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Reception – Through There

Outside Reception

Another very early morning today.  Not as early as last Saturday, but still had to be in the city before 7am, that’s early.  I might even get used to it one day.

I was in there again to take, perhaps for the final shots, of the Manchester Unity Building.  Today it was all about the first floor, and the reason for the early morning start was to try and get images done before it got too busy.

Outside ReceptionAs with most parts of this building, this is another area that is really beautiful.  The first time I went there I just wanted to stand around and look.  Today, I was really there just to take a few photos of a couple of things, but I went mad and took so many photos.  I have so many things to try now.

The image is the main area and behind me are what used to be all the little shops that were on the first floor, now they are offices for Smile Solutions.  I have done quite a bit of work on this image, but I think I might do more, not sure.  I do love the way your eye goes from one thing to another.

It is going to be sad when my work is done on the building.  I have enjoyed the experience so much.


I wanted to say a little about your comments, nothing bad, but I feel bad that I don’t respond to them anymore, so I wanted you all to know that, as I moderate the comments, which has turned out to be a great thing, I read each and every one.  You should hear a silent thank you after you write it, because I do say it silently after each and every one.

For those that need to hear it,

Thank You.

  1. I fully understand your sentiments regarding the comments. There are times that one does not have the time available.

    March 12, 2013
  2. I think that interior design looks modern yet styled, the floor is awesome. I think the fish tank looks great in the wall but the Blue light doesn’t seem to match the rest of the colours.

    Only my opinion. 🙂

    March 12, 2013
  3. Completely agree about the blue light of the fish tank seeming out of the place with the rest of the interior. That wall would be better painted dark grey for added drama.

    March 12, 2013
  4. The blue detracts from the overall decor and sticks out like a sore thumb, in my opinion. (you’re welcome)

    March 12, 2013
  5. Great shot, Leanne. It’s been a great series.

    March 12, 2013
  6. Luciana Francis (nee Saldanha) #

    Thank you for visiting my blog! Much appreciated! reat your you’re doing here!🙂

    March 12, 2013
  7. Luciana Francis (nee Saldanha) #

    I meant Great work🙂

    March 12, 2013
  8. lovely work Leanne!

    March 12, 2013
  9. Thank you so much for vising my blog — yours is a wonderful!

    Especially liked today’s photos, reminiscent of gorgeous old buildings in downtown Chicago. Agree about being anywhere at 7 A.M.!

    And how kind to explain you no longer write comments, but read them all.

    Thank you!

    March 13, 2013
  10. (+1)

    March 13, 2013
  11. gtonthenet #

    I do like how you photograph interiors – the colours are great.

    March 13, 2013
  12. Jen #

    Beautiful light and colour…This is such an interesting building. The work on the ceiling trays is quite lovely.

    March 13, 2013
  13. Hi Leanne, Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m just starting out so it’s great encouragement. I absolutely loved looking through your pics- simply stunning use of colours! Looking forward to seeing more of your work. -M

    March 13, 2013
  14. Beautiful building! I’ve enjoyed all the photographs you’ve been sharing from it! I totally understand about comments – I can’t imagine responding to every comment!

    March 13, 2013
  15. Excellent work there, I agree that your eyes dance all over the photo looking at all the different objects.

    March 13, 2013
  16. Love the silent “Thank you!”

    I’m glad you went mad with the photos and had fun. It’s a lovely shot and, like you say the components draw the eye around.

    I took a page from your book today and took a field trip to San Francisco. I was trying to get the fog and was late for that, so I was thinking how you have had to make multiple trips when you didn’t get the conditions you wanted.

    There was some fog left, so I might be okay. I’m getting the images off the cameras now, to take a look.

    Thank you for all your support on my blog and your inspiration and teachings here.


    March 13, 2013
  17. Leanne, looking at the numbers of readers that you have on your blog I suppose that I’m not surprised that you don’t answer their Comments.

    However, I have to say that I think your blog is by far the poorer for not relating to your readers in this way.

    Please don’t feel that you should publish this Comment, its just something that I want to mention to you. Adrian

    March 13, 2013
    • Adrian, I would love to be able to do it, but it would take me about 4 or 5 hours a day to do it, and then the day would be gone. I sometimes get over 100 comments a day, that is a lot to respond to. I respond to questions and when people want to know something, but if people are just saying, that looks good, then I don’t think I need to. You are, so far, the only person who thinks I should.

      March 13, 2013
      • I do understand what you’re saying, Leanne, I very much understand the logistics involved. I feel that I worded my comment ambiguously by using the word “poor”. I’m certainly not referring to the quality of your pictures or writing, “poor” (or was it “poorer”?) refers to the human relationships side, in that I feel that any blog not interacting with its readers loses out in this way. You are I suppose a victim of your own success, and thats a very saddening thought I think. However, I accept that I’m the sole person making this point and I do hope that I haven’t caused offence. Adrian

        March 13, 2013
      • Of course you haven’t offended me Adrian. I feel the same way. I would love to respond to everyone, but it has become impossible. I have even considered paying my daughters to do it for me, haha. I find moderating all the comments fantastic and I always read them, and if I feel it is necessary I will respond. Like we are. Shh, but the trick is to ask a question. Thanks Adrian.

        March 13, 2013
      • I’m very glad you haven’t taken offence, Leanne. But its an interesting situation, isn’t it? I mean, all of this internet and blogging stuff is really quite new, and I wonder if anyone has thought through its long term ramifications? I very much doubt that you are the only blogger unable to respond to all your Comments. Good to talk to you today! Adrian

        March 13, 2013
  18. Magnificent building … the building for power … and the details everywhere.
    I can image is’t difficult to keep they eyes where they should be – great photo.
    Don’t worry about response .. on my comments., mine are not mind blowing any how – they will not give you any advice as such. But here I will ask a question .. the ceiling lamp is very unfocused … have you done that on purpose ???

    March 14, 2013
    • No, not really, that is just how it came out. It was very blown out because the lights were on when I took it. I did take some photos of it on its own, so you will get to see what it looked, eventually.

      March 14, 2013
  19. You are such a wonderful urban explorer. You’re fortunate. Living out the suburbs, I don’t get these types of opportunities unless I drive into the city.

    March 14, 2013
    • I have also been incredibly lucky Emily, I think. I got to photograph the Manchester Unity building because I took some photos of it from across the road and they saw them, and asked if I would like to photograph inside. He liked the way I processed my photos. It was incredible luck that they saw them. I hope I get more opportunities like this.

      March 14, 2013
      • I think your foot is firmly in the door now. Word will get out quickly and all the building owners will be calling you. Congratulations!

        March 14, 2013
      • I really hope so. Thanks Emily

        March 14, 2013
  20. Beautiful…

    March 16, 2013
  21. It has been fun to watch your growth over the last year. It has been almost a year since I started following you, and you have blossomed so much. I never could figure out how you get so much done including responding to comments. I think you respond much more to comments than most people who are as popular and busy as you are! Keep doing the work you love and do best, and comment as you can. You are human!!! 🙂

    March 20, 2013
    • You are so wonderful, thank you, it really depends on what I’m doing and how I am feeling. You have caught me at a good time.

      March 20, 2013
      • I consider myself honored because you have written to me many times over the last year. I have never felt slighted by you EVER! I just feel amazed that you have time to ever write, and one of the MAIN reasons that I began checking your sight on a regular basis was that I thought it was so amazing that here you area, a very professional photographer and you took the time to visit sites and write comments, even though it was obvious that you worked VERY hard. The other reason is that I have learned SO much photography from you. I am amazed at what I can do now with Photoshop and other programs! I owe my own growth to reading and being inspired by your posts! 🙂 Unlike many of us, you don’t just post nice pictures, you tell a detailed story about how you got the picture from one look to another. Even when I didn’t understand it, I learned from it! 🙂 Keep up the wonderful work, and comment when you can, but don’t be anxious. I hope people will understand that you are human!!! 🙂

        March 21, 2013
  22. These are just beautiful🙂 Goodness, I couldn’t imagine you answering all our comments! You get so many!! HAHA! But thank you for saying that🙂 You’re such a sweet person

    March 24, 2013

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