Skip to main content

Sheffield By The Sea

Summer is here, and in the People's Republic of South Yorkshire, beach fever has hit. Unfortunately we're land-locked, so our options are two-fold; take the people to the beach, or bring the beach to the people.
IMG_8992

Every summer the Peace Gardens are overrun with seaside attractions. A beach with buckets and spades, a hook-a-duck, a helter-skelter and even fresh doughnuts. A bit of a break from the usual city life. We took the kids for an afternoon in the relative sunshine.

IMG_8984 IMG_9047

IMG_9069 IMG_8994

Being a big fan of crazy golf, I made a bee-line for the 9 hole course behind the fountains. The holes were actually plastic constructions of dubious quality, but I didn't care. It was a good laugh. It took a while for us to notice that the shape of the holes spelled CRAZY GOLF. A pretty nifty idea, I thought.

IMG_8999

IMG_8995 IMG_8997

After all that exertion it was time for a sit down. There were a lot of things on offer and the whole place looked rather quaint and nostalgic. The kids had slushy drinks which, unfortunately, resulted in mass brain freeze.

IMG_9020 IMG_9008

IMG_9034 IMG_9030

After our short break the kids wanted to go on the swingboats. While they did that, I examined a small amount of sand.

IMG_9057 IMG_9070

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Shooting the Enterprise

I was recently asked if I could help out providing an image for a magazine article about stress management. For reasons as yet undiscovered the requested image would be of the USS Enterprise flying through a storm in space. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time (just a couple of hours), but I did have a very nice model of the Enterprise D I could use to build the image around.

Thinking fast, I rigged up a rather slapdash rig consisting of a black reflector backdrop, an umbrella and stand from which dangled the model by a thread, and a couple of strobes. One light above, diffused, to provide the key light, and another, reflected and lower power, to fill some of the very dark shadows. It ended up all looking something like this:


Using a fast shutter, f/16 and cunning flash positioning I managed to keep the background black and give the model suitably textured lighting so it didn't have that flat, uniform, shadowless appearance of, well, a model. The narrow aperture obviously…

Another canal walk

The sun has started being a little more present lately, so some mornings are actually quite pleasant. On one such morning I decided to have a wander up the canal.


The clouds made everything look a bit Toy Story, and the low sun gave a lovely light and contrast to everything else.


Of course, it wasn't sunny everywhere. But even in the darker places, such as right underneath Leeds railway station, the sun had a go at peeking in.


Fairy Lights

Street lights at night can be very pretty. For someone who lives close to the centre of a large city, skirting round the edge of the town centre can provide a host of beautiful views at night.

One advantage to using a wide open lens when taking these pictures is the capture of bokeh, or creative blur. An extreme example is shown to your right; a mass of coloured circles that roughly represent the city they are part of.

A more subtle example, of course, is in the picture of the day at the top of this post. The lights cluster around the top of the leaves like fireflies, obviously part of a cityscape but at the same time abstract.

The extreme out of focus image is a blurred version of the picture on the left. A view over Sheffield from Pitsmoor, looking up Netherthorpe Road and up to the university. Even when the buildings are focussed (roughly; I'm still practicing) the lights take on the shape of the lens's aperture.

I try to incorporate some foreground focus when using blurre…