I have asked a colleague of mine who worked many years in Leeds: Is it worth to go to Leeds? He answered: No. Unless you want to get mugged. I took it as a joke of course, but looking at the number of photos from this fourth largest metropolitan area in the UK (after London, Birmingham and Manchester) on TrekEarth it seems Leeds is for some reason not a very popular destination.
For me as a postcard lover the first obvious object to photograph in Leeds was the stunning town hall. It was built between 1853 and 1858 at The Headrow (street) to a design by architect Cuthbert Brodrick.
To take a good shot of this imposing structure I believe one must find an elevated POV which I did not have time to do. Otherwise one has to struggle with the perspective distortion, plenty of cables and street lights, etc. In addition the upper part of the dome was lit in the very last minute of the blue hour so I had a choice: either to show a great blue hour sky with half of the building lit and rest completely dark, or to show it more uniformly lit but with a dark sky already...
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sabermonajati (8599) 2012-11-04 1:12
you management light skilful and captured amazing frame from this splendid building.
eyuksel (706) 2012-11-04 1:20
I think your choice to show town hall with a great blue hour sky was the best you can do according to your note.
Thanks for sharing.
lousat (68735) 2012-11-04 1:22
Hi Mariusz,a spectacular blue hour and a magnificent architechture,great choice of point of view and very professional exposure for the best details and colors,great work,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (50794) 2012-11-04 5:53
Du trčs beau travail technique. L'heure bleue ŕ son meilleur. J'aime le temps d'exposition trčs long qui nous donne cette belle danse de lumičres devant.
Noel_Byrne (17397) 2012-11-04 6:13
A great time to show this superb building, yet another lesson for me on Trekearth, as I have not come across this before. The light trails are a wonderful way of adding interest and avoiding traffic, whie you have managed brilliantly to avoid all of the cables and poles that you speak of (That can be so frustrating!!) A very impressive POV and a wonderful light.
Thanks for sharing
COSTANTINO (47864) 2012-11-04 8:40
than ks for sharing with us this wonderful
postcard,amazing blue with stras and
a fantastic architectural monument
spectacular blue hour with nice details
great choice of point of view
marabu61 (6603) 2012-11-04 8:52
Great explanation of the technic used for this shot, it is always interesting to learn how a particulary difficult shot was taken.
And well done here, your light management is spot on. Great light, nice light trails from the passing traffic and even the two spotlight add a great touch to this composition.
have a good sunday
npecanhuk (59098) 2012-11-04 11:19
Wonderful building and architectural details!
Beautiful urban & night picture!
Special regards to the colors, exposure, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Sonata11 (32261) 2012-11-04 15:33
ten ratusz jest poprostu przepiekny. wspanial jego budowla i architektura sa godne zachwytu. Slicznie wykonane zdjecie. Wspaniale swiatlo, kolorystyka, doskonala ostrosc i kontrast. Sliczna pocztowka. Gratulacje. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
chawax (17616) 2012-11-05 0:54
A cousin of mine lived in Leeds and married a very friendly english boy in this townhall, so this photo speaks to me ! The inside of the building is nice too. Leeds is not a very beautiful city anyway. This townhall and a nice victorian (I think) commercial centre, and that's all. Nice blue hour shot. Not easy to find a good POV but you did it quite well.
Have a nice week,
mesutilgim (76946) 2012-11-05 11:38
Very nice blue hour capture from leeds with perfect pov and perfect ligth management.
Many interesting notes makes it a perfect TE entry.
TFS and best regards
bukitgolfb301 (33776) 2012-11-05 18:46
Hi dear Mariusz
Another great night shot! 5 seconds shutter speed setting is very very effective. Lines of headlight of cars are so fantastic. Always excellent sharp and clear image! Many thanks and have a good day!
Takro from rainy Tokyo
macjake (49438) 2012-11-06 5:43
well, i can honestly say that i've never even heard of this place called Leeds.
is it really that type of place where its unsafe to walk around in the dark by yourself?
I wonder what our English TE partners have to say of this city!
For some reason, this Town Hall reminds me so much of the Town Hall/City Hall in San Fran - with its large dome....remember that building?
that was also a shady area to visit at night...
well, I have to say that you captured this one so smartly. If we can easily tell that you took this photo at 5:13 - that you have dome something right!!!
I'm never a fan of the blue hour without clouds to buffer the blue, but this one turned out fantastic - and trust me, i'm not just saying that to be polite.
the building couldn't be more elegantly illuminated.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-11-06 12:33
la luce e la perfetta inquadratura esaltano la bellezza di questo edificio.
Hai dosato al meglio la luce con una brillante definizione e una grande chiarezza,
compimenti e buona serata
kordinator (14829) 2012-11-06 15:33
Impressive blue time capture.
Beautiful architecture and street life scene.
Lovely postcard from Leeds.
pajaran (45627) 2012-11-06 22:53
Lep pogled na trg i zgradu u noci ...
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lep trenutak sa svetlom lampe koje je naglasilo lepotu arhitekture.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
A nice view of the square, and a building in the night ...
Good image sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good content and composition, nice light moment with lamps that emphasize the beauty of architecture.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best.
josepmarin (57281) 2012-11-07 2:52
a really elegant capture at the blue hour, very effective aesthetically and perfectly executed. I guess that you have done a hard work in order to correct the distortion of vertical ones and the perspective created by the utilization of the wide angle lens, and you have reached a balanced and harmonic image.
The luminosity and the colors are fantastic.
A beautiful work, my friend.
maria-v1981 (10420) 2012-11-07 6:32
I don't understand why this place isn't so popular. Very nice early evening shot taken at just the right time when there is still some blue in the sky. Wonderful balanced composition. Some very nice tones and lots of animation. Good exposure management.
Have a nice evening,
SWEETFREEDOM (20840) 2012-11-07 8:33
impressive building. excellent exposure and colors.
fds (6972) 2012-11-07 9:32
dear friend a another very beautiful and very interested document and postcard from england
i know leeds for leeds football clubs and you image is very interested for my
great light great colors and fantastic scharpnees
ikeharel (48491) 2012-11-07 22:06
Hope you had not been mugged...
Good morning Mariusz,
Beautiful afternoon on town, 17:10 as the clock says, picture show a prominent tower and edifice of town-hall.
Fine clarity, as always, and 5 sec. aperture was perferct time.
Have a anice day.
Graal (94194) 2012-11-08 0:28
jesli to pocztowka to bdb jakosci. Fajny efekt smuzenia swiatel. Budowla piekna, okazaly ten ratusz, imponujaca architektura. Dobry strzal podczas "blue hour".
Milego dnia zycze.
raszid62 (18583) 2012-11-08 0:47
Ten wielki ratusz jest naprawdę imponujący i przepiękny, do tego cudownie iluminowany światłami nocnego Leeds. Jak widzę, zdjęcie zrobione z długim czasem, więc wspaniała jakość i kolorystyka. Podobają mi się rozmazane smugi świateł samochodów. Świetnie skomponowany obraz.
adramad (33662) 2012-11-08 5:31
Wonderful composition when blue hour, a splendid building that looks fabulous in this POV, which shows two of its facades, nice star effect streetlights.
Very good sharpness and beautiful colors.
Very well done.
holmertz (34775) 2012-11-08 9:03
Few people take postcards as skilfully as you. I only wish pictures like yours had been on sale when I was still looking for postcards on my journeys. This building is impressive by itself, but it is the dark blue sky and the cleverly captured light effects surrunding it that give it a special grandeur. The yellow lines in the street are also a nice feature.
ciakgiak (30403) 2012-11-08 13:21
L'effetto del cielo blu intenso é spettacolare, ed esalta al meglio la splendida facciata della town hall. La luce, e la gestione dell'esposizione sono come sempre eccellenti.
Complimenti per questa bellissima cartolina.
Un caro saluto
danos (80977) 2012-11-09 2:00
nice the blue hour shot from the stunning Town hall of the city,with the lights to floodlight the whole building bringing out its details.
I like the sharpness of the scene with the fascinating bell tower to outlined perfect against the sky.
Have a good day,Danos
jhm (132000) 2012-11-09 3:14
This is truly a post card from Leeds.
Wonderful taken with the red lines of the cars through the 5 seconds exposure.
Excellent composition and wonderful captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
abmdsudi (36472) 2012-11-10 20:34
What night show from this old city, the clarity is great in exciting warm color, dynamic and beautifully composed. Streak of colors, the sparkles and specks of green add to the visual impact and the sky perfectly contrasts the image. Great shot, Well done
GREGG (7804) 2012-11-11 9:13
śliczna nocna prezentacja z przepiękna architekturą,
profesjonalne wykonanie z idealną ekspozycją
aliabazari (10530) 2012-11-11 19:08
Hi Mariusz drogi
Rejestracja Architektów i oświetlenie w nocy jest bardzo piękna i atrakcyjna, do wyświetlacza. Oświetlenie i kompozycja była doskonała.
jemaflor (77550) 2012-11-13 12:54
Good nightshot well taken, good effect with stars and red lines, interesting architecture.
siolaw (37644) 2012-11-13 22:58
A magnificent monument and a well timed blue hour picture. Difficult to get a clear shot, but you managed to avoid the wires from that POV.
Well set white balance.
delpeoples (50721) 2012-11-15 6:47
Another beautiful Blue Hour, actually better than jst beautiful, sensational. The light trails are the added bonus, as is the impressive POV, which accentuates your perspective beautifully. Fantastic details in the architecture. The streetlights are a little blown out, but there's not much that can be done as it was necessary to expose for the architectural details. An excellent shot.
Angshu (53990) 2012-11-29 2:51
The FG creates depth! Lovely PP work to help create crisp details. The trail lights of the car streaking in the FG adds to teh picture. You've taken this picture in your fav blue hour period & I think its quite amazing! Fine work & trust you to create amazingly impressive postcards from the unlikeliest of places ;-)
Didi (53453) 2012-11-30 2:50
Nice vie on the blue hour with a good lights management
Interesting starlights effect.
fritzi007 (902) 2013-02-25 4:51
Leeds ist eine Fabriksarbeiterstadt im schlechtesten Sinn, kenne keinen Engländer, dem die Stadt wirklich gefällt. Ich glaube, es gibt dort viele Gettos. Aber deine Nachtaufnahme ist dir gut gelungen, gratuliere.
Wünsch dir eine schöne Zeit
fabbs99 (14521) 2013-02-26 23:03
Simply amazing shot.
beautiful colors and great sharpness.
The lighting is also amazing as well as perfect POV too.TFS.
Cheers ~ Farhat
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (28456)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
- Exposure: f/8, 5 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-04 0:28