The Tour de France came to Leeds this year (or Tour de Yorkshire as we called it) and as a city, we bathed the town in Yellow, and for me, one the most memorably yellow parts of Leeds was the hand knitted jumpers added to The Nymphs sculptures in City Square by Alfred Drury, a figure prominent in the New Sculpture movement. So it seems quite apt that I add this to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for the word Yellow
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.
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.
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