13 Yorkshire Sunset Shots

Saddleworth Moor to Scammonden Bridge

May seems to be throwing up some amazing sunsets

Missing quite a few of them, I decided it was time to hit the road an get a few shots from the moors between Huddersfield and Oldham – loads of variety and drama there.

So here are a selection from the 2 hour road trip – mainly taken with a 17-40 lens with 2-stop ND grad filter on a canon 5D2.

The Photos…

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“Britain’s got Photographers” – A new TV Format

If TV Did “Popular” Photography

In the wake of the deluge of “talent” shows, which has seen “talented” people battle, week in week out, to survive to the next round – including riveting subjects as:-

  • Baking Cakes
  • Cooking Food
  • Modelling
  • Being a Drag Queen
  • Growing Vegetables
  • oh – and singing…


Here’s an idea for a Photography Format… based on the tried and tested formats above.



  • So we start with a new format, which we will of course send to the americans, with the word “American” tagged on the front of the chosen name. The name will be hooked to “David Bailey” in some way, because he is the only photographer in the UK
  • We will need 3-4 judges – a couple who are touchy feely and cry a lot, a camp man (doesn’t have to be gay, but helps) and a harsh, evil truth teller…. maybe the Legend that is Bailey
  • Of course, we’ll only have to do “popular” photography, which will be portraits of SLEBS and fashion, using SELBS as models… as programming without SLEBS is not alllowed – popular entertainment show producers have no interest in SLEBLESS programming
  • In the later stages, we will of course use send the Togs to high pressured commercial studios to push them “to their limits” and see if they can work “at this level”

The Shoot

  • Most shoots will be in a fake “glitzy photo studio”, made in a TV studio, to avoid the reality of the industry as far as possible and allow TV camera access
  • Photoshoots will form no more than 3% of the show – and there will be no explanation of “what they are doing”, just the odd “sound bite” when “things go wrong”
  • Introducing technical terms like “F-Stop” or “Softbox” will educate and inform, so must be avoided.
  • Competitor Photographers will be able to “jeer” and “question” every move their fellow make – planting seeds of doubt and causing angst, and in an ideal world, heated arguments and fisticuffs
  • The director will make the camera man run around a lot, getting in the way, zooming in on the Tog’s lens a lot as the shoot progresses.
  • Fast paced “Euro-dance” style music will accompany the “shoot”
  • A full day of shooting must be condensed to 3 minutes of “highlights”

The Judging

  • There will be no reasoned critique – just over the top hyperbole or denigration of the resultant images
  • There will be very little explanation of how they achieve the photos – rather a focus on their inspiration, preferably a recently deceased relative or mentor.
  • Personal adversity will be a bonus and encouraged. Contestants without a “sob story” should be given one and coached in the art of crying.
  • Parents – or better still, grand parents – are to be “cut to” at every available opportunity, and encouraged to cry with chopped onions.
  • When the votes are cast – there will be a “fake dramatic delay” of no less than 20 seconds after the compère says “And the tog leaving us to days is……”
  • Exit Music for the leaving Tog will be “You lift me up” or “wind beneath my wings” – and tunes from the same stable – with a summary of their “best bits” playing over it.


Right – off to buy my yacht, this one is going GLOBAL! 

14 Photos of the City of London

If you like Architecture, you will love London’s huge variety of styles, periods and sizes. The City of London’s skyline is rapidly growing taller, from the lone Natwest Tower in the 80’s, then Lloyds and the Gherkin appeared, now we have several new ones of various shapes and sizes.

On a recent trip I enjoyed a couple of hours around this area, walking from London Bridge to the Gherkin and back. Using mainly 70-200 and 12-14 lenses to get different perspectives on the buildings.



The Walkie Talky – 20 Fenchurch St.

This strange looking building is one of the newest, it’s still under construction. It has it’s own Wiki page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20_Fenchurch_Street) and is famous for melting a jaguar car last year! It’s curved walls focussed light onto the road below, creating hot spots

A team of window cleaners were there – their orange coats making them stand out against the predominantly blue and white scene.

Taking shots with the long lens at acute angles made the most interesting shots. The “fins” converge to give a gradually changing pattern which gradually hides the glass windows.

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The Gherkin – 30 St. Mary Axe

Again there’s a wiki page on this iconic building here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_St_Mary_Axe

It’s surprisingly small – tall, yes, but the plan area is a very small circle. The amazing helical steel work makes a pattern of triangular glass panels which are a dream to photograph.

From far away use the 70-200 to juxtapose the old London with the space age design of this building.

I did take a lot of photos with the 12mm lens, but close up, it looked very strange. The distortion made it look like a bizarre umpa-lumpa rather than this beautiful structure.

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The Lloyds Building

The shapes, reflections and other-worldly look of this structure make it my number 1 building to shoot in London.

Even it it were just fire one escape stair well, it’d be a dream. But we have many lifts shooting up and down, lots of stairs, pipes and steam, reflections in neighbouring buildings… it’s just a true gem which needs to be savoured and studied. Go there on a sunday morning – there will be no one there, no distractions. Just get your wide and long lens and test your composition skills on its infinite possibilities.

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So Next time you’re in London, before you shoot all the old buildings, take a quick walk around the City – you will get some amazing opportunities, on any day!