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BBC Media City

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 18 October 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The colour version of a photo that I took back in February 2010 - this is the new BBC Media City on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford Quays, Manchester.

I've recently licensed this photo to Capita Symonds for use on their company web site:

NIKON D40 15 second F/11.0 ISO 200 18 mm (35mm equiv.)

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GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

How very satisfying, both in color and composition.

18 Oct 2010 8:12am

Andrew from United Kingdom

The reflection of the building looks like a water colour painting. I also checked the website that it has been licenced to. Have they flipped the image so the building is on the left?

Great work Ian.

18 Oct 2010 10:22am

@Andrew: yes, they flipped it. (They said there was a technical reason to do with their website links)

Iknow from Chengdu, China

Genius architecture and great seen&capture!!the lights and tones are just superb,CHEERS!!

18 Oct 2010 10:40am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Nice one Ian. Nice light and reflections.
Yes, it seems, the website folks have flipped it.

18 Oct 2010 10:49am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

A beautiful blue laser beam in this brass night

18 Oct 2010 4:20pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Amazing view! Warm and cold, brown and blue.

18 Oct 2010 4:35pm

Jingz from Germany

great light and impressive reflections!

18 Oct 2010 7:10pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Very nice shot Ian. Indeed it appears CS web designers have flipped your shot.

18 Oct 2010 7:19pm

@Ian Smith: Yes, they flipped it

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada


Just had a boo at your daughter's site... wonderful stuff there.. she has a natural talent like her father!

19 Oct 2010 2:56am

@amy: Thanks Amy....she's taken to it much quicker than I did!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

lovely symmetrical composition and excellent exposure for this scene!

19 Oct 2010 4:00am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Very well balanced night shot!

19 Oct 2010 6:53am

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Excellent capture! Just perfect in colors!

19 Oct 2010 7:29am

missparis from PARIS, France

Vraiment sublime toutes ces lumières

19 Oct 2010 7:42am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I never get tired of this view and even though we've seen it and shot it so many times, seeing this one Ian is still a 'WOW' moment. Superb!

19 Oct 2010 8:10am

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Un travail très soigné, ce cliché de nuit est parfaitement composé et l'exposition est au poil !!!
Belle réflexion !! bonne soirée

19 Oct 2010 5:50pm

Ti from Alpharetta, United States

Are you working for Wilkinson Eyre? Otherwise how could you've licensed the use of the photo? I'm an architect as well and I know any project photos to be used for the press/publication have to be issued by the company. We are a big international firm with 21 offices world wide but I like european designs better... :-)

19 Oct 2010 5:56pm

@Ti: No, I don't work for Wilkinson Eyre but photographing buildings is not a problem. As it is a photo that I've taken myself the copyright in the photo is mine therefore I can license it for whatever use I choose. The exceptions to this rule (at least in the UK!) are very rare.

The most well known exception I can think of is in France - use of photos of the Eiffel Tower at night are restricted (but not panoramic or day time ones) as the owners of the tower claim that the illuminations are an "original visual creation" and therefore protected by copyright.

Perhaps the US has more restrictive copyright laws than the UK! I thought they were very similar but I'm no lawyer. (Here's a USA link to the issue: )

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Spectacular! Absolutely breathtaking!

23 Oct 2010 6:45am

tom from Germany

Excellent. Like the colors. The warm tones contrasted by the blue.

23 Oct 2010 1:04pm

Russell from Baltimore, United States

the reflection of the building on the water adds a cool element to the shot. The color of the sky is also interesting, is kind of in contrast with the bright blue lights of the building.

24 Dec 2010 4:13am

15 second
ISO 200
18 mm (35mm equiv.)