Manc North


Pennines from Cloud Bar

A photo taken a few weeks ago when I was on an assignment in the Manchester Hilton hotel. This is the view North from the famous cloud bar on the 23rd floor, that’s half way up. The southern view over Deansgate and the new glass-wall high rise buildings is much more familiar to many. A vista that is often photographed by myself and others and from many differing angles and perspectives. but this view gets much less coverage.

This view, in many ways, is more historic than the view south simply because it includes much more of the city that has remained relatively unchanged since I was very young at least.

The picture has been taken through a rather dirty window with quite a lot of internal reflection, but I think this adds an interesting ‘sketchy’ or glitch quality to the image. I hasten to add this picture was taken with a very old Nikon DSLR with crop CCD sensor! I – kind of- like the pixel bleed and softness of these old sensors but soon I think it will be time to switch up to some serious full-frame CMOS gear either SLR or Mirrorless systems.

Exif: –

  • Taken: 11 June, 2022
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 20mm

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