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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. I 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.
Taking 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.
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.