We generally stick to landscape locations here on the Natural Light blog but for urban Yorkshire locations worthy of the landscape photographer’s attention the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire has to be high on the list!
Saltaire was founded by Yorkshire textiles industrialist Titus Salt on the banks of the River Aire, and it was to the riverbank that I headed to check out the dusk shot of the New Mill building that I had in mind. I love this time of year for an urban dusk shoot if there’s a bit of winter sun as you can head out after lunch, shoot in nice low sunlight in the afternoon followed by a sunset and twilight shoot (sunset around 5pm) and still get the train home in time to watch Midsomer Murders!
The sunlight did indeed look very fine on the mill so I took a few shots using the reflection in the water in the foreground, and also of the reflection itself which produced a more abstract image of the building.
If architecture’s your thing then Saltaire has plenty to offer – including the lovely Victoria Hall (above) so I spent some time photographing around the village before heading back down to the riverside at dusk.
The reflections worked very well again as the lights around the mill came on and in the windows so a few more abstract shots were in order whilst waiting with the tripod set up for a lengthy exposure as the light faded and the blue sky reached its peak “blue hour” colour.
The final shot (exposure time 25 seconds) was exactly what I had in mind – proving once again that landscape photography is mostly in the planning – with a little luck with the weather when out in the field!