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Today I have another image for you from the Manchester Unity Building.  Since this week and some of next week are basically holidays, I am not going to go back to my usual posts until after next week.  The Bay Crits, cycling, is on next week and I am going to be going to that for 3 days, and I want to do some posts on those.  Most likely, I will go back to my usual posts next Friday or Saturday.

As I was saying I have prepared another image from the Manchester Unity Building.  This one is the small reception area that is located outside the Boardroom and near the head office.

Reception The first time I went, I fell in love with the etched glass panel of the building.  I also knew that it would be a challenge to get a really good image of it.  I wasn’t wrong about that.  The lights behind reflect so much.  I had a good idea that one of the best ways was going to be a HDR image.  I had found that if I did the image to expose the glass correctly then I lost the chair, and if I exposed for the chair, I lost the glass, you get the idea?

When I went to take the photos, I already knew this, so all the photos were taken Reception - Originalas bracketed shots.  I knew that would cover everything.

The image was processed with all 5 images, using Photomatix Pro to get my HDR.  Then it was opened into Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.  I have added some detail, then a couple of blur layers.  I really turned the blur down a lot more than usual.  I wanted a softer look, but not too much.  I do love what the blur layers have done to the glass.  I think it has really brought it out.

One of the things I like is the basic neutral colours in most of the image, and then there is that splash of red in the image.  I took other photos of this and from different angles.

I am finding one of my problems is that my wide angle is not wide enough and it is something I am going to have to look into if I am going to continue this kind of photography.  It is a small space and a wider angle might have meant I would have been able to get more in.  In time.


I have started working on my screencasts.  I did another one this morning on using Photomatix Pro, and this time I saved it correctly so you can enlarge it and see what is happening.  My mouse wouldn’t work on it, so I will have to do it again, and I think I need to start writing a small script, but I am getting better, that has to be good.

Hopefully I will have some done soon.  The main problem I have is that the house needs to be quiet and with everyone home right now, that isn’t always possible.  It will be better when my girls go back to school, but that won’t be for another month.  Maybe early mornings before they wake up.  Thank goodness I like early mornings.

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