving roads flooded and rivers bursting their banks. Hopefully no long term lasting damage was caused.
Currently, Louise and I are enjoying a few kid free days as they are having a holiday at their Grandparents in Lincolnshire. You would think that as this doesn’t happen very often we would be making the most of it and going out most evenings? Unfortunately this hasn’t been the case as Lou is currently in the middle of a course that has 2 exams (all done by Friday though, YIPPEEE) and there is just far too much good sport on TV to necessitate leaving the house. However, this evening it was beautiful with lovely warm sun and a lush blue sky – perfect weather for a stroll and take pictures. The area around New Brighton on the Wirral has recently undergone a huge development with the building of a new leisure complex (cinema, casino etc) and a number of bars, restaurants and coffee shops. I have to say that it is a massive improvement on what was there before, and given the number of people who were taking advantage of the facilities, I would say lots of other people think the same way.
As a scientist you are always searching for the holy grail that is a permanent position! However, given the way the economy has been over the last 4-5 years finding a job has been most people’s concern, never mind if it is one that you actually want to do. My wife, also a scientist, has been fortunate to have been a part of an international consortium that provided a research position for 5 years. In March 2012 the 1st phase of this program came to an end and to celebrate they held a closing conference and party.
The party was held in the Hard Days Night hotel in Liverpool and I was asked to go along and take some pictures to record the event for posterity. This provided me with a great opportunity to put into practice lots of techniques I have been researching over the last few months – mainly the use of on-camera flash!
Below are a sample of images from the night but more can be found by clicking this link to my Flickr site.
A few photos taken during an early morning stroll around Liverpool One. There are loads of interesting things to photograph but I just wasn’t getting the feel for it on this day. I was hoping to catch more reflections of the shop signs in the puddles left by the rain but the dull overcast day seemed to mop up the slightest hint of a cool reflection in the water. I also had this idea of trying to catch the escalator floor pin sharp just as it dropped over the edge and down the slope but once I was there, camera in hand, it just didn’t look like what my mind had pictured earlier that day. Until next time, enjoy these photos…