Weekend Shoot / by Neil Alexander

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A 4am start on Sunday saw me in Manchester city centre shooting some new images for the Manchester Calendar. I was slightly later than planned due to too many Carlsbergs the night before, so I missed a gorgeous red sky at dawn, but I'm quite pleased with the images I did manage to get. I reckon there are about 8 or 9 new images that I can add to the 2 or 3 I got the other day.

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I was also hoping to get some shots of the runners at the Great North Run which was to start at 10am. But as I had covered several miles by the time, my foot which I fractured on holiday (see earlier post) was beginning to give me some serious jip. I thought I'd move my car a bit closer and just jump out with the DSLR and a couple of lenses in a smaller bag. That was until I actually started trying to drive through Manchester. As a result of road after road being closed off, I ended up on the outskirts of the city centre trying to get back in again. All in all it was a disaster. Even when I did manage to sneak through a few roadblocks and back roads, every last parking space had been taken. With hindsight (Hah) I should have stayed exactly where I was and just taken my time hobbling over to the nearest point on the route. But ho hum - I'll be better prepared next time!!

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