Experiment With Photography

This picture is a photograph taken last night in my lounge with me playing with my camera and a sparkler firework.

This is something I have never done before, but after a few attempts I quite like the result, it does show my name. One thing I did learn, it would have been simpler and easier with someone to help. I do not smoke so it took me a while to get the lighter to work, I bought it with this in mind a while back. I gave someone some indoor fireworks for her birthday and thats what gave me the idea of playng with the light generated.

Photography for me has been a journey and whilst I have learnt quite a lot on the road there is still much to learn.

Steffe said…
That’s a great result Paul. I’m yet to try this.

MARCH 7, 2010 11:00 AM
jennyfreckles said…
I’ve never tried that either but it’s made a good photo. Great to meet you on Saturday, by the way.

MARCH 7, 2010 6:09 PM


Freddie Trueman Yorkshire Ale

This picture shows several bottles of ale, a brew called Freddie Trueman Yorkshire Ale, brewed by Skipton-based Copper Dragon.

This ale dedicated to Yorkshire fast bowler Fred Trueman was available at the unveiling on 18 March 2010 of a bronze statue to the cricketer in Skipton.

lewi14 said…
What an exceptional distinction! What about Blogger ale?

MARCH 21, 2010 3:57 PM


Decorative Tiles Seen in Leeds

I passed these decorative tiles on the wall of a building above a shop in Leeds city centre and could not resist taking photo and posting a little about them.

I must have passed this building many times in the last few months and cannot understand how I missed them before now. Perhaps they were covered up, the building looks newly decorated at least on the outside.

Leeds was at one time a centre for decorative pottery, having the Burmantofts pottery. These tiles have a vaguely classical theme, with a diaphanous female, a bust and the words Wedgewood, Minton, Worcester and Doulton, these all being famous potteries producing table china. I guess this shop on Commercial Street, Leeds was at one time a shop selling tableware.

Lois said…
It is very pretty Paul! The two figures have such stern expressions on their faces.

MARCH 26, 2010 2:44 PM


Brewery Wharf in the Sunshine, Leeds

Saturday in Leeds was a gloriously sunny day, seen here a view of Brewery Wharf on the Leeds waterfront.

These people ranged around the tall brronze sculpture were watching a local band Last Of The Sirens, play on a small stage. The girl in the foreground is sat on one of the scattered barley pearls that form part of the sculpture and also seating.

The tall, 6m bronze sculpture in the heart of Brewey Wharf was installed in 2006 and is by local man Ian Randall from Selby. Ian Randall also created the tall “Fibres” sculptures at Foster Square station in Bradford.


Scotsman's Arms – Kirkgate, Leeds

This picture of a figurehead above a doorway on Kirkgate in Leeds city centre is the head of a Scotsman.

This building at 106 Kirkgate, Leeds was once a Public House called the Scotsman’s Arms and all I know of it is that in 1881 it was run by Waller & Sons. Today the building has seen better days and it is home to an amusement arcade.

There are several pubs in Leeds with these carved heads over the doorway, I will try to visit them all and photograph them.


Blue Plaque at Tesco Supermarket Oakwood, Leeds

This Leeds civic trust blue plaque mark the life of Robert Blackburn and his company Blackburn Aircraft.

Robert Blackburn, OBE, FRAeS (March 26, 1885 – September 10, 1955) was an English aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft who was born in Kirkstall, Leeds.

The Leeds civic trust blue plaque reads:

The Olympia Works

Robert Blackburn – aviation pioneer
built aircraft here including over 100 BE2C
army and navy biplanes and the famous
Kangaroo, Swift and Sopwith Baby planes.
He test flew the BE2Cs on Soldiers’ Field
and from there, in 1919, operated passenger
flights to London and Amsterdam.

1914 – 1932

The factory shut when Blackburns moved production out to Brough, but re-opened prior to world war 2 and worked on the planes needed to fight the Nazis and closed finally in 1946.

I used to live behind the clock at Oakwood, quite close to this site but never knew the history. To think that the famous Swordfish aircraft of the Fleet air arm were built and flown from here in north Leeds. Although designed by Fairey the majority of Swordfish aircraft were built by Blackburns.

Today this site is now home to a Tesco supermarket and also Homebase.


WW1 Tommy – Leeds

This is a World War 1 Tommy as presented by Richard Hollick an interpreter of history at the Royal Armouries museum here in Leeds. Richard is holding a real WW1 era Lee-Enfield bolt action rifle with bayonet fixed.

The British soldier during WWI was referred to as Tommy, this had been so since the 19th century but it was especially so during the Great War. The Germans would shout across no mans land “Tommy”, the French also called the common British soldier Tommy.

You can see another interpreter at the Royal Armouries museum, Carla Starkey as Florence Nightingale “the lady with the lamp” here.

Daily at the museum a team of interpreters bring history to life by playing various characters from the past. There are several photographs of museum staff member Andrew Balmforth here on the Leeds daily photo

Leif HagenDec 30, 2009 05:10 AM
“Tommy” did a nice job with the depiction! Hope he was careful with the gun!


Briggate, Leeds

Picture of Briggate in the heart of the shopping district of Leeds, Yorkshire.

Briggate is one of the oldest streets in the city of Leeds and was founded in 1207 when the road began on the north side of the Leeds Bridge over the River Aire. The name ‘Briggate’ derives from ‘the road to the bridge’.

Today Briggate is a pedestrianised shopping street with most of Leeds department stores on it, including Harvey Nichols. There are also banks, restaurants and cafes along Briggate, there are also some old alleyways leading to old public houses including The Packhorse.


St Oswald's Church – Castle Bolton in Yorkshire Dales

This picture shows the small church of St Oswald’s in Castle Bolton in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire dales.

St Oswald’s church is adjacent to the 14th century Bolton castle. The church is a small but beautiful and mostly unaltered medieval place of worship.

The above photograph shows the interior of St Oswalds church, Castle bolton.

I saw this notice on the door of the church and smiled inwardly. “Please close the door to stop the swallows flying into the church. They make a great mess”.

CathyAug 3, 2009 03:19 AM
It’s a beautiful church and the sign is priceless.


Nikki BeaumontAug 3, 2009 04:51 AM
What an interesting church! And pretty shots of it inside and out. I love that you included the hand-lettered sign! And I am glad that they leave the door unlocked so that people can enjoy the beautiful interior. I am just blown away by the age of this structure and glad that it has obviously been well taken care of.


LoisAug 3, 2009 06:47 AM
I’ll bet they do make a great mess, but what fun to watch them!


marleyAug 3, 2009 10:01 AM
I like the look of this church. The inside is superb without the mess!


Ken MacAug 4, 2009 03:05 PM
stunning, the but wide angle gives me vertigo.


Kildwick Wall Flowers

This picture shows some flowers growing out of an old stone wall in the village of Kildwick not far from the town of Skipton in Yorkshire.

I went over to Skipton to collect something and stopped in Kildwick to get a few photos for this blog. It always amazes me when I see flowers growing like these on a vertical wall. It is little things like these flowers and the daffodils on the roadside that make Kildwick such an attractive small village.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said…
Saw some similar flowers growing out of a wall in St Annes last week. Wish I knew what they were called.

MAY 7, 2010 8:11 PM