Night time view from Quay 9, Media City UK

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I took this picture late at night last Sunday when I unexpectedly found myself in Manchester (more about that in a moment). It’s the view from Quay No. 9 on the Media City UK complex.

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The night time view from Quay 9 at Media City UK in Manchester.

For some time I’ve been wanting to get a decent photograph of a reflection. While this isn’t the flaw-free reflection I was hoping for, I like to think it is a reasonable first attempt.

I simply put my camera on a gorillapod, lined it up and adjusted it so it had a long exposure time. I suspect the slightly blurred effect on the water is a result of the exposure time being slightly too long.

Alas, I didn’t feel all that comfortable dedicated further time to see if I could get a better picture. It was late at night, there were very few people around and I had noticed a scallie or two in the distance showing an interest in what I was doing. In fairness, they were probably completely harmless, but returning to my hotel seemed like the better option!

So what was I doing in Manchester? I had been asked to appear on the BBC Breakfast sofa with Sarah Jackson, chief executive of the charity Working Families.

We were both to go on air to discuss Working Families’ latest ‘Modern Families Index’ and what’s been dubbed The Fatherhood Penalty. I won’t go into the details here, you can read about them in this blog post.

Unbeknownst to me, BBC Breakfast is no longer filmed in London, which would have been a short train journey. These days it is filmed at the BBC’s Media City studios so I had to arrange some childcare and travel up the night before. It was a lot of effort but it was a great experience and for a good cause.

It also gave me the opportunity to go out do some urban photography late at night. I have linked this post to the marvellous #MySundayPhoto photography linky hosted by the brilliant Photalife blog. Please do click on the badge below to visit the linky and see what other bloggers have been getting up to with their cameras.




33 thoughts on “Night time view from Quay 9, Media City UK”

  1. I love reflection photos but find them so hard to get right. You’ve taken a beauty. Brilliant work on raising awareness of such an important issue too. Your blog on the subject explains it so well. #MySundayPhoto

    1. Thanks for your kind words there Tara. Work / life balance is a major issue for us. Delighted that you liked the photo too. With a bit of practice I hope to get better.

  2. Hi John, I’d have been chuffed with that photo. I have yet to take a decent reflection photo. You may have put the fear of God into those scallies after all they probably had no idea what you were up to. It sounds like you had an exciting week.


    1. I hadn’t considered the opportunity the scallies might have been afraid of me! You may be right. Good luck getting your own reflection image.

  3. Sounds like you’ve had an exciting week! I was on Good Morning Britain this week and had a similar experience with a great view of the London skyline at night from my hotel room… #MySundayPhoto

  4. Great shot John, night time photography is much more difficult, this looks amazing with the reflection. #MySundayPhoto

  5. This is an amazing photo, the colours are so appealing and the overall image is super futuristic. How wonderful to be on the Breakfast sofa even if it meant a bit of logistics to be there. #mysundayphoto

  6. Well done on your interview! I love your shot, the reflection is great. I love all the bright colours too, it certainly looks like an exciting place to be.


  7. I love reflections too but find then really hard to capture unless the water is totally still. Love the colours in this shoot. Well done on your TV appearance, what a great experience #mysundayphoto

    1. Thanks, it was a great experience. I think reflections are very hard to catch and I wasn’t entirely convinced by this one but as you can see, I didn’t want to hang around!

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