Photographed in some pre-dawn winter mist, this is part of the BBC Media City complex in Salford Quays.
On the left of the frame you can just make out the new swing bridge that will soon link the Media City with the Imperial War Museum located on the opposite side of the Manchester Ship Canal.
The vibration reduction mechanism of the Nikon 16-35vr lens that I used for this photo is surprisingly useful at times - here for example it allowed me to keep this shot at the D700's cleanest base iso of 200 as I was able to get away with handholding the camera at 1/3rd of a second - I did have my tripod with me but I wanted to work quickly before the mist faded.
From experience I've found that this lens allows me to get sharp photos at shutter speeds about 2 stops slower than would normally be possible on an equivalent wide angle lens which doesn't have vibration reduction. For example this photo was shot at 19mm which would normally mean a minumum shutter speed of about 1/15th of a second. The shutter speed that I used here of 1/3rd of a second is about 2 stops slower than that.
You'll also notice of course from the exif data at the side of the photo that the aperture of the lens was open at it's widest setting of f4.
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19 mm (35mm equiv.)