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Week in pictures: Stunning autumn views, heartfelt tributes for Trevor Hemmings and ‘royalty’ in Blackpool

Autumn has to be one of the most beautiful of seasons. Who doesn’t love seeing the leaves on trees and plants changing into multi-colored works of art before finally falling away?

As a photographer for LancsLive and CumbiaLive, there are plenty of stunning choices for autumn scenery. From Preston’s charming Avenham and Miller Park to Lancaster’s Williamson Park. There’s even hidden gems like White Coppice or the majestic Crook O’Lune near Halton.

Autumn colours don’t need to be photographed in bright sunlight, but it is an advantage in the so-called golden hours after sunrise and before sunset. This is when the low angle of the sun lights the scene from the side, creating long shadows and adding a golden hue to your shots.

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Don’t be put off when the weather isn’t all that great, as an overcast day is just as good. The light is soft and more even, so you can shoot during the middle of the day.

Autumn colours are usually intense, saturated colours. They contrast nicely with a grey sky, but you may want to leave sky out of your shots altogether, letting the colours fill your image.

Some examples of this are autumn scenes from a recent visit to Avenham and Miller Park in Preston. What a beautiful place. Not only is it lucky enough to be situated right next to the River Ribble, but it also boasts a Japanese Garden, stone archways and tree-lined paths for those lovely autumnal shots.

Using a 200m long lens, I got down low to create this image below.



Autumnal colours start to show at Avenham and Miller Park in Preston, Lancashire
Autumnal colours start to show at Avenham and Miller Park in Preston, Lancashire. Photo by James Maloney/LancsLive

Notice how the lines of trees and path help lead your eyes to the centre of the photograph. Obviously, you need something at the centre to make this type of image work, so waiting a few minutes for passersby to help create the scene is key.

Quirky news stories are always fun and what better way to illustrate this than the recent visit by ‘The Queen’ to Blackpool. Even the locals had to do a double-take thanks to the realism of the waxwork look-alike as it was escorted via a horse-drawn carriage to Madame Tussauds.



The Queen turned heads when her waxwork look-alike was given the red carpet treatment upon its return by horse-draw carriage to Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, Lancashire
The Queen turned heads when her waxwork look-alike was given the red carpet treatment upon its return by horse-draw carriage to Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, Lancashire. Photo by James Maloney/LancsLive

It’s always a sad day when you have to cover the passing of such a beloved member of the community. This was the case as tributes poured in from Preston North End fans outside at Deepdale stadium in memory of club owner and prominent horse racing figure Trevor Hemmings, who died at the age of 86.

Although it’s an emotional subject, you have to try and do that individual justice by looking for those all important touches that show how much they meant to everyone – such as a flat cap left on top of a PNE scarf.



Tributes from Preston North End fans outside at Deepdale stadium in memory of club owner and prominent horse racing figure Trevor Hemmings, who has died at the age of 86
Tributes from Preston North End fans outside at Deepdale stadium in memory of club owner and prominent horse racing figure Trevor Hemmings, who has died at the age of 86. Photo by James Maloney/LancsLive

Lancashire has some truly magnificent locations. During a recent trip to Morecambe, my old boss told me that I ‘must visit’ St Patrick’s Chapel near Heysham Village. He wasn’t wrong. The views looking out across the bay are stunning. It’s the perfect example of a ‘hidden gem’.



One of the hidden gems of Lancashire - the ruins of St Patrick's Chapel near Heysham Village, includes a secluded beach that has a history steeped in saints, pirates and pilgrims
One of the hidden gems of Lancashire – the ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel near Heysham Village, includes a secluded beach that has a history steeped in saints, pirates and pilgrims. Photo by James Maloney/LancsLive

Another spot that’s great for photographing autumn, as the trees and plants turn their leaves into a stunning array of colours and use nature as a canvas is Crook O’Lune in Halton, near Lancaster. This is also a great little spot if you want to go for a peaceful walk along the River Lune.

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