Saturday, 4 December 2010

Photography on the Wall

At long last after design work and much fine tuning our new new website is live. Its purpose is to display our landscape photographs for people to enjoy and hopefully to buy.
We have displayed the images in several galleries, landscapes, towns and cities, coastal, transport plus many more. As time goes on we will add new photographs both black and white and colour to the galleries.
The scene below is just one example, we were up at 5.30 am for this one, Sunrise at the Cow and Calf  Rocks, Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

 There are many other photographs of the Yorkshire countryside plus  coastal scenes as well such as the Lobster Pots on the Quayside at Staithes 
shown below.

The site can be viewed at  

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Ilkley Rugby Club, a New Era

This week has seen the start of a new era at Ilkley Rugby Club. A new clubhouse is to be built, contractors have arrived on site, erected safety fencing and site cabins.
Ilkley Rugby Club, site fencing
A new temporary changing room facility has been erected and the physio cabin resited.
Ilkley Rugby Club, warning sign
While the new clubhouse is being built Ilkley rugby club members will have the use of the Ilkley Cricket Club facilities just over the road.
Ilkley Cricket Cub
Over the period of the rebuild I will endevour to record  the demolition and reconstruction in photographs which will be uploaded to an album on my Ruggerpix website.
Ilkley Rugby Club, safety fencing in place
The club warn all whilst at the ground to please obey all the safety signs around the ground and not to enter the fenced off areas. Also there will be no car parking at the ground because of building work, some parking will be available on nearby roads or at the swimming pool opposite.
The Old Stand, summer 2009
The Old Stand, seating 2009
From what I understand demolition will not take place untill next week so there will not be many changes visible if you attend this Saturdays league game against old rivals Keighley. Lets hope it doesnt rain.

Usefull Links

Ilkley RFC
Ilkley Cricket Club

Friday, 16 July 2010

Win a Wedding by Stray FM

Last year we were invited to take part in a competition run by Stray FM called 'Win a Wedding'. Two weeks ago we photographed the wedding of the winners Mike and Amanda, both from Knaresborough. Below are some photographs taken including one of the presentation by Stray FM. at the Dower House, Knaresborough
Alex Cann of Stray FM presenting the prize to Amanda and Mike
Amanda, Preparation
Amanda. Wedding dress by Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Amanda and Mike. Car supplied by Stratstone Harrogate
Amanda and Mike at the Dower House, Knaresborough
Amanda and Mike at the Dower House, Knaresborough
Amanda and Mike at the Dower House Knaresborough. Flowers by Blush of Harrogate
Photographs by Stray FM of the finalists day at the Dower House, Knaresborough can be seen at
Stray FM

Photographs by Image and Style of the finalists day can be seen at Image and Style Stray Wedding Album

Wedding photography by Image and Style of Ilkley

Monday, 14 June 2010

The 1940's in Haworth 2010

Even when we have a busy calendar the one event we always make room for is Haworth's 1940's weekend. It provides such a wide range of portrait /character subjects and really is a photographers paradise. Such a vast range of colourful uniforms from around the globe and all manner of civilian attire from the 40's era. Having visited several of these  events we find it best to arrive mid morning when its relatively quiet this allows us a clear view of our subjects, later on usually just after lunch it just gets to busy and find more often as not someone will walk in front of the lens as the shutter is pressed. So photographers - get there early.
1940'S Weekend, Haworth 2010. Just a little bit busy down the Main Street
The style of photography we like at this event is what I would call reportage portrait, taking the shot while the subject is unaware, if possible and with an out of focus backpround or a background in context with the subject. Adopting this style will display more the charater of the era.
Haworth 1940's Weekend 2010
Haworth 1040's Weekend 2010
Haworth 1940's Weekend 2010
Haworth 1940's Weekend 2010
Haworth 1940's Weekend
Haworth 1940's weekend is held over two days usually in May, details can be found at the Haworth1940s website and in the local press just prior to the event.
Haworth 1940's Weekend 2010
Haworth 1940'sWeekend 2010
Hope you enjoy the sample photographs shown above.

Equipment used : Canon Cameras 30D and 20D Sigma Lens 75 - 200 F2.8 Canon Lens 28 - 135 IS

To view all of our photographs ( 262 ) from this event please visit our our website and look in the Events section.

Usefull Links
Haworth Village 

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Barden Bridge to The Pavillion, Walk ( bluebell quest )

Sunday was such a beautiful day we couldn't resist the temptation to go for a walk.
Decided on Barden Bridge to Bolton Abbey Pavillion and back. Good decision, the scenery was stunning.
On a walking day it usually takes about two hours but I had taken my camera which was a good excuse to stop at all the viewpoints and snap away, this increased the walk by two hours, very leisurely.
Some examples of the photographs below.
Barden Bridge

Barden Tower

Woods near The Strid

Woods near The Strid

Bluebell Scene in Woods near The Strid
Photo Equipment used - Canon 300D SLR with a Canon EF 28 - 135 IS lens

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Gdansk 'The Restaurant at The Opatow Palace'

Not far from the centre of Gdansk is a place not to be missed it is called  Oliwa Park.
There are several reasons for its popularity, extensive parkland initially constructed in the eighteenth century. Filled with flowered areas and pleasant pathways shaded by the trees,
meandering streams and ornimental ponds, all in all a very relaxing place.


But there is more, sat majesticaly in the grounds is The Archcathedral Basilica. 
This is one of the oldest historical sights of Gdansk. 
It houses the renown Rococo organ initially built by Jan Wulf and Frederick Rudolph Dalitz.
We were lucky enough to be there during a recital, its range and quality of sound is not to be missed.
Interior of The Archcathedral

Finally we come to a little oasis found under the shelter of some large trees, 
in the eastern wing of the Abbots Palace, 

it is called  
'The Restaurant at the Opatow Palace' 
its interior gives the impression of a sumptious and very stylish home. 

Its cooking style is international with a hint of Poland. 
In summer meals and snacks can be eaten outside on the decking with choice of sunny or shaded area. 
As it was summer we ate outside and enjoyed a light snack 
saving the best till last, two mouth watering classic polish cakes: 

    warm szarlotka (apple pie) with ice cream and raspberry coulis 

and sernik with chocolate (cheesecake). 

Sweet Memories!

Some useful links

Friday, 23 April 2010

Germany on a BMW, Part 2

After all the eager anticipation and planning the day had finally arrived. Two bikes from Silsden, one from Burley in Wharfedale and two from Ilkley, we were away on a five day tour bound eventually for Einbeck in Germany. Five bikers and myself as a pillion passenger.
Self Riding Pillion
The trip to our port of departure Hull was made in good weather, perhaps a little cool but not uncomfortable. Our bike arrived first and had no problem having our passports checked and getting our boarding cards and cabin keys. Unfortunately the there was a delay with the other bikes and we had to wait twenty minutes due apparently to a booking problem, it was resolved and on we went to strap the bikes down on the car deck. Our ferry that night was the MS Pride of Rotterdam and according to the technical data sheet available on board was built in Venice and launched on the 29th September 2000. We were to travel to Rotterdam Europort a distance of 204 nautical miles/378 km

Our cabins were small but functional for our one night trip, all bags were quickly stowed and we made our way to the bar and relaxation. The entertainment that night was in the form of a guitarist/singer with backing tracks followed by another singer also with backing tracks, I think the ferry company must be making cut backs as the last time I had the pleasure of travelling with them we were entertained by a full band, much more atmospheric but to give our evenings entertainment their due we all enjoyed that part of the evening.
Dining in Style
We decided as it was our first night to dine in the Four Seasons Buffet Restaurant, I seem to recollect the price was about eighteen pounds, it was well worth it including several courses and virtually all you could eat. One word of advice based on our experience, don't leave it to late to eat as some dishes at the buffet appeared not to be replenished as the night goes on. One nightcap after the meal and then away to bed, unfortunately I had drawn the short straw and found myself in the top bunk, okay to climb into but if you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night in the dark its an adventure. The next morning we were awakened by the tannoy announcing our imminent arrival at Europort.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Germany on a BMW , Part 1

Soon be going on a trip to Germany via Hull Rotterdam on the back of a BMW motorbike ( Oh Dear what have I let myself in for ) A group six, shall we say mature bikers, watch this space.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Weddings, Brollies and Wellies

On one or two occassions we have attended weddings where the day has started in beautifull sunshine and then by noon the dark clouds have appeared followed by every brides nightmare - Rain, guess the one item thats been forgotten in all those months of preparation, yes The Brollies.
River Wharfe at The Red Lion, Burnsall
So I decided we would buy a few and keep them in the carboot for backup. I trawled the web, there were a few suppliers, Glasgow, Cardiff, London, then by chance I came across someone right on the doorstep here in Ilkley.
Valentines Day, Rombalds Hotel, Ilkley
So in your wedding preparation don't forget the Brollies, oh! and another popular item now, wellies. If you need anymore info on wellies and Brollies please follow the link. I hope you find it usefull.
Dazzle and Glitz

Monday, 12 April 2010

Ilkley in Bloom

Most of the day has been spent sat at the computer, editing images and bringing websites up to date, So when Cecile came home and suggested we needed a few items from the supermarket intead of my usual moan and groan I saw an opportunity to escape into the sunshine and suggested we walk to the little supermarket on our high street. As we would be carrying bags on our way back I put my little Canon point and shoot camera in my pocket, Lets make the most of the walk, I had previously seen all the blossom that had erupted in the last few days and thought this was as good a chance as any to record it in the early evening sun.
The Grove, Ilkley

The Grove Ilkley

Betty's Cafe, Tea Rooms, The Grove, Ilkley

Christ Church, The Grove, Ilkley

Shadows on The Grove

Equipment - Canon Powershot A530