Knaresborough is a beautiful North Yorkshire town with a gorge, waterside walks with charming cottages, an historic market, a railway viaduct, a castle, a petrifying well, cobbled streets, trompe l’oeil street art and lots more. I love visiting and I usually take dozens of photos. It was my birthday last week and I went rowing on the river Nidd at Knaresborough with some friends.
Repeating Pattern Photo at High Bridge
Repeating patterns are a great idea for a strong composition. Often the repeating pattern photo looks best when it forms a leading line. The line can lead into the photo or into the distance. In the first photo, the boats make a line leading towards the viaduct in the distance. Shot from a fairly high angle, the repeating pattern is a fairly gentle feature drawing the eye up the river to give some perspective.
The second repeating pattern photo is stronger. That is because it was shot from lower down so the colour dominates. Also the boats take up the main part of the image and there’s not much space left in the frame for anything else. The bridge makes a nice enclosure of the top of the picture. I’m pleased that the people in the boat are central and framed by the arch.
The last photo was taken near the Marigold Cafe where the hire boats are more subtle colours. Lots of people take a photo from this position with the repeating pattern of the boats. You will easily find some examples on Instagram under the hashtag #rivernidd. In this repeating pattern photo the boats are quite a minor feature and the viaduct is biggest. Because the same type of boats appear in two places, I think it works to draw your eye from one mooring to another.
The rowing boats for hire at Knaresborough waterside are perfect for this type of image. I’ve never seen them all in use, so there are usually plenty moored up in a line. The red and green boats are moored near High Bridge close to the World’s End pub. The pastel coloured boats are further downstream, just a couple of minutes walk. We paid £7 per adult. Other prices were £5 for senior citizens and £4 for children. Babies are free. That price is for 1 hour hire and you can comfortably sit 4, possibly 5 people in a boat. It’s the perfect amount of time to do the whole stretch at a leisurely pace.
Pay and display parking is available just over the road at Conningham Hall. Knaresborough has train services from Leeds and York, and the station is just by the top of the viaduct.
Take a look at one of my shots from inside the boat while on the water, on Instagram.