Simple post update with my recent works focused around Manchester. You can find all those images as usual on my Instagram. However I would want to post them one by one on this blog therefore I decided to make periodic updates containing batch, share worthy images gathered throughout recent trips and assignments.
by Tomasz Kozak
Sunny days in Manchester at this time of the year are the rarity. Therefore every time we have them I don’t hesitate a moment to get on one of my cycling trips around the town. For this evening I’ve planned to get on top of First street car park and get a long exposure shot of passing trains during blue hour light. Unfortunately my presence was quickly discovered and I was accused of trespassing and removed from locations by very angry, impolite watchman. I believe I was spotted in the elevator wearing black with tripod on my back probably looking like bazooka or some sort of heavy weaponry. Obviously I’ve looked like terrorist. However, this location I quite nice and most certainly I will be back another day!
I manage to get one photo (last one in gallery) with composition I was going for but unfortunately it wasn’t yet dark enough to achieve desired effect.
Few of my recent Manchester cityscapes I managed to capture.
When I discovered basics of shutter speed as new photographer, long exposure immediately fascinated me. Whether it was creating silky water effect or transforming traffic into red and white lines those kind of photos were most enjoyable to take and retouch. I've started caring tripod everywhere. After while however, smoothing waterfalls or creating light beams wasn't enough so I bought my first ND filter and start experimenting with daytime long exposures. Trapping time, movement of clouds or water into one frame creates surreal feel of images that I like very much.
Here are few photos taken by using this technique at Media City UK, popular Manchester location.
Blue hour is the period of twilight during dawn each morning and dusk each evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. During the blue "hour" (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth's surface. Because of the quality of the light, this period is treasured by artists.
Yes. I'm not actually that smart to write such nice lengthy sentences, explaining visual occurrences happening in nature on our little blue planet. Therefore I'm using whats already written on wiki page to explain for those who don't yet know what blue hour is. If you like night/long exposure photography this is the time you want to have your tripod and camera ready.
Idea for this was to catch light left by passing trains during previously mentioned blue hour.
I was cleaning my constantly growing catalog of images and I found few architecture shots that had potential to look good if I make collage out of them. I end you with those...
Few shots from my urban explorations taken last week or so at random locations around Manchester.
On Sunday 15 November, the inauguration of Timeless Elegance, new Christmas Lights design by ATC Lighting Design was organized at the iconic street of the British capital, Regent Street. The Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, played a musical piece by Pierre Mussche from Musicom, composed specially for the occasion. Grand opening was followed by a party held at Lights of Soho gallery. Clearly, this event was all about the lights!Read more
When gloomy and rainy days arrives to Manchester. Time comes to revisit summer shots and perhaps fish out an image worth some attention. I've started my search from photos taken during hikes in Tatra Mountains. After short while I found candidate that had really boring, cloudless sky. Everything else about this shot was quite appealing so I had starting point into new composite. First move was to replace sky with better one from my stock collection that I intensely trying to build every time weather present a chance for it. Lighting, colours and tones on the foreground were very similar therefore I had easy job matching it with my new sky. While working on first photograph idea for second one was born. I end up with two completely new landscapes never seen before by anyone. Dreamlands created by photoshop and imagination.
Composites enables me to create anything I can dream of, giving me limitless possibility's to make something from nothing. Nowadays when I take photo I don't ask myself that it is... But what could it be.
Rzeszow, fairly large city in south east Poland where my story began 32 years ago when I opened my eyes to see beauty of this world for first time. It is a place where I met best friends, place that I explored thoroughly, place where I found my love... It is also place I left behind to seek better days...