A few days ago I made my 12th submission to the Birmingham Viewpoint project run by Pete Sloan. Over the year that I’ve been taking part I’ve learned new things and the project has constantly challenged me to look at the city differently and to discover new ways of making pictures.
The December challenge was to take a picture of Birmingham, but in reflection! At first I thought this would be difficult and that I’d struggle to come up with something decent. This was the first picture that I produced.Yes, I know!! If in doubt go down to the canal to get a reflection…how predictable! For a while after I’d taken this the weather was not conducive to taking any decent shots, but I wasn’t happy with this one, so it was back to the canal to try and get a shot that I’d been trying to get for ages.
A few years ago I got an almost perfect night-time shot of The Mailbox and its reflection in the canal with my old Fuji 35mm film camera. Since going digital I’ve failed to get even close to reproducing that shot. This is my latest attempt and, whilst not perfect, I was reasonably happy with it and would have submitted it if I hadn’t produced better shots later in the month.
This is the picture I would have submitted, but the weather cleared up. I ventured into the city and discovered that there were lots of possibilities! My first shot was this one taken on Navigation Street.
I then went onto the canal, but it was too windy so I couldn’t get a decent reflection from the water. This was a blessing in disguise as it forced me to explore other options. I emerged onto Broad Street and it was here that I found the shot that I have submitted to Birmingham Viewpoint. I won’t post it here because Pete Sloan has asked that any picture submitted should not be ‘published’ elsewhere until it appears on his site. This is the link that will take you to it and the other submissions.
As I was walking back towards the city centre, I noticed this reflection of Baskerville House in the glass of the Copthorne Hotel.
My final candidate was taken by St Philip’s Cathedral and, again, it is a shot I wouldn’t normally have considered.
This is the first time that I’ve had so many to choose from for submission to Birmingham Viewpoint and I’ll be interested to see if any of these are close to anything submitted by the other contributors…and whether I’ve submitted the right one!