Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom,
Boom, Boom, Boom,
Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom,
Boom, Boom, Boom.

(For those who remember Blackadder.)

Looking back at my picture archive I noticed several cannon related pictures from my trip to Edinburgh last year.

taking a shot

This was something I noticed several people were doing, so my next stop was to see what all the fuss was.

along the cannon

This was what all the fuss was about.

The largest Cannon seemed to attract the largest crowd, and as I was waiting to take a shot, a Japanese guy saw that he was in the frame and rather than apologise and scamper out of the way, seeing I didn’t mind, he hammed it up which we both thought was quite amusing. A really nice guy.

Anyone in there?

Anyway. I’ve spent enough time going through my archive. I need to get out and shoot.




For a while I lived in Scunthorpe. To say the landscape in North Lincolnshire is a bit dull is an understatement. It be flat. So I would often venture North into Yorkshire. Much as I like Scunthorpe (yes, I really said that, and I really mean that) it was wonderful to be back in the land of dry stone walls.

Dry Stone Wall and Path
Agfa APX 100

Overgrown wall
Agfa APX 100

The two images above were taken at Thruscross Reservoir in North Yorkshire. The image below was taken at Bolton Abbey a year later. All of the scans came out quite flat and needed a bit of digital tlc. The image below needed a little extra tlc.

Tree stump in wall
Ilford HP5, inverted softglow filter

Now I live in the land of dry stone walls, and it feels good to be home.

Brough Station

These scans are taken during college evening classes taken a few years ago! This was an evening out shooting at Brough railway station. This was my favourite from that night. a long exposure as the train arrived and a second long exposure as the train left. It always reminds me of a classic black and white movie.

Brough Station

The second image kind of sums up the style I had at the time. I was mostly about shades, shadows and textures, and I loved how this turned out.


Both shot on Kodak Tmax100 and when printed up on Agfa paper looked nice and punchy.

I do miss playing around in the darkroom.

The Difference a Few Years Make

It’s been a busy few weeks and no time to get out with my gear, so I’ve been looking through my archive. The image below was taken at Bolton Abbey, along the Strid just under ten years ago. I’d just bought an EOS 50E and was still getting used to it, and had inadvertently added some exposure compensation so the shot is slightly over-exposed. Still, I’ve always liked this one.

Bolton Abbey fence into the water

On my return to Bolton Abbey last year, I wanted to re-create this shot and see if I could improve on it, but time waits for no-one and the focal point of the first image had been removed, and no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get a composition that I felt was as strong as the one I found years before.

Bolton Abbey without the fence

It’s a shame, because that fence made a great lead into the image. It just goes to show that when you have the chance, take the shot, because you might not get a second chance.