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Leeds is Yorkshire's most vibrant city and has undergone massive redevelopment over the last 20 years.

This means that the city centre has a lot of offer for the photographer and is now relatively safe for night shoots when alone or in small groups.

It's an ideal place to try out your HDR techniques, get lighting effects and to get come classic shots of the old architecture.

Here's a selection of the famous and less famous faces of Leeds city. They are all HDR images taken in early 2007 when out with Dave Tandberg Hirst - safety in numbers.

The classic shot is of the town hall, this is a huge Victorian building built on the wealth brought to the city by the wool trade.

The best time to get this is around twilight where a 15-30 second exposure can get a lovely dark blue glow in the sky with passing cars and people all blurring to give the shot a sense of movement - a rush hour feel.

The arcades, of which there are 4 off Briggate alone, are great for perspective shots as they have long repeating patterns. Most of these are Victorian and they all have very a different architectural quality.

Getting off the beaten track and down to the canal and Aire is a little more risky when alone, but with a few people it's a great place to get shots of the new Bridgewater Place, but I prefer the dark Arches and the older bridges like the Leeds Bridge and Crown point bridge. These have great character and the new flats around them make for interesting light sources.

It's a place where you can go over and over again and find new material - just takes some imagination and you can always have a nice curry after you've finished!

Leeds City Centre Images

Leeds town hall - HDR
The headrow - Leeds main street with "The Light" lit up in spectacular colours
Leeds Street Scene - this is a bustleing area during the day, but at night the financial quarter is very quiet
County Arcade - Victorian splendour gone mad!
Queen's Arcade - try yor HDR out with light arcades on dark nights.
Dark Arces - venture below the station for a suberranean world of bricks and the noisey river Aire passing below

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