I was very pleased to learn recently that two of my images had been accepted by the Yorkshire International Salon 2017. They had been selected from nearly 7000 images submitted from 54 countries worldwide. This was the first time I’d entered anything to an International Salon and it was very exciting to be successful. My photos had been taken at Blea Tarn in the Lake District and at Goit Stock Falls in Bradford.
I arrived at Blea Tarn just after sunrise when much of the view was in quite deep shadow. As the sun climbed higher, the Langdales (which form the far horizon in the photo) became bathed in that special morning light, and then the light began to touch the nearer crags which border the tarn. I stayed a couple of hours, taking lots of shots. It was fascinating how the light quality kept changing with the sun’s climb, revealing the landscape in different light and shade, and it was difficult to choose which image to submit to the International Salon. A couple of shots taken about an hour later are shown further down for comparison.
I’m very lucky to live only a couple of miles from Goit Stock Falls. What a gem it is, as good as falls in the Dales and yet it’s actually in Bradford, only 7 miles from the centre. Like many photographers a lot less local, I’ve been there many times. I thought it would be interesting to see it in the ice and snow and as I walked the cold, slippery path I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. But the magnificent icicles were a surpise and delight. The height of the falls is about 5 metres and that of the icicles about the same. What a magical and special sight! Again, a couple more shots from the same occasion are shown below, both of a smaller falls a short distance upstream.
The Yorkshire International Salon is hosted by the Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU), which itself is part of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). The Salon is recognised by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Federation International de l’Art Photographique (FIAP).
Sundog over Denholme, Yorkshire, last night.
It looks like a bit like a rainbow but no rain is involved. Instead, sunlight is refracted by ice crystals in the atmosphere. Just as refraction by water produces a spectrum in a rainbow, so refraction by tiny air-borne ice crystals creates the colours seen in a sundog. The meteorolgical term is parhelion.
Here are two earlier images of sundogs, also shot in Yorkshire.
The sun sets on the Grand Depart, in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
The Tour de France began in Yorkshire this year. There was huge anticipation and excitement and, as is now well known, the venture was a huge success for Yorkshire.
One of the things fuelling the anticipation of the event, was the presence of huge works of art adorning the landscape, known as the ‘fields of vision’. Another was the decoration of the route with yellow painted bikes and T-shirt bunting and other symbols of cycling.
Seen here are a few of the artworks in West Yorkshire in the Keighley-Haworth-Oxenhope part of the route.
Here is a huge canvas which appeared in Haworth mainstreet shortly before the Grand Depart. The artwork is by Vic Buta.
Here are some of the bikes that could be seen along the route, including street art by ‘Stewy’ which shows Yorkshire artist David Hockney on a bike, drawn (with permission) on the side of a pub on the route.
One of the earliest symbols to appear on the landscape was a very large white bicycle surrounded by huge numbers saying 2014. This was very encouraging. As the months went by, huge letters also began to appear such as in the pictures below. The first slogan I saw said ‘Eat Pies’. Actually I was horrified to see this, thinking it trivialised the event and the training and prepartion of the cyclists. I was glad to hear that the slogans were going to vary over time, but was disappointed to see that the next one said ‘Drink Beer’. When I calmed down a bit, I realised these would probably seem very funny to the cyclists taking part. Anyway, I was still glad to see more positive slogans appear as the time for the Grand Depart approached.
(My previous post is about the Grand Depart itself.)
The weather was fine, and Yorkshire turned out by the million to line just about every part of the route of the Grand Depart – Yorkshire’s hosting of the start of the Tour de France for 2014.
After a short trip on a special bus service, I joined crowds in Oxenhope, in ‘Bronte Country’. Although it was miles from the nearest Spectator Hub in Haworth, there were plenty of people lining the roads. The atmosphere was electric, everyone was friendly and excited. I was lucky to find a good vantage point on a steep hill where I hoped I my view of the road would remain unobstructed , which thankfully it did.
The cyclists were expected soon after one o’clock and as the time approached we could see 5 helicopters circling not far away. They then seemed to disappear but soon a car came through announcing that the cyclists were just a few minutes away.
A group of 7 breakaway riders came through first, to huge applause. David de la Cruz (on left) and Bart de Clercq (on right) were the cyclists at the front.
Soon afterwards the peloton flowed through like a swollen river, to even more applause.
The event was soon over but everyone was delighted.
International company Streetlife commissioned me to take photos of their ‘street furniture’ products in the London 2012 Olympic Park. Streetlife won the bid to supply the London 2012 Olympics, and in fact developed a new product – the ‘Olympic Wave’ bench – especially for the event, designing it in partnership with the landscape architects of the Olympic Parklands, LDA Design London. They bought 7 of my photos taken in the parklands, and used 3 of them for their 2013 -14 brochure, including one as the front cover picture –
Three more photos of mine appear inside on pages 2-3 (of the 24-page brochure) –
(Click to enlarge.)
Here are the 3 original photos –
bench with stadium
bench with ‘The Orbit’
And here are the other 4 they bought, which hopefully I may see used in the future –
‘seat-top’ benches overlooking the River Lee
‘Olympic Wave’ bench designed especially for London 2012.
My intentions with the photos were to show the benches along with iconic features of the Parklands (such as the stadium) and with people using the benches or walking nearby.
The complete brochure can be seen here.