Category: Yorkshire

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”…

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…

March 12, 2016 / / Fun

Shooting the Milky Way – If at first you don’t succeed…   Pack up your bags and go back another night! That’s what happened with our legendary Brimham Rocks workshop this year – the first run was a wash-out no sign of a star, never mind the milky way. Horizontal rain, cold, and no shelter anywhere saw us calling a halt on proceedings before cameras broke and people got hypothermia! A few weeks later we returned, and wow – the results were magical! Perfectly dark – no moon! To see the…

December 24, 2015 / / Landscapes

September 2015 In september we :- Ran our first night workshop in Leeds Did some headshots for a CEO Helped Xpand Marketing with their new location and rebrand photography Ran a workshop in Ribblesdale, ending at Ribblehead Viaduct at sunset Photographed Salford Quays at night Shoot down at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Create product photos for My English Summer Even did a quick baby photo session… See the rest of 2015… Read about January Read about February Read about March Read about April Read about May Read about June Read about July…

September 21, 2015 / / Landscapes

Focus Stacking in Landscape Photos If you like to get everything pin sharp in your landscapes, Focus Stacking is for you. If you shoot low with foregrounds which are very close to the lens, then it can be hard to get the background AND the foreground pin sharp. Focussing 1/3 of the way into a scene if often recommended, or using a “hyperfocal” calculator app on your phone can give you the best focus distance for a given aperture and focal length. Taking The Guesswork Out – Use Focus Stacking Rather than…

July 22, 2015 / / Blog

Ever travel long distances as a passenger? I do – as a member of a touring band, we sometimes cover hundreds of miles – and a few weeks ago, that involved going from Leeds to Inverness… and back! Naturally I took the camera – for photos of the lovely Scottish city, but also to capture the band in action… Then it occurred to me that the highlands were beautiful from the main roads, no need to actually go on country roads to see amazing vistas. But we had a schedule,…

May 5, 2015 / / Discussion

Snowy Settle and Malham – in the Yorkshire Dales It’s not been the snowiest of winters, but on a trip out with Richard Spurdens, we were treated to some great snowy scenes. Add to that fast moving clouds and ever changing light, you get infinite variety without having to move far at all. The trip started near settle where we got the bush and tree shots – lots of walls creating strong shadows on the white snow. Views across to Pen Y Gent were Impressive, using Richard’s 400mm prime you can…

May 5, 2015 / / Landscapes

High Force – Teesdale It may only be 70 feet tall, minute compared to the giants in Yosemite or South America, but High Force, high up in Teesdale, is very impressive in flood – as it was on this day! With it being winter, you can see the falls from the road through the leafless trees. Its too obscured to create a decent shot, but adds to the build up. I tried 2 techniques on the day – using the 70-200mm I’d do fast shutters to capture the texture of water…

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…

January 27, 2015 / / Business

A New Look Pays Off!   Having recently opened an events space in Leeds, our client needed some fresh shots to promote it. So we created some of our “special HDR images” of Lambert’s Yard – using a mix of angles and styles to show the features, and sell the place as a modern, warm, fun, city centre venue to hold your events. Since releasing the photos their hit-rate on google has “gone through the roof”, they have taken on an unprecedented 25 new bookings in a week. We’re obviously delighted to have such a great impact on…