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Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 18 November 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A new building in Manchester city centre that has won many architectural and engineering awards.

Despite the fact that I'm not really that happy with this photo it was published recently in 'Building' magazine which is the UK's biggest weekly glossy construction magazine.

Here's a link to Wikipedia's article on the building:

NIKON D40 2413/10 second F/8.0 ISO 200 18 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Looks like a spacecraft , beautiful POV and BW

18 Nov 2009 5:44am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great image, good long exsposure

18 Nov 2009 6:42am

Naveen Bachwani from Mumbai (Bombay), India

Yes, Ian. We have seen more breathtaking output from you, but this works too! Loved the sense of dynamism from the lines of the building as well the motion of the clouds (thanks to your mastery of long exposure)...

18 Nov 2009 6:42am

yz from Hungary

wow, creative architecture
congrats for the publication

18 Nov 2009 7:57am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I bet you were chuffed to see it published? I can't figure out why the photo doesn't work all that well but I do like the processing a lot. It has a gritty feel to it which a lot of your photos have. How do you achieve that? When I process my images they generally retain that crispness about them whereas sometimes I'd like a grainier look. Adding film grain doesn't seem to work in Photoshop, I find it just looks rubbish.

18 Nov 2009 8:13am

@Mike: It's always a huge buzz to see one of my photos published Mike!'s such a dramatic building and one that should be very photogenic but I don't really feel that I've done the best that I could manage with this one particuarly at the base where it is very murky on this photo. I'm not convinced about the composition either if the truth be known! (maybe it's the tree top left blurred by the long 4 minute exposure?)

I'm not sure what you mean about the gritty feel as I don't think I added any extra grain when I processed this particular shot. There's loads of added contrast of course if that's what you mean which, as you know, can add noise as a by product of that process.

Benoit Darrieux from Tripoli, Lebanon

I disagree with you, this is a nice architectural picture. Strange building, I'm not sure to like it, but nice image.

18 Nov 2009 9:45am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A remarkable building, one must have an airy feeling working in these prolonged balcony offices.
I like the image, but I think I guess why you are not fully happy with it. Correcting the pespective from this lateral angular perspective is extremely difficult, something I often try to avoid. Your image is excellent, though.

18 Nov 2009 10:43am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Congratulations on getting published!
Nicely processed.

18 Nov 2009 1:54pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great composition and point of view. Congratulations on the publication.

18 Nov 2009 1:59pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Very nice use of wide-angle.

18 Nov 2009 2:18pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I wonder if some greater definition to the right hand side of the building, perhaps a little extra shadow detail, would counterbalance the effect of the tree to the left?

18 Nov 2009 5:47pm

@Curly: good point!'s very bright over there on the right isn't it.

coriandre from Villeneuve sur lot, France

J'aime beaucoup cette image très graphique

18 Nov 2009 8:27pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicago, United States

I like the cubism in this.

18 Nov 2009 11:01pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Like it or not it's unmistakably you Ian...Congratulations:)

19 Nov 2009 4:40am

2413/10 second
ISO 200
18 mm (35mm equiv.)