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Magic Lantern Festival Yorkshire

Magic Lantern Festival Yorkshire

Located in Roundhay Park, Leeds, the Magic Lantern Festival Yorkshire is a display of Chinese-style lanterns and light displays. The lanterns cover themes such as animals, birds, plants, traditional Chinese designs and Christmas. There are numerous installations around the park, all set along an easy to follow trail. Some of the lanterns are huge, requiring a wide angle lens if you want to fit it all in, whilst a zoom lens will come in handy for others or close ups.

Magic Lantern Festival Yorkshire

Tripods are allowed on the trail and I had no problems setting up and using one. I found focusing on the larger, more solid lanterns straight forward, but my camera really struggled to focus on the darker ones. I therefore used manual focus frequently. As some of the lanterns are low to the ground, I also tried some handheld shots, ramping up the ISO to keep the shutter speed high enough.

Magic Lantern Festival Yorkshire

I visited on a Thursday evening and it was quiet. However, I imagine it will be a different story at the weekend and you may need to take care if you have a lot of equipment. If you’re visiting for photography, I recommend coming on a weekday evening if you can to avoid the crowds and people in your photos.

The Magic Lantern Festival Yorkshire runs until 2nd January 2017. You can purchase tickets online in advance (for a specific time slot) or at the venue.

Here are some of the photos I took on my visit:

Approximate post code (for sat nav) LS8 2ER
Parking There is limited parking at Roundhay Park, mostly along the streets. Alternatively you can catch a bus to the festival entrance from Leeds city centre.
Entrance fee The event requires tickets (£14 for an adult). See the website for full costs and details
Website http://www.magicallantern.uk/yorkshire/

This is the location of the Magic Lantern Festival Yorkshire:

Notes for next time
  • Try some more details shots
  • Practice manual focusing

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