Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021: Blog https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021 (Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT https://www.bfpix.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u133038028-o990214571-50.jpg Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021: Blog https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog 90 120 Father John Misty plays the Piece Hall https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2019/3/father-john-misty-plays-the-piece-hall Flashback to last summer... Lucky, as only I can be, I was called up to photograph Father John Misty and friends, at the first big music festival in The Piece Hall, Halifax, since the recent revival of the 1770's cloth hall.

It was a brilliant day, the music, the people and the atmosphere in this magical place, second to none!

Being a Commercial and Events photographer, it's one of those great occasions I get to attend and enjoy! 

Anyway, the venue is legendary, the music line-up fantastic and weather sublime... making my event photography days pure joy...

First up it was hot young local band, The Orielle's... making plenty of big noise on BBC 6 Music of late...  The Orielles play The Piece Hall, Halifax

In between bands it was a great time to catch up with friends, it was all good...

Next up, Leeds and Halifax locals, the Hookworms, an electro drum and bass rocking machine, that had the crowd rapt...

Followed closely by legendary muso, Edwyn Collins, with some great anthems...

And no, this was not posed, just a brief exchange of views!...

As the sun set on The Piece Hall, out strode Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman, an American who, in my ears is a cross between Al Stewart, The Eagles and the dark side of Nick Cave... you've got a very special musician here and no listening here... just a few of my favourite snaps from the evening...

It's fair to say, that was an awesome evening out and I'm looking forward to getting down for this year's next big gigs at http://www.thepiecehall.co.uk 

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Square Chapel Illuminations https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2018/12/square-chapel-illuminations Square Chapel IlluminationsFull length video of the Square Chapel Arts Centre Illuminations, celebrating their 30th anniversary in style, by bringing to life the new copper building with their story so far...

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) arts Calderdale commercial photographer dance halifax Illuminations projections Square Chapel UK video Yorkshire https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2018/12/square-chapel-illuminations Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:26:50 GMT
Hipsters Collide https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/7/hipsters-collide A photographic story of a man called Mike, this not-so-lonely lad, who is about to have his head and beard shaved off for charity, all of it! He chats to a man called Bruce about his inevitable loss off hair, so Bruce (that'll be me) decides to get some photography done, just a week before this amazing Jesus-looking character, changes forever... In steps the amazing Maddie, up for a bit of photo fun, we head on down to the walled garden and chaos ensues... 

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It's a true story... Mike gets his head and beard shaved soon, so go on click below and help these amazing charities

http://Justgiving.com/itsshavetime(Overgate)
http://Justgiving.com/itsshavetime2 (Yorkshire Air Ambulance)

Please like and share, like and share, like and share.... you know the routine!

Thanks Bruce

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Handmade Parade 2017 https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/6/handmadeparade2017 Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, photography by Bruce Fitzgerald @BFPIX

The 10th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade once again shows us what can be done when art and people, lots of people, come together.

This was the best parade ever, just perfect like last years and the many before it!

What luck it was, that I needed to pick up my daughter in Hebden Bridge, well timed for the parade really, so I grabbed my Canon 1DX and 70-200mm lens and off I went.

I'll let my pictures tell you the rest, what a fabulous day out... smiles, smiles smiles...

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Yep, that was pretty fantastic, it makes me want to get arty and join in next year, but I'll probably stick to the photography side of it and carry on capturing all these special moments! And next time I'm staying all day!

See more in the gallery here http://www.bfpix.co.uk/handmade2017

All Photography copyright Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2017

Give me a call if you if you have any queries, or need your next event covering.

07769 221151

Cheers

Bruce

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Handmade Hebden Bridge Yorkshire commercial festival parade photographer photography street photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/6/handmadeparade2017 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:25:32 GMT
Piece Hall and Square Chapel https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/6/piece-hall-and-square-chapel I've just had the privilege of going to visit the most amazing 18th century Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, on a quick tour with the Business for Calderdale group.

The Piece Hall has been closed for a few years now and is now nearing completion of the massive £19 million investment, into modernizing the interior of the stall/shops, stabilizing stone masonry, landscaping the forecourt and generally bringing it up to 21st century coolness, that it certainly will be!

There's been some great thought gone into improvements, with new entrances and extensions into the new Halifax Library, The Industrial Museum, extended areas for restaurants and bars and an entrance into the Georgian Square Chapel Arts Centre. 

We met in the new build extension to the Square Chapel, a stunning new cafe, bar, restaurant and theatre complex, complete with some pretty stunning new architecture, joined on to the old red-brick Square Chapel theatre. It's got the best new craft beers and some pretty scrumptious pizza on the go, I can only highly recommend it!

Anyway, here's a few shots from our visit...

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Halifax Piece Hall Yorkshire architecture business commercial photographer photography shopping https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/6/piece-hall-and-square-chapel Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:25:40 GMT
Return of the Kiwi https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/3/return-of-the-kiwi I've just returned from a trip to my homeland of New Zealand. it was mostly a time for catching up with family and friends, since my last visit, three years ago. I did manage to escape to what I really love, travel photography of the landscape, the trees, the birds, their song, the beaches and more! I'll spare you the family snaps for now. Here's some of my photography from the trip, of my first true love, the nature of New Zealand...

For you camera buffs, this was all captured on my Canon 5DmarkIII, 24-70mm 2.8, L series 70-200mm 2.8, manfrotto tripod, cable trigger release, with no filters or over-the-top Photoshopping...

The ferns are a plenty, with over 100 different types native to New Zealand...

Here is a stand of Punga tree ferns with a Manuka tree, renowned for it's honey..

Here's one of our native wood pigeon's, Kereru, in Maori. Known to fall out of trees after eating too many berries... 

The textures of the trees are pretty special...

As are the roads to cycle and drive on...

The Pohangina river was nice to paddle in and skim stones on...

Even the boat parking spots are special, right next to the flax and Pohutukawa tree...

This lovely quiet beach is on the Coromandel Peninsula, find it if you can...

The early morning walks are well rewarded...

They really really are...

An Oystercatcher and chick beach-combing...

Setting out on a boat for a spot of fishing, I thought this island would eat up the Loch Ness Monster, no worries mate...

This Pied Shag was quite happy waiting for us to throw our smaller fish back in. Though most got away, this Snapper had a bad day...

The name on the boat says it all, at our campsite on Long Bay, Coromandel... Happy Dayz...

The native bush walks are amazing. So many different ferns and palms...

As are the Toi Toi flowers and views over Otago Harbour, from Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula...

Volcanic rocks on the Otago coast, with Bull Kelp, waving around in crystal clear waters...

Down in Queenstown, the sun sets over the Remarkable Ranges, a backdrop for many scenes of Lord of the Rings...

And on the drive up through central South Island, the blue waters are just stunning...

A Totara tree and me, Pohangina Reserve, Palmerston North..

It's fair to say, Aotearoa, New Zealand, is a magical land, its strength and beauty is in my soul and always will be...

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2016 Year of the Bruce https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/2/2016-year-of-the-bruce A 12 Month Photo Blast from BFPix

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Halifax Hebden Bridge PR Yorkshire architecture autumn commercial landscape photographer photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2017/2/2016-year-of-the-bruce Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:17:02 GMT
Autumn Snow Wanderings https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/11/autumn-snow-wanderings A photographic journey with emphasis on composition, through the first snow of the season, showing off the scenery and typical Yorkshire architecture, in the beautiful Luddenden Dean, around Saltonstall and Jeruselum, in Calderdale, West Yorkshire

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Yorkshire architecture autumn cattle commercial compostion landscape photography sheep snow https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/11/autumn-snow-wanderings Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:03:45 GMT
An Autumn Adventure https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/10/an-autumn-adventure  Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have a clear diary, so when I saw through the morning darkness, a misty overcast morning, I headed down to the magical woodland of Hardcastle Crags, a National trust property in nearby, Hebden Bridge. It's a good thing to photograph in the woods when the bright sunlight isn't burning out all the lovely autumn colours.

So with my Canon EOS 5D mkIII, 24-70mm, 70-200mm lenses, tripod, cable release and flask of coffee, I was quite happy to arrive, the first car in the carpark.

I had a bit of fun along the way, so for a change, you might even spot me in these photos, for a few pro-selfies - having set the timer and run like mad into position, before stopping quickly for the long exposure to freeze-frame me. #proselfie

Anyways, onto the photography... I was well rewarded for my early arrival, when I saw this heron by the weir...

Heron on the weir, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

The waters here feel so calm and clear, at this slow pace, 15 seconds at f/22, ISO 100...   Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

The way these rocks and leaves sit so peacefully, as the water slides by...

Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

These old beech trees, rocks and paths make for a stunning time out..  Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

A tree and rock combo, I had to join with... 0.8 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100...

Bruce Fitzgerald, on autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

I didn't have my wellies on, so no getting into the middle of the stream today...  Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

There's something special about these powerful, colourful and mesmerizing woodlands... Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

I didn't spot any pixies, fairies or deer, so I jumped in again... 1.6 sec at f/13 ISO 100...

Bruce Fitzgerald, on autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

It always astounds me, these stepping stones stay where they are, given some of the torrential rains that fall here...

Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

Following the autumn tinged paths, the wind here provided an interesting look... Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

As the light rain started to fall, this was the closest I got to the historic Gibson Mill, since I had my own coffee! Now thinking about it, I should have gone in for cake and warmth... Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

These people heading for the mill, had more sense than me... Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

It's a dog-walkers paradise here, I just love the expression on the boxer's face... Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

Strike a pose, there's nothing to it... zooming in on this 20MB file, the laughter on the child's face is priceless... Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

These beech leaves were just dancing in the wind, with the strength of the old trees holding firm...  Autumn woodland walk, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

Performing a little bit of magic, I had to stand still, in the wind, for two seconds and nearly managed it... Autumn woodland magic, Calderdale, West Yorkshire

So that was a pretty amazing morning, autumn is here for now, I highly recommend getting out there and doing it, this certainly was a good tonic for me.

A special thanks to the National Trust at Hardcastle Crags.

If you wish to see more of what I do, check out my portfolio and events galleries, view more blogs... and get in touch!

Cheers

Bruce 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Commercial Photographer Hardcastle Crags Hebden Bridge National Trust Yorkshire autumn day off photography walking https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/10/an-autumn-adventure Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:17:00 GMT
The Dingle, Shrewsbury https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/9/the-dingle-shrewsbury Early one morning, on a recent visit to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, I grabbed my camera and headed down to photograph this wonderful little garden, a former quarry, known affectionately as 'The Dingle'. I must have been first through the gates at it's 8 am opening time, so the light was still nice and it was lovely and peaceful!

It was around the time of the Shrewsbury Flower Show, so the displays were looking at their best and the crowds were sure to follow... good show!

My camera gear included the Canon 5D MKIII, 24-70mm, 70-200mm L II, 1.4 x converter, cable release and Manfrotto tripod.

Maple and FountainAt The Dingle gardens, Shrewsbury Monkey in a Tree

Flax and the Statue Happy FamilyDuck and ducklings on the pond Ducklings Watering ManGardener waters flowering plants at The Dingle, Shrewsbury Couple in Garden This is how you do it It's fair to say, this is a pretty special place and since I love being outside,  it was a perfect morning for me, thanks to the Shrewsbury Town Council and all the garden staff!

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Dingle Shrewsbury Shropshire ducklings flowers fountain garden landscape nature photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/9/the-dingle-shrewsbury Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:28:08 GMT
Handmade Parade 2016 https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/6/handmade-parade-2016 Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016 On a rare weekend off work, I had the chance to take my kids along to the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade yesterday. Of course I couldn't help taking along my faithful Canon 5d mkIII camera and the 24-70mm lens. We caught the parade just in time to see it arrive at Calder Holmes Park, I wish we could have stayed all day...

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016

I've been to this festival a few times before, every year this celebration of art, fun and culture, never ceases to amaze me, it's grown bigger and better year-on-year. This year alone, there were around 1000 participants...

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016

Cobbled together over just a few weeks of workshops, the brainchild of puppeteer Andrew Kim, is one of the greatest gifts to the art-world in recent times...

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016

 The talented artists that come together to help create this event, will have an everlasting effect on the art abilities of all those taking part, let-alone the thousands that flock to see the parade.

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016

From the beating of drums to the colour, the fun and laughter, this parade defies all worries of floods and political upheavals.

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade Samba 2016

 

It's about the people and art, it's in my book, probably the best festival of it's type in the world! Thank you all at the Handmade Parade, the sun will always shine on Hebden Bridge!

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2016   To see more photos, go to the Handmade Parade in my events galleries, or click http://www.bfpix.co.uk/handmade

Cheers

Bruce

 

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Hebden Bridge Yorkshire art culture festival parade photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/6/handmade-parade-2016 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:33:07 GMT
The Real Happy Valley - my view of it anyway https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/3/the-real-happy-valley---my-view-of-it-anyway Whilst I am really enjoying - and admittedly sometimes fretting - watching the BBC TV series Happy Valley, I have been a bit concerned, about the viewing public's impression of our place, Calderdale, Yorkshire. I really like Happy Valley, the creator Sally Wainwright and the Red Production team, have done a great job with the story-line and shooting the series. The cast are played out by Sarah Lancashire, James Norton and other superb co-actors. The characters are gritty, real, mad, crazy, nice, fun and often spooky.

The thing is, these sorts of dark scenes, with the good, the bad and the ugly, the really nasty criminals, can be found anywhere in the world. It just so happens Happy Valley is filmed in our quirky, yet beautiful part of Yorkshire.

I just wanted to show with my photography, what it can be like around here, from the beautiful landscapes to it's people, on the bright side... 

Autumn's on the way with this picture of the day possibilty of a Hebden Bridge Terrace

Some of the terraced dwellings here in Hebden Bridge...

Hebden BridgeTerraced buildings

 Sowerby Bridge Wharf, on the Calder & Hebble canal, with the Wainhouse Tower on the hill...

Autumn in Calderdale

 Just down the Ryburn Valley is the Old Bridge Inn and St Bartholmews, Ripponden...

and looking up the valley towards Greetland and Elland...

There are plenty of us normal folks around here, doing festivals and other odd things... Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2015 These shots are from the Handmade Parade in Hebden Bridge...

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade 2015

 

There is a dark side to the local's behaviour, like here at the Todmorden mid-winter swim...

Todmorden Swimming Club's New Year Swim at Lee Dam, Lumbutts, Todmorden

And the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival...

It's fair to say, some of the locals around here are a little cranky, in Cragg Vale...

There are some of us that work really hard...

Cyclist on the Tour de France route, above Hebden Bridge, Calderdale others just like to sit back and enjoy the ride...

Motor Bike Calderdale

Some are always in a rush...

Midgley Fete at Recreation Ground, Midgley
Pictured are actions from the hay bale races

and others will just watch their step, at the National Trust property Gibson Mill, at Hardcasle Crags...

Whether you are into the spring colours of the bluebells at Hardcastle Crags...

Or heather on the moors...

Heather on Norland Moor, Halifax, Yorkshire

Stomping around at the Bridestones...

Or moon-rises, if that's what you like...

We've got lots of friendly police officers...

Open Day at Halifax Police Station, Richmond Close and lots of great places to enjoy and discover....

The question is, are you brave enough to come and explore the Real Happy Valley, in Calderdale, Yorkshire, England.

If you enjoyed this blog, you may want to see a previous blog of mine, 101 Reasons to Live, Work and Love Calderdale http://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/10/101-reasons-to-live-work-and-love-calderdale

Contact me here http://www.bfpix.co.uk/contact.html

Bruce

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Halifax Happy Valley Hebden Bridge Photography Red Productions Sally Wainwright Sowerby Bridge tourism photography Yorkshire https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/3/the-real-happy-valley---my-view-of-it-anyway Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:33:51 GMT
Panoramas of Calderdale https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/2/panoramas-of-calderdale A light dusting of snow overnight tempted me to get out and about, to photograph some of the beautiful scenes around Luddenden Dean, in Calderdale, this morning.

The starting point had to be Atlas Mills, Luddenden, just because it's a beautiful old mill, in a magical valley, which is now converted into apartments...

Atlas Mills, Luddenden, Calderdale and from a higher viewpoint, with Stoodley Pike in the background...

Atlas Mills, with Stoodley Pike, Luddenden, Calderdale

a steep lane leads up to these cottages above the mill...

Luddenden Dean

and just below the mill is part of the village of Luddenden, with the lush green hills of the Calder Valley...

Luddenden, Calderdale

Looking up the valley is the terraced settlement, Booth, with Luddenden Dean beyond...

Booth, Luddenden Dean, Halifax, Calderdale

I just loved this wee cottage perched on the hillside...

Luddenden Dean, near Castle Carr, Wainstalls, Halifax

and further into the valley, this disused frame seemed to blend into the curves of the dry stone walls... Luddenden Dean, near Castle Carr, Wainstalls, Halifax

the old tree and the wall, lead the eye into this panorama of a farmhouse near Castle Carr...

Luddenden Dean, near Castle Carr, Wainstalls, Halifax

I just thought I'd share with you, the wonderful morning I have had and it goes without saying, but I feel I must, these pictures would look at their best, enlarged and up on a wall, not on a smart-phone! 

Please contact me if you have any photography enquiries?

Bruce

  

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Hebden Bridge Yorkshire panorama photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/2/panoramas-of-calderdale Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:09:59 GMT
Looking up https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/1/looking-up I had time to go for a couple of walks around Halifax last week, actually for the first time in a while, the sun was shining, so I thought I must!

Starting out from Shaw Lodge Mills... Shaw Lodge MillsShaw Lodge Mills, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture in the winter sun.

The winter sun was very low and it provided me with some fantastic light. It did result in me photographing looking upwards a lot, due to shadows on the lower parts of the buildings, but it was well worth it as you will see. The aim was to capture some of the architecture and  great spaces that are abundant in this old town, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

This tower block, though not so classic in design, combined with the trees, made for an interesting abstract piece...

Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture, in the winter sun.

The tower above the old Heath School, with the crescent moon... Heath tower, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture

   Halifax old Royal Infirmary Halifax Old Royal Infirmary, Free School Lane, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture in the winter sun.   from a different angle...

Halifax Old Royal Infirmary, Free School Lane, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture in the winter sun.

St Jude's church and monument, Savile Park

St Judes, Savile Park, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture in the winter sun.

  and Joseph Crossley Almshouses through the gate...

Joseph Crossley Almshouses, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture

  The following morning... A dog walker on Savile Park Moor, with Crossley Heath School and the Wainhouse Tower...

Dog walker on Savile Park Moor, with Crossley Heath Academy and Wainhouse Tower, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture in the winter sun.

  and a close-up of Wainhouse Tower, looking as majestic as ever...

Wainhouse Tower, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture

  North Bridge and Dean Clough Mills...

Old Bridge, with Dean Clough, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture in the winter sun.

The old chiminies at Dean Clough...

Dean Clough, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture in the winter sun.

  You can't get lost in Halifax...

Halifax town, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture

  Here's a few of the towers capping the Victoria Theatre...

Victoria Theatre, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture

  and the beautiful ornate features of Somerset House, a birds eye view...

Somerset House, Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture

  and flying the flag for England, is the Halifax Minster, formally the Halifax Parish Church...

Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, architecture

  These pictures are all the result of one afternoon and a morning walk, when the sun was shining last week, remember it?? 

  The sun came and went fast but while it's out, we make hay and enjoy the views, not forgetting to look up sometimes... 

 

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Halifax Yorkshire architecture commercial photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/1/looking-up Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:55:35 GMT
A Time for Helping https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/1/a-time-for-helping Having worked all weekend, I was going to spend my Monday in the garden pottering around, this is until I saw a call out on Twitter, from my friend Chrissie the owner and milliner at Hat Therapy, Hebden Bridge.

Chrissie's shop in Market Street, was flooded on Boxing day. Fortunately most of her stock was saved. She has now managed to re-open the part of the shop that wasn't flooded - through the rear door - go and ring the bell, and say hi;-) She will also, as always, do tailored fittings for new and unique items.

Chrissie felt she needed to update her website quickly, as she also needs to reach out for sales via the internet to make up for the lack of footfall in the town. Having been through such a huge upheaval with the clear-up and set-up of her new micro shop, Chrissie had misplaced her camera charger, so put a call out on twitter, this where I came in... 

I ended up spending an enjoyable afternoon with Chrissie, Stephen, Pip(her new rescue dog) and Alice.  I took over the photography side of it all, out in the back courtyard, while Chrissie kept coming out with more and more beautifully created hats, neck-warmers and even a handbag made from soft glove leather! Stephen supplied the bacon, beetroot and rocket butties (don't knock it till you try it), while Pip yapped about and Alice turned IT assistant!

Having downloaded and edited the photos on location, for them to be uploaded onto the website soon at www.hattherapy.co.uk I left feeling great for helping out someone in need, with the surprise promise of a new hand-tailored flat-cap soon!

What can you do to help, here are a few options... go to Hebden Bridge and see what is open, SHOP there!... find flood affected businesses... offer Free IT support, free social media promotion... or like many local businesses, Chrissie has set up a crowdfunding account to help with the rebuild of her store https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/hat-therapy-hebden-bridge and go to the Community Foundation For Calderdale flood relief Facebook page.

Good luck to rebuilding your businesses, homes and livelihoods, good folk of Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley.

If anybody else needs help, just call....

 

 

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Hat Hebden Bridge Milliner Photography Yorkshire beret commercial handmade neck wrap https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/1/a-time-for-helping Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:57:35 GMT
Mummers 2016 https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/1/mummers-2016 An amazing evening of traditional theatre, fireworks, singing and music. Sweeping Out The Old New Year and Bringing the New Year in 2016. 

With performances by the Merry Old Actors of Ryburn Three Step and a cast of many, at The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden.

Mummers 2016An evening of traditional theatre, music and song, Sweeping Out the old New Year and Bringing the New Year in, at the Old Bridge inn, Ripponden 2016

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Folk Ripponden St George Yorkshire mummers music play sword video https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2016/1/mummers-2016 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 17:48:34 GMT
Capturing Calderdale College https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/11/capturing-calderdale-college I have worked with Calderdale College for a number of years, providing photography for all their promotional purposes. I have a great relationship with the marketing team at the college, and we’ve always worked in conjunction to ensure all photography projects fit with the college’s current marketing strategy and their ethos.

Recently, I had the pleasure of documenting the 2015 Graduation ceremony held in Halifax town centre. It was brilliant to capture the students’ celebrating their academic achievements and I received great feedback from the college regarding my work.

Louise Turner, Graphic Designer at Calderdale College commented “The photos are excellent ! Well done… everyone who has had a look has said how good they are. Thanks very much for taking them for us!”

Here are a few photographs of my previous work, and of course, the Graduation ceremony. 

Calderdale College Graduation 2015 HE Performing Arts Workshop, Calderdale College PGCE teacher training, Inspire Centre, Calderdale College Calderdale College Graduation 2015

 

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Halifax Photography Yorkshire commercial photographer https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/11/capturing-calderdale-college Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:09:47 GMT
Taking you on a trip around Harveys, Halifax https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/11/taking-you-on-a-trip-around-harveys-halifax Harveys department store in Halifax recently contacted me with a request. They wanted to capture their contemporary concessions yet restore their original brand. For those of you that don’t know, Harveys is a long establish, family run department store, founded in 1920’s. The store has recently undergone renovation and expansion but all the architecture has been retained. Harveys now shines as a fine unspoilt, Victorian building! Here's a little trip around the store!

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Halifax Photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/11/taking-you-on-a-trip-around-harveys-halifax Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:24:28 GMT
101 REASONS TO LIVE, WORK AND LOVE CALDERDALE! https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/10/101-reasons-to-live-work-and-love-calderdale Calderdale is a little known region, one that I've had the great fortune to live, work in, as press photographer and now PR and Commercial photographer. It's been an amazing place to be, since leaving my native New Zealand 10 years ago.

Hardly a day goes by when people say I must be crazy living on this side of the world, but I'm sure if you take a look through my landscape, press and events photography, you'll agree, it's not bad at all!

For the those of you who don't know, it's hidden away between Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield.

View over Heptonstall and Stoodley PikeView over Heptonstall and Stoodley PikeView over Wadsworth War Memorial, Hebden Bridge, with Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike

It's at the heart of the Pennines, with Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge and many, quaint towns and villages dotted in between...

It includes the National Trust site, Hardcastle Crags, with it's original stepping stones...

Stepping stones, Hardcastle CragsStepping stones, Hardcastle Crags

it's full of plenty of great characters, like these at this year's Norland Scarecrow Festival...

Norland Scarecrow FestivalNorland Scarecrow FestivalNorland Scarecrow Festival

 

there's plenty of tranquil waterways in hidden valleys...

Fiddle Wood, Mill BankFiddle Wood, Mill BankAn autumn ramble through Fiddle Wood, Mill Bank, Calderdale

and lots of great open spaces, like here at Lumbutts...

Lumbutts, TodmordenLumbutts, Todmorden

There's one the best small villages in Yorkshire, Mill Bank, according to Yorkshire in Bloom, gold award winners x 4, it's a bit steep though!

 

Mill Bank conservation villageMill Bank conservation village

 All over the region, there are plenty of modern work-places created out of historic mills, like here at Dean Clough, Halifax...

Dean Clough Mills, HalifaxDean Clough Mills, HalifaxStaff from various businesses enjoying the lunchtime sunshine at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax

 and the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre...

Limehouse, Elsie Whiteley Innovation CentreLimehouse, Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre    there are world class manufacturers, like Millers Oils...

Miller's Oils, BrighouseMiller's Oils, BrighouseOfficial opening celebrations of the Research and Development Centre at Millers Oils, Brighouse.Pictured - Tony Green - senior engineer for Astin Martin, with Cliff Whitwell from Millers Oils

and Decorative Panels in Elland...

Decorative Panels, Lowfields, EllandDecorative Panels, Lowfields, EllandOfficial opening of Decorative Panels, Lowfields Way, Lowfield Business Park, Elland

 The best part of it all, are the after work and school escapes...

Blackshaw Edge summer festivalBlackshaw Edge summer festivalPeace Artists entertaining at the annual Blackshaw Head fete.  From the festivals to the games... Rugby Yorkshire StyleRugby Yorkshire StyleAction from the game between, Halifax RUFC and Moseley  there's a whole lot of scoring going on...

Rugby Union at Old Brodliens, HipperholmeRugby Union at Old Brodliens, HipperholmeActions from the game Old Brodliens Colts v Sheffield at Woodhead, Hipperholme
Pictured for Brods is try for Jonny Lodge
 a bit of splashing to be done, kayaking in the Calder river, Sowerby Bridge...

Kayaking National Championships, Calder River, Sowerby BridgeKayaking National Championships, Calder River, Sowerby BridgeActions from the Halifax Canoe Club Slalom Competition, Greenups Mill, Calder River, Sowerby Bridge.
Pictured is Darren Cresser

some jumping with Fax RL...

Fax Rugby LeagueFax Rugby LeagueActions from the game Fax RL v Batley at the Shay, Halifax
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and cricketing moments...

The good and bad of Yorkshire CricketThe good and bad of Yorkshire Cricket

 whether you like agriculture...

Halifax Agricultural ShowHalifax Agricultural ShowIt's all about the footwork at Halifax Agricultural Show 2012, Savile Park

 a bit of folky fun at the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival...

Rushbearing Festival, Sowerby BridgeRushbearing Festival, Sowerby BridgeSowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival

 or just sitting on a fence...

Boys on the gate, Tour de Yorkshire 2014Boys on the gate, Tour de Yorkshire 2014The Tour de Yorkshire travels through Ripponden in Calderdale   watching great spectacles, like the Tour de Yorkshire...

Team Sky, Tour de Yorkshire, The Fleece, Ripponden, 2014Team Sky, Tour de Yorkshire, The Fleece, Ripponden, 2014

 or seeing special places like Castle Carr fountains...

Castle Carr FountainCastle Carr FountainRotary club of Halifax arranged rare opportunity to view the old gravity fed Castle Carr Fountain, on the estate near Wainstalls, Halifax

 Doing the cruise thing, with a canal boat ride...

Shire Cruises, on the canal, Sowerby BridgeShire Cruises, on the canal, Sowerby Bridge

Or checking out the fashions at one of the few remaining family run department stores in the UK, Harvey's of Halifax...

Fashion shows at Harvey's of HalifaxFashion shows at Harvey's of Halifax60th anniversary celebrations at Harveys department store, Halifax.
Pictured are models on the catwalk

 and eating in some of the best restaurants in Yorkshire, like here at Gimbals, Sowerby Bridge...

Fine dining at Gimbals restaurant, Sowerby BridgeFine dining at Gimbals restaurant, Sowerby BridgeFeature of Gimbals Restaurant, Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, for competition with I Love Sowerby Bridge.
Pictured is food from the new menu, St Clements posett with rose scented stewed rhubarb and an orange florentine

 You've got to admit, it's a Pretty Gritty place to be, just don't tell everyone!

Sunset walks, near RippondenSunset walks, near Ripponden

 

 To see all 101 photographs (don't count them, because I haven't), go to http://www.bfpix.co.uk/calder "Best of Calderdale" gallery... and follow me on twitter @bfpix for more.

                                                    All photography copyright Bruce Fitzgerald 2015.

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) calderdale commercial photographer editorial photographer halifax hebden bridge photography pr pretty gritty sowerby bridge tourism yorkshire https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/10/101-reasons-to-live-work-and-love-calderdale Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:02:10 GMT
4 REASONS TO CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR BUSINESS https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/10/4-reasons-to-choose-a-professional-photographer-for-your-business Bubble and SqueakBubble and Squeak AN INVESTMENT IN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY MEANS AN INVESTMENT IN VALUE, ARTISTRY AND QUALITY THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

Commercial photographs can be used in so many ways to represent a business, especially in this digital era. Such uses include, websites, blogs, PR, social media, online/offline advertising and print.

When considering marketing your company, often the reasons for choosing a professional photographer can be misunderstood or simply forgotten about. We reflect on some of the main benefits of choosing a quality, professional photographer to capture images for your business.

Here are some of the benefits:

  1. Improving the message of your product/service New product, Coca Cola Life, pictured at Coca Cola Enterprises, Wakefield

Professional commercial photographers have the vision to create impact images that will dynamically improve the message of your business. Sometimes with images, products can be misperceived; it is valuable for the photographer to show your product or service in the right light.

  1. Demonstrate quality

It is important for any imagery to demonstrate quality. The professional photographer will capture the image of a product/service in such a way that best displays the detail. 

  1. Create a desire to purchase your products/service

The photographer’s experience and creativity will ensure that your company will have eye-catching imagery that will give your target audience the desire to purchase your merchandise

  1. Stand out from your competitors

The quality and the way that your business is presented within the imagery will stand out over and above your competitors

So what’s next?

You’ve read the benefits, you agree that they would suit your business, what to do now? The next step is to choose a quality, professional photographer to create these images.

Bruce Fitzgerald Photography is a fine example of a quality, professional photographer. Having 10 years’ commercial photography experience under my belt, I can guarantee quality and creativity. The most important aspect of my work is, understanding my clients and how they want an image to be perceived. I have worked with some internationally recognized brands including Aviva, Coca Cola, and some more local names such as the Halifax Courier, Huddersfield Examiner and many more.

Feel free to browse though my work and please get in touch if you have any more questions.

 

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Claire Murray DesignClaire Murray Design    Feature of Gimbals Restaurant, Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, for competition with I Love Sowerby Bridge.
Pictured is food from the new menu, St Clements posett with rose scented stewed rhubarb and an orange florentine
The Bridge, Bar Brasserie, Brewery, Holmbridge.

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/10/4-reasons-to-choose-a-professional-photographer-for-your-business Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:09:58 GMT
Another Royal adds to photographer’s collection https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/10/another-royal-adds-to-photographer-s-collection Prince Edward visit to the Orangebox youth centre, Halifax I took one step closer to my Royal photograph collection last month at the Orangebox Royal visit.

 

As you may be aware, I am a well-known photographer in the Calderdale area and I am regularly commissioned by newspapers, PR and marketing agencies for my photography work. But last month’s event took me one step closer to achieving a personal goal. I was appointed by Orangebox director, Emily Pearson to photograph the visit of Prince Edward.

 

Prince Edward visited Orangebox, a £3.9 million state-of-the-art young people’s centre in Halifax on the 9th September. He arrived by helicopter and was spent the afternoon being given a tour of the facilities at the award-winning Centre.

 

I spent the afternoon capturing images of the Prince and other guests; The Prince was pleasant and interesting. He came across well and I even asked him, via the director, if he would like a go skateboarding!

 

Emily Pearson, Director of Orangebox commented “We had a wonderful afternoon with Prince Edward and it’s a real honour to have him visit us.”

 

As a result of the event, I almost have a ‘full set’ of The Royal Family, having previously photographed Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Princess Beatrice. 

The collection of photography can be found in my Events gallery, Prince Edward @ Orangebox

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Photography Prince Edward halifax royal photographer https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/10/another-royal-adds-to-photographer-s-collection Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:19:40 GMT
A Piece of Cake - my first year out post redundancy https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/4/first-year-post-redundancy The amazing journey I've been on since going freelance, just a year after taking redundancy as press photographer at the local paper, it's seriously had it's ups and downs. Working from home, for yourself - and family of course, motivation, marketing, customer and IT issues. There has been loads of entertainment to contend with, let alone getting out there and doing some photography - most preferably paid! 

It's all best shown with some photography, I will explain more as I go... Starting out with a refreshing break in Scotland, fishing in the tarns on the West Coast certainly helps. Coca Cola LifeCoca Cola LifeNew product, Coca Cola Life, pictured at Coca Cola Enterprises, Wakefield

A call from Blue Rubicon, the advertising agents for Coca Cola, got me in to help launch their new 'life' product, and yes it's supposed to be green! Elsie Whiteley Innovation CentreElsie Whiteley Innovation Centre An interiors shoot at the amazing mill conversion, at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Halifax. Pictured here, Lee 'Mr Social Snowflake' Kenny, walks through the atrium - which was previously outdoors.

FarmfestFarmfestGreat local music festival for NSPCC in Wheatley, Halifax This shot from Farmfest 2014, one of my most popular events galleries, could well be an advert for doing 'selfies' with a friend!

Capturing the Brownlee brothers winning gold and silver during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, was pretty special, as was freeze-framing the drinking method!

And then there was the cafe culture in the beautiful city of Glasgow 2014, not the Med as it seems!

Cyclist on the Tour de France route, above Hebden Bridge, Calderdale

In preparation for the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, I spent time capturing the beautiful scenes of Calderdale, with the odd cyclist thrown in for good measure, check out the Tour de Calderdale gallery.

Tour de Yorkshire 2014Tour de Yorkshire 2014The Tour de Yorkshire travels through Ripponden in Calderdale

When the Tour de France did arrive, the atmosphere was incredible, What a cracking day!

Food photographs from the kitchen of chef Matthew Benson-Smith

 

Food photography with among others, consultant chef Matthew Benson-Smith, definitely served up some tasty treats!

 

Business for Calderdale event at the Orangebox, Halifax A look inside the OrangeBox, Halifax, with the Community Foundation for Calderdale. Another very cool building!

Website photography for Jermyn Consulting, Huddersfield, adding that personal touch to their company profile. Claire Murray DesignClaire Murray Design

And a lovely day spent with wallpaper and interior designer Claire Murray. beep beep!

Shrewsbury Train StationShrewsbury Train Station

Loved the architecture at Shrewsbury Train Station,

Leeds Recycling and Energy CentreLeeds Recycling and Energy Centre

 and I got up close as Clugston Construction pieced together the giant arches of the new Leeds Recycling Plant

I thrived on the actions and entertainment at the Great Yorkshire Show,

Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2014   and captured this moment from the Royal Dartmouth Regatta - a favourite of the Royal Navy lads on twitter,

The Charity Dreamgirls, Beatles afternoon tea, raising funds for Simon on the Streets, at Holdsworth House, Halifax  and had tea with celebrities at Kate Hardcastle's Dreamgirls charity fundraiser.

An autumn ramble through Fiddle Wood, Mill Bank, Calderdale   Thinking of wallpaper designs, an autumn coloured creation, found on my rambles...

  and then cycled the snowy Pennine Way, a chilly and beautiful adventure! This image is shaped for magazine use.

It's fair to say, I'm back onto my lifetime dream of being a creative photographer again. Since coming from the landscapes and wildlife photography in New Zealand, to the press photography hotbox of the UK,  now I'm out on my own again, I'm loving it!

Take a look through some of my galleries if you have the time and you'll see what I mean.  It's a piece of cake... 

 

 

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Calderdale Commonwealth Games Cycling France Glasgow Interiors PR Tour Yorkshire cake commercial construction de photography tourism https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/4/first-year-post-redundancy Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:28:20 GMT
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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2015/1/best-of-glasgow-2014 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:59:22 GMT
Is Your Business Image Right? https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/11/is-your-business-image-right Are you using photographs taken on a mobile phone or tablet, to promote your business or event, well I suggest you think about the future?

Have you tweeted blurry/dark/hard-to-make-out-whoever-it-is, pictures of your conference or event, the same event you've spent 6 months or more planning and shelled out thousands of pounds for? You probably want to promote that same event for the following year?

While you're here, have you recently had a good look at the images on your website, or better still, have you had a skilled PR representative, critique the images?

Chances are, you may be missing a trick. By advertising with either poor quality, or rather generic images, available from any old picture library, your customers may well be put off at first look.

Quality, personalized images on your website, of your company, your people and your products, that's really want people want to see.

Think about hiring a professional photographer, to ensure you are recording your business or event, in the best possible light. It's an investment for the future.

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Conference PR Professional commercial photographer skilled https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/11/is-your-business-image-right Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:19:33 GMT
Apprentice You're Hired https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/10/apprentice-youre-hired A collection of images from the Community Foundation for Calderdale event, combined with the apprentice career expo at Calderdale College, Halifax. The conference highlighted the need for greater understanding between the needs of young people and that of business owners and the government, within the Calderdale area and in national communities. A fascinating day, hosted by BBC's Clare Frisby, with guest speaker Ashleigh Porter-Exley, winner of BBC's Young Apprentice 2012

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Apprentice Calderdale Halifax business conference government youth https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/10/apprentice-youre-hired Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:29:14 GMT
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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Landscape Mill Bank Photography Yorkshire blue sky dry stone walls https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/10/a-wander-around-mill-bank Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:52:05 GMT
Glasgow 2014 https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/7/glasgow-2014 As I arrived in Glasgow on the eve of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, with beautiful sunlight streaming through the trees around home base for the next week or so, I knew this was going to be an amazing time. With no tickets for the games themselves, this is going to be a straight-up photo documentary of Glasgow, during one of the biggest festivals ever to be held in the city. Life on the street with plenty of action to boot, as I set out on my bike across the city, I will endeavour to keep you posted on the web, my view of the games, from the street.

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow Sunset photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/7/glasgow-2014 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:28:17 GMT
Tour de Yorkshire 2014 https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/7/tour-de-yorkshire-2014 Tour de Yorkshire 2014Tour de Yorkshire 2014The Tour de Yorkshire travels through Ripponden in Calderdale

 

My view on how the Tour de Yorkshire stage 2, progressed on Ripponden Bank, near Barkisland. I loved capturing the great vibes all around that great French race that came to my corner of Yorkshire! Have a look at the gallery...

 

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Barkisland Cyclist Ripponden Tour Yorkshire de photography https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/7/tour-de-yorkshire-2014 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:48:40 GMT
A Tour of Beauty https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/5/a-tour-of-beauty Cyclists near Peckett Well, Hebden Bridge When the Tour de France announced it was coming to Yorkshire, there was a sense of what would such a race  do for the likes of us here in this quiet corner up North? Straight away the local papers jumped on the band wagon, pushing every little angle on offer, and I guess that's helped. Now with the tour only seven weeks away, the momentum is building, most locals are getting right into le spirit of the occasion. You can hardly go near any village shop, street or pub without seeing a yellow bike proudly on display, the bike that says we're positively excited, what a heck of a party it's going to be!

Now I've been out getting into the spirit of the Tour de Yorkshire, walking the track le Tour will follow, and it's plain to see, these cyclists are going to be well impressed with the scenery. They'll probably love it so much, the race will pause as the lads roll out their picnic blankets, grab out the baguettes, fromage and the vin rouge, lean up against an old dry stone wall and soak up a bit of Yorkshire beauty, it just has to be done!

Since I've been out photographing cyclists on the trail, I really wanted to capture the beauty that surrounds us and a cyclist or two amongst it. It struck me again, A, how bloody lovely it is around here, and B, how bloody fast those cyclists can move!

I suggest in early July, when the le Tour comes through your slice of heaven, that is Yorkshire, grab out that picnic rug with all the French trimmings and dressings, enjoy the party like it was meant to be done, and hope that the cyclists will be ready for a break near you. The likely hood is, that most of us will see a yellow blur as le paleton races through, though luckily, they say the entourage of support vehicles and press etc. lasts for a good three hours and can be quite entertaining in itself. So backs up against those old stone walls, with your baguettes at the ready, raise your glasses, and show the World how them Yorkshire folk can "have great time, in great place!"

By the way, there are plenty of Tour and other pictures in the galleries. Bruce

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) baguettes beauty cycle cyclist dry stone wall entourage photographs photography Tour de France Tour de Yorkshire vin rouge yellow bike Yorkshire https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/5/a-tour-of-beauty Tue, 20 May 2014 09:35:56 GMT
Finding myself again - on Loch Melfort, Scotland https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/4/finding-myself-again---with-the-canon-5d-mkiii-and-tripod As part of my new found freedom, having finished up at the local newspaper, I went on our annual Easter family trip to the west coast of Scotland. Having hardly got my tripod out the cupboard for the best part of five years, due in parts to procrastination, having a young family and still getting my head around the fact I'm not living in the paradise of New Zealand any more, off we went! I managed to convince the kids they didn't need all their stuff, so I had more room in the car for all my camera gear! Actually not that much gear, it all fits in a small bag - my new 5D mkIII, cable release, 24mm, 35 - 80mm and 70 - 200mm lenses and my trusty old manfrotto tripod.

Now I shall be completely honest about this, landscape photography can be one of the most anti-social jobs of all. I prefer to be out in the best light, dawn and dusk. Dusk being the best time to enjoy a nice dinner, bottles of wine and a wee dram of whiskey and of course, dawn is that much harder to get up for, after such nice evenings. As it was, my body clock said get up early; I did and I was justly rewarded. With my thermos of coffee in the bag and gloves, to hold onto the tripod in the frost, I traipsed out onto the beautiful wee peninsula just a short walk from the house on Loch Melfort.

The camera was a joy to use, always using the mirror lock-up function, opening up the aperture to f32 - where possible. The resulting colour and depth in the images, I'll let you be the judge of. I captured the images in raw and small jpeg, these images shown are just the jpegs. Now back to the good part, the birds singing, the water lapping, the light - oh the light, the textures, the wiry old trees, balancing the tripod on slippery rocks and all, it just felt great!

A few things that could have worked out better, the moment when the sea otter popped it's head up feeding - I had my fishing rod in my hands at the time - it was fortunately not feeding on my bait, though the camera was sitting, painfully, five feet away! Then there was the time the deer turned up right behind me, I had the camera with wide angled lens, on mirror lock-up, on tripod and facing the wrong direction! I guess some things are best remembered aye? Then again I might have to do me some more of that wildlife photography, any thoughts?

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Scotland, Argyle, Loch, scotch pine, native trees, reflections, serenity canon 5d mkIII, manfrotto https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/4/finding-myself-again---with-the-canon-5d-mkiii-and-tripod Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:55:44 GMT
Natural Images for Creative Thinkers https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/3/natural-images-for-creative-thinkers What's a picture worth? For me, it's all about looking down the viewfinder and thinking, is there a story to tell here, am I looking at something amazing that I'd like to show the world? Questions of, will the viewer smile, laugh or cry, will it give them that warm fuzzy feeling I had inside when framing the picture. Emotion is the trigger that tells you when you see something special, how great life can be, how interesting a moment is that needs to be captured, or forgotten as the moment passes. A little deep I know but people need to realise that a quality photo, can really hit home, it will be remembered and thought about again and again. Image is everything, in business, at home, in life. Take a GOOD look though my website www.bfpix.co.uk, and think, could my business, or life, be improved with great pictures? B.

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(Bruce Fitzgerald Photography 2021) Sunset watchers was a photograph taken when I was out on Elm Wildlife Tours, Dunedin https://www.bfpix.co.uk/blog/2014/3/natural-images-for-creative-thinkers Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:00:00 GMT