Category: Leeds

January 16, 2013 / / Architecture

Since I wrote an 8-page article for Digital SLR User magazine in 2008, I’ve loved shooting at night. Once the unreliable ambient light has gone, you are in control. Photographers are control freaks…. Also since then, LED torches have massively improved, to the point where for as little as £50 you can buy a Cree torch which can light an abbey – which is how all the images here were created. I bought a CREE with 3 LED “bulbs” and a claimed power of 3800 lumens. Always take this number…

November 29, 2012 / / Architecture

Facebook was awash with “god it’s cold” comments yesterday – so a great day for some blue wintery sky shots. Parking around Granary Wharf, taking a walk up through town, down past the market and back along the canal, these images were created. Was indeed nice light. They are all HDR – that’s what I do! The idea is to get great looking buildings with great looking skies and HDR is the best way I’ve found of doing this. The alternative maybe to sit around wairing for the light levels…

November 19, 2012 / / Blog

The biggest Varsity showdown after Oxbridge is held annually in Leeds. I was commissioned by Leeds University to capture 10 hours of action at many different venue throughout the Uni and Met campuses. The breif was to capture as many events as possible – so took the huge list of sports, planned the day and set off to capture the events. First off was Badminton at Edge – a lot faster than you think and the lighting was pretty low, so we’re talking serioulsy high ISO settings and wide apertures to capture…

October 10, 2012 / / Blog

Just a few shots from the first Night Photography session. We used Leeds as a base to learn the theory behind taking long exposures at night – how things like Aperture have more unusual effects than you’d think at night! We’ll be meeting to discuss each others images in a fortnight and share ideas on how to process them If you’d like to be a part of the Night Programme, it’s running over the whole of winter, 2nd and 4th tuesday nights of each month. Just inbox us at info@mcfade.co.uk…

October 5, 2012 / / Blog

Celebrity Look Alikes in Leeds Had the great pleasure of meeting and photographing:- David Beckham Mr T Austin Powers Simon Cowell Britney Spears Will Smith Or at least I thought I did! These were a great bunch of actors who make a career from looking like the actual celebrity – and it is uncanny when you meet them and they adopt the “celebrity pose”. The day was a pop music video shoot in Leeds which I was documenting – I’d taken the lights with me and set them up in…

September 18, 2012 / / Automobiles

Light Trails I was looking for a few example light trail shots to promote the Night Photography Programme’s first session, which is on Tuesday 9th October. I ended up looking in my 2006 folders and got these shots from a bridge over the M621 between Morley and Gildersome. So for the first session, we’ll be showing you how to do this in leeds – using the A58(M) as the road form a good few vantage points around the city. Once you have understood how to do light trails, you have…

August 15, 2012 / / Blog

Theatre Rehearsal Photography in Leeds…. Destination Holbeck… Driving around Holbeck (Leeds) slowly caused a few long, suspicious looks…  parts used to be the red light district and it’s not improved much in the last few years. The road I was after didn’t seem to have a name on it… there were just lock ups and arches with mechanics tinkering away. Eventually caving in and asking directions, I find myself outside the venue after all, it just doesn’t look like I expected – HUB it’s called, Holbeck Urban Ballroom I think.…

April 2, 2012 / / Architecture

Promo videos for McFade Photography Just been putting together a few videos for use on the website – fast paced, lots of photos and a few key messages in each one. Here they are for you to have a look at Linked IN Shoots [tube]U_fVMCiJ0qc[/tube] 1-2-1 PR Business Shoots [tube]lk8w_xNHVmA[/tube] Business Property Shoots [tube]M4zyNXegG6g[/tube]

March 22, 2012 / / Architecture

Near Leeds Morley is a large town in the shadow of near-by Leeds, yet had it’s day as a wealthy wool town in the past. This is illustrated by The Town Hall, it is very impressive, similar to Leeds Town Hall in style; it steals the lime light away from the rest of the centre. In 2012, pound shops, charity shops and empty buildings line the main shopping street, making it a place I rarely frequent. Rediscovery…. However, yesterday was a sunny day, so decided to “Discover” Morley again –…

March 4, 2012 / / Blog

Leeds Iconic TETLEY BREWERY – Demolished!   Tetley was a huge brewery on the edge of the city centre, one of a dying breed of city centre breweries, most of which fall to demolition sooner or later. Wikipedia says… .   The original brewery was opened on the current site in 1822. Parts of the original buildings still stand and extensions have been built as late as 2006. The Brewery opened a museum on the 19 March 1994.The attraction proved popular; however, redevelopment of the land surrounding the brewery led…