Best of Manchester Vol3

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.

Top 7 Manchester view points

In this post I will list my favorite locations for creating Manchester cityscapes and night photographs. You can click at each location to see it on google maps.

  1. First street car park. It offers one of the best view points of the city from each sides. I recommend coming here with own vehicle since you can only enter by having a ticket.

2. MEN arena car park. Located near Victoria station. Very easy access. No one ever asked me to leave while I was shooting even though I usually have tripod with me and that seems to set people of. If you are into long exposure photography this location is quite nice as we have trams, trains and busy Cheetham Hill road in front of us leaving plenty light to capture.

3. Salford quays exchange car park. Recently discovered location perfect for capturing Manchester skyline. If you come after sunset you will be able to do some long exposure shots capturing light streaks left by passing trams. There is only one composition that really works at this spot since other side is obstructed by buildings.

4. River Irwell reflections. Perfect place for a walk or cycle from city centre to Salford Quays area. You can capture some amazing reflections along the river (if weather is still enough) together with light streaks.

5. New Bailey car park. This location will be very appealing to the eye once road works are done and construction sides are completed. It is very messy around there at the moment. What I like about this spot is curvy road ahead that creates nice composition especially if you are into long exposure photography as much as I am.

6. Shudehill car park. Maybe not the best views but I decide to include into my list anyway. Just across, there is another spot with few interesting photo opportunities displayed as example on second image.

7. Green Quarter top floor apartment building. Photos are taken through the glass window of 15th floor staircase. This location is recommended only for dedicated photographers since you need to be super sneaky to get inside.

Bonus location – Acort Court. This one offers best Manchester skyline I manage to find. Unfortunately it’s not possible to get there as building is well protected. I had privilege to take those photos from my fried apartment balcony.

If anyone know some good locations around Manchester please don’t hesitate to leave comment below.

Also most recent photo updates as always you can find on Instagram.

Foggy Morning

My favorite atmospheric phenomena just happened last Wednesday. I only manage to snap few photos with no tripod as I was coming to work that morning...

Another cycling trip

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.

Deansgate Locks

Idea for this photoshoot was simple... Capture newly rebuilded metrolink pathway between Deansgate and Castlefield under light of blue hour.

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I've been enjoying electronic sports since in 1998 along with bunch of geeks from my neighborhood I organized lan party for the first time. We played games all night long. Lately this kind of entertainment is becoming quite popular especially among young people. They prefer spend their free time interactively, playing online, multiplayer games rather than blankly watch TV. These titles are very competitive that make them exciting to watch. There is no doubt that this is a future of cyber entertainment and e-sport will be only growing.

There is a few photos I've taken during King of the North tournament organized by Manchester University. There was no StarCraft 2 :( My favorite game but I enjoyed CS:GO, dota2 and LoL nonetheless.

Manchester Cityscapes

Few of my recent Manchester cityscapes I managed to capture.

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Daytime Long exposure

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.


Recent Manchester photos

Small addition to my architecture / Manchester / urban gallery. Mostly taken within last week in several places around Grater Manchester.

Magic of blue hour

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.