Granary Wharf in Leeds is a good place to visit for a number of reasons. Firstly, there are the photographic opportunities, especially in the blue hour (the hour after sunset). As the sun sets and the lights start to come on, the urban reflections in the Leeds-Liverpool canal make for interesting photos. Secondly, Granary Wharf is host to a number of great bars and restaurants, so you can enjoy a well-earned drink/dinner after your snapping. Thirdly, it’s right next to Leeds train station, so very easy to get to!
I started off with some reflections of Bridgewater Place, using a filter to get some longer exposures to smooth out the water. As the sky started to turn orange, I walked along the waterfront to Candle House. This round red-brick tower is actually a block of flats. Carrying on along the water’s edge and behind Candle House, you have a view over the canal and the locks. I’ve walked past here lots of times but never thought to take a photo before. I think it makes for an interesting photo at this time of day.
Just across the bridge is one of my favourite pictures in Leeds city centre: the three Italian Renaissance-style towers at Tower Works. I decided to take a silhouette on my visit as I really liked the colours in the sky. However, I love the detail in these towers and how they stand out amongst the industrial area of Holbeck. The smallest of the towers is modelled after the Lamberti Tower in Verona, while the largest is based on the bell tower Giotto campanile in Florence¹.
As the lights started to come on, I walked back along the water’s edge to get some more reflections in the canal. As it got darker, I headed over the bridge to get a different perspective on Bridgewater Place and the new south entrance to Leeds train station.
In summary, Granary Wharf provides numerous opportunities for urban, night and reflection photography. Here are a few more photos I took on my visit (click on an image to enlarge):
|Approximate post code (for sat nav)||LS1 4BR|
|Parking||There is parking at Leeds train station. Charges apply.|
|Directions||If coming by train, leave via the south entrance of Leeds train station, which will take you directly into Granary Wharf|
This is the location of Granary Wharf:
Notes for next time
- Go around the other side of the canal for some different shots
- Try some panoramas
¹ Tower Works, History [accessed 27 September 2016] http://www.tower-works.com/history