Photographer's Note

I have posted recently several blue hour photos from my German archives. And then, I asked myself a question: Am I still able to take a blue hour photo at all? Unfortunately, the place where I live is not great for blue hour opportunities. Newcastle-upon-Tyne or York are great, but they are about one hour driving one way, so occasionally I went there for blue hour but it is not something what I would do regularly. Besides, we are not allowed to go too far yet. Middlesbrough town where I live is, let’s say, not pretty. There is not much old architecture left. The city centre area is quite dangerous and walking there with my camera at night is like looking for trouble. But I was really tempted to take some local blue hour photos again. The main traffic artery passing near my town, called A19, takes me north to Newcastle and south to York. I am very perceptive in regard to blue hour opportunities, so on many occasions I noticed that 20 minutes south from me along A19, there is an ancient church which is always perfectly lit at night. Something quite rare around here especially that the church is in the middle of nowhere. When I checked on the map, I found that to get to the church there is just one very short Cul-de-sac road off A19 and next to the church there is just one farm and possibly some sort of factory. I thought about Middlesbrough reputation. If I wanted to have some dodgy business hidden away from the world that would be a perfect spot. Hmm, do I really want to go for blue hour photos there? Well, maybe if I just stay on the cemetery next to the church? Well, that is another thing: you go for blue hour session, which takes usually a bit longer and ends when the night is black. Is it the best moment to be alone in the remote cemetery? Is it better to be noticed on the cemetery by the people from the farm or rather hide away from them? Luckily when I am setting up my camera on the tripod, I forget about the whole world around me. Were there some zombies or drug addicts behind my shoulder? I will never know, but here is the photo which I took…

St Mary’s Church Leake is a beautiful grade 1 listed church in the shelter of the North Yorkshire Moors.
It is not exactly known when the first church was built at Leake. An old Saxon cross has been built into the tower. This was probably a “churchyard cross” and there may have been a wooden church at that time. The stone church was built from around 1100. The main door and some of the walls that are still standing date from that time. The majority of the current building was completed by the 16th century and is remarkably intact.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6451 W: 105 N: 16906] (65784)
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