Yesterday I started working for a new client photographing apartments around the city centre of Manchester. This was one of the 750 images captured using my new super wide angle 10-20mm lens. The most difficult thing about the day was lighting.
I ended up using as little flash as possible and setting the ISO up to 400 or even 800 at times. This might seem high for a camera like the Nikon D80 that I use, and you would be right to think so. However, with Lightroom’s advanced noise reduction and software such as Noise Ninja I am able to remove almost all the grain. The client is using the images primarily for online distribution and so the higher ISO / noise problems are dramatically reduced with lower resolution web files and my post-processing techniques.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you which apartment building this bedroom is in, but I felt it was very stylish and modern, as were almost all the apartments I have been in so far. The artwork above the bed seems to work very well with the cool blue of the bed linen in my opinion.
Today I got the bus down to take a picture of what the building looked like from the inside, as promised nearly a year ago. Snow isn’t something we get very often here in Manchester, although last night was the first time I saw it snowing in the city centre in the 18 months I have been living here. Chill Factore is within walking distance of the Trafford Centre and opened just before Christmas. The above photograph shows the main, larger slope of the two. It is 180 metres long and although smaller than it looked on the outside I’m sure from the top it looks a long bigger and steeper. Sadly I have never been skiing or snow boarding and didn’t get a chance to today, it is quite expensive when you have to hire the kit and as much as it might be a hobby which I would probably enjoy, it isn’t a hobby that I can currently justify as a poor student.
The technical side of this photograph was quite tricky, as mentioned above I rarely see snow and this one of my first photo shoots in the snow. I found that if I over exposed the image by a stop or more it would trick the cameras built in light metering and not give the snow a gray look to it. Maybe next time I go I will take a tripod with me and experiment more with settings, apertures and long exposures. Or hire a snowboard and see if I can get a photo from the top looking down!
The Arndale Shopping Centre is now the UK’s largest inner city shopping centre since the opening of its new area pictured in the photograph above. I was stood on the carpark level 5 looking down towards Next and River Island. This was taken about two weeks ago now and it was the busiest I had seen it until yesterday, when I walked through to shelter from heavy rain, when there was at least twice the volume of people traffic.
Ideally this picture should have been captured using a tripod rather than hand-held, but I was in a rush to take a few images before the inevitable happened – as always. Two minutes later I was tapped on the shoulder by a huge security guard and asked to leave. Luckily I wasn’t told to hand over my memory card, delete photos and wasn’t escorted off the site, so I guess I got off lightly this time!
Both occasions I visited New York with my old College we took a trip to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side of New York City. The first time in 2005 was interesting and the building looks fantastic but the exhibits where slightly disappointing on both occasions . The photograph above was taken from the ground floor, just inside the entrance. The viewing gallery forms a gentle spiral from the ground level up to the top of the building, which can be seen around the edges of this picture. I struggled to like this picture, its very grainy and didn’t look very good in colour or black and white. In the end I used Photoshop to covert the original file to Black and White and then erased the center of the glass ceiling to bring back a touch of blue. Apart from the grain or noise produced by the low light, high ISO, compact camera situation I like this photograph, mainly for it’s interesting composition.
Last Saturday my Uncle and his family came up to visit me from Reading and wanted to look around the city of Manchester. Whilst finding somewhere to eat it was suggested that we went to the cafe within the Royal Exchange. This is a large Victorian building which was traditionally used for cotton trading up until 1968. I had walked past many times but never actually gone inside. The photograph above shows the inside of the colourful dome, but the most interesting part for me is the theatre itself. Just below the view on the picture is a seven sided steel and glass module at squats in the main hall of the building and looks like a space ship. Inside is the round theatre with seating for about 400 people. Even though there was light shining through this large glass dome it was still very dark in terms of photography so I will have to go back with a tripod and a wide angle lens, to get some images of the actual theatre itself. It definitely wasn’t what I had expected and is worth a visit to anyone who hasn’t seen it before.