Category: Industrial

September 2, 2017 / / Architecture

You can’t always get the weather you want on a test shoot – but somehow, bradford suits this kind of sky. It’s got this old yortkshire stone architedtue going on – yellow stones stacked up to make mills and shops. Pair that with blubous grey clouds and you have an appropriate look… maybe not the one the tourist industry were after! This was all done with a brand new Canon 17mm Tilt Shift lens, you can read more about it and buy one if you click on its picture  …

July 5, 2017 / / Architecture

What is Tilt Shift? If you don’t know what a Tilt Shift lens is, this chap explains it well. So take a look at this first if you’re interested. South Leeds Architecture There are some interesting new buildings in the south of Leeds these days – this first one is the Leeds College of buildings, created by Fuse Architects. For this shot I went to the middle of the road island ans use the 17mm tillt shift lens. I took 3 photos – one with the lens shifted up, one in the…

March 3, 2017 / / Composition

A 50 year Wait – Tornado Steam Train Scheduled Service I didn’t wait 50 years – but it was 50 years ago that the last steam train service ran over the iconic viaduct in the Dales. It was only for a few days in February so I decided to brave the weather and head up there. I’d incorrectly assumed that every train would be steam, so had a shock when I saw about 6 normal boring ones going over the viaduct! So I got a LOT of shots without the…

February 15, 2017 / / Blog

How do you do what you do…. Simon Sinek’s hugely popular TED TALK talk on branding talks about:- Why you do what you do How you do it What you make/do If you’ve not seen it – here it is on YOUTUBE – it’s well worth a look.   If you look at the “why” – that’s usually a mission statement, tricky to photograph, but the “how” is something which we can support with great images. “How” you do something is a huge part of your offering – being seen…

March 12, 2016 / / Business

Enlightened LED Lighting Specialists Lumilow are lighting consultants – MD Andy Chell was up front, the product itself was not going to be an exciting thing to photography! I guess lights are a bit like petrol – fuel is not that interesting in itself, but put some in a Ferrari and it gets interesting. Lighting is like that – it’s how it makes “stuff” look, and cost efficiencies, which, they are selling. The Shoot We needed something completely different to any other “lighting” company. They have a vibrant showroom, with table football, drills,…

December 27, 2015 / / Industrial

Lancashire Flood – Whalley Gets Its Full Force You can’t have missed the flood news over Xmas… first Cumbria, then Lancashire and now it’s in Yorkshire too. So as Lancashire got a real beating by the rain on Xmas and Boxing day 2015. I decided to have a little drive out and see what happened in Whalley. The roads in to the town were largely closed, so thought the best place would be the A59 bridge over the Calder – it was pretty epic. Its usually a small river weaving…

October 22, 2013 / / Architecture

Casvegas…. Pontecarlo…. West Yorkshire’s casino district? Well maybe not, but between the 2 or them, they have a couple of real photographic gems. The boating lake at Pontefract’s racecourse is fantastic for sunsets, and this bridge in Castleford is pretty spectacular after dark. So what brought me here… Well 2 things really – I’m starting the huge McFade Winter Nights series of workshops, 17 in total, so wanted to get out there and do a little warm up shoot. It may not be obvious (intentionally) but there’s quite a bit…

September 12, 2013 / / Blog

Snow Blind? I’ve used the term “snow blind” a lot recently – it’s refers to that moment when you’ve been shooting the same thing over and over again, to try to get that “perfect” shot – usually for an art director or designer who’s looking on. You’ve tried all sorts, move the lights, changed the background, stood on a ladder, led on your stomach, added in all kinds of things…. and it’s still not quite working. That’s snow blind…. Doesn’t happen often – just now and then, usually after a…

August 16, 2013 / / Composition

Wind farms are, by definition, positioned in windy, desolate places. This makes for truly atmospheric shots – given the right lighting conditions. The best time is sunset or sunrise, because the sun light comes in low and lights 1/2 of the turbine, leaving the other half in shadow. It gives a 3D feel to them. Also you get coloured skies at sunset/rise. This provides a dramatic background to your stark, white turbines. The other thing to look for is the “interaction” between turbines. When you look at them, try make…

August 9, 2013 / / Architecture

I’d just put an exhibition in the Midnight Bell pub and had the camera with me… so decided to get all nostalgic for 15 minutes and capture the end of town I worked in for 2 years – Holbeck. It’s had one hell of a face lift since 2000, now housing lots of businesses, 2 new bars and lots of eateries – a long shot from the red-light district reputation of old. So here’s my nostalgia set for August 2013 – Water Lane and Marshall Street in Holbeck.