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BBC Media City, Manchester

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 15 February 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

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.

NIKON D700 1/3 second F/4.0 ISO 200 19 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Richard from Duns, United Kingdom


15 Feb 2011 7:38am

@Richard: Thanks Richard!

Siguidine from Saint-Etienne, France

Beautiful foggy reflexion and compo!

15 Feb 2011 8:10am

@Siguidine: I'm pleased you like it Siguidine....I've been lucky with the mist and fog in Manchester this year :-)

guillaume from Paris, France

Great atmosphere !!

15 Feb 2011 8:45am

@guillaume: Thanks Guillaume!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Looks like The Cuts are taking their toll here . . .

15 Feb 2011 9:07am

@Ronnie 2¢: Hi Ronnie!.....well there doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm amongst BBC executives for moving out of London from what I've read.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

This one, because of the lights of the city, exceeds in beauty all the others

15 Feb 2011 12:23pm

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie....I came away with a lot of photos from this 1 hour of early morning fog!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Excellent caputure! You're handheld skills are impressive - just like Hugo :-)

15 Feb 2011 1:32pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

beautiful soft image...Nice explanation about VR.

15 Feb 2011 2:32pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Well captured, hand held shot! Insightful detailed observation about your 16-35's impressive VR.

15 Feb 2011 2:34pm

Helder Ferreira from Portugal

Great reflection and use of the fog!

15 Feb 2011 5:34pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great mood and lighting

15 Feb 2011 7:24pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

very impressive Ian...just like the swing bridge in action!

15 Feb 2011 9:12pm

Christopher from United States

Beautifully composed shot

15 Feb 2011 11:33pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful, ghost like image!

16 Feb 2011 5:42am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Such a great mood captured and framed!

16 Feb 2011 2:12pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What beautiful lights and reflections in this winter mist! Fabulously seen and composed... love that minimalist feel! Handheld at 1/3 second?! Oh my!:-) Have a great day Ian!

16 Feb 2011 3:35pm

Dustin W. Fletcher from Dallas, United States

I know what you mean about image stabilization coming in handy. If you have good technique to begin with it really expands what you can do. My camera has stabilization on the sensor itself, which blows my mind. But it definitely works.

Another beautiful shot. The mist, the reflection, interesting architecture. Great scene and you put it together nicely, too.

16 Feb 2011 4:46pm

Conny from Krefeld, Germany

Great photo and composition!

16 Feb 2011 5:54pm

Xavier Rey from Bordeaux, France

nice work !

16 Feb 2011 11:13pm

David Dillon Photography from Boston, MA, United States

Great shot!

17 Feb 2011 3:16pm from Germany

That´s fog! I like how it looks so unreal. The bw definitely helps!

17 Feb 2011 4:51pm

Andrey Samolinov from Russian Federation

Beautiful picture and great atmosphere
Like the mood

17 Feb 2011 7:56pm

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

wonderful atmosphere here, very nicely done, wonderful b/w

18 Feb 2011 6:20am

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Very atmospheric shot.

19 Feb 2011 6:41pm

jon from Malta

Great image. I like the light to dark graduated tones.

20 Feb 2011 10:50am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, hand held, I can hardly believe it. You achieved a beautiful image with a lovely reflection and a still mood, yet full of energy from the light of the building.

22 Feb 2011 7:06am

Wolfgang from Munich, Germany

Wonderful composition and atmosphere!

24 Feb 2011 7:43pm

Klaudia J from Slovakia

great shot, scene ... ahoj K

25 Feb 2011 10:23am

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Un ambiance brumeuse de toute beauté! j'aime beaucoup.

27 Feb 2011 6:45pm

Sakis from Kozani, Greece

Great fog which gives eerie and magical atmosphere !!!

28 Feb 2011 3:08pm

Visioplanet Photography from Kolkata, India

Great way of capturing the fog. Really beautiful..

28 Feb 2011 5:24pm

Andrey Samolinov from Russian Federation

Excellent shot and great BW - Well done

6 Mar 2011 7:35pm

1/3 second
ISO 200
19 mm (35mm equiv.)