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I recently got a new lightweight travel tripod (Manfrotto BeFree) so I thought I would get a grip on the controls and set up in my local area. The Royal William (Victualling) Yard is an area I have photographed a lot but not often from the “blue hour” to darkness. For those unfamiliar with the term, blue hour is the period before sunrise and after sunset when the colours of the sky turn mainly blue. It was a clear and still night which led to some amazing colours in the sky and wonderful lights from the Royal William Yard staircase.

The Royal William Yard is a wonderful example of Victorian architecture. Designed by Sir John Rennie (the designer of London Bridge) and constructed between 1825 and 1831, the Yard forms the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe. Restored to mixed-use shops and housing, the Yard is now living and breathing, having been decommissioned in 1992. At the end of the site is the Royal William Yard staircase. The cantilevered staircase was designed by Gillespie Yunnie Architects and links the Yard to the South West coastal path. A stunning piece of architecture, at night, the staircase comes alive with changing LED coloured lights.

Please feel free to comment on the photos below.

Mills Bakery reflections
Brewhouse Pre Brutalism
Clarence walk
Devil’s Frame
Uncorrected Selfie
Downstairs II
Upstairs blues
Devil’s Stair, Royal William Yard Staircase
Slaughterhouse lights
  1. What can I say other than incredible ! The colours and lighting are sublime !

  2. I’m in awe of the lighting ! Sublime.

  3. Thanks Pam! Have a great summer of photography! Hopefully will catch you on one of the summer trips with the club.

  4. Hi Ivo great shots and beautiful lighting. Don’t think I have seen that staircase before must have a closer look when i am down there again.

  5. Thanks for the kind words Diane. The staircase is worth visiting on a warm day, especially in the evening as the LED lights change colour most nights.

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