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Urbis, Manchester

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 2 October 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

I thought I'd shown you enough sand dune photos for now so here's something different.....it's a long exposure photo of the Urbis building in city centre Manchester.

The building is an unusual wedge shape and is completely clad in glass. It's this reflective qualitiy of the glass and the way that the building blends with the sky that I wanted to bring out in this photo.

NIKON D40 1801/10 second F/5.6 ISO 200 21 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Stu from Kyoto, Japan

A fascinating shot beautifully handled Ian. It's so interesting to see a long exposure shot taken in an urban setting like this.

2 Oct 2009 5:23am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

I like how this fascinating building 'melts' into this moving sky... The centered presentation works very well here.

2 Oct 2009 6:01am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent work as always!

2 Oct 2009 6:02am

J.Molitor from Santa Barbara, United States

awesome shot!!!!

2 Oct 2009 6:13am

k@ from Paris, France

Futuristic fabulous shining vision, reminds me the angle of the NYC FlatIron*

2 Oct 2009 8:36am

@k@: I hadn't thought of the flatiron building but I see what you mean now!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

This one ticks all the boxes. As mentioned by k@ it has that historical reference, which turns it into a retro-futurism shot. Does retro-futurism exist in art - or anywhere? Love the sense of power, very emphatic.

2 Oct 2009 10:07am

@John Leech: retro-futurism!....is that a new expression?! - I guess all new art draws on aspects of the past doesn't it?

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

quite stricking- impressive sky as a backdrop too.

2 Oct 2009 10:23am

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

very Flatiron-esque (NYC) - love the lines here!

2 Oct 2009 12:37pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Fantastic capture yet again Ian! The long exposure really adds drama to the scene.

2 Oct 2009 12:42pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

fantastic architecture and the long exposure gives a futuristic atmosphere ! well done !

2 Oct 2009 2:19pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Beautifully done.

2 Oct 2009 2:39pm

JamesKV from Barcelona, Spain

wow! impressive capture! was that a 3 minutes exposure?

2 Oct 2009 2:41pm

@JamesKV: Thanks James!....yes, it was a 3 minute exposure. It has the added 'benefit' of effectively removing most of the passing people and traffic. People were constantly passing in front of the camera to cross the road while I was taking the photo.

Bishop from Houston, United States

love what you did with the sky! what time of day was it when you took the shot? :)

2 Oct 2009 2:52pm

@Bishop: I can't remember exactly but I think it was late afternoon around 6pm (very busy with people and traffic!)

Frida from Sweden

Excellently done. Love the sky and the building is so cool :-)

2 Oct 2009 3:56pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Parfait pour moi

2 Oct 2009 4:57pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very beautiful shot! The most stunning effect is the absence of people due to the long exposure.

2 Oct 2009 5:30pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I liked the sand photos, and I like very much this one. The 10 seconds give a fantastic effect in the sky and the building appears impactant from this angle. Very good.

2 Oct 2009 6:48pm

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco....it was a 3 minute exposure rather than 10 seconds.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ghost-like, futuristic, almost vintage, power and movement...this treatment has so many different levels of interest....great work Ian!

2 Oct 2009 7:00pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Old and new, contrasted. Nice work.

2 Oct 2009 7:37pm

Mags from Paris, France

I love this perspective, well done !

2 Oct 2009 8:03pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, exellent picture, well done!

3 Oct 2009 1:31am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What an impressive architecture... and you've made it such a classic!!! Beautiful angle, tonality and long exposure effect that have added so much to its atmosphere! Love it Ian!:-)

3 Oct 2009 1:47am

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Ian. It is obvious you were capturing this scene carefully and that you have achieved what you wanted to show. The lines coming out from the center of the building are almost invisible if this was a thumbnail. Impressive shot!

3 Oct 2009 2:10am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Spellbinding, Ian - a magnificent image in every respect. Stellar. 5-Stars.

3 Oct 2009 2:14am

stephanie from taipei, Taiwan

very futuristic, and the sky is amazing too! great shot!

3 Oct 2009 6:27am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Superb, you always have the best sky

3 Oct 2009 1:03pm

@Onlymehdi: Thanks...we're 'lucky' here in the Uk that we hardly ever get clear cloudless skies :-)

Reno from Madrid, Spain

Is almost perfect!! Very interesting building, and the composition is good. Pretty work.

5 Oct 2009 10:25am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this is faaabulous Ian!! beautiful architecture and wonderful sky movement!!

5 Oct 2009 4:11pm

Ken from Brooklyn, United States

I'm glad you are taking more photos of Manchester. I will be there in November for a visit to Old Trafford.
Can't wait. I will definitely have to check this building out.
Your shot makes it look like something from another world.
Cheers.

6 Oct 2009 12:51am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Another great shot where I like the tones and this beautiful sky

7 Oct 2009 5:11am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks to all of you for the comments!

7 Oct 2009 8:48am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Amazing shot, a very cool building. Fantastic sky

8 Oct 2009 5:54am

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NIKON D40
1801/10 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
21 mm (35mm equiv.)