Posts tagged ‘Rain’

The Minster Door

A shot taken a few weeks ago on a windy and rainy night in York, but before the devastating flooding that has affected the city (and large swathes of northern England) in the last few days and weeks. To everyone impacted I hope that life returns to normal soon, in the meantime best wishes and take care:

The Minster Door, York, Yorkshire, England, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2015)

Whitby Streets

Here are a few more shots from our recent trip to Whitby. These showcase the wonderful cobbled streets of the old town, including the famous 199 steps that climb up to St Martin’s Church and the ruined Benedictine Abbey atop the East Cliff. 

As you can see the grey skies and rainy weather have resulted in a sombre, muted set of images. So rather than work against this in post processing, I decided to convert a number of shots to mono; add vignettes and a touch of grainy contrast to bring out the moody atmosphere even more.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Low-light Whitby

Continuing with posts from our recent trip to Whitby, here are a few low-light shots of the North Yorkshire town:

The first three of the these shots were all taken hand-held using my 50mm lens, which isn’t image stabilised (hence the reason why I was using wide open apertures and high ISO settings) so I’m quite pleased with the way they have turned-out. The final shot was taken with my 15-85 balanced on top of a conveniently situated litter-bin acting as a makeshift tripod. You’ll notice the lifeboat moored at its station is a little blurry – that’s the result of a 30 second exposure coupled with the gentle movement of the boat as it bobs up and down on the tidal waters in the harbour. Having said that there was a fairly stiff breeze blowing in off the North Sea, so it’s possible that the camera moved slightly, but the rest of the shot is fairly sharp and I was trying to act as a human wind-brake.

P.S. This is my 100th post. I started my blog approx 290 days ago, back at the beginning of June 2012, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. The photography community on WordPress is full of lovely people – generous with both their time and comments. So I’d just like to say thanks for all the “likes” and to all those who follow my blog – the support really is much appreciated…..:0).

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

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