St Gemma’s Hospice Leeds Art & Photography Exhibition & Sale 2016

Next week it’s the 16th St Gemma’s Hospice Leeds Art & Photography Exhibition & Sale 2016 in Leeds, and I’m contributing to this great cause by exhibiting 8 images (below) all of which are available to buy on the day. The event will be held at The Grammar School at Leeds in Alwoodley. A percentage…

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Light Night, Leeds 2016 with the RX1rII

Leeds Light Night provided a great excuse to take the camera out after dark and capture some unusual images of usual scenes. Handheld @iso1600 to freeze the motion. Attached to tripod with a 4 second exposure to capture motion. Post processed in Lightroom & Analog Efex Pro 2 to add an extra dimension.  

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Leeds Artsmix Diary – “A Boat & A House”

“I don’t get it” snorted the women passing our Artsmix stall last Saturday. “It’s a boat and a house, I don’t get it!”. “It’s art” I said. “It’s autistic” she replied. “I don’t get it” she repeated to her friends shaking her head as she walked off, “it’s just a boat and a house” and that, I…

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Sony RX1rII in the RAW

To compress or to uncompress? That is the question. Since I starting shooting with the RX1rII I’ve always had the format firmly set to uncompressed RAW on the (not unreasonable) assumption that though my memory cards might now hold only half the images, my disk drive is constantly full, and my post-processing time is twice as long, for an IQ gain, however…

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Leeds Artsmix Diary – The Dip

Arts Market Dip It’s no exaggeration to say that the last two Artsmix markets have been my all time worst in terms of sales with only 3 pictures sold. Even those ever dependable East Coast shots of Staithes and Whitby have stalled, and a desperate attempt at supermarket style BOGOF offers failed to generate any interest whatsoever.  What’s more,…

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Leeds Artsmix Diary – Fudge & Near Misses

All Fudged Out It was a beautiful sunny day at Saturday’s Leeds Artsmix Market. Hope’s were high with a position next to the fudge stall guaranteeing a constant stream of traffic, and sure enough fudge of every possible flavour was soon being devoured by the hungry and happy Leodises. But as the morning wore on, and the crowds at the…

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Leeds Dock with the RX1Rii

Waking up at 5am to a promising sunrise, I finally got my act together and headed into work to take some images of Leeds Dock and Sky’s Shiny New Technology Campus. The sunrise didn’t quite materialise but the quality of the early morning light combined with the stillness of the water made the early start…

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Leeds Artsmarket – Retail Therapy

Last Saturday was my first Leeds Artsmix Market of the year, and the first I’ve done without my photography side kick Anthony Shaughnessy. In the past Anthony has done all of the leg work and made my life incredibly easy. At my first market, less than a year ago, I just rocked up with two plastic carrier bags full…

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First Leeds Artsmix of 2016

On Saturday 9th April I’ll be manning a stall at the first Artsmix Market of the year in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK, The World. For the first time I’ll be flying solo, my normal sidekick fellow photographer Anthony Shaughnessy (https://anthonyshaughnessy.wordpress.com) being otherwise engaged, which leaves me with the shivers (of excitement) and shakes (of apprehension). For this Artsmix…

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Night Time at Sky 3 with the Sony RX1rII

This week I got to move into our stunning new building at Leeds Dock. It’s a cool workplace designed bottom up for the development teams, and with Sky 2 and the soon to open Sky 1 it demonstrates Sky’s commitment to building a world class technology campus in Leeds. The building really comes alive when the…

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Rubbish Waterfall @ The Leeds RERF

Well not quite a rubbish waterfall, more litter-ally (get it?) a rubbish fall! After spending the past year or more following the construction of the Leeds Refuse Recycle & Energy Recover Facility (RERF for short) from the outside, I was invited inside by the French architects, S’PACE, to take some shots of its inner workings. Whilst the…

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The Leeds RERF Re-visited – Sigma DP1 Merrill

After a 3 month gap I headed back to the RERF, curious to see how it was taking shape.  It’s now looking pretty complete; the innards are cloaked by the its outer shell, at night it glows on the horizon, and as I was passing the other day I was sure I saw smoke rising from the chimney.…

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Leeds Artsmix – Six Images, Six Lessons

It’s 6:30pm on Saturday evening. We – myself and fellow photographer Anthony Shaughnessy (http://www.anthonyshaughnessy.co.uk) – start to dismantle our stall at the Leeds Artsmix Market (http://www.artsmix.co.uk/events.php). As we pack we discuss the events of the day. We’re both smiling! Anthony had his best return to date; I’ve sold six images – six more than I expected! …And its a real buzz.  As we part…

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Artsmix Market, Leeds (or a week with the Epson R3000)

Last week has been full on printing, mounting and wrapping prints, for the Artsmix (http://www.artsmix.co.uk) market in Leeds, next weekend. This is a frightening first for me! No more hiding behind the internet; instead, out their, exposed, before the great, paying, Yorkshire public. Selecting images was difficult; standard print sizes ruled out favourite square format & panoramics; old favourites…

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Cloudscapes (Leeds RERF Part 7) – Sigma Merrill

Ok, lets not kid ourselves, I’m bored with the RERF, you’re bored with the RERF, the people building it are probably sick to death of the place, so why the heck I’m writing yet another RERF related blog post I’ve no blinking idea, let alone why I went back in the first (or more like…

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Two Buildings

Foreground, background; blue, green; traditional, contemporary; blue collar, white collar; industrial, service sector; commercial, residential … two buildings, many perspectives. As other parts of industrial West Yorkshire wane, Leeds just seems to roll with the times; a city in constant transition. When I processed this off the cuff shot of the Indigo Blue building it was the green dome of…

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Mountains in the City

It’s many long miles and multiple hours to the nearest hills of significance; a plane trip to reach Swiss alpine heights, hanging valleys and high passes; and half a world away to stand in Nepal or Tibet, to gaze at Everest; but only 15 minutes to find man made mountains and river valley’s in the City, complete…

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Leeds – Reflections of a City

The city’s reflective surfaces conjure up cubist abstracts out of the age old reality, unfamiliar images of familiar places, and unique perspectives on established scenes. Who needs Photoshop when you’ve a puddle or a window! The reflection in office window creates an abstract view of Tower Works. The original scene looking towards Tower Works. Bridgewater Place, reflected in one of…

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The Build Continues – Leeds RERF Part 6

It was back in November when I first discovered the RERF and used it to review the Quattro DP1. https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/sigma-quattro-dp1-comparison-1-the-rerf-cross-green-leeds/ Six months later my mission to chart the build continues; though with it’s innards mostly hidden behind plastic and metal, its fascination is diminishing and my enthusiasm is waning. Still to me it’s unique shape and…

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