Sunday, 7 August 2011
Here's Saltaire as I have never quite shown it before on this blog - full of tourists and in wide-angle too. Last weekend's weather was gratifyingly pleasant so I was able to have a walk with my new camera and try it out. Inevitably, most of the rest of the world was out having a walk round Saltaire too but the village has a good feel when it's full of people enjoying themselves. As my house is not on one of the main tourist streets, I don't get people peeking in through my windows (just lots of cars parked outside) so I really don't mind living in a tourist hot-spot - and anyway there are plenty of times when it's quiet and still beautiful.
My new Nikon has an 18-55mm lens. 18mm is a wider angle than my other cameras and it makes quite a difference when shooting landscapes. Here, it puts the church in its context quite effectively. (My book says: 'using wide-angle lenses causes things that are closer to the lens to look disproportionately larger than things that are further away'. Yes, I would agree with that.) Victoria Road is a fairly steep hill up from the river and the lampost on the left is genuinely a bit drunken, though possibly not quite as much as it appears in my photo. (I did try a bit of Photoshop straightening but it affected the rest of the image too much so I left it alone.)
For those not yet familiar with my home village of Saltaire, the church is Saltaire United Reformed Church, a Victorian masterpiece commissioned by the founder of Saltaire, Sir Titus Salt and opened in 1859. Click the label 'Saltaire URC' below, for more photos and information.