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29 May 2018 - FreeTimePays

Introducing a gallery of Chris Fletcher's canal photography

Chris Fletcher is a talented photographer from Birmingham with a particular specialism for the city, its canals and surrounding countryside.

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Introducing a gallery of Chris Fletcher's canal photography




Chris Fletcher is a talented photographer from Birmingham with a particular specialism for the city, its canals and surrounding countryside.


Canal stretch between Birmingham University and Gas Street Basin.

 

Reflections at Arena Birmingham.

 

A beautiful sunrise at Gas Street Basin.

 

'Deep Underground' along the canal in Birmingham.

 

Lovely sunset down by the canal.

 

'Dreamy times' along the canalside pathway.

 

An early Spring down by the Worcester Canal.

 

Winter reflections at Gas Street Basin, Birmingham.

 

A Frozen Sherborne Wharf in Birmingham.

 

All of the photography displayed here have been taken by the very talented Chris Fletcher, one of Birmingham's growing 'People with Passion'. 

 

See more of Chris's great work at his feature page at BirminghamWeAre.

 

Look out for more features from our Birmingham 'People with Passion' including poetry, art, construction, architecture, business, fashion, music and much, much more!

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27 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

A nice sunny day for this photo gallery update of the construction of Two Chamberlain Square as seen from Centenary Walk. Some of the new structure seen is for One Centenary Walk.

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square




A nice sunny day for this photo gallery update of the construction of Two Chamberlain Square as seen from Centenary Walk. Some of the new structure seen is for One Centenary Walk.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Construction Cranes at Paradise Birmingham & Arena Central

Here's a great shot by Raj Sanghera of the construction cranes at the Paradise Birmingham and Arena Central developments seen from Colmore Row.

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13 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

It's great to see a large portion of the building installed with the final vertical window dividers, there is a much better sense of the architectural style apparent now.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




It's great to see a large portion of the building installed with the final vertical window dividers, there is a much better sense of the architectural style apparent now.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Painting the Minaret on Birmingham Central Mosque

I went to see the lovely people at PC World to get a new printer and while I was there I got this great shot of people painting the gold top of the minaret at Birmingham Central Mosque.

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12 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Birmingham Westside Skyline

Birmingham UK, I love it when this happens, a huge slab of dark Cloud hangs over the westside as the nearly setting sun blasts through the gap on the horizon.

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12 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

The construction of Two Chamberlain Square has really sped up! There's lots of new structure and frameworks ready for more in this photo update from last weekend.

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square




The construction of Two Chamberlain Square has really sped up! There's lots of new structure and frameworks ready for more in this photo update from last weekend.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Oozells Square in Brindleyplace

Here's a nice addition to the Brindleyplace feature by Daniel Sturley, the trees are in full leef in Oozells Square & the strong sunlight brings out an early summer feel, at last!

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09 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core has gone up to the 33rd floor and the main structure continues to rise at Bank Tower Two, it was a sunny day for the main photos in this update.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




The core has gone up to the 33rd floor and the main structure continues to rise at Bank Tower Two, it was a sunny day for the main photos in this update.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

A clear sunny day day for this update of the construction of One Chamberlain Square, lots of great photos of the progress but in particular the installation of the lighter vertical window dividers on a large area of the building, showing much better how it will compliment surrounding architecture.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




A clear sunny day day for this update of the construction of One Chamberlain Square, lots of great photos of the progress but in particular the installation of the lighter vertical window dividers on a large area of the building, showing much better how it will compliment surrounding architecture.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Five Ways Park, an hidden Birmingham Gem

Five Ways in Edgbaston is one of the busiest roundabouts in the city but inside and largely hidden from view is a great sunken park...

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Five Ways Park, an hidden Birmingham Gem




Five Ways in Edgbaston is one of the busiest roundabouts in the city but inside and largely hidden from view is a great sunken park...


 

 

 

 

The roundabout goes around and over the park, and the Hagley Road goes underneath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just outside the roundabout is a beautiful ornate clock.

 

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07 May 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of 103 Colmore Row

103 Colmore Row has been a big hole for a while now but that is set to change. Daniel has only been able to get snaps through the gate but was delighted to be briefly escorted into the site and got some great photos. He was told some very interesting stuff by the lovely gentleman at the site who is one of the senior engineers on the project.

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row




103 Colmore Row has been a big hole for a while now but that is set to change. Daniel has only been able to get snaps through the gate but was delighted to be briefly escorted into the site and got some great photos. He was told some very interesting stuff by the lovely gentleman at the site who is one of the senior engineers on the project.


Usually this is the best shot Daniel has been able to get.

 

Once inside, the true size of the 4 floor deep hole becomes apparent!

 

One part of the original Natwest Tower is being used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here the original waffle style floor construction of the Natwest Tower can be seen.

 

The original foundations of the Natwest Tower are being used for this construction, test holes have been drilled to check it's integrity and the central core has bee marked out ready for the start of this massive 26 story tower, it will be over 100m and is being built on the highest site in the city!

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Food & drink
04 May 2018 - FreeTimePays

Great canalside pubs and bars in Birmingham

Birmingham We Are and it's 'people with passion' will be taking a digital tour of Birmingham's canalside pubs, bars and restaurants over the coming weeks. Send us a photo and tell us about your favourite canalside pub, bar or restaurant. 

 

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29 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The concrete core for Bank Tower Two has reached the final floor at 32, but the main structure is starting to power up now with lots of cladding frames and insulation being installed on the lower ten floors and even a few windows going in. Click 'View full post' to see the gallery of photos from this weekend.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




The concrete core for Bank Tower Two has reached the final floor at 32, but the main structure is starting to power up now with lots of cladding frames and insulation being installed on the lower ten floors and even a few windows going in. Click 'View full post' to see the gallery of photos from this weekend.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
28 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has reached it's full height at the 32nd floor, here seen reflected in the windows of the Library of Birmingham's 'Secret Garden'.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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28 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane at Paradise Birmingham

This crane at Paradise Birmingham lined itself up perfectly for this shot from the Library of Birmingham's 'Secret Garden'.

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26 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Moody Sky Over the City Centre

There were amazing lighting conditions for this shot looking towards the city centre with heavy clouds just before sunset.

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25 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

One Chamberlain Square is getting close to being fully clad with windows, but the dark look of the building will start to lighten as more of the vertical dividers are installed. Click 'View Article' to see the recent gallery and a photo of the cladding test rig.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




One Chamberlain Square is getting close to being fully clad with windows, but the dark look of the building will start to lighten as more of the vertical dividers are installed. Click 'View Article' to see the recent gallery and a photo of the cladding test rig.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Beautiful Light at Dusk over the Westside City Skyline

This was a beautiful moment just before sunset looking out from the city centre over the Westside cluster and Brindleyplace towards Edgbaston. The construction of Bank Tower Two at the Wates Group Left Bank development now dominates the scene.

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23 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Please bring back the Spring for our Birmingham in Pink feature!

Our 'Birmingham's gone all pink' feature gathering pace with loads of great pink and cherry blossom photos sent in. Just hoping the wind doesn't blow it all off the trees too soon. Take the passion link to view more photos.   

 

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22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

New Growth in the City

Here's a photo juxtaposing budding twigs and branches with the oddly positioned construction cranes in the distance at the Paradise Birmingham development, Birmingham is a city in growth and cranes are often iconic of regeneration.

I've started a photography feature on crane and heavy plant photography and would welcome contributions from other enthusiast photographers.

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22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane Photography

There has been a large update to this photography feature, click 'View Article' to see a selection of the additions. Contact us if you would like to become a contributor to this or any other of our photography features, you can also suggest a new one!

Click the link below to go straight to this photography feature gallery.

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Crane Photography




There has been a large update to this photography feature, click 'View Article' to see a selection of the additions. Contact us if you would like to become a contributor to this or any other of our photography features, you can also suggest a new one!

Click the link below to go straight to this photography feature gallery.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more in the feature gallery here: Crane & Plant Photography Feature

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22 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Trees Are Budding in 'Boomingham'

I like to look for interesting juxtapositions that work visually but have a little extra. Here I saw the nest and then the core for Bank Tower Two and immediately recognised it as an opportunity to capture something that spoke of 'new growth', which is what Birmingham is experiencing recently. Canon 60D, 70-300mm zoom lens at 130mm, F4.5, 1/500th second exposure, ISO 100.

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21 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

With decent weather now settling in and the trees and flowers coming out in the spring heat, it's worth a visit to Birmingham's magnificent Botanical Gardens. Here's a small gallery of photos that Daniel took in September 2016, he'll be down there soon to add to this feature. If you would like to contribute to this and other photography features please contact us.

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The Birmingham Botanical Gardens




With decent weather now settling in and the trees and flowers coming out in the spring heat, it's worth a visit to Birmingham's magnificent Botanical Gardens. Here's a small gallery of photos that Daniel took in September 2016, he'll be down there soon to add to this feature. If you would like to contribute to this and other photography features please contact us.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Using Different Lenses in Photography

Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.

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Using Different Lenses in Photography




Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.


These were taken just before sunset, using a Canon 60D hand held with ISO 400 film speed.

18-55mm zoom lens at 18mm, 1/125th second exposure, F/8

This is the widest end of the lens and does produce a little distortion.

 

28-80mm zoom lens at 80mm, 1/200th second exposure, F/8

I always like to fire off several captures because I find that a tiny camera shake can defocus the image and I can never tell properly till I see it on my laptop.

 

70-300mm zoom lens at 228mm, 1/1000th second exposure, F/5.6.

I definitely needed to fire off a few to make sure that I got this sharp (it's pin sharp on the 18mpx master too). The lens produces a sever magenta flare in the shadows adjacent to super reflective edges, most consumer lens have this effect due to the minute tint in the lens glass and can often be red to even green. I removed most of it in Photoshop Elements by reducing the saturation on only the magenta channel and if did not really effect the rest of the photo. It can still be seen but is much better.

Photography by Daniel Sturley 

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