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Round Up 2009

Since I’ve not being posting enough this year so far, or taking anywhere near enough photo’s for that matter, this is a brief catch up on what I’ve been up to this year…

“Sharp Focus”

Taken in Chester back in April. 

Sharp Focus


The sand dunes, at Southport.



Fire and Smoke do keep making their appearences, don’t they!




This one was posing for me, on the shores of Lake Windamere.


“Hilton From Below”

Back in my home city of Manchester.

 Hilton From Below


And all the way back to my back garden!



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Manchester: Part 1 – A Growing Cityscape

Since I first began to take up Photography seriously back in the summer of 2005, my home city of Manchester has often being my subject. It is not soley out of local pride of a strong technical interest is architecture which has driven this, but often because Iive and work here!

I would and still do, take my camera out at lunch time and on the way home and take a few shots. The challenge was to find new and interesting places to capture the city from, so particularly in 2006,  height was definatly my thing. 
Dusk And The Two Towers

This was taken on the 13th February 2006, by my Kodak Z740. This shot captures two of the landmark towers in Manchester. The foreground being the Arndale Centre’s tower, which stands over one of Britains largest shopping centres, and in the distance, on of my favoured subjects, Beetham Tower, duing in it’s construction.

Wheel Of Fortune

This shot, taken a few months earlier, at Christmas 2005, shows one of the wheels which has graced the city over the years. This stood, as does one today, in what is known as Exchange Square, at centrepeice of the city centre used for events.

This was a lucky shot to be honest. Taken after a few drinks at about 11:00pm, again with the Kodak, the fact that is came out at all was great! This is still one of my favourites.

Pastel Manchester

This was taken earlier one in the afternoon of  the 13th February 2006. This to me, sums up modern Manchester. Is this reletively small area in the heart of the city, we can see various decades of architectural designs, such as the 50’s/60’s on the bottom left, and what I suspect is a late 1970’s tower in the top right.
Modern City

Now back a little earlier, November 2005. This shot was taken with my Vivitar compact. This builing, which faces the historic Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre, had just been completed at the the time and almost every floor was empty.

I forget what it became, but besides offices, but the ground floor became shops; Rather expensive ones, too!
G-Mex Vs Hilton

And to finish with a more recent shot. This was only taken this year, 15th April,  with my camera to hand, which was my trusty IPAQ rx3000. The shot obviously suffers for the low resolution, but with a small amount of ‘photoshopping’, I tried to create a more artistic image.

In the foreground with have the ond Manchester Central train station, which for many years now has been known as the GMEX Exhibition Centre. It has just recently, changes it’s name back to Manchester Central, though to my knowledge, no rail services are planned!

In the background, the faded image of Beetham Tower is barly visable, in an attempt to highlight the changes this city has gone through over the pasted hundred years or so.

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Building Of An Icon: 2005 – 2008

Starting a couple of years I go, I decided to follow the construction of various buildings in Manchester. Manchester is a growing city now, ever since the IRA bomb in 1996, and Beetham Tower, AKA the Hilton has to stand as one of the most prominent examples of this.

Hilton on the way...

November 2005

Unfortunatly, I did start this project until the tower was well underway, but this is the first real image that I have. All these pictures are available on Flickr.

This was taken with my Vivitar 3765,  F. 2.9

Errecting an Icon

December 2005, the outer skin has been completed on the lower floors, and now the upper levels are well underway.

Taken with the Kodak Z740, 31.3mm, F. 4.5

Skinned Tower

Still in late December 2005, this beautiful clear day provides the perfect lighting to show the construction of the floors. After the outer skin has been fitted, the more extensive work of fitting out the interior can begin.

Taken with the Kodak Z740, 63mm, F.3.7

Working At Height

Now in March 2006, The outer contruction is well on the way to completion.

Taken with the Kodak Z740, 31.1mm, F.4.5

Height @ Hilton

May 2008: The finished article. Completed in late 2006, this is now the tallest building in Manchester and can been seen for miles around, dominating the skyline.

Taken with my Nikon D40, 18mm, F. 10

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Hilton By Day

This is a shot of the Beetham Tower, AKA the Hilton in Manchester, England. You can see the overhanging part of the structure, just right of the Hilton sign. That is the glass floor of the Cloud 23; A rather pricey but I’m told great bar in the city.

This was taken with my Kodak Z740 5mp, at a focal lenth 6.3mm, F.4.


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