Luskentyre beach, on the west side of the Isle of Harris, is considered one of the best beaches in the UK, and for good reason – it was truly spectacular. That said, it was the high, grassy sand dunes at the northern end of the beach, looking out to the hills of Taransay and North Harris, that really caught my attention.
Aerial photography on a scheduled commercial flight must be one of the most frustrating photographic pursuits. You have no control over the subject, the time of day, or the perspective, shooting though tiny panes of thick, dirty plastic at a target that is constantly moving underneath you… when you think about it, getting any decent pictures at all is an indication of just how amazing our planet really is, when viewed from 30,000ft.
Wandering through the back streets of the Central district, Hong Kong, we came across these folks doing business out of a compact, one-person-deep shopfront, packed to overflowing with supplies.
Peering over the edge, this couple provided a subtle hint of colour against the pale architecture of the British Museum’s Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. The Great Court is an interesting combination of modern and traditional architecture, further emphasised by the slightly odd combination of uses of the Great Court itself, with historical sculptures dotted among the cafe servery and benches, shop displays, and pedestrian traffic moving between the various exhibition halls.
Here’s another picture from one of New York’s parks – this time of the stark winter trees and winding paths of Central Park. Though you can see the Manhattan skyline peeking through the bare branches, with the lamppost in the foreground the scene reminds me of Narnia – an impression probably helped by the freezing weather!
The High Line is a 2.3 km raised public park built along an old section of the New York Central Railroad, running along the lower west side of Manhattan; the buildings running either side of the park are fascinating a mix of old and new architecture, many covered in some form of public art. The day I visited was bitterly cold, though brilliantly sunny, and the park was full of people strolling down the path, admiring the elevated view to the windows and rooftops of New York.
The common definition of the word ‘macro’ is ‘large scale’, but in the world of photography, its taken on the opposite meaning – extreme close ups of very small things. It seemed a suitable title for this picture – it may be a large-scale aerial photo, taken from ~ 30,000ft up in the air (about as large-scale as I can manage), but at the same time, it reminds me of a close-up of a rock, piece of wood, or some exotic living organism. Two meanings for the price of one!