Category: Blog

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

Iconic Steam Train Photo Here’s a shot taken from a bridge – in this tutorial I work through a few different controls to eek out detail in the steam and the engine body. The “how to” video https://youtu.be/c0CZRn6ZYkM 

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

Here’s a scene from a cornwall town – it’s been uploaded anonymously so I’ve no idea who’s work it is.  Essentially it was a quick case of brightening up the photo to add a bit of punch – using the GRAD tool.  Before…   After   The Video https://youtu.be/zgQoOuix7rY 

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

A Bavarian Lake Scene Here’s a photo of the stunning Konigsee, part of our 2016 trip to Austria.  It’s taken by our friend Julie Pfeiffer, who came all the way from Milwaukee to join us in Tirol. The shot is from the banks of the lake next to a beautiful church.  Wiki Says…. Situated within the Berchtesgaden Alps in the municipality of Schönau am Königsee, just south of Berchtesgaden and the Austrian city of Salzburg, the Königssee is Germany’s third deepest lake. Located at a Jurassic rift, it was formed…

November 24, 2016 / / Blog

Anonymous Edits Here’s a lovely street scene from what I guess is France – again, I’ve no idea who’s shot this one is, it’s uploaded to DROPBOX with no name attached so I can be totally impartial. A bit like the STIG was on Top Gear. This edit creates a couple of results – one is a muted colour, with warm tones and a vignetted finish The second is a black and white – more contrasting result.  https://youtu.be/pSiubWLkEzU 

October 3, 2016 / / Architecture

Manchester Looking Fantastic Manchester, the UK’s second city, is famous for its rain, grey skies and grim climate! I should know, I lived there for 4 years in 1990’s and rarely saw the sun. You just needed some waterproof clothes and boots – it wasn’t a problem, but the buildings never really looked great. Roll on 25 years and I was back to photograph my old University for a job – after which I popped into the centre for a stroll. Here is a set of images from that walk:-…

October 3, 2016 / / Blog

Ribblesdale – a fantastic photography destination Coming from Ribblesdale, I’m obviously biased – though I’m a good 20 miles downstream from most of these destinations The Ribble is 70 miles long, starting at Ribblehead and entering the Irish sea at Preston. It’s a stunning journey down the valley, past Settle, Clitheroe and Ribchester – though these locations are all from Settle to Ribblehead So here’s our pictorial guide to Ribblesdale Above the valley These are from above Langthwaite – take the Malham Road and you’ll find them. Scalebar Force A…

October 3, 2016 / / Architecture

Knaresborough Workshop Night Yorkshire is full of little market towns, each with their market square lined with pubs. Most would think of places like Thirsk, Bedale, Masham or Pickering – but there is one far closer to Leeds than all of those. Knaresborough is just outside Harrogate and has all of the above. The square is a delight, there is a historic feel to the place with its huge castle ruins, and best of all for photographers, a mirror-still river which reflects a huge decorative train viaduct. McFade’s Knaresborough Night…

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”…

September 18, 2016 / / Blog

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks – 2 Distinctive, 1 Boring? I’ve always loved Ingleborough and Pen y Gent yet found Whernside a boring hill to look at. As kids playing on Pendle Hill we could easily see the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on a clear day – 2 very distinctive mountains and one boring lump But on a day out with my parents, we drove up through Slaidburn to Bentham and I saw the 2 peaks and this other one I didn’t recognise. Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Whernside It’s a completely different look – a…

September 18, 2016 / / Blog

Phil Jefferies and His Amazing VW Campervan Phil’s had this military grade VW Campervan from 1990 for a long time – it was red and pretty drab looking, it looked its age. Then 3 years ago he decided it was time for a change – and here are the results – a bright green monster of a VW Campervan, with chunky tyres, a totally refurbed interior and lots of clever “tech” like heat exchangers for warming your shower! Location Changes! We arranged a photoshoot on the moors, but he’d not…