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.

Three Tallest Buildings in the UK at Night

Three Tallest Buildings in the UK at Night

This image was also taken on Friday 5th January 2007. Studying this photo I was convinced it was three skyscrapers but after a bit of Wikipedia research I found out this picture shows four skyscrapers. The Bank of America building is much closer to the camera and the Citigroup building is the furtherest away. It is strange how the angle you take pictures at effects the perception of a situation. The height of the Citigroup tower and the HSBC tower is exactly the same, they are the joint second tallest buildings in the UK. The tallest, One Canada Square (commonly known as Canary Wharf Tower) is pictured to the right with what appears to be smoke coming from the top of the building.

Marriott Hotel, West India Quay

Marriott Hotel, West India Quay

This image was taken on Friday 5th January 2007. I was walking back to the hotel after a photo shoot in the Westminster Area of central London. This photograph shows the Marriott Hotel at West India Quay on the Isle of Dogs near Canary Wharf. We were staying in the hotel pictured (the tallest building). It seems extremely large from this angle but it isn’t as big as many of the skyscrapers that you would see if I had turned my camera lens 90 degrees to the left. There appears to be a major construction site on the flat area to the right of the hotel. I wonder what this view will look like in five or ten years?