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:
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):
Finally, on a wander round the city, I visited the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and popped into the Cathereral:
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!
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.
River Irwell heading out of the City
A random spot on the river completely covered in Graffiti (notice Beetham Tower in the distance)
The same vandalised spot. It was so bright and colourful it actually looked quite nice!
Another view along the river, scribbled in with the aid of Photoshop
Shopping crazy, looking down Exchange Street. Again, the Beetham Tower looming in the distance.
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.