Yorkshire Dales

After viewing Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, we decided to find out where the water fight scene between Robin and Little John was filmed. It turns out that the principal photography for the scene was in a place called Asygarth Falls in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, and not in Sherwood Forest as the film makers would have us believe. Keen to see such an area of natural beauty we found a cottage in the area to rent for a few days, packed up the car, and went on a road trip to see the surrounding area. Here are some photos from our adventure.

The journey started with tea. The people of Yorkshire love their tea. It seemed rude not to have some, and also to try some local food whilst we were there.

They love their tea in Yorkshire
They love their tea in Yorkshire
Yorkshire rarenit, made with Wensleydale cheese of course
Yorkshire rarebit, made with Wensleydale cheese of course
Lunch
Lunch

Enough of the food, how about the scenery? First stop was the planned Aysgarth Falls.

Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls
An overcast day but this does make the greens shine through
An overcast day but this does make the greens shine through

After this we decided to visit Middleham Castle.

Middleham Castle
Middleham Castle
Guards on patrol
Guards on patrol

A short drive from where we were staying took us to West Burton and the fabulous Cauldron Falls. Somewhere that I will go back to and try to create some better photographs.

This scene is crying out for a model
Cauldron Falls
Cauldron Falls
Cauldron Falls
A beautiful place to visit

Another sight that we decided that we had to see was Hawdraw Force in Hawes, Leyburn. The Internet tells me that this is England’s highest single drop waterfall. I wouldn’t know such things, but I can tell you that this is a sight to see. The noise of the water falling is quite something, and it truly is a remarkable spectacle. You can feel the water vapour on your face from 30 feet away. I loved this place.

Hawdraw Force
Hawdraw Force
England's highest single drop waterfall, whatever that means.
England’s highest single drop waterfall, whatever that means.

Entrance to Hawdraw Falls is through the back of a pub called the Green Dragon Inn. This means that this particular pub can claim the best beer garden in the world. Stunning.

I shall finish off with a couple of images taken from where we were staying, showing the nice views available of the Dales. Thank you for reading.

Nice view
Nice view
Obligatory sunset picture
Obligatory sunset picture

Getting on the Front Page

My first ever Front Page Image on PurplePort
My first ever Front Page Image on PurplePort

I’ve been on the PurplePort website for about a month now. It’s a fun place to be. There are some incredibly talented models, hair and make up artists, and photographers there. They are all share their work and collaborate together to produce some beautiful and breathtaking images.

One of the features of the site, right on the home page, is a section for Front Page Images (FPI). The are photographs that a small team of the community of the site have deemed as worthy of featuring on the home page of the website, something to show off the talents of the members of the site and to draw in potential new members. They are seen as a badge of honour, and having a FPI image in your portfolio is to be lauded. There are groups specially dedicated to FPIs where members will chat about recent successes in the field.

Obviously the world of working with models is all new to me. My portfolio currently consists of Lego and self-portraits. Nothing earth shattering, no visions of desire, and no huge conceptual depictions of art. Also, I have no reference to my name at this point which won’t do much to encourage potential models to work with me.

Something happened last week. I started getting notifications from the site. I get one or two now and again, but suddenly I have five, then a dozen, then twenty. Odd. Then more notifications. Curious. One of the notifications was from the site stating that one of my images had been chose for the Front Page. I was overjoyed! The inner sanctum of the site had chosen one of my images as being worthy of an FPI award. They even attach a little badge to your photo, like a gold star sticker from the schoolteacher.

The image selected was the one you see above, a couple of my Lego mini-figures holding hands, and watching the sunset. You may have seen it here before but this time is has the sticker on it. People liked it. Lots and lots of PhotoLove came my way, and people wrote such lovely comments praising my work and stating how much they enjoyed viewing it. I looked at the front page of the site and there was my Lego image along with some fantastic images of beauty, art, creative lighting, incredible poses, and young ladies in their under-crackers. That was a good day.

Unfortunately today’s model shoot had to be cancelled at short notice, hence the blog post. I do however have a shoot arranged with an incredibly talented model next week. I am thrilled and enthused about my photography. Starting this process has been somewhat daunting for me at times, but right now I am loving the ride!

Looking forward to sharing some images of a real person other than myself with you soon.

Danny.

Minifig Chess-piece

Minifig Chesspiece
Minifig Chess-piece

I don’t play much chess. I know how. The rules are, although seemingly complex at first, easy to learn. The game however is quite a different story. I can count the number of victories against a commuter, set to level 1, on the fingers of one hand. With a couple of fingers left over too. I do however own a chess set, so I decided to take a photograph of it instead. One of my Lego mini figures decided to help out and take the place of a pawn for me. I think she looks right at home.

Walking the dog – a Lego story

Walking the dog
Walking the dog

I’ve been practicing learning how to light with Lego mini-figures. They never seem to complain about me pointing a camera at them. I am probably a little too old to be playing with toys, but I think it’s great fun and really does help me figure out how to light such objects. I’ve made a short picture-story, and hope you like it.

I fear for minifig lady's safety
I fear for minifig lady’s safety
Who's that in the background?
Who’s that in the background?
A hero arrives
A hero arrives
The police arrive and the villains are arrested
The authorities come and the villains are arrested
Guard dog makes sure nobody escapes
Guard dog makes sure nobody escapes

 

The End.