Bootham Bar ( A very large scene ) ... Retitled Etty & Betty looking at Bootham Bar (read the intro)

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Max size viewing is essential to get the most from this busy corner of York as seen from the Art Gallery. 64 frames in total shot in 3 rows portrait mode at 80mm focal length , only possible as a result of the very bright constant sunlight and lack of clouds which enabled me to freeze the action in each frame . By careful watching and shooting I managed to avoid chopping people and vehicles so that the stitched image all looks as if it were taken in a split second. The frames used were taken from several sequences to also ensure a more controlled outcome and to overcome overlap where people had moved within the scene.

William Etty ( statue facing minster ) William Etty is York's most famous artist and was the first major British painter to specialise in the nude before the 20th century.

Born in York in 1787, he was the seventh child of a miller and baker and would often draw in chalk on his father's shop floor. In 1798 he was apprenticed to a printer, but in 1805 his uncle paid for him to go to London and to enter the Royal Academy Schools in 1807.

Inspired by artists like Rubens and Titian, he was best known for his nudes and history paintings, but he also painted many landscapes and portraits.

He was financially successful in his own lifetime, despite being criticised in the press for indecency, and was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1824, defeating Constable by 18 votes to five. In 1828 he became a full academician.

Known as a shy bachelor, he moved back to York from London in 1848 after his retirement and died the following year in 1849.

Betty ( Lady in blue/green 2 piece ) I didn't get to know anything about her but she seemed to be enjoying the view and stood there for quite some time and remained just as still as Mr Etty .

Due to its position near the West Front of the Minster Bootham Bar is probably the best known of York's city gates. This is where one of the city's four original gates, the North-Western Roman Gateway, was erected in wood in AD 71. Its stone replacement had disappeared by the time of the Norman Conquest. A second wooden structure was rebuilt, again in stone, in the 12th century and some of this masonry survives in the present structure which, for the most part, is two hundred years younger. It once had a defensive barbican like Walmgate Bar, but this was demolished in 1835.

Like the other city gates, Bootham has displayed the heads of traitors in its time: notably Thomas Mowbray in 1405. It easily survived an unsuccessfully attack by Lord Scrope on behalf of the Royal impostor, Lambert Simnell, in 1487; but was heavily damaged by the Earl of Manchester's troops during the Siege of York (1644). It was restored seven years later and pedestrian archways added in the following century. Fortunately, plans to demolish the bar in 1831 were eventually scrapped.

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Comments (13)

David Brown Photogra… on March 31, 2012

Goodness gracious me!

I'll have to wait until morning to comment in a manner befitting this masterpiece Sam

That a whole lotta sunlight man!



Neil Grimwood on March 31, 2012

I think you've excelled yourself here Sam,its absolutely amazing,pinsharp even at full size,in fact i can almost read the book that nice young lady is reading;-) Its just as well you explained how you did it because it really does look like a single image.It seems that clear sky did you a favour here mate,you must have had a grin from ear to ear when this popped up on your screen.Good job done Sam,a big BD!! from me.

Yorkshire Sam on March 31, 2012

Cheers Jethro , a Wow is more than good enough for me mate, many thanks !

Yorkshire Sam on March 31, 2012

I was indeed chuffed to see the result Neil and just as chuffed to read your comment. Cheers mate !

Neil in Sheffield UK on March 31, 2012

There's so much happening in this picture. When viewed big you see so many little stories and you wish you could follow the lives of the "actors". In addition, the picture celebrates the loveliness of Yorkshire's historical heart.

Andy Rodker on March 31, 2012

I don't even know where to begin. Spent at least 20 minutes poring over the detail, including the ants in the cracks of the walls (!) OK not quite but you feel this would be perfectly possible.

I like your treatment of the water feature - full of sparkle and caught in time beautifully.

I could go on longer than your excellent, very detailed and fascinating description!

ys+l. Best wishes, Andy

Kenny Wharton on April 1, 2012

Sam you have far too much time on your hands. Thankfully it was not wasted, this is magnificent!


Yorkshire Sam on April 1, 2012

Thank you Neil in Shef, Andy, Kenny and TvdB for your comments and likes etc, I am very pleased to see this being shared and enjoyed so much.

best wishes and kind regards to you all.

Sam :o)

Richard Gregory 48 on April 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing this masterpiece with us Sam and the information is very interesting too..Like..Richard

Yorkshire Sam on April 1, 2012

My pleasure Richard, I am delighted you enjoyed both picture and info enough to warrant your praise.

best wishes , Sam

brian gillman on March 17, 2013

Lovely shot of a beautiful town. Y*. (Just curious, Sam, but were you tempted to wait for the coach and red lorry to move on before taking this?).

Best wishes, Brian.

Yorkshire Sam on March 17, 2013

There would be no point waiting Brian, the area is constantly occupied with buses and other traffic. The bus being stopped made it easier since all other vehicles were on the move. Even the people if you look are marching around for the mostpart. The challenge was for me to capture them in this multi frame pano without motion blur.

Once I got the shutter speed right to solve my problem it was just a case of working to that.

many thanks and kind regards, Sam

brian gillman on March 18, 2013

Thanks, Sam. Yes, the practicalities of a multi-frame shot have to be taken into account of course. And, anyway, the inclusion of coach, lorry etc gives a truer idea of the 'business' of a town (city?) much loved by visitors. My question was triggered by memories of trying to take a similar-type photo of Strathpeffer last year. Had eventually decided on angle, composition etc when a bloody great delivery lorry came and parked itself in the middle of the frame. Had to wait about fifteen minutes before he moved on. Photo still turnrd-out crap!

Best wishes, Brian.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 30, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Yorkshire Sam
    • Taken on 2012/03/26 14:28:33
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 80.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/20.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash