Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill
15th January 2017

A Good Day at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Conditions were challenging at times in Whitby last Saturday but Stephen and I still took a fair few pictures and it was nice to have time just for photography for a change and take our time around the harbour, Shambles and Abbey areas of the town.

Here are a few images from the day along with a little History of Whitby with each one.

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill

Blue Hour

This is Whitby Harbour at 7am and blue hour, looking towards the famous steel swing bring centre left of shot. In reality it was a lot darker than it looked in this, first shot of the day. Who said older crop sensor DX cameras are not good in low light..?

The harbour you see today is the result of many centuries of man-made improvements to the original natural harbour formed by the estuary of the River Esk. Contrary to most people’s instincts the piers lie to the East and West of the harbour mouth, which actually faces due North. Whitby is one of the few places in the UK where you can watch the sun rise and set over the sea in summer.

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill

Ambient Light

Not the best composition in the world by any means, I had barely finished my drive from home through thick fog ending over the North Yorkshire Moors. I’m full of excuses 😉

This is the middle of Whitby’s West Pier, North Yorkshire, England.

Whitby Piers (East And West) can be found at the mouth of the River Esk in Whitby. The piers are much loved by locals and visitors from across the UK and even worldwide. Some form of harbour protection at the mouth of the River Esk was present in the early 1300’s.

This is a single shot processed in Aurora HDR 2017 and Lightroom CC.

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill


Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, displays paintings and maps. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.

Dull, damp, only long exposure can save us now!!

Geeky bit: This is a 140 second exposure using a Hoya 10 stop filter, the D7100 and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Processed in Lightroom CC.

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill


In this image you can clearly see where the old bridge connecting 2 halves of the east pier together once was. I think it’s such a shame that money cannot be found to connect the two halves of the pier and restore it to it’s former glory, it would get so much use and bring much pleasure to many. This is our heritage but also the world we live in I’m afraid ..

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill


This image is processed to make the most of dull misty & drizzly day.

Whitby in North Yorkshire, England is a great place to photograph in any weather and regardless of time of year. So much history!!

Thank you for putting up with me for the day Stephen Skeet, this is a sneaky pano of you admiring the surroundings while waiting of a long exposure to finish 🙂

Geeky bit: This image is made up of around 8 images (I cannot remember), overlapped by 1/3. The images were taken with the Nikon D7100 and 50mm f/1.8 (85mm on my crop frame (DX) camera) primary lens. Processing done in Lightroom CC.

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill

Whitby Abbey

The ruins of Whitby Abbey are among the most celebrated sights of North Yorkshire. The first monastery here, founded in about 657, became one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world. In 664 it was the setting for the Synod of Whitby, a landmark in the history of the Church in England. The headland is now dominated by the shell of the 13th-century church of the Benedictine abbey founded after the Norman Conquest.

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill

West Pier Light

The West Pier lighthouse was built in 1831 from locally quarried stone. It stands 22 metres tall and is approximately 2.5 metres in diameter. It served as a navigational aid to shipping with its light visible for more than 10 miles up until 1914 when its function was replaced by more modern navigational aids. However, the building itself remained and in 1972 the lighthouse became a Grade II listed structure. The lighthouse was open to the public as a historic attraction up until its closure in 2012 due to the serious deterioration of its condition and a lack of funds at the time to rectify the problems.

Great news!! An £86,000 investment project to restore the much loved West Pier Lighthouse in Whitby has been completed, the light is now open to the public again!! :))

I could have gone natural processing this image but went for a little more of a HDR look for a change. The image was captured with the Nikon D7100 & Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 – processing done in Lightroom CC and the brilliant new Aurora HDR 2017 (currently only available for the Mac but out for Windows soon).

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill


In 1885 the Russian Schooner The Demeter was hit by a wild storm and ran aground in Whitby harbour on Tate Hill Sands. Mysteriously all the crew were dead including the captain who was lashed to the helm. The instant the Demeter ran agound a huge black dog was seen to leap ashore and run up the 199 steps towards Whitby abbey. The dog was known to be one of the many forms into which a vampire could transform itself. Bram Stokers Count Dracula had arrived in England…

The DX crop sensor on my Nikon D7100 was screaming at me for this very low light, hand held shot, while sitting on a stone wall! I’m sure you will forgive me for a little noise and grain ..

Photographs of Whitby in North Yorkshire by Tim Hill

Eye Patch

This light stands on the end of the west pier extension at Whitby, North Yorkshire and is one of the 2 lights that guide boats into the harbour entrance at night.

Did you know: The Vikings sailed into Whitby harbour in their longboats and thereafter influenced the shape of boats and ships that were built in the docks.

The first German fighter plane in World War 11 to be shot down over England, was brought down on the outskirts of Whitby.

The Danes invaded in the eighth century and destroyed Hilda’s monastery.

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Next onto Ingleton in North Yorkshire …