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ReWorking the Etched Glass in Reception

Etched Glass - Reworked

Back in January, on my birthday I believe, I posted two images, one of them was from the reception area of the 11th floor of the Manchester Unity Building.  I thought I was finished with the images from the building, but I am starting to think I never will be.

Etched GlassAs I was putting all the images together to give to the Manchester Unity, I saw this one and a cringe crept up my back.  I knew that it had to be one of the ones that I should rework.  I know we discussed how dark my work can be yesterday, but I suspect this is a little too dark.  So I redid it today.

Etched Glass - ReworkedSo what have I done differently?  The blur isn’t as strong.  I’ve been toning down how strong I apply the blur.  This image is so much lighter, and you can see the chair more.  I think in the original the chair just looked in the way and not part of the image.  I think it works better in this one.  I found in the original there was too much blue behind the etched glass so I have changed it to be greener, I think the green tones add more warmth to the image.  Overall I think this image is far more warmer and welcoming.  What do you think?

I thought I would do another gallery for you so you can see all the images put together, there are a lot of them, so I hope you don’t mind.  It is nice to see them altogether.  I am not going to put titles on them all, but you know what they all are.

I may do one more of those images again, but basically they will stay as they are.  It is interesting to see how the work and what I do evolves as my skill levels increase.

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  1. Nice work Leanne :)
    Regards

    Mark

    April 26, 2013
  2. These are gorgeous!! Awed!

    April 26, 2013
  3. Oh boy! Brilliant pictures Leanne!!! So what filters you’ve been using here. I see that a few of them are HDR, so was a photoblend or a RAW split? There are a couple of pics where I can see glass even wood and wall. Awesome work there!!!! Let me know :)

    April 26, 2013
    • I am pretty sure they are all HDR images, that seemed to be the best thing to do with them. Thank you

      April 26, 2013
      • Awesome! so which filters are those?

        April 26, 2013
      • They aren’t filters, you use special software, I use Photomatix Pro for most of my stuff.

        April 26, 2013
  4. solarbeez #

    I shot a lot of black and white. This is way before digital photography. The tinkering I did was in the darkroom on the enlarger. Digital photography has opened the door for so much more. You do a dynamite job on your program.
    I’m curious…on some of those dark ‘table and chair’ scenes, how did you get the lighting so well? Is it all in the software or did you bring extra lights and strategically place them?

    April 26, 2013
    • All the images were shot with the lighting that was available and then I played with it in photoshop.
      I agree with the first part of your statement you can do so much more and it is so much easier, and not so dark and cold as it was in a darkroom.

      April 26, 2013
      • solarbeez #

        I got so tired of the hours and hours in the darkroom, so working on the computer is much easier, but you’ve still got to know what you’re doing. It looks like you’ve made the jump to hyperdrive. I admire your work. It is good!

        April 26, 2013
      • I agree with both statements, though it has taken me a while to get to this stage, I am still learning, but I try to make the images as real as possible, I think studying art for several years helps when it comes to what makes an image, so I hope I cam getting there. Thanks

        April 26, 2013
  5. Hey Leanne. The “Past Its Use” card came in the mail today. It will be a nice decoration on my desk. (Also, on a different note, I love the way it smells.)

    April 26, 2013
    • That was so quick, and so good to know.
      I love the reference to how it smells, something I would say. Hahha.

      April 26, 2013
      • Glad to hear that. Yes, I’m the kind of person who sniffs the pages of a book before reading it.

        April 26, 2013
      • Haha, same

        April 26, 2013
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    April 26, 2013
  7. Anne Sandler #

    Great work on the building Leanne. You are a true artist.

    April 26, 2013
    • Anne, you’re back, we must connect, I have been missing our chats. Thank you.

      April 26, 2013
  8. A lovely difference in the photos.

    April 26, 2013
  9. The first one is kind of scary! I like it but the mood is off for it, I think. More like for a scary movie. The second one is in keeping with the rest of the photos, showcasing the beauty of the place rather than going for a mood or some unique impact. Plus the wood on the chair is really pretty.

    April 26, 2013
    • I like the way you have analysed them, especially the bit about the wood :) for me it was the fabric on the chair, who doesn’t want to see that.

      April 26, 2013
  10. Reblogged this on M2wa2 DigiTech..

    April 26, 2013
  11. Reblogged this on Madge Midgely and commented:
    Gosh darn this lady does some nice work…. Lovely Leanne Cole!

    April 26, 2013
  12. Beautiful set of photographs, Sally.

    April 26, 2013
  13. Leanne, I like your newly edited photo of the chair :-)

    April 26, 2013
  14. To be perfectly honest i much prefer the new version. I really don’t like dark heavy blurred images (personal taste) as they hide so much of the image and the details especially when you have a HDR where the details come from contrast in light.

    With the new image I can see a lot more of the scene. I would only mention a green highlight area on the chair which, i think is the reflection of a light somewhere that I would tone down (once gain personal preference).

    Great collection of images.

    April 26, 2013
    • I think the same, except I think dark images can be good in the right place. This wasn’t one of them. I am really happy with the rework. Thanks Ben.

      April 26, 2013
  15. Reblogged this on MuteReality and commented:
    I liked this way too much to leave it at a simple star :D

    April 26, 2013
  16. Honestly Speaking Leanne
    Excellent work….
    Presentation is absofreakenlutely awesome…
    I truly admire your compositions….!!!!!

    p.s. Love this dark touch..!!!

    April 26, 2013
    • I like your honesty Kazi, thank you so much, it is always good to hear.

      April 26, 2013
  17. whyteaugust #

    Agreet that lightening the chair so that it becomes part of the scene works :) I like that table, too…

    April 26, 2013
    • The table is wonderful, actually nearly everything in the building is wonderful. Thank you. :)

      April 26, 2013
  18. Excellent re-think on the chair…I still love that table with the giant silver vase the best in this series :)

    April 26, 2013
    • Thank you Marie, I think it looks much better now. The table yes, I think that is one of my favourites as well.

      April 26, 2013
  19. Your photographs make me want to visit this building.

    April 26, 2013
    • So many people want to visit, but it isn’t available to the public, a business is run in it, so unless you are a client you can’t see it, and then there are parts that even if you were a client you wouldn’t be able to see. I think that adds to the mysteriousness of the building. Thank you.

      April 27, 2013
  20. This is a fantastic collection, Leanne. And i like your re-work of the featured photo. Many times I have to tone the blue down in photos because it’s not real, more of a color picked up from the sky rather than what is true to the object. Opening up the shadows makes the composition lighter and more accessible.

    April 26, 2013
    • It is terrible when one colour dominates over another. I think the blue was picked up from a building across the road. Thank you.

      April 27, 2013
  21. These are really eye popping! I love the mystic skies. Keep on keeping me inspired and blessings to you.

    April 26, 2013
  22. Like the reworked image and how you brought out the chair details. Love these architectural shots. Great job.

    April 26, 2013
  23. I was wondering… When you rework the images, do you go back to the originals, or do you use the first one? So, did you use the first image in this post for the second, or did you go back to the beginning and start over?

    April 27, 2013
    • No, I go back to the originals and redo the image from scratch. They are both from the same group of images that I first took, and pretty done in the same way, only I changed a few things the second time around.

      April 27, 2013
      • That’s what I thought, thanks! They all look great, keep up the good work!

        April 27, 2013
      • Thank you

        April 27, 2013
  24. Again, wonderful work. I don’t mind the darkness at all. Sometimes you can see things in darkness that you can’t see in the light.

    April 27, 2013
    • Yes that is true and I think it has a place, but perhaps not like this. Thank you.

      April 27, 2013
  25. This is one “hell” of a gallery .. you are giving us here. Stunning, still the exit sign in your fantastic shots are an irritation for me. Even the photo of the aquarium the sign ups up .. can’t you remove it. It’s doesn’t go with the fantastic old powerful interior. My favorite of this fantastic bunch .. must be the room with the wall black leather sofas. Magnificent photo. How the light falls on that beautiful carpet … Fantastic job, Leanne .. you should be an architecture photographer. Have a fantastic weekend.

    April 27, 2013
    • I did try removing them Viveka, but because they glow the area all around them is affected and it looked worse after my attempts. I did remove it from the fish tank one, but it was done after I did the low res version. I think you just have to accept that that is how these places are now, OH&S has wrecked heaps of things. I am glad you like them, it would be wonderful to be a architecture photographer, but I just don’t seem to be able to get a break. Thank you.

      April 27, 2013
      • Okay ….. I’m glad that it wasn’t only me that .. thought they are a bit irritating. You have tried. Yes, I truly love the job you have done with that fantastic building – inside and out.
        Please visit this … website – http://www.lindmanphotography.com/

        April 27, 2013
      • I have seen that sight, I have bookmarked, some beautiful work there.

        April 27, 2013
  26. A beautiful collection.

    April 27, 2013
  27. this is such a stunning building…you have done it justice with your photos! in the photo you reworked I do like the etched glass panel, it is brighter, but I like the darker chair…for me dark is richer looking, but that is a personal thing…regardless, the series is brilliant!

    April 27, 2013
    • Thank you Heather, I don’t know the chair wasn’t dark, I think that was my problem with it. I like being able to see it now, but as you said, it is a personal thing.

      April 27, 2013
      • oh I agree, I like being able to see the chair as well, but, as mentioned I like dark wood so the chair doesn’t have the same appeal to me…again only a personal preference the photo is amazing… have a great weekend!

        April 27, 2013
      • Thank you Heather, sounds like you are torn about the images.

        April 28, 2013
  28. Lovely warm, dark colours!

    April 27, 2013
  29. Wow – surreally beautiful images!

    April 27, 2013
    • Thank you Anne, it is nice to see them altogether.

      April 27, 2013
  30. these pics r so beautiful

    April 27, 2013
  31. I love the rework that you did as well. Having the chair ‘pop’ really emphasizes your style that we’ve been seeing more of lately. :-)

    April 27, 2013
    • Is it too more, I’ve just discovered how to do galleries, and I’ve been having fun with them. :)
      Thanks Emily, I think it works better.

      April 27, 2013
  32. Hi, I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. If time allows, please find your link and the rules at http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/my-very-first-blog-award/

    April 27, 2013
    • Thank you so much.

      April 27, 2013
      • I just have to say that your photos are so beautiful. This building, both interior and exterior, are magnificent. From another era. And you definitely do it justice!

        April 27, 2013
      • Oh Linda, I don’t know what to say, that is really nice of you to say, thank you again.

        April 27, 2013
  33. Excellent re-work, Leanne! The image has become very exciting to view, with all the colors and textures, and what you’ve added to make it so! Kudos, dear friend…it is truly beautiful!

    April 27, 2013
    • Thank you 1000, that is fantastic. I think it looks so much better as well.

      April 27, 2013
  34. Tony #

    Superb photos of a great building. I had no idea those little gems existed!

    April 27, 2013
    • Thank you, I think they keep a low profile, but I think there are more out there than we think.

      April 27, 2013
  35. It’s an amazing set of images, Leanne. I can see why you can’t leave them alone :)

    April 28, 2013
    • Thank you Richard, I’m sure I will tinker more with some of them.

      April 28, 2013
  36. The rework has brought out so much richness. Very nice.

    April 28, 2013
  37. It’s a great series, Leanne, and the re-working of the headline image is a big improvement.

    April 28, 2013
    • Thank you, it has been a great series to work on as well.

      April 28, 2013
  38. These are great shots, looks like a very interesting place. Awesome job on the rework.

    April 28, 2013
    • Thank you, it was a great place to photograph, fantastic opportunity.

      April 28, 2013
  39. Viewed as a whole, the images are even more impressive, Leanne. I am very much aware of the influence of Edward Hopper in these works. The images are extraordinary.

    April 29, 2013
  40. Amazing images, as always! I just noticed you sell on Etsy…just bought something there recently, my first time to buy from an Etsy vendor, although I’ve done a lot of online shopping. I’ll check out your store! ~ Sheila

    April 30, 2013
    • Thank you, I have just started trying to sell on Etsy, I don’t know if it is going to be any good, time will tell. Thanks Sheila.

      April 30, 2013
  41. Great photos, and I LOVED the one of the light fixture! Lol, I’m into beautiful light fixtures. I’m so glad you took a photo of it! All of these pictures really show off the grandness of the building.

    April 30, 2013
    • I took one of another one too, I seem to remember but I didn’t process it. The light fittings in this building are so amazing. Thank you.

      April 30, 2013
  42. Anyone who knows me is aware of my absolute LOVE for Art Deco. This place was beautiful — and your photos highlighted the best aspects of the design! I would really love to visit this place one day! Also — I like how you reworked your image. I have the same problem, where I process my images, put them up…and then a week later I realize something is too dark or that I overexposed a my subject, and I redo them haha. It’s good to know that I’m not alone and that it other photographers do it to improve their skill! Thanks for sharing, Leanne — I definitely enjoy following your blog!

    Rosie

    May 8, 2013
    • Art Deco is very popular, and that place is art deco totally. I think reworking images is a fantastic thing to do and having each Friday dedicated to reworking means I do it and have to find images to rework, it is a great idea.

      Thanks Rosie.

      May 8, 2013
      • I like that idea: mandatory reworking. I’ll try that! Thanks, Leanne.

        May 8, 2013
      • Yes, I find it really helpful.

        May 8, 2013
  43. Reblogged this on safebehindthefrontline and commented:
    This is the first reblog I’ve ever done, and it’s well worth it. There’s so much to admire about the lady’s skills.

    May 16, 2013
  44. Reblogged this on Sherry's Space.

    August 1, 2013

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