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Manchester's Civil Justice Centre

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 9 June 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A street photo from city centre Manchester and the side of the new Civil Justice Centre.

NIKON D700 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 200 17 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

I like this style of windows ! excellent bw, nice composition too.

9 Jun 2010 5:53am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie....they are a kind of perforated metal solar shade that is set about 1 metre in front of the windows!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A nice bold composition Ian. Like it a lot.

9 Jun 2010 6:12am

@Mike: Thanks Mike!.....did you notice how well the PTLens software that I use straightened up the notorious 'W' shaped distortion of the Sigma 10-20 lens? Those solar shades are perfectly square across the top and sides of the frame whereas on the original RAW file they are bent like the hind leg of a donkey!

The trick with composing these when you know you're going to need to correct for lens and pespective distortion is to leave plenty of room on the edges of the original shot for later cropping after the correction process

tim from high desert, United States

Makes me want to reread "1984".

Impeccable craftsmanship and an artists eye. The toning works well, better than straight B&W.

17mm? Did you get the 16-35 finally?

9 Jun 2010 6:39am

@tim: Hi Tim!...yes, it's a very futuristic looking building isn't it! There's another photo of the front here:

I have actually finally picked up a 16-35vr lens this week but I haven't been able to take any photos with it yet! This is with the Sigma 10-20.

Céline from Paris, France

Great shot, really graphic I think, and I love the little silhouette which brings something more to the pict.

9 Jun 2010 7:44am

@Céline: Thanks Céline!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wonderful composition! That figure filling just one of these frames - perfect!

9 Jun 2010 7:47am

@MadScientist: Thanks very much!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb B&W ! wonderful composition with all the graphic lines and the passer-by ! great light !

9 Jun 2010 8:50am

hoveeto from PARIS, France

Very nice street scene. so graphic.

9 Jun 2010 9:08am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

beautiful graphic scene - I like how you have included the person in the frame in order to give perspective - nice work!

9 Jun 2010 10:44am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Nice patterns all over the windows !

9 Jun 2010 12:16pm

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

It's a very interesting building but I've not done it any justice (no pun intended!) unlike this shot. Love the tones, geometric repetition and of course that human interest tying it all together.

9 Jun 2010 12:34pm

Chris Ward from Manchester, United Kingdom

This is a remarkable building and the angle you've got here is clever - it really disorientated me!

9 Jun 2010 12:52pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

So impressive through your brilliant composition, Ian! Classic tone and superb lighting!!!

9 Jun 2010 3:15pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Stark in monochrome - very striking.

9 Jun 2010 7:09pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

This is a classic. The type I'd like to hang on my wall. Good job with the composition. And a good sense of scale.

9 Jun 2010 10:15pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States


10 Jun 2010 1:14am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Another brilliant image! Timing is such a huge part of photography... and you nailed it with the compo on this one.

10 Jun 2010 2:56am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition - great use of the windows, road and footpath! the scale and perspective are also great - the person looks almost scared and overwhelmed walking through there...

10 Jun 2010 5:29am

Bishop from Houston, United States

Great framing... shows the scale very nicely! :)

10 Jun 2010 4:38pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Fine composed, well done!

11 Jun 2010 10:03am

Marie from FRESNES, France

très joliment composée, bravo.

11 Jun 2010 6:27pm

Mags from Paris, France

Great compo, love it

11 Jun 2010 7:33pm

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I've downloaded that ptlens software and used it on the Sutton Coldfield cinema shot. It works a treat doesn't it!

14 Jun 2010 10:20am

@Mike: Yes, it's a brilliantly simple and effective bit of software isn't it!

1/60 second
ISO 200
17 mm (35mm equiv.)