Last Week’s Shoot – Saltaire Reflections

New Mill by the River Aire at Dusk Saltaire West Yorkshire England

I chose a sunny winter afternoon for a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire near Bradford in West Yorkshire with a nice reflection of the New Mill in the River Aire at dusk in mind.  Saltaire is a model village built in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, an industrialist in the Yorkshire textiles industry.

New Mill Former Textiles Mill by the River Aire Saltaire West Yorkshire England

I arrived in the early afternoon and went straight to the spot by the river in Roberts Park to figure out where I needed to be at dusk.  The low winter sunshine was rather nice on the mill building, so I took a few shots straight away, with a lovely reflection in the calm water above the weir.

Reflection of New Mill in the River Aire Saltaire West Yorkshire England

The reflection of the mill looked so good it was worthy of a few images on its own.  Above the weir the reflection was quite recognisable, but photographing the reflection at the lip of the weir gave a more warped effect – an almost abstract image.

Abstract Reflection of New Mill in the River Aire Saltaire West Yorkshire England

Having made the most of the reflections (for the time being) I headed into the village for a look at some of the splendid architecture.  The terraces of houses in the village, the Victoria Hall and the United Reformed Church (where Titus Salt is buried) are all worth a look – along with the original Salts Mill, of course, now housing art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Salts Mill Art Gallery in Former Textile Mill Saltaire West Yorkshire England

After a cup of coffee in Don’t Tell Titus… (though I’m not sure he would have objected to my drinking coffee – I think it’s the array of alcoholic drinks on offer that wouldn’t have met with his approval!) I made my way back down to the riverside as the sun started to set.

Abstract Reflection of New Mill and Lights in the River Aire Saltaire West Yorkshire England

As the lights came on and I was waiting for the lovely deep blue colour in the sky to reach its peak I found that the abstract reflections in the weir worked well with the reflections of the lights at the mill.

New Mill by the River Aire at Dusk Saltaire West Yorkshire England

Eventually the sky was about the right colour and a (very) long exposure produced the image that I had had in mind when I first arrived, rounding off a very enjoyable shoot.

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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