Category: Architecture

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…

December 23, 2014 / / Architecture

A Wealthy Town If you’re into classic sports cars and wealthy old german people wandering around streets, this place is for you. Its a playground for the rich, with E-Type Jaguars and classic Porsches along the litterless streets. We did look at property priced and it’s more like Mayfair than Leeds! But as this blog is being created near Xmas – here is a gallery of the church – details on the town and church here The church is 14th century high gothic with gold pretty much everywhere – wonderful…

December 22, 2014 / / Architecture

Poland’s Blackpool? Sopot is a resort in Poland with a pier, sand and seagulls – yes, it’s just like Blackpool! Actually, it’s more like Penarth in Wales – a more subdued, classy affair than the coastal towns of northern England. Its centre street is spotlessly clean, lots of bars and shops with a bustling student vibe towards to the top end of town. Chicago Blues Brothers Tour The purpose of the visit was to play 2 arena concerts, at Lodz and near by Gdynia – an amazing experience for all…

May 8, 2014 / / Architecture

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 –…

April 18, 2014 / / Architecture

Clarence Dock or New Dock Leeds? I’ve always referred to it as Clarence Dock, but the area was rebranded “New Dock Leeds” in 2012 according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Dock_(Leeds)). Either way, the blend of architecture and water makes for a great place to photograph – even on dull days, dusk photos look great once the lights come on. New Dock Leeds through a Sigma 12-24mm Lens The purpose of this shoot was to try out a Sigma 12-14mm lens – I’ve shot with the Canon 17-40 dozens of times, would the…

April 12, 2014 / / Architecture

Leeds Shopping – Knightsbridge of the North? Leeds does seem to have its fair share of shops. Posh shops. Harvey Nichols. Designer stuff. I like the shop in the Victoria Quarter with Panerai watches best – often found lusting after the PAM 372, a huge watch which looks just about perfect on my wrist… shame it’s ¬£6000. 20mm HDR So trialling my trusty new 20mm prime lens, I took the tripod around Briggate and the shopping area – weird light meant HDR, just to eek out a bit more detail…

April 12, 2014 / / Leeds

7 HDR Photos of Leeds – Swinegate & Calls In Leeds, where the canal and Aire merge, there’s The Calls and Swinegate. Streets on the inner ring road with some fantastic brick¬†buildings to photograph, especially great for HDR as you can pull lots of detail out of those walls. Maybe not the obvious place to go shooting! Along with the Brick, there are some new buildings going up down there – nice to see cranes back in Leeds, recession finally over ? A fantastic sign – both for the economy…

March 18, 2014 / / Hull

Read about our trip east to enjoy The Humber Bridge Bridlington Flamborough North Landing Flamborough Head Lighthouse http://www.mcfade.co.uk/training/flamborough-head-review/ Here are a few of our photos from the day… more if you follow the above link  

February 23, 2014 / / Blog

Real Ale on the UP! Real ale is on the up – micro breweries are springing up all over the UK, nowhere more so than in Yorkshire. Every small town seems to have it’s own brewery producing everything from pale ales to dark porters. Ossett, Salamander, Daleside, Rooster’s, Leeds Brewery, Wharfbank, Saltaire, Wendworth, Copper Dragon, York Brewery, Acorn, Goose Eye, Bradfield, Kelham Island and Ilkley… just a few to look out for if you’re after a great pint. Celebrate in Style We went to celebrate the UK’s finest ales at…

January 2, 2014 / / Architecture

  The Aire was high, roaring as it fell over the weir in Castleford – so for these first few shots I went to the banks to get some watery shots. All with the 70-200mm lens at the short end. It’s a great structure to photograph, with it’s lit, curved deck, neighbouring weir and odd angled legs.       After 30 seconds, the water smooths out, no more roaring waves, just this textured blueness.       This wider view shows the extent of the bridge – it’s probably…