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.

Manchester Town Hall at Night

Manchester Town Hall at Night

It’s my second attempt at this photograph and I am not done yet. In January 2006 I took a very similar picture but on my old compact camera and without a tripod. I did a bit of research this time to find out what would be the best settings to use for this camera. So I went out at 11pm last night, with the camera and tripod and took this picture. Using the right settings (ad a tripod) it is a lot sharper and brighter. I love the light trails from the cars at the bottom of the picture, but I have a problem with light spots on the lens. I figured it wasn’t dirt but lens flare from the street lamps. I just need to work out what caused this and what I can do to fix it for next time, it might be the UV filter that needs to be removed from the front of my lens? Or possibly I need to buy a certain type of filter? I’ll find out and let you guys know.

Narrowboat in Castlefield at night

Narrowboat in Castlefield at night

A couple of Monday’s ago (I forget when exactly) I got a phone call from Chris asking me to go for a walk to take some photos.I agreed without realising that it was raining outside, but do want to get out more at night with my camera, as I like to the idea of night photography. Stupidly I only took my mono-pod and when we arrived in Castlefield I found a fantastic photo opportunity. I have been back three or four times since I took this photograph, but there hasn’t been a narrowboat in this position on the canal since that night. Without my tripod it was impossible to get a sharp photograph. The small preview above looks OK, but when you see the larger version of the photo it is definitely blurred. Always be prepared to stubble across an amazing photo opportunity even if it is freezing cold, at night and raining and all you want to do is sit on the sofa with a hot chocolate.