Month: August 2013

August 22, 2013 / / Architecture

  It’s mid afternoon… The sun is bright There is a slight wind blowing the clouds There are people and cars around I’ve just left a meeting in Leeds… So do I take more bright day shots of Leeds Town Hall – or do I go home…. Then I remember I have one of these “10-stop filters” and the clouds are moving… so decide to get some long exposure shots of the city, something a little different. The Techy Bit… A 10 stop filter is to the eye, a piece…

August 22, 2013 / / Blog

York based financial advisers, Ardent Financial Planning, are having a new website site and brand built by digital agency “Plump Digital” – Rob Colley invited McFade over to capture some great new shots of directors. Being a York based company, I was keen to create some images with York in the background – it’s a stunning city; including the river and bridges would show to anyone viewing the website. Before we hit the city, we needed some head-shots of each staff member and the office “in action”, which we did…

August 16, 2013 / / Composition

Wind farms are, by definition, positioned in windy, desolate places. This makes for truly atmospheric shots – given the right lighting conditions. The best time is sunset or sunrise, because the sun light comes in low and lights 1/2 of the turbine, leaving the other half in shadow. It gives a 3D feel to them. Also you get coloured skies at sunset/rise. This provides a dramatic background to your stark, white turbines. The other thing to look for is the “interaction” between turbines. When you look at them, try make…

August 15, 2013 / / Blog

  Mark’s been in the shipping game for 15 years – mainly sending containers around the world for clients. He’s just started a new role in a brand new business so needed some new shots to promote both him and the business. Images of Shipping… in Leeds? So the challenge of finding a suitable location began – we discussed the vibe of the shoot, and I always try to get a bit of a story in there… then I remembered there’s a huge container storage facility in Strourton, but not…

August 15, 2013 / / Blog

Coming from Ribblesdale, this is one I’d been looking forward to leading. The Ribble is around 70 miles long – we were at the source, I’m from about 35 miles downstream… so it wasn’t really “my hood” – but I’ve been around Horton, Settle and Ribblehead many times so knew a few gems to show the delegates. 1 – Catrigg Force – Starting at Stainforth Stainforth is about 3 miles out of Settle and has a handy car park in the village – you have a 1 mile walk up…

August 9, 2013 / / Architecture

I’d just put an exhibition in the Midnight Bell pub and had the camera with me… so decided to get all nostalgic for 15 minutes and capture the end of town I worked in for 2 years – Holbeck. It’s had one hell of a face lift since 2000, now housing lots of businesses, 2 new bars and lots of eateries – a long shot from the red-light district reputation of old. So here’s my nostalgia set for August 2013 – Water Lane and Marshall Street in Holbeck.