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Late night tales with Timmy Diamond

Enjoying some late night entertainment and silliness after a Jam Street Café session. Timmy Diamond usurps Tim Inserted from his normal place behind the decks … just before the crazy Ibizan liquor came out to finish us all off for the night …

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Radiosity, luminance and reflection: Radiance lighting shop

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I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot this wonderful shop in nearby Hebden Bridge: I’ve had a soft spot for Radiance since I moved to the area. The owner, Hannah Nunn, designs & produces internationally acclaimed lighting on the premises, and also stocks a wide range of contemporary lights, craft and homewares from other designers. I urge you to visit the shop’s website and have a closer look at what’s on sale.

Shooting the shop in the evening gave due prominence to the stunning range of products against the dark canvas of Market Street outside: a warm oasis of light on a winter’s night. I shot five exposures in RAW and tone-mapped them to fully capture the wide dynamic range of the light and contrast, and the result is exquisite!

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“No swimming or unauthorised boating”: the frozen reservoir

Another taste of winter: this time it’s Blackstone Edge Reservoir. Partially frozen and dusted in snowy tiger stripes, the cold expanse of water lies under a sky lit by the major urban areas around: Rochdale, Burnley, Halifax and Huddersfield. I stood on the edge of Turvin Road, under this signpost and tried to avoid car headlights in the long exposure time needed to capture the soft light. After a while I gave up and let this driver light up the view.

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A late night view of Gauxholme Viaduct wreathed in snow

Watty Lane, Gauxholme, Todmorden.

Shot on a very raw and bitter winter’s night above Todmorden. This is only a few minute’s walk from my house, and was primarily a test of my new gloves (I’d been promising myself a pair of decent photographers gloves for ages) with the secondary excuse of getting a bit of exercise on an otherwise grim night.

6x 30 second exposures @ 100 ISO: the lens got spattered by sleet and snowflakes and the wind shook the tripod heavily as I huddled to shoot this. It came out remarkably well, all things considered.

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Höfði, Reykjavík, Iceland

All the tourist guides mention this rather lovely wooden house, (actually a prefab from Norway), as being the scene of the historic Cold War summit in 1986 which marked the turning point in relations between east and west. Gorbachev and Reagan sat down here and managed to hammer out reciprocal arms reduction deals, probably in between great seafood. What the books don’t portray is how diminutive the house is: it doesn’t look like it would fit even a small proportion of the US President’s security detail these days.

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