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John Rylands Library, Manchester

Enjoyed the chance to have a nosey around the John Rylands Library in Manchester earlier today, as part of a brief guided tour for photographers.

It’s a stunning building; with so many views and details the hour flew by. I had a great time, saw lots of things I’d like to have spent more time shooting, and would urge anyone to check out this architectural gem in the city centre.

The majority of these shots are HDR, shot with a variety of exposures; some 3x AEB and others up to 9x with a Promote controller, then processed in Photomatix and Lightroom.

Wainhouse Tower, Halifax: a splendid Victorian Folly

Since moving to Calderdale I’ve been curious about this magnificent but somewhat incongruous tower which sits on the hillside at Skircoat Moor, between Halifax town centre and Sowerby Bridge. I drive past it on my daily commute, and enjoy how it stands proudly above the clouds which wreath the hillside on misty mornings, and how it’s beautifully illuminated at night.

I’d heard Wainhouse Tower was originally designed as a chimney for a local factory, but never used; and had also heard it had stairs inside it, leading up to a viewing platform which afforded stunning views of the surrounds. Intrigued by such snippets of information, I read more online and discovered that Calderdale Council, the present owners, had recently completed renovations to the ornate stonework and several public open days were held. Needless to say, I had to visit and try to capture some of its glory in 360°…

Click the icons below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash or QuickTime format, or locate the scene in Google Earth.

 

Click the icons below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash or QuickTime format, or locate the scene in Google Earth.

 

Click the icons below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash or QuickTime format, or locate the scene in Google Earth.