A Different Lens

Photography, Urban Exploring

This months photo blogging challenge theme is to shoot 5 images through a different lens or camera.

I recently bought a new lens and was pleased with the theme this time as this was a good opportunity to try out my new Sigma 10-22mm f/3.5 lens on Canon 7D.

I bought this lens because I photograph a lot of buildings and interiors and I needed the ultra wide focal length 10-22mm to allow for the latitude in my images of buildings and to give freedom in the composition of internal structures and dereliction sites. Here are this month’s five using my Sigma 10-22mm lens…

The ruins of a pair of chapels built in 1876 constructed with rock-faced stone and designed in a Gothic Revival style with granite columns, lancet windows, hood moulds and stone gargoyles. The chapels are located in the Old Basford Cemetery, Perry Road in Nottingham.


The chapels have not been used as a place for worship for some time. Their last use being for storage. The chapel on the far left and the gateway suffered fire damage in January 1995 which meant that one side chapel was burnt out and the unsafe roof had to be removed.

Below is a shot I took from inside the fire ruined chapel whilst standing on a stone window ledge, it is all that remains of the chapel’s once steeply pitched patterned slate roof.



Inside the ruined chapel, two small rooms stripped back to bare walls, glaring sunlight fading bricks, protruding weeds, splintered wood through broken floors, forgotten masses and dismembered doors.



My last images I took at a demolition site. I wanted an abandoned bare tree shot against a vast landscape with a dramtic sky.  I waited until I’d got my ultra wide lens to gain the distortion I wanted within my composition.  However, when I arrived at at the location I discovered that things had changed since I last visited.


The tree that once stood here before me has now uprooted and died.  So I took the shot even though it now looks like a giant twig stranded on the ground. At least I got my dramatic sky.  I’m guessing the roots were damaged during the demolition of the Hendric building.

A bonus photo because I couldn’t decide between the last two. Taken at the same location and the over turned soil from the demolition reminds of the sand dunes at Golden Sands (Mablethorpe’s beach a popular uk east coast holiday resort).  I couldn’t resist the red poppies against the baron land and blue skies.


Thats mine done.  I’m loving my new lens I’m glad I chose it.

Don’t forget to check out all the other photos for this month’s theme at hoohaa.com








Photography, Urban Exploring

This is my entry for this month’s photo blogging challenge theme ‘Colour’.

I was hoping to try and use my new ultra wide lens this month but I got sold a Nikon fit by mistake and when I realised it was too late, so I used a different lens instead – my Canon 24-105mm f4L on 7D camera.

It has been a colourful April for me due to some sunny days and better weather.  Most of my photos relate to tennis in some way or another (apart from the image of the yellow sale stickers at my now closed down local supermarket. )

Here are my five:


Tennis Balls – red and yellow

Photo Blogging Challenge Theme ‘No.4’

Photography, Urban Exploring

I don’t really think about numbers much, I tend to use the right side of my brain which focuses on visualisation, creativity and daydreaming.  The only time I choose to use numbers or logic is when its a step towards a creative output, such as when I’m using my camera to calculate an exposure or using fractions when tessallating a composition.

For my five images this time I decided to try and use composition to show four parts within each photograph to work the theme No.4.

I shot my first two images at a demolition site where a closed down school for children with hearing difficulties has been knocked down.

1. The rusty gate railings  split the picture below into two parts, one half being the horizon in the background and in the second half the railing itself creates three parts in the foreground, making a total of 4 parts within this image.

2. The square holes in the sheet metal gate below along with the gap between the padlock chain and the ajar gate, partitions this photo into 4 parts.



This image of a deteriorating wall is divided into four parts by varying textures and tones.  I’ve noticed that there’s a lot more decay and depreciation occurring in my home town probably due high repair costs and the recession.


History, Photography, Urban Exploring


I was feeling sad on the night of 31st October the eve of All Saints’ Day celebrated by ancient Celtics during the festival of ‘Samhain’ (pronounced sew-in).

Samhain is the time when spirits and ghosts are set free from the land and are sent on by the Lord of the Dead to their new incarnations. The celebrations are to honour the dead who are allowed to rise from the other world, but not all souls are chosen by the Lord of the Dead, some have to remain on the other side.


The wearing of frightening costumes symbolises the release of souls into the physical world. However, not all souls were respected and some fear that they will return to haunt the living who may have done them wrong.  This is Halloween.

Outside The Box

Photography, Urban Exploring


This is my entry for this month’s photo blogging challenge theme : ‘Outside The Box.’

I decided to think of the phrase ‘outside the box’ as something which appears to be unconventional and has been thought about from a new perspective.

I ended up using my iphone to take all my shots, mainly because it was the only camera I had on me at the time and most of my photos for this theme where unplanned.

Three-way Car

Photography, Urban Exploring

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “From Every Angle.”


An abandoned car I discovered degrading in a car park whilst urban exploring.  The interior of the car has been totally burnt out.  But, I liked how the outer shell still remained colourful.  I took these shots from three different angles: 


Urban Exploring

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”

Creepy House

I decided to go Urban exploring last week. I found a site in the Eastside of Nottingham City, an old derelict corn warehouse, formerly owned by the Great Northern Railway and built in 1857, designed by architect TC Hine.

It felt as though I’d left the city behind and I’d entered a place where time stands still.  Here are some moments that I found to be creepy whilst I was there.

I took this shot when a bird suddenly took off from the roof of the derelict building.  I recall jumping slightly as I heard the bird’s wings flapping.

I think this bird was spooked by something lurking inside the disused living quarters.

It felt as though in one short moment the bird was alive and flighty, then the next it had collapsed and like everything else in this place, it slowly disintegrates into the ground.

Dead Bird