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Intu the Trafford Centre


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Intu the Trafford Centre

24 Jan 2016 3:38PM   Views : 968 Unique : 546

Today's ADAPS photo shoot was at the Intu Trafford Centre, who kindly agreed to allow us in to photograph the very exotic and interesting architecture. 15 of us dissipated throughout the building, and it kept us absorbed for a good two or three hours. I was using the Pentax K-5 with the SMC Pentax-DA 12-24mm f/4 and the SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye lenses. A sturdy Manfrotto 055 tripod made sure the images wewre free from camera shake as the exposures were generally quite long, up to several seconds. The style was one of overall sharpness and good depth of field, using apertures from f/11 to f/32 as required.

Some may think the architecture is over the top, but the quality is good and it's very striking. There's a lot of footfall throughout the centre, so everything clearly is built able to take the wear and tear. I've put together some images, including a couple of HDR ones processed through Photomatix.


I started off with this stairwell as I quite liked the shapes and angles.


In many cases there was a choice between Fisheye and Ultrawide lenses. This is the Fisheye shot.


This is the Ultrawide shot. I find both viable and don't mind whether or not the straight lines are bent.


Even a simple glass lift is surrounded by spectacular architectural details and extravagant colour schemes.


This incredible staircase of mottled marble is quite a sight to greet us into the centre.


We could pretend we are on a cruise ship in The Orient, where a cornucopia of food vies for our attention.


A comfortable cafe area given the HDR treatment, using seven exposures each one stop apart.

It was an enjoyable shoot and it was a pleasure to be able to arrange access for the members of ADAPS. Wherever will we go next?

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Last image is quite ghostly!

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