All posts tagged: Manchester Unity Building


The Year That Was 2013

This has been the biggest year of my blogging career and the most rewarding.  The year began after I had completed the blogging everyday for a year, and I had thought I would continue doing that, however, I haven’t posted every day this year, but pretty close. I had around 8,400 followers at the start of the year and that has steadily climbed to over 20,000, which I am so happy about.  I have been getting lots of comments over recent days about how I inspire you, and I have to say that you all inspire me so much.  I know that I try a lot harder to get great images because I don’t want to disappoint you and every time I write I think about all of you and hope you like what I am writing or the photos I am showing you.  So to each and every one of you, thank you for this year, I am very grateful. At the end of 2012 I was giving the opportunity to photograph some of …

In front of the clocks at Flinders Street Station

Weekend Wanderings – A Full Frame View of Melbourne

On Thursday I went into the city to take photos with the new camera, the Nikon D800.  I have shown some of the photos I got in the last couple of posts, and today I thought I would show the rest. Now, I have to explain, while I showed the images that I took with the 14-24mm, I also took some photos with the 50mm as well, though no where near as many.  I might put them into separate galleries, so first of all we can look at the 50mm photos.  I have to admit, I found it quite limiting and kept going to change the zoom. It was interesting using it, but I have to say, that I was having trouble with it, and changed back to the 14-24mm.  I think I like seeing a wider view of Melbourne.  My photography friend thinks we should have a day where both of us take our 50mm and no other lenses and have to use the 50.  Hopefully in a couple of weeks we will do …


Going Back to Take Another Look

Last week I had a meeting with a business advisory service run by my local council, the council part that is great. This part of the council has been great and I have really enjoyed my dealings with them.  At the advisory thing I was reminded of the images I took at the Manchester Unity Building and wondered if I would process them now.  I have learned so much new stuff since I did them, so would I change what I did? This was one of my favourites from that time.  However, looking at it now, I think it is a little oversaturated, and I don’t really like how you can see through the windows so much.  So I wondered, what would I do now. I put covers over the windows, though I am not totally happy with it.  I like the lighting much more and the warm cosy atmosphere.  Putting the covers over the windows gives the room more privacy or something.  It is more closed in.  Though the weather here today is horrible, …


Reflections on a Building

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. The 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. 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.

Etched Glass - Reworked

ReWorking the Etched Glass in Reception

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. As 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. So 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. …

Grand Father Clocks and Fountains - Reworked

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. The 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. This 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 …

At the Lift Taking One Last Around

From One End to the Other and Some in Between

Today’s post was going to be the end to my working on the images for the Manchester Unity Building, but there is still one more I want to do and I ran out of time.  I might use it in Friday’s post as my reworked image, as it is the same as another image, but rephotographed and reworked, so it fits that idea. The other day I showed you images of reception, this is also the reception, but looking out.  You see this when you are leaving.  Some of this must be familiar to those that have been following my journey with this wonderful building. As you are exiting the building you walk down this corridor to the exit.  You will see the water feature behind the glass and the Grandfather clock will come into focus. When you get to the end you will have to take a look back behind you.  Take a last look down the corridor of Dental Suites, suites that were once shops, then who knows what before being restored back to the way …