Architecture, Melbourne, Photography, Reworks

Corridor End ReWorked

The first time I went into the Manchester Unity Building to photograph the mezzanine floor I had to use my older wide angle lens, 18-105mm, and when I took the photo of the end of the corridor with the fountain and the grandfather clock, I felt it was all squashed up.

Grand Father Clocks and FountainsThe clock almost doesn’t fit into the image.  I didn’t mind the actual composition, I just wanted more space around everything.

Once I got the new lens, the 14-24mm I knew that I wanted to shoot this scene again, and a week or so later I was given that opportunity.

Grand Father Clocks and Fountains - ReworkedThis has so much more space and gives a better sense of where they are, don’t you think?  It is amazing how just changing a little thing like zooming out, or stepping back can make a massive difference.  It is something I try to teach people in my classes, sometimes you need to just take a step in a direction, any direction and it can change the whole composition.  Well, for this one, it was a wider lens and it really helped the composition.

Again, it may be too dark, but I quite like that, and I like where the focus is in the image.  I hope you agree.

I should be on my way to Harrietville when this is published.  Apparently lots of stops on the way and ample opportunities for taking photos.  I wonder how many I have already, anyone want to guess?


  1. Yes… the second image seems more complete and whole. I love the dark tones and feel. Very nice.

  2. 20

    For me it would be 300 but something tells me you are more deliberate and thoughtful.

    This is an amazing lesson.

    Hope you’re having fun!

  3. The image looks great. I recently also got a 14-24 and simply love it. :-)

  4. Im probably gonna guess if its like me that you will look and then decide on about 5 or 6 you find amazing!!!!

  5. Leanne, I simply love the rework, and I don’t think that it is too dark. The lighting suits the soul of the image. Could you tell me what your settings were, what light source you used (if any other than ambient light) and what program you edited it in. What camera and brand of lens you used. I love the lighting in all your images, they have a moody quality that is very appealing. thanks

  6. You have just demonstrated the difference between a documentary shot and an artistic shot. The surroundings in the second image give context and direction to your subject. When I first started shooting elevators I crowded the subject too much, and created flattened, dull images, until one day when I let empty space speak into the pictures. Then, there was life. Thanks for this emphatic demonstration of the principle, with spectacular results. Good work.

    • Thank you, Kocart, something to learn in the photography critique and experience :-)

  7. Stuart says

    Leanne: to me both compositions stand up very well indeed. The wider shot has atmosphere one could cut with a knife and complementary perspective angles everywhere one looks. The extra detail was well worth returning for! The rectangular fixture above the instrument case adds a curious touch. It looks like a light with a figure in the middle. The instrument itself is curious.

    I hope you had a lovely time on your road.trip to the hills. Funny….when shooting in the SW USA I ended up carrying just one 35mm Zeis lens, did A LOT of walking as a result, and tried never to think about the hundreds of missed photographs…..

  8. tripodtrippin says

    A great rework of this image, Leanne. It’s not too dark and the lighting is wonderful. Thank you for always providing instruction on how best to take a shot. Most helpful.

  9. Yes, that second shot has more space and the processing is better too – colours more vivid, and nice framing.

  10. amazing indoor photographs with the li,ghts… Fascinated me. Thank you, have a nice weekend, love, nia

  11. I like both versions…the first one darker and moody, the second one highlighting the light and contrasts.

  12. The re-work looks nice.

    The number of photos taken: it’s roughly noon-ish in Colorado, my guess is 150. Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Love your new take on the image. It really puts everything in context, and I like the darkness too – it adds a lot to the atmosphere.

  14. I agree with you the rework does seems to give it more space and it also looks clearer. Good rework.

  15. I agree that this image needed the space and I love the darkness. Often the first thing I do when composing or viewing my frame is position my body differently. Wonderful post. Photos with purpose.

  16. The reworked photo is better — more open and welcoming, and the angle doesn’t seem as awkward. Really nice — and I don’t think it’s too dark at all.

  17. ‘Good glass’ really makes a difference, doesn’t it, Leanne? The re-work now has more depth, and the angles are much ‘easier on the eyes’! Well done!

    Have fun on your trip!

  18. I love the darkness and the contrasts in your pictures! You have such a great eye for taking the photos and then also such a wonderful talent for making them look even more phenomenal.. :D

  19. My pick is the last one .. because the light reflection was a bit irritating in the first – but in both I hate that exit sign … you should remove that too .. it spoils the old feeling and atmosphere of the corridor and the old features.

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