Apologies to Bradford, but on my last visit I was struggling for material. In fairness my working hours, the shortening hours of daylight, and a reluctance to go driving further afield once checked into my hotel narrow the options.
So what was I left with? The view from my hotel room revealed little to lift my spirits; multiple lanes of traffic by-passing the city centre and then the industrial units that are inevitable where road and rail converge. Ah well time to embrace the wisdom of Jagger and hope I can still get what I need.
From my hotel vantage point I’d thought to shoot the dispersal of car lights as they left a nearby junction and diverged uphill, but at ground level I was thwarted, though prompted to come up with a new collective noun; an unkindness of trees!
To business then; in the opposite direction I could at least do something with the evening traffic.
Timing my efforts so that the banks of traffic lights didn’t staunch the flow proved challenging, but I persevered for a while.
Whilst the addition of a little light rain was a slight discomfort it at least made surfaces more reflective, so I decided to see if I could make something of the metal crash barrier beside me which was becoming more mirrored.
It wasn’t happening for me; nothing really appealed and the rain was now becoming unpleasant. (Neither my camera or I had come prepared). As I fled the scene juggling camera, tripod and backpack I accidentally triggered the shutter. Abstract, random but much more fun than everything I’d shot so far. I shot another as I ran.
This was much more fun, but not wanting to end up trying to persuade my insurance company that a wrecked camera was entirely accidental, I returned to my room, where with fresh impetus I turned my attention to the rivulets on my window and the coloured bokeh beyond.
The coloured sphere suggested something celestial and so I set to tweaking. Not quite sunshine after the rain, but you can see what I was after.
The things a solitary photographer can get up to when bored in a hotel room. Could have been worse I suppose.