Welcome.

Welcome to my photography blog. I am a self-taught photographer living in West Yorkshire. Just scroll down to find lots of my images.

I mainly take photographs in urban settings and have had several exhibitions of my urban photography under the title, “From Bradford to Berlin”.

You can find a list of my exhibitions in the, “About me” section of this blog which can be accessed from the links on the left. If you are looking at this on a phone or tablet you may need to turn it sideways and view the blog in landscape format in order to find the links.

The links will also take you to a list of the mentions my exhibitions have had in the press.

But why not scroll down and have a look my pictures first.

47. The Blog Post That Has No Theme.

That’s right. No theme for this post. Just a collection of recent images and a few not quite so recent ones. These photographs were mainly taken in Leeds.

To start with here are 2 silhouette pictures, both of which were taken in the late afternoon.

Leeds. April 2018. Canon G7X ll compact camera.
Leeds train station. April 2018. Canon G7X II compact camera.

When I took this next image it had been raining heavily and leaving puddles of water. However the clouds cleared away quickly and were replaced by blue skies giving me opportunity to take this reflection shot in a puddle at the side of the road.

Leeds. December 2018. Canon G7X II compact camera.

Here is another blue sky picture. I was looking to create an image with the building at the left hand side and the tree branches at the right. The bright winter sun was shining on the light coloured building and I had to keep an eye on the histogram and deliberately underexpose the indicated exposure to prevent the building from becoming completely over exposed.

Leeds. December 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

For this next picture I wanted to use the street light as part of the composition. It was late afternoon on a bitterly cold day at the end of February 2018 (2 days later we had heavy snow) and the low sun was shining on the right hand side of the building whilst the left hand side was in shadow.

Leeds. February 2018. Canon G7 X II compact camera.

And here is another example of me pointing my camera upwards at a building.

Leeds. February 2018. Canon G7X II compact camera.

Hmmm. I seem to be making a habit of pointing my camera upwards. I popped the flash up on the camera to light the sign, turning the power of the flash down a little to prevent the sign from being too bright.

Leeds. November 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

In my blog post number 7 I posted some pictures where I had deliberately blown out the highlights. I used the same technique in this next picture, pointing my camera towards the low late afternoon sun and subsequently moving the right hand Levels slider right over to the left to to obtain the desired effect. The sun was so bright that I could not really see what I was doing which is why the poor chap on the left has lost a few toes!

Hopefully it goes without saying that you need to take great care when looking into the sun or pointing your camera towards it.

Leeds. December 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

Here are two pictures of Leeds Town Hall reflected in shop windows in March 2018.

Canon G7X II compact camera.
Canon G7XII compact camera.

The next photograph was taken in City Square, Leeds in November 2017. I had to take great care to keep the building on the left inside the inverted V of the sign post. Not so easy with lots of pedestrians milling around me.

Canon G7X II compact camera.

In blog post 36 I posted a picture of the water feature outside Sheffield railway station. Here is another photo taken on a subsequent visit to Sheffield.

Sheffield. April 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

Now let’s quickly zoom over to Bradford where my aim was to take a photo of this fire extinguisher notice with the people on the street below out of focus.

Bradford. March 2018. Canon G7X II compact camera.

I took this next picture in December 2017 at Leeds railway station simply because I liked the effect of the late afternoon sunlight shining on the train I was about to catch.

Canon G7X II compact camera.

And this is the low-in-the-sky late afternoon sun at the back of the station.

November 2017 Canon G7X II compact camera.

I used a film noir filter for this picture which includes a building reflected in the glass windows of an office block.

Leeds. November 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

This is a reflection of Leeds Merrion Centre in the window of a restaurant.

Leeds. December 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

I thought I would include a picture demonstrating a potential fault.

This picture was taken in Sovereign Street, Leeds. I subsequently converted it to black and white. When I then increased the contrast a thin white line called a halo appeared at the top of the building. I have a book about black and white photography that warns you this can happen. I just need to go back to the original image and process it again using slightly less contrast and I will be happy with this image.

Leeds. December 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

And now for something completely different. A stretched-limo Volkswagen Beetle spotted outside Leeds Town Hall. The number plate indicates that the original car dates from 1963.

Leeds. April 2018. Canon G 7X II compact camera.

 

Here is another building reflection in Leeds.

Leeds. October 2017. Canon G7X II compact camera.

I was in Leeds one day in July 2017 and came across this small Charlie Gard demonstration. At the time there was a highly publicised court case about whether his life support should be switched off.

Canon G7X II compact camera.

To finish this post I am going to include some slightly older images.Firstly here are two from a series of pictures incorporating wheelie bins. Both of these photos were taken near Leeds University.

Leeds September 2016. Canon G7XII compact camera.

Finally, here are some pictures of a Peace for Egypt demonstration.

Leeds. August 2013. Canon S95 compact camera.

I was interested to see that the women stood together at the left and the men stood together on the right.

And the men at the front seemed to be acting as, “cheerleaders”.

 

46. The Google Nik Collection.

I have just been trying out two of the products in the free Nik Collection photo editing suite.

These are Silver Efex Pro 2 for converting colour images to black and white and Color Efex Pro 4 for processing colour images.

Here are the results,

This first image was taken in Halifax. I had gone there with the specific intention of taking some photographs which would be suitable to convert to black and white.

Halifax.  August 2017.                                                         Canon G7XII compact camera

In contrast I thought that this picture of modern buildings in London would also work in black and white.

Euston Road, London.  October 2016.                            Canon 2120 compact camera.

This next one was taken in Bradford.

Bradford. August 2016.                                                 Canon S120 compact camera.

And here is a colour image taken in Leeds.

Leeds June 2015.                                                                   Pentax K5 DSLR camera

Here is the Leeds Arena.

Leeds Arena August 2017.                                                    Canon G7X II compact camera.

And now back to Bradford.

Bradford October 2016.                                  Canon G7X II compact camera.

You probably noticed that some of the above pictures featured lamposts. With this next image I wanted the street lights to feature prominently in the composition.

Leeds February 2017.                                                                     Canon G7X II compact camera.

And just to be different (and a bit quirky) I used a film noir filter for this picture taken under the bridges in Halifax.

Halifax August 2017.                                                              Canon G7X II compact camera.

The following picture is of City House in Leeds framed by the canopy at the front of the railway station. This required me to try to stand still whilst in a stream of rushing commuters.

City House, Leeds. April 2017.                                        Canon G7X II compact camera.

This is City House using a wall as part of the composition.

City House, Leeds. January 2017.                                                Canon G7X II compact camera.

And as I could not decide whether I preferred the version above or the one below I have decided to treat you to both of them. The difference is in the crop at the bottom left of the image.

City House, Leeds. January 2017.                                                         Canon G7X II compact camera.

This next picture was taken through the window of a moving train as it approached Leeds train station.

May 2015 Canon S120 compact camera

46. Some things that caught my eye.

BBC Leeds. February 2017. Canon G7X ll compact camera.
Leeds Music College. February 2017. Canon G7X ll compact camera.
Leeds January 2017 Canon G7X ll compact camera.
Here Comes the Sun. Leeds. January 2017. Canon G7Xll compact camera.

 

45. Reflections.

Here are some pictures which include reflections.

Leeds. March 2017. Canon G7X ll compact camera.
Leeds. March 2017. Canon G7X ll compact camera.
Leeds.  June 2016.
Leeds June 2016.
Bradford September 2015. Canon S120 compact camera.
Bradford May 2015 Canon S120 compact camera.