Last October I was taking some photos of Salford Quays when I managed to get the picture above of the sun setting behind the Imperial War Museum North. I have enhanced it slightly in Photoshop but I am still not sure if I really like it. The whispery clouds in the sky are nice but the silhouette of the building doesn’t work well for me. Still one of my photographic goals to get a really nice sunset behind the buildings at Salford Quays, this example isn’t a good enough in my opinion but the building does have a nice shape so I thought I would share it.
This is the second of the two good photos I managed to capture on Saturday afternoon. I wasn’t sure which to publish online but decided to post both in the end. This image was taken from the opposite side of the bridge to the previous, and as a result the sun was behind me. It was however an hour or two earlier so the light is a little more intense. I like this area and have taken it many times before, I find the design in the bridge and buildings pleasant to look at. Although the Lowry Centre, just behind the bridge is very shiny and reflective thus making it difficult to get a correctly exposed photograph of the whole area. So far this is the best image I have managed to capture of Salford Quays but I am still looking for that perfect sunset behind these interesting buildings.
Any professional photographer will tell you that the best landscape and / or outdoor photography is done around sunrise or sunset, and its true to a certain extent. I really wanted to go further away from Manchester today but in the end I choose to explore the Salford Quays area. We have both been here many times and the weather and lighting today were surprisingly good, although the wind coming off the water was extremely strong and bitterly cold. Once I had taken about a hundred photos we had a look around the Lowry Shopping Centre, and for a Saturday afternoon I was very surprised at how empty it was. When we came out from shopping this was the view that I saw and I couldn’t help but get a couple of photos. I love this style of photography and think that sunsets are very beautiful. This is a classic candidate for some HDR (high dynamic range) photographic techniques. I wished to digitally combine this photo with another taken where the bridge structure has light on it rather than being silhouetted like it is in this image. This photo will have to be taken one morning in the future, but from exactly the same view point. Then I will try to combine the two pictures into an even more interesting (if not a little fake) photograph.
This afternoon I had a bit of time to go out for a Photo walk so I thought I would show one of my mates around Salford Quays and take some pictures at the same time, I really enjoy the Quays, the modern architect, the large areas of water and the sense of history all seem to be such an interesting contrast. I remember taking a picture on this bridge when I was a child. I was at a carnival with my Dad, I think I still have one of the black and white wet prints I made from all those years ago. Anyway, I like this photograph as the contrast between the red of the bridge and the blues in the sky and water seem to work well together.