Manchester’s Christmas Market

Each winter, for the past 15 years, the Christmas Market comes to Manchester. There is such a wonderful atmosphere around the market. People are taking advantage of the chance to try some warming winter food and to sample the mulled wine with its sweet apple and cinnamon aroma. It is a wonderful environment to perhaps pick up a gift for a loved one, to taste some freshly cooked German sausage, or to try a glass of spiced cider.

If you get the chance you should visit. It is a friendly atmosphere, safe for families and a joy for children of all ages right up to 100 and over. A lovely day out for all.

a host of sausages cooking on a hot grill
Sizzling Sausages
A woman wearing a hat is seen in the foreground. In the background the lights of the market shine bright.
Girl with a hat
A selection of cheeses are seen, starting right in front of you, fading off as far as the eye can see.
Sausages are not the only foods on sales at the German market
Several women are seen at the counter of one of the stalls of the German Market
Shoppers at the German Market

Colours of Autumn

Leaves, turned red and yellow by autumn lie on the ground
Autumn colours

It was a cold morning today. The sun was shining brightly, but in the northern hemisphere we’re just too far away to avoid the frosts at this time of year. Cold it may be, but the world around just looks so beautiful at this time of year.

I took an early morning stroll, well wrapped up against the chill, and took a few images of the glorious display of colour available to see. If you have the chance you should get out and enjoy the final throws of autumn just before the winter approaches.

A solitary leaf is seen in the foreground, with a street fading off into the distance behind
Solitary leaf


UK postbox in the early evening light

Do you ever struggle for inspiration? I do. This happens to me a lot. My photography goes in fits and starts. Then yesterday I had a letter to post. I put on my coat, picked up the letter, and just for the hello of it I grabbed my camera. Who knows, I may have run into a movie star along the way.

As the letter was posted I noticed that the street lights were illuminating the postbox and I decided to take a snap. I cranked up the ISO a little, opened the aperture as wide as it would go and took the image.

So a mundane everyday task became a new photograph and this blog post. I think the secret is to take your camera with you wherever you go. How do you overcome a lack of inspiration? How do you motivate yourself?