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Urbis, Manchester

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 7 February 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Urbis building in city centre Manchester by local architect Ian Simpson.

Technical info:

A 2 minute exposure using 16 stops of stacked nd filters and a 2 stop nd grad on a Nikon D700 and 16-35vr lens.

NIKON D700 241/2 second F/16.0 ISO 200 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

excellent!!! absolutely wonderful!!!

7 Feb 2011 6:00am

guillaume from Paris, France

Magnific !

7 Feb 2011 8:00am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Stunning light!

7 Feb 2011 10:31am

Siguidine from Saint-Etienne, France

It is excellent as always, bravo!

7 Feb 2011 11:50am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

absolutely fantastic ! great shot.

7 Feb 2011 11:54am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Either that's you (+1) sitting there for 2 minutes without moving, or these people aren't very busy? :-)
Excellent POV and treatment!

7 Feb 2011 12:00pm

@Ian Smith: No. not me Ian!.....I think they were having a snack. You can see movement in the Tesco bag to the right. There's a 100% crop of the figures here:

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

really cool effect - love the outstanding crispness!

7 Feb 2011 12:43pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

Excellent B&W with opposition of new building reinforced by light effect vs the old dying one.

7 Feb 2011 3:23pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Was it windy?
No, seriously, is it a factor in your decision to make use of the ND filters with some moving skies?
One of the most interesting pictures on view today.

7 Feb 2011 6:16pm

@Curly: Hi Curly.....yes it was windy and you are right that I enjoy contrasting an unmoving object like the buildings in this photo with the cloud movement you get on windy cloudy days like this one!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Excellent capture!

7 Feb 2011 7:48pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

wonderful perspective and effect Ian.

7 Feb 2011 8:00pm

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Do like the precise composition...

7 Feb 2011 8:27pm

zecarlos from Lisboa, Portugal

Absolutely fantastic capture. Congrats.

7 Feb 2011 9:10pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Splendide image rigoureusement composée, félicitation pour traitement

7 Feb 2011 9:30pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

that's some great work with so many stacked filters! great technique indeed and a fine result - love the motion of the clouds and the detail of the building! the people in the frame were very cooperative as well - they seem to have hardly moved during the exposure time...

8 Feb 2011 1:23am

Rebecca from Beavercreek, United States

I just love the way you use light.

8 Feb 2011 4:28am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Fantastic light! Wonderful B&W!

8 Feb 2011 8:41am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Interesting pattern of the cloud movement. Btw, I'm sure you'd be glad that the couple did not move much during the long 2 minutes exposure. Wonderful capture. Btw, its very insightful to read the technical information that you've been posting with your captures in recent times. Thanks for sharing!

8 Feb 2011 8:41am

@Punit: Thanks Punit! the technical info: thanks for letting me know you find it useful - I'll try to remember to give more of that kind of information when I post long exposure photos. By the way, if anyone here ever feels that they want to ask more complicated questions re any aspect of photography the best place would be this photography forum where I am an admin:

Dustin W. Fletcher from Dallas, United States

Awesome sky and a great juxtaposition of architecture.

8 Feb 2011 8:57am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful graphism and light ! A somptuous black and white !

8 Feb 2011 9:21am

rainboy from Nainital, India

beautiful tone and love the b/w..worth to be wallpaper.

8 Feb 2011 3:52pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Love the processing..great sky!

9 Feb 2011 4:10am

Jon from Malta

Great composition and tonal range. Well done

9 Feb 2011 7:41pm

syber76 from France

Beautiful light.

12 Feb 2011 8:16am

Ayesha Asim from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

lovely composition and great light in the background makes the photograph really awesome

14 Feb 2011 8:24am

Ehsan Abbasi from Australia

wow! like it!

19 Feb 2011 4:42am

Anne-Marie from Manchester, United Kingdom

Wow Ian, your photos are amazing. Im just starting out with my first dSLR, one day i hope my photos will be as good as yours. Your Manchester shots are inspirational, very interesting.

20 Feb 2011 11:50am

Naveen Bachwani from Bombay (Mumbai), India

Returning to your photoblog after days... delighted as always!
Love the way the "new" contrasts with the old, with the glow of light almost declaring that the shiny new structure wins!

24 Feb 2011 5:11am

241/2 second
ISO 200
16 mm (35mm equiv.)