Manchester Town Hall Doorway

Manchester Town Hall Doorway

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.

Glass Chess Set

Glass Chess Set

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.

Wainwath Falls, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales

Wainwath Falls, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales

Taken last month up the in the Yorkshire Dales the photograph above shows Wainwath Falls, you can find them about 10 yards from the main B6270 road through Swaledale from Nateby to Richmond. I decided to make this image black and white in Photoshop as I think that there are quality of the water is enhanced with the monochrome effect. The river is quite wide at this point along the road and there are steps down from the road to get to the falls. These aren’t the most interesting falls I saw on my weekend up the Yorkshire Dales and County Durham but it is a photograph I wanted to share with you.

Fat Boy Harley Davidson Motorbike

Fat Boy Harley Davidson Motorbike

I think this is the first photograph on my blog that was taken using 35mm traditional film. I stopped using film in about 1998, not so much because I moved straight to digital but that’s another story. This photograph was taken some time between 1995 and 1998. I would have been at a car show, probably Tatton Park with my dad. He takes some amazing photographs of motorbike engines, and I think this style of photograph does have a certain style or quality about it that is appealing . The Fat Boy Harley Davidson bikes were first introduced in 1990. I have no details about the age of this model, but to me (I don’t know anything about motorbikes) it looks like there is two fuel tanks. Maybe reader Mark (my biker friend) could comment on this. It’s just a shame a missed out the logo of the bike in the top left.