Category: Architecture

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”…

July 21, 2016 / / Architecture

Chicago Blues Brothers Play the “Liverpool Empire Theatre” A bucket list venue for us all Last night we finally made it to the home of the Beatles and Ken Dodd – Liverpool. The Liverpool Empire Theatre is a huge barn of a building – holding nearly 2400 people on only 2 levels (most of 3 or 4). You can imagine how big each layer is. One of the joys of gigging such prestigious theatres is that in those quiet moments, I can have a wander around with the camera and…

April 14, 2016 / / Architecture

The McFade York Photography Workshop 2016 With its walls, river, minister and castle as highlights – and hundreds of other things to discover, I’ve always loved running Photography workshops in York. It was drizzling, then fine, then raining… and that only adds to the scene. The watery pavements reflecting colourful light into the camera adds to the magic. York Photography Ideas The gallery before contains a few highlights from the workshop – these include:- Minster and walls Northern Europe’s biggest cathedral, a gothic masterpiece which dominates the city. The walls are…

September 28, 2015 / / Manchester

Salford Quays Workshop Media City is right on the canal network  –  so where better to teach night photography skills, a location where you get amazing architecture as well as stunning reflections in each shot. The workshop started at sunset and went on well past the 10PM finish time… when you’re in the zone, may as well keep going! The Technical Bit The main skills we showed people were the basics of night shooting – which on my workshops, uses the camera’s histogram extensively. This feature baffles many – it…

August 25, 2015 / / Architecture

Capital of Latvia, Riga – The Old Town From the Riga, Latvia WIKIPEDIA entry :- [ct_message type=”info” animation=”slideup”] Riga, Latvia, with 641,007 inhabitants (July 2015), Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava. Riga’s territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies between 1 and 10 metres (3.3 and 32.8 ft) above sea level,[6] on a flat and sandy plain. [/ct_message] Hot Summer Visit to Riga, Latvia In Newcastle,…

July 20, 2015 / / Architecture

Bristol Photos… from day 3 of a Rock N Roll weekend…. This weekend, The Chicago Blues Brothers, for whom I play keyboards, gigged in Crawley, Wimbledon and finally hit the biggest theatre of the weekend in Bristol. The Hippodrome. Blues Brothers Website Review of the show we did We arrived pretty early, got set up and had an hour to kill before sound check, so decided to head out for look at the city. There was a festival going on – a Regatta which attracted tens of thousands of people to the…

July 13, 2015 / / Architecture

Its not often we get time to walk around the towns and cities we visit with the Blues Brothers band, but I got an hour in Inverness this Saturday. It’s a lovely city, large fast flowing river, castle looming over the banks, highland architecture everywhere and a friendly vibe to the whole place. I took just the camera, 16-35mm lens and a 2 stop ND grad filter with me – and wandered around looking for a spot of food. Here are some of the shots – all processed in Lightroom, many…

May 5, 2015 / / Architecture

Back to Newcastle…. Before moving to Leeds, I lived in Newcastle – great city, bit nippy though! I was shooting some hotels for a client who needed some evening and day shots of their property, so had a while to kill before it went dark. Here’s what I got up to – a walk along the quayside, then around the city centre. See how many of these places you can name

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…