Slideshow: River Aire at night

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These eye-catching images are of the riverside in Castleford after dark.

They were taken by photographer Dave Hartley near the Millennium Bridge and the Queen’s Mill on the River Aire.

Dave Hartley's picture of the Millennium Bridge, looking towards the Queen's Mill, Castleford

Dave Hartley's picture of the Millennium Bridge, looking towards the Queen's Mill, Castleford

Here he explains how he took the pictures and talks of his plans to map more of the town and surrounding area.

Mr Hartley said: “I am a local Castleford photographer, this series of images were taken in early December at approximately 8.30pm.

“To achieve the effect of the hazy water I had have my camera mounted on a tripod and use a very long shutter speed, this allowed for more light to enter the camera and create lots of motion blur on the surface of the water.

“I also used a star filter which created the star-like flares from the lighting on the bridge and from other light sources in the frame. I am extremely proud of this set of images and I am also in talks with Castleford museum with a look to exhibiting them in the public gallery.

The Queen's Mill at Castleford. Picture: Dave Hartley Photography

The Queen's Mill at Castleford. Picture: Dave Hartley Photography

I am also planning on doing a bit of a journey through Castleford in an attempt to capture shots of the area which go unseen or photographed in ways that it hasn’t been seen before.

“Once I have got plenty of Castleford, I plan to travel through neighbouring villages and towns following the same ethos.”

To see more of Mr Hartley’s work please visit www.facebook.com/Davehartleyphotography
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