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I spent a couple of days in the Lake District between Christmas and New Year. Lots of good food, real ale and fresh air.

However the weather was dreadful, as it was in most of the rest of the country with flooding widespread.

On New Years Eve I visited Pooley Bridge on Ullswater. The rain and flooding were so bad all the Ullswater Steamers were cancelled that day. However just before dusk there was a brief break in the clouds and I managed to get this one picture. 

The two trees you can see way out in the lake are normally stood on the shoreline!!

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2013 was a great year here at Blink Photo and we ended December with a photo competition for all the staff here. I entered a few images and was lucky enough to share a win in the "Camera Phone" category. 

My image of cotton bobbins was shot on an iPhone in a lovely gift shop called the Crafty Red Fox in Eyam, Derbyshire, a place known as “The Plague Village” after that dreadful disease killed 260 of the 350 inhabitants of Eyam in 1665.

The competition was judged by some of our clients at J D Williams, and I shared the win with this swimming pool image by another of Blink Photo's photographers Brendan Ward which he took during a recent shoot in Majorca. 

Happy New Year.

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As a change to the usual landscapes that I shoot, this week I’m posting a slideshow of industrial images, ranging from a quarry during a snowstorm to city scenes, from seaside piers to chemical plants, from the Eden Project to those Dark Satanic Mills.....

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This week - a rusty handle on a decaying barn door near the village of Bradwell in the Peak District!

I took it on a lovely summers day whilst enjoying some fantastic Bradwell Ice-Cream from the famous shop in the village. I think I had Rum and Raisin if memory serves.

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Last weekend I visited Lyme Park in Cheshire to see the exhibition of costumes from the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice which was used as the location for Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy played of course by Colin Firth. The exhibition includes a ten foot high model of Mr Darcy in the lake in front of the house complete with the famous wet shirt.

Of course being a typical photographer I forgot my camera, however I had my iPhone with me so I took a few pictures on that.  Here are a couple of shots, one of the house itself and one of the folly called “The Cage” in the grounds.

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copyright. © Steve Bradshaw

Its the time of year when you start to think about where you want to go on holiday, and that reminded me about last years holiday to the Languedoc region of France. Here is a slideshow of some of the pictures I took whilst there. They vary from boats on the Canal du Midi, to the castles at Carcassonne and Lastours,  from the largest single limestone cavern in France, the “Grotte des Demoiselles” to the Abbey in Caunes Minervois.

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What a difference a year or two makes. Here are two views taken from the same place, of Chatworth House in Derbyshire, used recently in the BBC drama “Death comes to Pemberley”. I took the top one in 2011 during the £14m renovation project. The bottom one was taken about 18 months later in 2013 and shows the fantastic job done restoring the house to its original glory. 

I love visiting the place and can recommend the house, the grounds and all the fantastic produce they sell in the farm shop.

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copyright. © Steve Bradshaw

This week a simple animation I did recently at Blink Photo for Morleys showing some of their pre-school educational toys.  Animating the products wasn’t too difficult but trying to direct four pre-school toddlers was, errrrr, “challenging” shall we say.

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