Travelling back to Altrincham to see my parents, and go to the Photographic Club I saw this very beautiful and interesting sunset. I was waiting for the Metrolink Tram at G-MEX “Station”. Due to its location it has a nice view towards the south of Manchester (away from the city centre). I am not sure what the silhouetted buildings are called but I still think this is a nice photograph, I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I did taking it.
Any professional photographer will tell you that the best landscape and / or outdoor photography is done around sunrise or sunset, and its true to a certain extent. I really wanted to go further away from Manchester today but in the end I choose to explore the Salford Quays area. We have both been here many times and the weather and lighting today were surprisingly good, although the wind coming off the water was extremely strong and bitterly cold. Once I had taken about a hundred photos we had a look around the Lowry Shopping Centre, and for a Saturday afternoon I was very surprised at how empty it was. When we came out from shopping this was the view that I saw and I couldn’t help but get a couple of photos. I love this style of photography and think that sunsets are very beautiful. This is a classic candidate for some HDR (high dynamic range) photographic techniques. I wished to digitally combine this photo with another taken where the bridge structure has light on it rather than being silhouetted like it is in this image. This photo will have to be taken one morning in the future, but from exactly the same view point. Then I will try to combine the two pictures into an even more interesting (if not a little fake) photograph.
I was just changing to head out to a New Years Eve party. Looking out of my bedroom window I saw a wonderful sunset over towards Hale and Altrincham. I grabbed my camera but I obviously didn’t get chance to set up my tripod or monopod. Its not the best photograph but it was a lovely sunset to end the year. Today was very windy, stormy and raining for the most of the day. I am looking forward to 2007 and hopefully will develop my photography and website throughout the next year. Enjoy your evening and have a happy new year.
Whilst waiting for a lift for back to Altrincham I saw another interesting sunset in the background, it feels very strange to see the sun going down in the late afternoon rather than late evening but it makes for very interesting skies. I live in the tall block of flats to the right above Scu2Bar. The view behind me as I take this photograph looks toward the BBC buildings and Oxford Road and to my left is a very large Manchester Metropolitan University building.