At the weekend my mate Mark was over at mine with his new bike. He wanted me to take a few photos but by the time we got around to taking them it was past 9pm and going dark so most of the pictures I took were blurred. I rushed to be honest and didn’t think to use my monopod or tripod to support the camera. Mark somehow managed to photograph the above image and keep it relatively sharp, I had to edit a bit but nothing crazy. I also thought it looked better converted to black and white, I hope you approve Mark?
If you have read my photo blog for longer than a month or so you will know how much I enjoy taking photographs around the Castlefield area of Manchester. Day or night the old converted warehouses and holiday barges contrasting with the trendy bars and modern apartment buildings make for very interesting photography. The bridge in the photo above looks totally different at night compared to in the day. At first I thought this image wasn’t worth sharing with you but after studying the shoot for a while I decided I enjoyed the way you can see the steps to the bridge on the far left and right of the picture. The long white light on the above bridge is a Metrolink tram. With such a long ten second exposure time the lights on the train simply blur into an artistic line.
This is the second in a series of night photographs I captured on my walk around the Manchester’s city centre last night. I wanted to get a couple of images that would look good as monochrome (black and white). I think this is probably my favourite because I managed to capture a high level of detail in and around the doorway to the Town Hall. The combination of monochrome and the time of day really bring out the architectural details of this Victorian building. I framed the image around the large and ornate street lamp and then put the doorway in the middle. I feel that the varying types and sizes of window give the building a very dominating feel, although I wish I had captured a figure walking across the picture. I think that this would have added that extra detail it really needs. Obviously, this picture was captured with the camera on a tripod and the shutter speed was around four seconds, so any figure that would have appeared on the photo would have been a ghostly blur. Still, maybe next time, the Town Hall doesn’t appear to be going anywhere fast.
Taken on the same evening that I photographed the Glass Apple, the picture above uses a very different lighting trick. The Glass Chess Set was sat on a light box, eliminating the picture from below. I placed a black piece of card behind the set and using a tripod I made sure I was focusing on the front three pieces. I like the way the pieces further away are blurred but think that the fallen piece shouldn’t have been on it’s side. Also, three or four piece could have looked a lot better than the seven piece photographed here, but with nearly a dozen cameras pointed at this seen at one point, it wasn’t easy to move things around without ruining other people’s images. Still, I think it is an interesting lighting idea and worked really well.