Through Here

The Manchester Unity Building has so many wonderful features.  I don’t know if I will ever feel like I am done with it.  It is like stepping back in time.  One of the things I don’t think I do enough is detail.  I am trying to get better at doing it.  This was an attempt, though, it really isn’t a detail.

The Way to the Boardroom

The writing on the wall is wonderful.  I wonder what the Grand Secretary is?  I have a feeling the signage is there from when the building was first built.  You don’t really see signs like that any more.  The dark outline and the gold leaf inlaid into it.  Do they still do gold leaf lettering.  I learned signwriting when I was young, it was becoming a dying art then, but I did learn how to do this kind of lettering.  By the time I left the business most of the work was being done with vinyl lettering.  Shame really.

This image was taken the day I went in their to photograph the tower.  I quite likeThis Way to the Boardroom - Original it, I hope you do too.

The image above is a 5 image HDR image processed in Photomatix Pro.  I have put the original image there on the right.  The original is not a HDR, and is the correctly exposed image.

In the work I have done many similar things that I usually do.  I have added some blur, and tried to highlight some parts of the image.  I think I am getting better at the blurring, and I like the effect, I just have to remember not to do it too heavily.  I hope you are enjoying the images.

Photography Field Trips

Just letting you know that I have put up more trips for next year.  Please take a look and see what you think.

I am also planning on doing some online classes on photo editing.  I am still planning what I am going to do, but I am thinking something like some one hour classes over 4 weeks.  I can do some in Photoshop CS6, GIMP and maybe one in Photoshop Elements 11.

Another thing I am planning is doing a series of screencasts of the tutorials that I have previously done, though, if they work, I thought I might try selling them.  If I am any good at doing them, then I am going to have buy software to do them, so I will need to find the money to pay for it.  I am sorry about this, though, the charge would be minimal, I hope.  It is my hope that you won’t mind and will continue to support the blog.  I do appreciate all of you.


  1. It’s interesting that you have made that comment about detail. I was looking at some photos today on Stephane’s blog, My French heaven, and thinking how lovely they were, because they focused in on small details. I made a note to myself to look for more opportunities to take that kind of photo. I think you should consider selling your tutorials and you don’t need to be apologetic about it either. That’s your business – go for it!

    • We shall both have to try more to find the detail in things. I know it is there, but I do tend to ignore it. Thank you Carol.

  2. arnoldthearmadillo says

    I guess the ordinary secretaries know which way to go :D

  3. DO NOT apologize for needing to make a living…the free side of your blog can be for ‘practice,’ but everyone needs to get over the idea that everything on the internet should be free…
    End Minor Rant ;)
    One of the cool things (for me) is that you’re causing me to look with fresh eyes on photography – both the things I see in galleries, and the photos I take myself…My son and I talk about framing the world – seeing opportunities everywhere, in grand vistas and small details. Thanks for that!

    • Thank you Marie, my husband has given me a year to get this going and if I aren’t making any money then I have to get a real job. That could be scary.
      What a wonderful thing to say and how lovely that you now think like that. I am always seeing images everywhere. I can’t stop. If I can’t physically see things, I am making up compositions in my head. It never stops.

  4. Yes, detail is good; often much more interesting than the general (and so I agree completely about ‘My French Heaven’). As I think you know, generally I’m not a big fan of computer post-processing but definitely used to good effect here.

    • Thank you so much grumpytykepix, I think it is a good thing and you are right about the detail. I am glad you liked the processing of this one.

    • Thank you Kris, I used to do it all the time, but haven’t done it much lately. I think it is good to see where an image came from, glad you liked it.

  5. 5 image HDR … sorry. new here. I think this means 5 differently exposed photos, layered and adjusted for effect. Is that right? have read about it, but haven’t done it. I think that your result is phenomenal. And though you say the other is “correctly exposed,” it looks way too hot for my taste.

    • Sort of right, well yes, I do bracketing shots on the camera and then the camera does a different exposure for each one. I use special software for putting them together. Thank you so much Victoria.

  6. Wow… that is such a beautiful shot – I don’t know if it is thought out, a lucky accident, or natural talent, but it is brilliant composition (and great colors).

    • I like to think it was thought out, though I only noticed the writing and then decided that I had to include it, so it was a bit of a spare moment thing. I don’t know if I would do it any differently if I were to do it again. Thank you dcazan

  7. Sell the TUTES…and that’s all I’ll say, other than the first you produced was quite nicely done! You were a bit nervous, no doubt, but THAT will pass!

    Love what you’ve done here…so very much more ‘richness’ in the wood (Lovely wood it is, too!). Just curious…how are you doing your ‘blurring’? Sometimes, I’ll zoom in and blur entire parts, little by little, and in low %s…other times I’ll use a mask. Today, on a snow shot which will probably go up tomorrow, I did (for the first time) ‘play’ with Radial Blur…it has its uses!

    • Thank you 1000, I will try and sell them. I have found that people don’t seem to like buying things from me, it is strange. I will do more and see how I go.
      I am doing new layers, and then adding the blur, then using a mask to take it away from certain areas. It can be fun playing with the other blur filters. I haven’t tried blurring particular bits.

      • Love just playing with Blur…but Radial Blur gets totally wacky between “3 and 4”, so I’ve used it very little. Sometimes, I’ just ‘Lasso’ a certain are, blur it how I want, then touch up edges as necessary…pretty quick, but not always the best way!

      • I might have to try some of that, could be interesting. I haven’t used the radial blur, but I have tried the motion blur, can be interesting.

  8. petit4chocolatier says

    So beautiful! You are going to be pretty busy soon :)

  9. jontystales says

    Just Love your work, how you create such stunning images is amazing .

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