Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A Couple of Interesting Place to Eat and Drink

One of the things I enjoy doing in life is visiting unusual hospitality places - restaurants, pub, cafes, tea rooms etc. Not only am I a gourmet and a big fan of good wine and coffee, but these places also offer different photo opportunities. I don't take my camera out here as I am a shy photographer, I just take photos with my mobile phone which I feel is less intrusive than a camera. It also handles low light scenes pretty well anyway, and is quick to use.


A lovely cafe situated in an old court in Otley, full of vintage and antique decorative objects giving it a lot of charm and character. It serves delicious home made food. It is very busy and usually it is hard to get a table, but yesterday I was lucky and it was the fourth time I tried!


This is a concert venue with a rock & roll spirit present throughout the building. I got to know about it through a blog I like to read, little birdie, and it is only around the corner from where I work so it was a must to visit. I was particularly interested in its unusual feature, the roof garden, and was pleased it was open even though it was very cold. As the photos show it is an amazing place and it must be delightful in summer. The canteen only has pizza and burgers on the menu but the burger was to die for!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Otley Bridge

It was a bitingly cold but sunny winter day at my favourite Otley. I decided it was too cold to be taking a lot of photos and spent most of my time looking around the shops. I paid a quick visit to the Wharfe Meadow Park and watched people feeding swans while I ate my lunch. The sunlight on the bridge arches and its reflections in the water were very attractive so I took a few shots. When I imported the pics onto my computer I was pleased to see that the light in shady areas was blue providing a nice colour contrast in the image. Composition-wise I liked best a shot that did not contain the figure of a woman in a red jacket. However I was keen on using the figure because the red was going to add another striking colour so I made a layer of it in Photoshop and merged it with my desired shot. I added textures and a bird brush, and also some radial blur to create dreaminess and draw the attention to the woman enjoying the view from the bridge.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Winter in Yorkshire

This is a typical English lower ground winter scene - no snow, and still quite a bit of colour around, especially in the grass. As someone on Flickr commented, but for the bare tree branches you would hardly know it is winter. I liked the little winding path with a stream next to it leading the eye towards the house, and I also liked the wooden fence posts. What I did not like and what nearly made me discard the image was the poor winter light making the scene look grey and drab. I knew I had to do something drastic to save this image. I decided to process it in a totally new and unusual way, not in my Elements 12 which I normally do, but online, in I played around and tried different things. I applied lens blur and hdr effects, a texture, a bird brush and can't remember what else, and ended up with this airy, I thought quite a creative watercolour look. I was pleased I managed to give a rather dull looking photo a new lease of life.