I’ve been keen to get some shots of Birmingham at Night for some time, but apart from this picture of The Mailbox, I’ve been rather lethargic in actually getting out and doing it!
Then along came Birmingham Viewpoint to knock me out of my complacency with the January subject of Birmingham at Night. Now, night time photography in a big city can be a little more perilous than in daylight, especially if you have expensive equipment. So, one chilly Monday night I set off for the Brindley Place/Broad Street area. I chose an early week night as there would be fewer people about (not so many drunks!) I ended up with lots of potential submissions and it was a very difficult choice to make.
I then went to the canal by Brindley Place, producing the next two pictures, neither of which I was really happy with, but I’ve included them here so you can see how things sometimes don’t turn out as well as hoped!
That’s the one I thought, once I’d finished my tweaks to it. However, I was out in town a week later following a wine tasting session with Just Perfect Wine at Loki Wines in the Great Western Arcade. I’d been there as official photographer, so I wasn’t too far gone and I’d got my camera with me. The first shot was of St Philip’s Cathedral.
I quite like this one, but not enough to replace my preferred submission. As I’d expected to have a couple of drinks, I’d travelled into town by train, so it was off to New Street Station. The station is still under reconstruction, but still gives the opportunity to produce an interesting picture.
Wow! This almost became my submission to Birmingham Viewpoint, but in the end I stuck with the picture of Gas Street Basin and, as with the picture of The Rep, I’m not completely sure I made the right decision!
Maybe, after you’ve viewed all of the submissions at Birmingham Viewpoint, you can let me know what you think. As usual, there are some fantastic pictures with views I wouldn’t have thought of doing. Together they paint a great picture of a great city.