Each month, Pete Sloan sets a subject for Birmingham Viewpoint and anyone who fancies submitting a picture goes out into Birmingham, takes a shot and it gets published on the website. The only rules are that you can only submit one photo and it must have been taken during that month. I’ve been doing this almost since the start and I really enjoy the challenge of finding something, hopefully, outstanding or different on each subject. Some turn out better than others, but I believe that I’m improving as time goes by.
Some months I only work on one picture, but sometimes I get several potential submissions which always presents me with a dilemma – I’m never quite sure which is the best one! This month’s meanderings around the relatively compact Financial District of Birmingham gave me lots to choose from.
First off is The Old Contemptibles pub and I finally got a decent shot of it!
As I know most of the pubs and bars in this part of Brum, I was naturally attracted to take pictures of them…an urge I didn’t resist!
This is Edmunds Bar.
And a little further up the hill is All Bar One.
Just down Cornwall Street is the Metro Bar and Grill.
Before I insert the pictures of the most photogenic pub, I must show you this picture of Barwick Street, a view I would never have noticed if it hadn’t been for Birmingham Viewpoint!
The only other pub of note in this part of Birmingham city centre is the Old Royal which is still a proper pub and has one of the most attractive exteriors of any pub I know…and yet it took me three goes to get a shot I was happy with.
All of these photos were taken on the same afternoon that was slightly overcast. In many ways this helps because it eliminates the harsh shadows that bright sunlight gives, but it imposes a certain ‘dullness’ that I can only partially overcome with my Photo Digital Art processing. It just so happened that a couple of weeks later I was in town for a meeting, the sun was out and I managed to get this shot of the Old Royal.
I was very fortunate to get my timing right so that the Old Royal was resplendent in the mid afternoon sun. I also slightly altered the angle of the shot so as to get a bit of the new Snow Hill development into the picture.
That’s my take on Birmingham’s Financial District and if you want to see what the others made of it, pop over to Birmingham Viewpoint using this link to get you there.