Last weekend I was up in Manchester for a social event. As usual I took my little Lumix TZ-70 along with me. It’s got a broad zoom range and is eminently pocketable, so I always have it with me. Being a photographer means that I am looking for, and seeing, images everywhere.
There was a Christmas Market in Albert Square in front of the very impressive Town Hall. It was very, very busy indeed! A big illuminated Santa and lights at the market cried out for a bit of camera movement. I made sure you could still read “Merry Christmas Manchester” by keeping the camera still for a bit of the time the shutter was open. There’s lots of colour.
I’ve been taking “view from hotel bedroom window” images for a long time now. This is from our Manchester hotel early in the morning. To get it I had to tuck myself under the window blind. It’s made an intriguing image which has the reflection of the blind cord as well as the tall buildings opposite. It’s a much more muted colour palette than Santa.
At the social event I got a little notebook out of my Christmas cracker. It has a cover made from holographic paper, and the spectra from it caught my eye every time I moved it. I reckoned that there was an abstract image to be found in those spectra. When I got home I put a macro lens on my Olympus E-M10 and took some out of focus images of the highlights. I used a single-LED torch to make the colours strong.
Three images with varying scale and varying colour palette. There were hundreds more I could have taken. Try looking around you in different way and you can start to see them yourself.