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Reflections on a Building

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The other day when I was in the city we strolled past the Manchester Unity Building and it had the most amazing reflections on it.

LeanneColesccity-3hpm2120The building is already a orange sort of colour, terracotta, I think and with these reflections it looked like the building was gold.  I didn’t get very good images, but it would be good to go back to see if it happens everyday.  If it does, I would like to be more prepared and get better images of it.

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This was taken from across the corner.  You can see the reflections a lot more, I wonder if it is the sun on Eureka Tower, that is what it looks like to me.  It probably changes throughout the year.

I am going to leave it there today, I have to head into the city, so time is limited.

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  1. Did you put the two eyeballs in the clouds on the upper left on the last photo? It looks like an animal’s face.

    May 23, 2013
    • What eyeballs, I’m off to check them out.
      Hahaha, bad editing, I got rid of a building across the corner and didn’t look properly. I was in too much of a hurry.

      May 23, 2013
      • I thought it was kind of interesting.

        May 24, 2013
      • You know, you are the only one that has noticed, haha, brilliant, I am going to leave them there now.

        May 24, 2013
      • Good. It adds a special touch to the photo.

        May 24, 2013
      • *all disappointed* I thought it was an extraordinary natural effect of a grumpy cat!

        May 24, 2013
      • Haha, wouldn’t that have been amazing, if it was, or just natural.

        May 24, 2013
  2. Hanno Phenn #

    You are right it looks like Gold.

    May 23, 2013
  3. Love this building! Looks like jewels set in gold.

    May 23, 2013
  4. Wonderful structure. The second image is particularly striking: love the contrast of the sky and the building. Nice.

    May 23, 2013
  5. My first thought was a leopard never changes it’s spots! The first one the reflections reminded me of leopard print – some sleep deprivation here this week might explain this random thought ;)

    May 23, 2013
    • I really did laugh out loud when I read this, yes a random thought, but I love it. Thank you.

      May 23, 2013
  6. Well spotted, this sort of thing is easy to miss. Lovely shot.

    May 23, 2013
    • It helps with you walk you around with your head sticking up, though I do always look at that building, can’t help it. Thank you Mark

      May 23, 2013
  7. Stunning gothic building! Hope you’re efforts capturing the light reflection goes well. The second photo is very nice. Would it help to take a picture during the so-called “golden hour”?

    May 23, 2013
    • No, I don’t think it would, I think it was like that, because I suspect another building was reflecting on it, I will have to take a trip in to see. Though I better be quick, the sun is moving into its winter pattern, so it might go away. It is a stunning building, thank you.

      May 23, 2013
  8. You just have to be in the right place at the right time, pay attention, and have your camera handy! And you did – nice images, Leanne. I often notice interesting plays of light when I visit the city, but I rarely have a camera to hand (although I now carry around a smartphone, so I guess I have got a camera…) Next time!

    May 23, 2013
    • yes, the phone, smartphones are great that way, I often get caught out without my camera, so it is good to have the phone.
      I did have my camera when I saw the reflection on the building and I had to photograph it, but as I was taking I started get the full signal on my camera, my memory card was full, so I had to quickly delete some images, it was so stressful.
      Ahh, next time.

      May 23, 2013
      • Yes! Clouds reflected on big buildings look pretty awesome, too, if you hadn’t noticed…

        May 23, 2013
      • Yes, I have noticed them from time to time. Thanks

        May 23, 2013
  9. Magnificent! I love the second one with the blue against the golden tones of the building.

    May 23, 2013
    • Thanks Nora, it is a great building, and when I saw those reflections, well, I had to take the photo.

      May 23, 2013
  10. cool building – how lucky you are to live near enough to see it in changing light conditions. I bet it’s amazing with thunder storms in the background!

    May 23, 2013
    • It is in the city and I can take trips in and check it out on a regular basis. I don’t know about thunder storms, might have to try and it see. Thank you.

      May 24, 2013
  11. Beautiful capture…
    I saw in our paper this morning that Boston and Melbourne are going to do some joint tourism thing…get ready for See Boston! posters in your city, and we’ll have See Melbourne! around here :)

    May 23, 2013
    • Haha, that should be interesting, I will keep an eye out, I’ll take photos of them if I seeany.
      Thanks Marie.

      May 24, 2013
  12. It looks awesome. I’m from the west of Melbourne and if we travel into the city on certain afternoon/evenings we see the sunset reflected on the Rialto. It’s another one that looks like it’s made of gold!

    May 23, 2013
    • Oh I want to see that, do you know if it only happens at certain times of the year, or at certain times of the day?
      I think, I suspect that what was happening with the Manchester Unity Building was the sun was shining on the Eureka Building, and the gold bit was reflecting onto the Manchester Unity Building. It was in the afternoon. Though the sun would have been low. Thanks

      May 24, 2013
      • Not sure about the season but definitely late afternoon as the sun gets close to the horizon.

        May 24, 2013
      • That would make sense, might have to find a place to photograph it one evening at sunset. You going to join me?

        May 24, 2013
      • If I have enough time to find a babysitter, yep!

        May 24, 2013
      • Cool let’s plan a time, and find a place.

        May 24, 2013
      • Am trying to think of exactly where we see it and how far away from the city we were. I’m thinking somewhere near the west gate bridge-somewhere a bit higher. One of those really orange sunsets would be best I reckon. Can we predict something like that?

        May 24, 2013
      • I agree, about the place, I will have to get onto google earth and look. I am wondering if we were just across the river at Southbank if that would work.
        We sort of can, we know that you are more likely to get a sunset if the next day is going to be fine, in summer when it is going to be really hot the next day you will get a good one, so maybe we need to wait for summer.

        May 24, 2013
      • Summer means later sunsets and more chance of being kid free! If I see it again before then ill take note of all the conditions and let you know :)

        May 24, 2013
      • Well let’s put it in our diaries or whatnot, to do it in summer, and in the meantime we can both check out places that we think would be good for it.

        May 24, 2013
      • Done!

        May 24, 2013
      • I sent you an email.

        May 24, 2013
      • If you can’t find a babysitter, bring them with you.

        May 24, 2013
  13. Much of the contemporary architecture in Melbourne is, in my view, ugly and cold. This heritage building, however, is quite magnificent. And you’ve captured its essence…

    May 23, 2013
    • I hope you aren’t apologising for your view here, I think it is shared by many people. I think most of the buildings built since the 60’s are square boxes, or rectangle boxes and not much thought was giving to how they would fit in with what had gone up before them. Especially in a city like Melbourne that has so many beautiful Victorian buildings. Manchester Unity building is a thing of beauty. Thank you Russell.

      May 24, 2013
  14. Pretty amazing reflections. What goes on in the Manchester Unity building?

    May 23, 2013
    • Thanks Paul, it is offices. A big Dental practice operates on 3 floors and the other 9 are smaller offices, jewellers, other dentists, I have seen a place to learn how to make coffee there. So it is all privately run businesses, which is why people are not to just go and wander around in it.

      May 24, 2013
  15. such a stately building, the second shot brings out the orange…great photos as always!

    May 24, 2013
    • Thank you Heather, I think the thing that makes it so good, is that it really is different from most of the buildings in Melbourne, I can’t think of another one that is that big. Good design.

      May 24, 2013
  16. Truly fine captures, Leanne…please keep track of the date and time, so you can catch it again next year. These fantastic moments are ever so fleeting!

    May 24, 2013
    • I think if I can back in the next few days I might be able to see it, I pretty much know what time it was. I do want to see if I can get it again, and with my tripod, though not sure about being able to get back into the city. We will see, but I will take a note of the date and time. Thanks 1000

      May 24, 2013
      • You should have a time stamp on your original, via Nikon Transfer…I assume that’s what you use to upload?

        May 24, 2013
      • Yes, there is a time on the Nikon, so can check it out that way. I just transfer, I don’t use any software from Nikon, didn’t even know they had any. haha.

        May 24, 2013
      • I use the Nikon Transfer as it’s less stressful on the card and offers more options, such as, if you’ve forgotten to clear the card, it won’t place those images into a new folder–it knows they’re already somewhere else. I guess it’s just easier for me to keep track of things that way, especially when I’m doing a ‘chronicle-type thing’.

        May 25, 2013
      • I have always used a memory card reader, and so far, it has been great I haven’t had any problems. Still using the memory cards I go 3 and half years ago. I am very careful about using them, ejecting it from the computer, making sure the camera is turned off that sort of thing. I am okay with what I am doing. I haven’t heard of Nikon Transfer.

        May 25, 2013
      • I installed it from the CD that came with the camera, and it’s kind of a blessing, in a way, as I don’t have to ‘fiddle’ with opening the camera, taking out the card, etc…these older fingers sometimes don’t like little things!

        May 27, 2013
      • I didn’t get a cd, at least I am pretty sure I didn’t. I think with my camera there is an assumption that you will do what you do and that is that. Fingers can be a problem, that was some of the issues I had with the Canon cameras.

        May 27, 2013
  17. Super capture …

    May 24, 2013
  18. Amazing the differences between the two shots – it could be another building entirely at a quick glance.

    May 24, 2013
    • Yes, one taken side on, the other diagonally, I like the side on one more, I think the reflections work better, thought the HDR didn’t work well. Thank you.

      May 24, 2013
  19. Very nice – we’re getting a lot of dappled light at the moment – makes for very interesting shots. Love yours.

    May 24, 2013
    • Thank you Richard, it was quite a surprise to see it.

      May 24, 2013
  20. Beautiful photos ….of course….and the dapped sunlight is just amazing. I love the effect on the stone and on the glass.

    May 24, 2013
    • It was such a wonderful find to see it. I loved it.

      May 24, 2013
  21. Beautiful captures! This building is magnificent.

    May 24, 2013
  22. Gotham City Tastic.

    May 24, 2013

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