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Blackburn Meadows

By Philo  
This is our major construction project at Blackburn Meadows in Sheffield. Taken from the top of the digester tanks we have built and comprised of 7 portrait shots stitched together. Adaptive wide angle filter in CS6 used to remove some of the distortion. When we have finished here I need to produce an as-built shot, probably from this exact vantage point, so I am looking for any thoughts that may help to improve that final photo.

Tags: Industry Construction Landscape and travel Yorkshire water Water Industry Waste water treatment Blackburn Meadows WwTW

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paulbroad Plus
10 123 1218 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2013 5:59PM
Seems Ok to me in general quite impressive and well done. Might just benefit from lifting brightness a touch. There is going to be distortion in such an image and if you want it distortion free you have to go much further back and shoot at a mid range focal length as you know.

I have been involved in this kind of shoot several times in my steelworks life. The thing that got me keen onphotography was, as a 17 year old trainee Metallurgist, helping the works photographer shoot a series of record shots each month of a major project from set points to record progress. The camera was an MPP 5x4.

He could see I was interested and I finished up doing it each month as it bored him. Did it on a number of projects over the years.


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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3809 Canada
22 Sep 2013 6:43PM
This looks good Phil. That adaptive wide angle tool is really impressive. If the as-built is used simply as a photo, something like this will works, - or a few of them from different angles, - but it wont be architecturally accurate, - the as-built plans being the reference. I can see this on opening day mounted in a series of shots that welcome the local big-wigs.

Philo Plus
7 99 83 England
22 Sep 2013 7:00PM
Hi Paul, that's a great story of how you got into photography. I am being asked by our company to photograph all our sites in Yorkshire and hopefully I can expand on this. Sadly I couldn't get any further back as the tank I was stood completely blocks the view. I was struggling to fit everything in even at 10mm.

Willie, I am very impressed with the adaptive wide angle tool, before using it this looked like it was taken with a fisheye. I do take a variety of shots but this one captures almost the entire project in one.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1852 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 3:29PM
Having documented a (somewhat smaller) building development from start to finish I took particular interest in this project when you first mentioned it and went back to Steel Fixer and Under Construction for a reminder. I think you are doing this superbly well - the image is comprehensive, informative, but also works as a very engaging composition. It takes us into the development, leads us around it - that's the curves and diagonals playing against the careful verticals. Just what is needed. A 'finished product' image composed and processed similarly will give the satisfaction of completion. I hope they appreciate what they are getting.
Philo Plus
7 99 83 England
23 Sep 2013 3:43PM
Thanks, Moira, I really appreciate your positive comments and love the fact that you took another look at my previous images. I think I should upload a few more!

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