Merton Avenue Playing fields

I spend most of last year looking for perfect place to capture cityscape of Manchester. I have found few interesting locations what led me to to create my top 7 best hilltop spots described in my previous guide. At that time however I was not aware about one spot that instantly became one of my favourite. Merton avenue playing fields. Here are few photos captured from this amazing spot.


Full moon at Peel Tower

Cloudless sky's we've been recently experiencing was an excellent opportunity to capture moonscape photo. We are still in lockdown so I couldn't travel very far therefore Peel Tower was perfect place to go since it's within allowed mile range from my house. This time I only brought one, panoramic photo of moon rising over Scout Moor wind farm.


Haslingden Halo

This large sculpture is one of four Panopticons structures we can find across East Lancashire. Its part of art project that create 21st century landmarks as symbols of the renaissance of the area. I can’t remember how I discovered this location but from first look I knew it was good spot to shoot. As a huge fan on sci-fi books and movies I wanted to make photo reflecting that vibe. Here are few of my favorite images.


Best way to photograph in fog

Fog is what hooked me to photography. I remember vividly over two decades ago at my school trip we got struck with fog. Everyone thought it was bad thing to happen as it obstruct views we suppose to be having and made difficult for drivers. I was surprised of how much fear it had conjured upon our teachers who were afraid of pupils to get lost in it. However for me it felt good, having this feeling of mystery and awe.  I know it can be very dangerous to travel by car or bout in foggy day but each time I encounter those unique weather conditions I cannot stay home. I grab my camera and go out to shoot.

So what causes it? Fog is a visible aerosol consisting of tiny water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth’s surface. Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud, usually resembling stratus, and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, and wind conditions. In turn, fog has affected many human activities, such as shipping, travel, and warfare.

 

Fog acts like a giant diffuser spreading colors and often creating an eerie glow around bright light sources. Therefore some cameras might be having trouble to focus and manual mode can be good way to get sharp images.

Few tips I to photograph in fog:

  • Always shoot in RAW. It can be detrimental in post processing having possibility to adjust few settings like exposure or white balance
  • Use manual lens focusing. It can be very helpful in situations when camera struggles to do it automatically
  • Having tripod with you it’s always nice especially that fog often appears during the night
  • It’s good idea to increase exposure compensation +1 EV
  • Bringing speed light with radio triggers might be good idea however with color gels for extra creativity. I have not tried it yet myself but its definitely something I will do in future
  • Shoot at least 3 exposures (HDR) for extra options in post production.
  • Avoid polarizing filters. They don’t work well in fog
  • Bring fiber cloth to wipe condensation from your lens to avoid blurry images

 

Here are some of my favorite images taken during foggy days. Mostly Manchester.


Lightopia Manchester

When I found out about lantern festival happening in Manchester in my favourite Heaton Park I knew I want to be part of it. Those who follow my work are probably aware I really like night photography, combining artificial lights into natural especially during blue hour. Therefore I was very exited then Lighopia accepted me as their official photographer for their Manchester launch event.

Unfortunately due to timing I was unable to capture all these amazing lanterns during the dusk when light is most appealing for this type of photography however I’ll already arranged to come back and re-shoot some of installations whilst more convenient time of a day.

See below few of my favourite images from launch event but look out for another post with another set  from my second visit.

Big thanks to organisers:

Lightopia

Manchester City Council 

Transport for Greater Manchester 

Outreachcreative


Best of Manchester (update)

Hello,  Just a quick update with recently captured photos of ever growing city landscapes.




Corporation street Victoria view

This week I had visit another great location in Manchester city center for night and long exposure photography. This time was M.A.N arena car park what offers nice view on Victoria station and corporation street. Idea was to capture light streaks from ring road along with trains coming in and out from the station. I’ve show up early blue hour to get my base image keeping camera on tripod and shooting all the way until late blue hour to get rest of components.

Area on left side of the frame is currently under heavy development with several buildings been added to ever growing Manchester skyline. Once work is complete spot will offer excellent composition with all new N.O.M.A scrapers and bridge in the foreground.

This time I also brought second camera that I placed on other side to capture north bound of the station. It’s not a great image but I decide to share it anyway.

Also before and after of main photo can be seen below:


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.


Best photos of London

Few of my best photos from my two night trip to London. I focused mainly on night images as in my opinion this city look best. It was just kinda painful to carry heavy tripod all day long just to be able to take few photos during sunset and the blue hour.


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 side. I recommend coming here with own vehicle since you can only enter this car park 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’m usually setting tripod up. If you are into long exposure photography this location is quite nice as you can capture light from passing trains and car trails from Cheetham Hill road. I recommend bringing wide lens such as 18mm. However there are some compositions with telephoto lenses too.

3. Salford quays exchange car park. Recently discovered location perfect for capturing Manchester skyline. Works really well after sunset as you will be able to get some nice long exposure shots capturing light streaks from passing trams in and out of the city. There is only one composition that worked for me at around 50mm however you can always zoom in more for more compressed shot.

4. River Irwell reflections. Perfect place for a walk or cycle from city center to Salford Quays area and Media City. You can capture some amazing reflections of Manchester along the river.

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. Good advise when it comes to taking photos through the glass is to cover camera with cloth in order to remove potential reflections caused by light from corridors. Especially when photographing after or during sunset.

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 balcony of my friend apartment.

If anyone know some good locations around Manchester don’t hesitate to leave comment below or contact me through contact form on the website. I’m always eager for cooperations.

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