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3 Days & 3 Photo-shoots

It’s quite hard to believe I did this last week, considering it’s 0° today and snowing.

Recently it seems ‘the company’ have noticed my photography skills, so in these recessionista times decided to give me some assignments, so for the first three days of last week it was taken up with doing photo-shoots, each one as diverse as the other.

I’ve shown a selection of images I took separately from the outlined briefs I had on each of the days.

DAY 1: Liverpool Estuary
The brief for today was from English Heritage, who is quite concerned about the visual impact some proposed new buildings would have on the vista from the Old Liverpool Airport looking out toward the Mersey Estuary. They wanted to see some CGI montages of seven key viewpoints in which we had to ‘accurately’ drop in the 3D model to the photographs. Although this was quite a long and technical shoot requiring two 5M survey poles to be recorded within the images. The camera and poles then also had to be precisely triangulated and recorded with a remote GPS tracker linked back to base total station. I have to say this was enjoyable on a techie level, but totally boring on the other. The only saving grace was the glorious weather that started this week off and ‘luckily’ I had the chance to wander around over lunch and take a few personal snaps.

PS Our studio’s young CGI wiz ‘Chris’ made a stunning job of marrying photo and 3D model within inch accuracy using Autodesk Max 2012. 

The Old Liverpool Airport Monday the 26th of March 2012         Liverpool Estuary Monday the 26th of March 2012         Liverpool Estuary Monday the 26th of March 2012          Liverpool John Lennon Airport Monday the 26th of March 2012
Old Liverpool Airport Monday the 26th of March 2012          Old Liverpool Airport Monday the 26th of March 2012            Old Liverpool Airport Monday the 26th of March 2012
Liverpool Estuary Monday the 26th of March 2012          Liverpool Estuary Monday the 26th of March 2012            Old Liverpool Airport Monday the 26th of March 2012
Reeds by The Liverpool Mersey Monday the 26th of March 2012

DAY 2: The Orangery

Another stunning day awaited this shoot of The Orangery; a 200-year-old unique grade II listed building in the heart of Wakefield which is also home to Beam, an arts, architecture and learning company working throughout the Yorkshire region and beyond.

I was required to visually document the building for R&D project our company is involved with using Open Cloud and Unity’s VR & AR software to create a virtual ‘play’ building which people can interact with, open and walk-through. Again a slightly technical shoot, but which will have a fun aspect later down the line.

It also has a gorgeous green oasis hidden next to the Wakefield Westgate Railway Station, so I had a little time to explore the gardens and some of the decorative features within the building with the lens.

The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012       The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012       The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012
The Orangery Tie-backs Tuesday the 27th of March 2012      The Orangery Art Tuesday the 27th of March 2012        The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012
The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012      The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012        The Orangery Graveyard Tuesday the 27th of March 2012
The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012      The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012        The Orangery Tuesday the 27th of March 2012

DAY 3: Leeds
This day was the hottest day so far, (75F) and after getting sun burnt on Monday (to which my daughter called me a tomato) I had a Slip-Slop-Slap moment with the old blue factor 50 sun cream.

The ‘free’ brief today was to photograph The City of Leeds in all its glory for a future secret website project. This also allowed snapping some parts of the City I’d always wanted to capture for myself, so after 820 pictures later and 7 hours of walking a circuit of Leeds with lots of zigzagging moments along the way, a few results are as follows… Enjoy…I did

Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012  Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012  Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012  Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012  Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012
Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012           Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012           Leeds Wednesday 28th March 2012
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Leeds Blue Plaques Wednesday 28th March 2012 Leeds Blue Plaques Wednesday 28th March 2012 Leeds Blue Plaques Wednesday 28th March 2012Leeds Blue Plaques Wednesday 28th March 2012  Leeds Blue Plaques Wednesday 28th March 2012

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Heron & The Storm

Crane and the Storm over Leeds Sat 17th March 2012

A stunning thunderstorm descended on Leeds yesterday, but something else arrived to escape the impending downpour in the shape of a glorious Heron on top of the neighbours roof, I watched her glide in and land, she then looked out at the approaching weather, ruffled her feathers, as if a shudder had come all over her at the sight.

Luckily I had the camera over my shoulder (as usual) and took these wonderful shots of her and the storm.

Crane and the Storm over Leeds Sat 17th March 2012

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East Leeds Eagles

The Red Kite Eagles of Harewood House.

Red Kite Eagles of Harewood House over East Leeds 11th March 2012
In the summer of 1999 twenty-one young red kites were released into the wild on the Harewood Estate as part of a reintroduction programme, and now is one of the top British sites to see these stunning birds of prey. Lucky for me I don’t have to travel that far, as they now grace the skies over East Leeds following the road network in search of road kill.

On many occasion they fly over my garden, but I’ve never really got a truly good photo of them, …until today, and I wasn’t even in the garden, but at the local Tesco’s filling the car up with petrol, I’d finished and Wifey was inside paying for the fuel when I noticed the Policewoman opposite staring into the sky, I turned and witness this majestic Red Kite Eagle heading my way, I instantly whipped out the camera from the back seat of the car and started snapping…enjoy the results, as the policewoman did when she wanted to see if I’d got a good shot.

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Sparks will Fly

Third ‘pure’ photography themed post.

On an early winters evening me and the lovely Wifey sat out and fired up the chiminea with some very dry logs, slight problem…it got a bit out of hand… and sparks started to fly.

Although, this did make for a great opportunity for some long exposure photography.

I’m not a pyromaniac..Honest:)