MISTY MORNINGS

The city as the mist comes down.

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There is something eerie but magical about being in a city as the mist drops.  It's that feeling of looking up and not being able to see the tops of the tall buildings. 

The mist makes the city feel smaller.  Even though you know that there are miles tower blocks, shops and roads in the distance, the mist simply removes them from view. 

Photographically, the obscured views allow you to inject more mood and atmosphere to those compositions that you've visited many times before. 

In this shot, the Radisson Building can (or should I say can't) be seen in the distance.

The much photographed Saint Paul's Church fading into the distance.

​This shot of Victoria Square is actually a panoramo of 9 shots due to me having my long lens one; I simply couldn't fit the whole scene in one frame.  The chap at the bottom of the shot was in frame 1 and 3 - I decided it looked cool and didn't photoshop him out.    

With the volume of building work going on in and around Birmingham City Centre, there is often the opportunity to photograph distant cranes and construction sites.  In the shot of Victoria Square (above), you can see the faded view of 103 Colmore Row. 

In the shot on the left, the three cranes and building work look somehow spooky in the dropping mist.

This final picture is probably my favourite. Unless you know this scene, then you probably won't realise just how well it is showcasing the misty conditions.  The Alpha Tower in the background is usually visible and a domineering presence whereas, on this day, you had to strain to see it.  I also like that the city had started to wake up and you can see the workers drudging their way into the day. 

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