Showcase gallery of images from York North Yorkshire.
Cliffords Tower Reflections
Clifford’s Tower or York Castle as it is also known stands raised on a high mound. In its past it has served as a prison and also a royal mint. I made this image in the evening after some rain which had created this large puddle. The image is a little different to what I normally see taken and adds a little more interest I think to this ancient building in York.
Cliffords Tower Daffodils
Clifford’s Tower or York Castle as it is also known stands raised on a high mound. In its past it has served as a prison and also a royal mint. Every spring the daffodils make their appearance on the banks surrounding the building which really draw in the tourists. I made this image on a blue spring day where the yellow flowers contrast so well with a nice blue sky.
York Minster East Window
York is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. With the recent completion of the east end window and weathered stonework which took more than 5 years to complete and over £20 million to restore I wanted to start making some images now that the scaffolding had been removed. Evening light I find is the nicest way to present York Minster in an image. When the Minster is illuminated with the incandescent yellow hue of the bright lamps it contrasts perfectly with the blue hues of the evening sky. Getting up close to the buildings to capture the glow from the shop windows also adds the warmth and Dickensian mood to the composition.
High Petergate York
High Petergate in York is one of the most inspiring street to make an image of York Minster. These medieval and Georgian houses lead you down the street to the Minster which dominates the sky. Coupling the composition with incandescent street lighting gives the image and overall Dickensian mood. You may notice that no people in this image but only ghostly figures near the apex of the street. This was due to using a long exposure to eliminate the presence of people in the frame. It did however add a ghostly sense to the image which is quite apt for York.
Lendal bridge stands where a former rope ferry was used to ferry passengers across the river Ouse. In 1861 Thomas Page was requested to design a bridge and in 1863 this Gothic revival bridge was opened. Its still in full use to this day and its testament to our early engineering pioneers that these structures stand the test of time. Details on this bridge are simply exquisite especially the bridge lighting.
I chose to make an image from the south bank early one morning before sunrise and with little light I add some of my own using a powerful torch. Carefully painting light across the span of the bridge and Lendal tower brings out the form and shape making the reflections much more detailed. A long exposure of one minute gave me the time to add light where I wanted it.
York Minster From Precentors Court
Precentors Court in York offers a magnificent view of the Minster. This image I made one evening after waiting for the light to drop and the period street lamps to light up the street. With the cobbled street leading you up to the minster and the beech tree It is a compelling composition. I made this one to be black and white to give it a more Dickensian feel/mood to the image.
Deans Park York Minster
The Deans park offers a magnificent view of the Minster. At he start of spring these crocuses make an appearance through the well kept lawn. Its a lovely scene to capture full of colour and vibrancy. Its one of my favourite times of year signalling the start of some better weather.
St Williams College York
Built in 1465 for the Chantry Priest St Williams College is a magnificent building. The timber framed house is situated on College Street at the east end of York Minster. I chose this composition with the leading line of the cobbled street taking your eye through the image. With a velvet blue sky complimenting the yellow hues of the street lights it makes a very pleasing image.
York Minster Golden Hour
Precentors Court in York offers a magnificent view of the Minster. I have another image I made from this location in my gallery which is Black and White. I chose to make another image this time in colour and a different time of year. With the beech tree not in leaf it opens up a more view of the minster. Waiting till late afternoon with the sun dropping low in the sky its golden light was cast on to the west window. which helps lift the composition giving overall dominance to the main subject of York Minster.
Grape Lane York
Grape Lane is one of many many streets in York with history attached to it. 300 years ago it was called Grope Lane and was the so called red light district of York at the time. The street is also perfect for an evening image with its cobbled alleyway leading you down the pathway. The lighting on the buildings light the way casting a reflective sheen from the damp cobbles on a cool evening.
Ouse Bridge York
Ouse bridge was completed in 1821 and designed by Peter Atkinson. There has been a bridge here since the vikings where the original collapsed in 1154 under the weight of a crowd. This wooden bridge was replaced by a stone structure but that too was swept away by floods in 1564. This was repaired with a huge single central arch of some 70ft diameter. This bridge was dismantled in between 1810 and 1818 to make way for the new structure which was completed in 1821.
As for the image I made several shots for this to make a panoramic stitch. Choosing a calm evening to take advantage of the reflections on the river Ouse makes the image that much more compelling. The Gothic street lights really are an impressive feature on this grade II listed building which contrast so well with the blue hues of the evening light.
Probably one of the most interesting and busy streets of York is Stonegate. It is said that the name may have been given to this street by the huge amount of limestone that was bought through here at the time of building of the Minster cathedral. Limestone was brought in by the river Ouse and transported up the street for construction of York Minster. It is now one of the busiest streets for shoppers and tourists in the city and makes ones great shot to make in the evening light. For this image I had to use a long exposure so the cameras sensor did not record any movement which left the street looking empty. Something which is rare or impossible in York. With a full moon timed right for the composition which I did have to make two shots, one for the moon and a long exposure for the street I made this image. Two images blended together is the final result. This shot would be impossible to make in just one take.