Exposed at the Quays

Being very closely situated to Salford Quays and Media City means there is a great opportunity to try out a different camera technique for me. Using long exposures is always something I have found interesting and I have used them to shoot waterfalls and motion in water before.

Having received a filter, to help me achieve the look I was after, for Christmas it had been long overdue to try it out. In addition to this I also received a fantastic book, from my girlfriend, for my birthday. Zebrato by Michael Levin is a masterclass in long exposure, some photographs captured over a period of minutes instead of the usual fraction of a second.

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Although it sounds like it should be the easiest of photograph, pressing the shutter once every few minutes (if that), the truth is it was more difficult than I had anticipated. A fun challenge.

Any small vibrations will be seen as blur, people cause a hazy ghost to appear and the filter tends to add an odd pink haze which has to be cancelled during the black and white conversion…but who cares about any of this really. Seriously, this is a boo hoo poor photographer moment.

Using the bridges and buildings as best I could I captured the Imperial War Museum North.

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Looking into the future seems to be a useful talent for long exposure too as you end up needing to predict the cloud movement, and pick good clouds. As if there is such a thing.

Spending my time hunting striking architecture and patterns was quite fun. I especially enjoyed searching for symmetry, and slightly uneven reflections like the below.media-city-waffleAnother subject that worked especially well was the iron work in the area. Photographing a very distinctive bridge very close to the BBC and Media City UK.

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The above was my favourite image of the day, the eagle eyed of you recognising it from the headings on the site at the time of writing.

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All in all a fun and interesting challenge which I will have to try again soon. Maybe in the city centre next time.

If you haven’t seen any of Michael Levin’s work he is very much worth a Google. My homage does no justice to his amazing work.

Thanks for reading.