Instameet

Birmingham's Christmas 2017

So here it is. My 'better-late-than-never' Christmas blog.

Over the Christmas break I decided have had a little bit of a break from editing. Although I had a number of attempts of getting my camera out to the Christmas Market, I didn't really manage to get many 'keepers'. Fortunately, there Birmingham's magical, illuminated trail at the Botanical Gardens to top things up.

Birmingham Frankfurt Market Carousel - Clifford Darby 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Clifford Darby 2017

Magic Lamps - Clifford Darby 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Clifford Darby 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Clifford Darby 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Clifford Darby 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Clifford Darby 2017

Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Clifford Darby 2017

Helter Skelter - Clifford Darby 2017

Exploring Fort Dunlop (Instameet)

This year's World Photography Day was celebrating in style with two top instameets held by the IgersBirmingham team!

Only managing to attend the secondwe wre given the opportunity to explore the inside and roof of the Fort Dunlop building. It's quite a well known landmark, I remember driving past it frequently on the way to and from my Grandparents house many years ago. 

Thinking I'd be able to get some cool light trails of cars flying down the passing motorway andleading towards the Birmingham skyline on the horizon, I hastily hired a Zeiss 85mm.

Unfortunately on arrival (and despite being first to nab the best spot) it was a pretty gloomy day, on top of that it was incredibly windy making long exposures almost impossible. I instead switched tactics and put together some images of the building interior. 

Take the lift - Clifford Darby 2017

Fort Dunlop - Clifford Darby 2017

Fort Dunlop - Clifford Darby 2017

Fort Dunlop - Clifford Darby 2017

Fort Dunlop - Clifford Darby -2017

Of course the collection wouldn't be complete without a picture of Birmingham's skyline... very tiny in the distance. 

Birmingham on the horizon - Clifford Darby 2017

Aston Fire Station (Instameet)

It's been a little while since I had been along to an Igers Birmingham 'Instameet'. When the notification popped up on my phone telling me that the next one was at Aston Fire Station I leapt at the opportunity. It must have been the kid in me...

We cut it incredibly fine making it there on time. On arrival we were given some strict safety instructions along with a few ground rules. Breaking any of these would result in the culprit being thrown out on their ear immediately! As it turned out the whole event was a pretty relaxed affair, the crew were on hand to answer questions, show us their gear and tell us some great stories. At one point they even had to go out on call, which was all very exciting.

It was a really privilege to be able to see behind the scenes of some of our hardest working service men and women. 

Running us through the gear - Clifford Darby 2017

One of the fire vehicles - Clifford Darby 2017

One of the fire vehicles - Clifford Darby 2017

Mr November (apparently) - Clifford Darby 2017

All of the crew were happy to pose - Clifford Darby 2017

Safety mask - Clifford Darby 2017

Mock drill - Clifford Darby 2017

Mock drill - Clifford Darby 2017

Climbing the ladder during the mock drill - Clifford Darby 2017

Hose blast - Clifford Darby 2017

Fire helmets - Clifford Darby 2017

Fire jackets - Clifford Darby 2017

Locker room - Clifford Darby 2017

Workspace - Clifford Darby 2017