Before taking up photography full time I usually worked for large organisations. Sometimes I was a paid employee and other times freelance. I’ve been lucky to work in some wonderful locations around the world, but my favourite is probably Manchester where I started and finished my career. But even though I’ve left the corporate world I would frequently visit Manchester. Sometimes to meet with friends and sometimes to photograph the city.
Well, it’s now been just over 12 months since I’ve visited Manchester and I miss it. In fact, I’m missing it so much I’ve been looking through my archives of old city shots where I found this.
I shot this image back in October 2008 and it seems like another life. The building on the right is the Printworks and is still there, although I think a lot of the businesses have changed. The large green/blue glass building in the background was the Urbis gallery space. Unfortunately, this has since closed and the building (which I think is wonderful) is now home to the National Football Museum.
I shot the image using a Canon 400D camera. This is an old 10Mpixel consumer DSLR. Despite it being old, entry-level technology, the RAW files are exceptionally clean and sharp when processed with today’s technology. The lens I used was a Sigma 10-20 at 20mm. I had the camera mounted on a tripod for a 4-second exposure at f/8.0 and ISO100.
This Week’s YouTube Video
Another reason for sharing this photo is that I used it for this week’s YouTube video.
Serif recently released Affinity Photo v1.9 which had a couple of new features that might interest photographers. One of these is the Divide Blend mode which can be useful for correcting colours. As this image had quite a colour cast to it from the orange street lighting it was the perfect subject.
If you want to know how the Divide blend mode works and how to use it for colour correction, watch my video on YouTube (https://youtu.be/eEaPq0aaDCU). Even if you use Photoshop rather than Affinity Photo, it’s worth watching as Photoshop also has a Divide blend mode.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.