Category: Leeds

June 30, 2020 / / Architecture

Having I watched the most amazing spring from my garden during lockdown it seems a little bit unfair that the weather in June is dreadful for photography….  But one day last week the sky look like it was about to erupt at any second so I took the gamble of going into Leeds to see if I could get any decent moody sky shots.  Luckily for about an hour, the sky did looks like something from a 1950s Dracula movie, with ridges of Darkness and light patches making wonderful textures. …

May 23, 2020 / / Architecture

If you are planning a trip to photograph Leeds, where should you go? Like most cities, Leeds Centre and shopping areas are largely bland (with a few exceptions…) and many shopping centres actually ban you from taking photographs inside. If you have a tripod they will definitely ask you to move along. Having photographs Leeds since 2003 here are some of the highlights I would recommend to every photographer visiting. All of these photos are from my own archives built up over fast approaching 20 years! The time of day…

May 23, 2020 / / Blog

9 weeks into lockdown and I finally decided to take my daily allocated exercise by walking around the city centre of Leeds. I had been putting it off because I didn’t really want to upset and overstretched police force or get a fine! I expected in the early lock-down weeks, it’d be desolate, 9 weeks in getting back to normal… Far from it There were a few people on the streets, but not many, the crowds of shoppers and workers starting their weekend we’re not there – these photos were…

February 24, 2019 / / Architecture

Winter’s a great time for architecture photography – the sun is low in the sky and sets around 5PM, so you’re not out waiting for ages in the evening. On the 7th February, I decided to capture the sunset in Leeds city centre – sadly the sky didn’t really go bright red, but we did get some clouds and a little texture to play with. All of these photos are taken with the :- 5D Mark 4 Canon 24mm TS-e F3.5 L lens Cokin Z-Pro polariser Manfrotto 055 tripod and…

August 31, 2017 / / Blog

Granary Wharf and Wellington Street in Leeds Just a quick post with some shots from the train station/canal area of Leeds. Again these were all taken in the early days of testing the Tilt Shift lens we invested in for the architecture photography business. There is so much you can do with these lenses, it’s a game changer. The main thing with this set is that it’s the first time we’ve shot these things perfectly vertically. Usually, it can’t be done easily with a normal lens. So there they are….…

July 5, 2017 / / Architecture

What is Tilt Shift? If you don’t know what a Tilt Shift lens is, this chap explains it well. So take a look at this first if you’re interested. South Leeds Architecture There are some interesting new buildings in the south of Leeds these days – this first one is the Leeds College of buildings, created by Fuse Architects. For this shot I went to the middle of the road island ans use the 17mm tillt shift lens. I took 3 photos – one with the lens shifted up, one in the…

March 19, 2017 / / Blog

Learn Spot Colour in Seconds Using Adobe Lightroom Spot Colouring is where you make a black and white photo but leave a part of it coloured. You may see it in wedding photography, and most famously in the film, Schindler’s List – a girl in a red coat dominates one scene. The technique used to involve masks and photoshop – and a certain level of understanding for it to work. However, with a few seconds tweaking, you can create the same effect without opening Photoshop or learning about layers and…

September 18, 2016 / / Automobiles

McFade Summer Nights Workshops 2016 A look back over 12 fantastic evenings – but first some background Where did the idea of Summer Nights Workshops come from? Ever since I took Photography seriously I’ve regularly gone out for smaller outings – usually with 1 or 2 friends. We’d find places to go, new things to try out and gradually get loads of ideas and locations to return to. I found that it broke the weekend up and gave us something to look forward to. Gets you out of the “office mindset”…

January 28, 2015 / / Architecture

10 Stop Filters – All the Rage! I’ve got one, have you? Well no landscape or architecture photographer worth their salt goes out without one these days do they ? 😉 It is the current fad – that surreal sky, those misty sea shores… you simply have to use them… They are genuinely interesting to use, and I have on occasion used one commercially to make “people disappear” from photos. So looking back at this photo of Clarence Dock, which it was called then, I wondered what it would have…

January 11, 2015 / / Architecture

Who’d Want to do Photography in Leeds ? I’ve heard this said many times – along with classics such as… you’ve not got many great buildings, you’ve not got any sky scrapers costs a fortune to park and they charge you at night its really rough and you’ll get mugged. Ok… Parking is Terrible… Well the one I agree with is the parking issue. It’s a pain to park in the city – it has to be said. Hugely over priced car parks, and hour of on-street parking costs more…