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369 steps above Halifax: atop Wainhouse Tower

Enjoying a bird’s eye view from the top of the Wainhouse Tower at Skircoat Moor on the outskirts of Halifax this Bank Holiday Monday. 

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astride_wainhouse_towerThis iconic building is maintained by Calderdale Council, and is open to the public on ‘high days and holidays‘. It affords a fantastic viewpoint across the local area, and is rightly popular with thrill-seekers and those with a sense of historical curiosity. There are 369 steps in order to reach the public gallery which encircles the tower near the top.

wainhouse_details-1I originally climbed the tower almost exactly five years ago, on a previous May Bank Holiday, and shot a series of panoramas. At the time I was pretty pleased with the results: however I’ve gained a lot more experience, and use much better kit since those days. Also I’ve wanted for a while to try out a nifty technique to ‘hide’ the building from the final 360°.

So when I got the chance to take up some friends who were visiting, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to revisit the view. I travelled light this time too – no tripod or panoramic head was needed to make this photograph – as I’d learned the hard way climbing all those steps with a full pack of kit is hard work!

The result of ascending the tower once again is this high resolution panorama, which allows the viewer to look all across Halifax, the lower Calder Valley and beyond. Zoom in, look around, and have fun checking out all sorts of places which might catch your eye as you peek about…

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Technical info: photographed using Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 8-15mm f4 fisheye zoom lens; RAW shot as dual ISO using Magic Lantern firmware, then processed with LR CR2HDR, Lightroom 5.4. Stitched with PTGui Pro 5.2.0, output using Pano2VR Pro 4.5

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Creative Calderdale business event

Anti Limited took part in the Creative Marketplace component of Creative Calderdale’s latest business event at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Halifax.

It was a great chance to meet up with like-minded local businesses and talk about their creative requirements. I met some really interesting people; thanks to everyone who said hi and were keen to find out more about what Anti Limited offers. If you were there, hope you spot yourself in the video!

I played a range of my eye-catching timelapse videos on a large monitor to draw traffic to my stand – and thought it was a great opportunity to show how easy it is to capture the event in its own timelapse – so I set up a discrete rig to do just that. (Some cynics suggested I did this just to monitor how quickly the sweets on my stall disappeared…)

After the majority of attendees headed to the various funding seminars I also took the opportunity to shoot a quick panorama of the full space, and you can view this below.

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Off the wall: graffiti at the 42spot

I often drive past this old structure, outside Halifax on the Huddersfield Road, and I’ve meant to stop and shoot it for some time. Most of the graffiti is obscured from view by the low wall along the road, so one only catches a glimpse of colour through the gate mesh when driving past, and a few larger pieces poking out above eyeline.

Not sure if it’s an officially condoned legal graf site, or if the authorities just turn a blind eye to the artists who regularly update pieces on here. Pieces get updated and changed regularly, so it’s constantly in use. When I visited there were some very good pieces on display.

[Edit: I recently got a mail from HXurbanart, telling me that it’s known as the 42spot, after the 42crew who started painting it a decade or so ago. No one now claims ownership of the structure, formally a retaining wall for a substation, so it sits in a legal limbo, with no prosecutions for painting. It looks like by being a ‘grey’ area it’s providing a chance to act as an incubator and showcase for some good local talent, and from further afield. Long may it last.]

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Wainhouse Tower, Halifax: a splendid Victorian Folly

Since moving to Calderdale I’ve been curious about this magnificent but somewhat incongruous tower which sits on the hillside at Skircoat Moor, between Halifax town centre and Sowerby Bridge. I drive past it on my daily commute, and enjoy how it stands proudly above the clouds which wreath the hillside on misty mornings, and how it’s beautifully illuminated at night.

I’d heard Wainhouse Tower was originally designed as a chimney for a local factory, but never used; and had also heard it had stairs inside it, leading up to a viewing platform which afforded stunning views of the surrounds. Intrigued by such snippets of information, I read more online and discovered that Calderdale Council, the present owners, had recently completed renovations to the ornate stonework and several public open days were held. Needless to say, I had to visit and try to capture some of its glory in 360°…

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A visit to Heap’s Dairy, home of Calderdale Cheese

Not long after moving to Calderdale, I came across a cracking market stall on Todmorden market. Seduced at first by the wonderful pies on sale, I soon sampled the locally made cheese, and struck up a conversation with the proprietor, Robyn Heap. She told me about the farm she and her husband David ran, and how they’d started to produce their own commercial farmhouse cheese, the first in Calderdale, based on a century-old recipe they’d found whilst carrying out work in the cellars. I’m a sucker for good Yorkshire ales paired with equally good Yorkshire foodstuffs, and I’d found a great half of the equation at this stall.

Fast forward eighteen months, plently of pies and cheese from the stall, a royal visit and much official recognition later, and I was finally able to visit their farm on the tops at Hubberton above Sowerby Bridge. I really couldn’t have asked for a better day: not a cloud in the sky, and only the sound of bees and curlews in the sky above. I shot the panoramas in this post, and a regular photoshoot of farm life as well, and enjoyed the banter, wisdom and hospitality of David and Robyn during my visit. I think the views below capture a little of the magic, beauty and hard work which this successful farm exudes. I can’t finish without urging you to try and sample some of their wares if you’re in the area (see their website for stockists) because it’s great stuff: somewhere between a Lancashire, Wensleydale and a Cheshire cheese. Perfect with some homemade bread and a bottle of locally brewed beer!

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