wildgonechild asked: I've only looked at 10 of your photos and you should be proud of yourself... There gorgeous! I'm visiting Blackpool properly for the first time, doing the exciting usual: water park, pleasure beach, tower, sea world. But what I'd love is to make a video or lots of cool pictures. If you could advice me good settings and places that are beautiful to see I'd appreciate it :) Hope to hear back, jenna x

Hi, Thanks for the kind comments. I stopped posting to Tumblr as I thought no one was looking at my photos! (loads more at www.flickr.com/photos/aran-smithson)

Hmm, best places in Blackpool for cool photography, The promenade has loads of cool stuff, for instance there are loads of sculptures on the prom outside of the Pleasure beach (walk south from the Sandcastle Water Park). The Sand dunes (at a place called squires gate, can catch a tram going south to there, not far from Pleasure beach) are epic at Sunset.

Going north there’s the comedy carpet outside the front of the Tower. (Great views from top of the tower). Also, a bunch of huge grass scultpures (like 100ft tall) that blow around in the wind. 

Of course there’s the beach and its 3 piers, get some nice shots of shells etc. The one thing Blackpool gets a lot of is spectacular sunsets, in summer every night is amazing, however taking a photo of a sunset isn’t quite creative enough, so use the sunset as a back drop (good to get a polarising filter to prevent lens flairs), big aperture and shoot away fro creamy sunsetty goodness!

If you like long exposure photography, the piers and the sea often make a good combination too.

There are more sculptures and epic scenery further north of Blackpool promenade in a place called Cleveleys (about 2 miles north from the tower), you can get a tram there for a couple of quid.

err….Stanley Park is nice in summer, big flower gardens if you like your macro photography these are great. 

If you have your own transport there are some ship wrecks on the Wyre estuary that make good subjects, also there are many stunning rivers and coutryside just outside of Blackpool. Not to mention Beacon Fell, which is a small hill/mountain about 15 miles from Blackpool (no public transport to get there). But a stunning place to visit at sunset.

I could go on and on….all depends on what style of photography your into and what you class as a beautiful location.

Hope you have a great time whilst your here and get some epic photos and video.

Hope that helps,

Aran

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