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Same Scene Different Composition – Part 2

Stretching Up - Silver Efex

Just over a week ago I did an image of the tower from the Manchester Unity Building and called it Part 1, I knew when I did it that I would want to try doing it again.  Stretching Up - 2nd VersionI like this version a lot better than the other one.  I did a lot more to draw out the details in the image using the blur feature and masking.  I also redid the sky.  I didn’t go all the way back to the start, but rather chose an earlier state.

I am not totally happy with this composition.  I like it in the portrait mode, though I really want to go back now and take more photos.  I think I know what I want to get now.  I feel as though I understand the building so much more now.  I know I was invited to come and take photos, but there is a point where I don’t want to wear out my welcome.  I hope they will let me come back to do the tower again.

Since I was pretty happy with how I processed the image this time, I thought it might be good to see what would happen if I used Silver Efex on it.

Stretching Up - Silver EfexTaking the colour out of it, well I thought it would ruin the image, but I don’t think it has at all.  I like how you just focus on the details and the textures in the fascade of the building.  The detail is so intricate, when I am working on it, I enlarge it a lot so I can work closer, and I get lost in the intricacies of the craftmanship.  It really is a stunning building.

Stretching Up - Color EfexThis time I used Color Efex.  It took me a while to find something that I thought would work.  I quite like the washed out look of this.  I like what it has done to the fascade.

I have left the flag pole at the top, I know some thought it was something else, but I tried it without and I didn’t like it.  I like the illusion that the tower continues up.  It seemed flat without it.

I should send some links to the Kia, the man who invited me to photograph the building and let him see some of the images I have done of it.  It has been a wonderful experience.

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  1. very pretty and good pictures! I like the top one with color better =D

    January 22, 2013
  2. grandma paint pot #

    I really like the silver one. It has a haunting, supernatural quality which draws you in.

    January 22, 2013
    • Couldn’t have said it better, myself! But I LOVE reading the comments and seeing all the different opinions (and reasons behind them). You spark great conversation!

      January 23, 2013
  3. The top photo is my favourite.

    January 22, 2013
  4. truly magnificent.

    January 22, 2013
  5. Wow. They are equally beautiful.

    January 22, 2013
  6. It looks like it belongs in a Harry Potter movie.

    January 22, 2013
  7. gailkav #

    That is an amazing building – love your photo of it.

    January 22, 2013
  8. All three are great but I think each has a different purpose. The top saturated version seems to me it would work well in a Batman type of movie! The B&W is verging on an abstract image and the third looks the most realistic in a dark, gothic sort of way.

    January 22, 2013
  9. I love them all, Leanne. To me, they almost have a CGI type quality; a hyper-realist vision of another world. Nicely done. I think my fav is the first one.

    January 22, 2013
  10. Hi Leanne. These are just so mind-blowing and I cant get my head around them. They are incredibly stunning.

    January 22, 2013
  11. Very good depth and color, looks like it could be in a vampire movie.

    January 22, 2013
  12. John.Ai #

    Awesome! the bottom one’s my favorite, looks like something out of batman!

    January 22, 2013
    • That’s EXACTLY what I thought… BATMAN! :)

      January 22, 2013
  13. Such a cool building…And I see I’m not the only one who thought ‘Batman!’
    I love your comment that you “know” the building better now…it’s so true, when you work with something over and over like this. I hope you get back for more, so we can see what you’re thinking :)

    January 22, 2013
  14. This is dark .. powerful and bold – a bit like Gotham. My pick it the top version!

    January 22, 2013
  15. This building really makes me think of the Batman movies :)

    January 22, 2013
  16. These are all nice … did you say that you had taken a series of images of Manchester Unity? If so … perhaps we could see some others to get a more complete feeling for the structure. It’s interesting that each of your various renditions give a very different feel to the building. I’m sure this takes lots of time … when do you know you’re done! Nice work – as usual. D

    January 22, 2013
  17. To me, the third picture is the best. It looks so mysterous in that picture.

    January 22, 2013
  18. Al Kline #

    beautiful pics

    January 23, 2013
  19. amazing…each has its own appeal…great work…I would definitly send the link to the fellow who invited you to photograph the building…I’m sure he would be very pleased with what you have done!

    January 23, 2013
  20. That is fantastic! Very thought provoking, and like a scene from a great movie.

    January 23, 2013
  21. Excellent!

    January 23, 2013
  22. Very dramatic. What a great building!

    January 23, 2013
  23. These are fabulous-I think the top one is my favorite-though the B/W is very striking too. Your work is very inspiring-thank you for sharing it-

    January 23, 2013
  24. i really like all three! do i have to pick a favorite?

    January 23, 2013
  25. Those are all fantastic shots. Well done.

    January 23, 2013
  26. Little Brown Tomato (LBT) #

    I like the angle – very nice. :) And the bottom photo is my favorite too.

    January 23, 2013
  27. Wow, the effects almost make this look like a painting. Nice style! The angle is also very visually interesting. Good job.

    January 23, 2013
  28. Your photography is beautiful. I really want to learn photography better. I have a long ways to go!

    January 23, 2013
  29. Nice stuff…. The colour ones particularly remind me of the latter day Batman movie Gotham City….

    January 23, 2013
  30. Absolutely gorgeous! The top photo is my favorite… Bravo!

    January 23, 2013
  31. The MU Building must be an impressive one. All of your treatments have been beautiful ones.

    January 23, 2013
  32. ok aaa wow…. I wanna do that… :(

    January 23, 2013
  33. I’ve come to find that people who are great at doing things, especially unique things, are their worst critic. These photos are absolutely grand. You did a wonderful job capturing the dark details. Thank you for sharing.

    January 23, 2013
  34. Hi LC, great post and amazing building. Contrast between architectural features and the “MU” logo does strikes me.. My fav is the first one…maybe because I do perceive it as the closest to (my) reality?! Even if none of them is straighten…Good stuff, loved the post!

    January 23, 2013
  35. My favorite one is the black and white picture. Great shot!

    January 23, 2013
  36. That is really a super amazing building Leanne. I’m always impressed with your post processing abilities in creating something extraordinary out of the ordinary. A true artist you are!

    January 23, 2013
  37. What a cool building!!! It is so romantic looking. :)

    January 23, 2013
    • It is so cool. I have really enjoyed the experience of photographing it.

      January 23, 2013
  38. wow! this is amazing!

    January 23, 2013
    • Your use of Silver Efex gave the photograph a dramatic simplicity. The shapes, lines and detail become easier to appreciate. For me, the color gets in the way as a drama enhancer. The black and white carries enough on its own. Great work.

      January 24, 2013
  39. The Night Hawk Photographer #

    Amazing composition, the colours make it look almost like it were a watercolour in the latter colour version. Impressive!

    January 24, 2013
  40. That’s very nice!

    January 24, 2013
  41. petit4chocolatier #

    Love them all. Each one emits a different feeling!

    January 24, 2013
  42. Each of these fantastic images has their own appeal, Leanne, and I’d love to see them printed LARGE, hanging on a cream-colored wall, with the B/W in between the two color images.

    That wonderful building is soooo interesting and imposing, I’d find it very difficult to keep from going back to shoot it on a regular basis…but I understand your hesitance to not ‘wear out your welcome’. Send him these three…it can’t hurt!

    January 25, 2013
    • Thanks 1000, I did send them to him and quite a few others. They won’t all get enlarged but one will. I am looking forward to seeing it enlarged as well. They always look so different when that happens.

      I have loved photographing it and I know there are some places that I could go, so that might be good. I have really enjoyed this experience. I would love other building owners to pay me to come and photograph their buildings. Imagine a whole gallery full of images, that would be the ultimate.

      January 25, 2013
      • That would be soooo fantastic! And thanks for the good news…and congratulations, Leanne!

        January 25, 2013
      • Hey 1000, have you ever considered self hosting with your blog

        January 25, 2013
      • I admit to really not knowing what ‘self-hosting’ is, Leanne. Please, if you could tell me about it in an e-mail?

        January 26, 2013
  43. Love these. I think the first photo is my favorite. What a building!

    January 25, 2013

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