So it isn’t technically a rework, though it is yet another version of the tower from the Manchester Unity Building. It has been a long road with this particular image. Well, long hours. Here, take a look.
There are so many layers that it must be a massive file. I should take a look to see.
Last week when I went back in I took many images of the tower, from different places on the 12th floor and at different angles. It was another crap day as far as the weather went, and I really didn’t think I was going to get any good images (you can see the original image below). I felt that to do the tower justice, then I needed to capture the arms as well. The last image I did, was a little disappointing because you couldn’t really see them. I tried to emphasise them in this image. I stretched the bottom out a little.
I have spent about 20 hours, give or take one or two, on this image. I have done many, many layers of blurring, masking, and peeling back. I have never spent that long on one image before and it was an interesting experience. I don’t know that I could do it for all images, but I was trying out something with the blurring, and I like how it turned out. I will have to make notes so I know exactly what I did.
Is it wrong to be fixated by my own work? There is something about this image that I find I can’t draw my eyes away from. I like it so much, I think I might make it my header image for the blog.
Speaking of the blog, perhaps I should update what is happening. I have both blogs, the original one hosted by WordPress and my self hosted blog. I was just putting updates on the original with the full post on the new, but I noticed that no one, well only a few were coming to the new one. It all seemed to be falling apart, so I have started doing the full post on both. There are good reasons, though time wise, it doesn’t really make that much difference. I do the post on one blog, then cut and paste it into the other, so easy. I have far more followers on the original, and very few on the new one, and the reasons for starting the new haven’t really worked the way I hoped. No big deal.
I am off to Eltham tomorrow morning to teach my first class for the year. It has been popular, so it is full, with a waiting list, and many others turned away. I hope it works out well. The class is all about learning to use your DSLR, so should be fun.