This is the Plaza, Stevenage. Just off the town square, it hosts a few pubs and a couple of takeaway food places. Yet it looks so sad and underused.
Even so, I really like the shapes of the buildings. the sweeping curve in the distance, coming towards the foreground and then swooping off to the right of the picture. Set this somewhere warm and sunny and it would be raved about. Here, it is simply ignored.
What a shame.
A one-foot glide (that means "on one foot", not travelling twelve inches) is one of the earliest things taught in the NIDA SkateUK ice skating course. This is me trying one.
Don't you notice how relaxed everyone else on the ice seems to be... and how amazingly tense my whole body looks!
Oh well, practice will make less imperfect!
I've photographed the Muiravonside Aqueduct before. 250m long and 26m high, it is the tallest and longest aqueduct in Scotland. However, I have never photographed it from this angle!
I wasn't in the water, or even on it. Instead I used my monopod, holding it out in front of me as I faced the canal. And luckily I managed to avoid dipping the camera into the water! A little touch of Topaz adjust to add the "painting-like" finishing touches.