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HDR Photos (Greenfield, MOSI, Media City)

I’ve been experimenting recently with High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, which is taking 3 (or more) photos at different exposures and combining them to get the best exposure range across the picture.  I’ve been using some software called Photomatix which came free with a magazine and has a few “painting” type settings which with various tweaking seem to give a surreal effect.  I really like the output, but i’m going to struggle to take a “normal” photo again!  So….. here they are…..

First up (and probably my favourite of the bunch) a couple taken around media city in Manchester, home to the BBC and ITV:

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BBC Building

These ones were taken at Greenfield just a short train journey from Manchester on the edge of the Peak District (bottom one edited by Mat to get a better composition):

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Finally, on a wander round the city, I visited the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and popped into the Cathereral:

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I really like how most of these turned out and the almost strange effect that can be achieved.  I think it maybe works better on more “human built” things than the natural world, but lots of future experimenting to do!

Hazy Day

I went a bike ride today along the River Irwell past Salford Quays.  I’m not going to get very fit riding my bike because I keep stopping to take photos! It was nice though, a strange kind of hazy day.  I battled my way back through the city centre which seems to be getting very excited that Christmas is a month away.  I was so exhausted I had to buy a German sausage from the markets to keep the energy levels up 🙂  One thing I have noticed about Manchester is wherever you go, there always seems to be a view of the Beetham Tower, so I think whilst I live here I’ll try to capture it from as many places as possible.  Here are a few photos.

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River Irwell heading out of the City

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A random spot on the river completely covered in Graffiti (notice Beetham Tower in the distance)

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The same vandalised spot.  It was so bright and colourful it actually looked quite nice!

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Another view along the river, scribbled in with the aid of Photoshop

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Shopping crazy, looking down Exchange Street.  Again, the Beetham Tower looming in the distance.

Route map

In true geek style, here is the GPS track of the route!

I have a few pictures from London I hope to post soon and have also been working on a new track.  Its a bit of a genre-jumper, so its taking a while to put together.  I’ve even managed to get some crunching rhythmical guitars from my keyboard.