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Construction & regeneration
10 hours ago - Daniel Sturley

New Growth in the City

Here's a photo juxtaposing budding twigs and branches with the oddly positioned construction cranes in the distance at the Paradise Birmingham development, Birmingham is a city in growth and cranes are often iconic of regeneration.

I've started a photography feature on crane and heavy plant photography and would welcome contributions from other enthusiast photographers.

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Photography
13 hours ago - Daniel Sturley

The Trees Are Budding in 'Boomingham'

I like to look for interesting juxtapositions that work visually but have a little extra. Here I saw the nest and then the core for Bank Tower Two and immediately recognised it as an opportunity to capture something that spoke of 'new growth', which is what Birmingham is experiencing recently. Canon 60D, 70-300mm zoom lens at 130mm, F4.5, 1/500th second exposure, ISO 100.

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21 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Using Different Lenses in Photography

Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.

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Using Different Lenses in Photography


Here are three photos taken with three different lenses of the construction of Bank Tower Two on Broad Street as part of the Left Bank development. Click 'View Article' to see the photos, descriptions and tips.


These were taken just before sunset, using a Canon 60D hand held with ISO 400 film speed.

18-55mm zoom lens at 18mm, 1/125th second exposure, F/8

This is the widest end of the lens and does produce a little distortion.

 

28-80mm zoom lens at 80mm, 1/200th second exposure, F/8

I always like to fire off several captures because I find that a tiny camera shake can defocus the image and I can never tell properly till I see it on my laptop.

 

70-300mm zoom lens at 228mm, 1/1000th second exposure, F/5.6.

I definitely needed to fire off a few to make sure that I got this sharp (it's pin sharp on the 18mpx master too). The lens produces a sever magenta flare in the shadows adjacent to super reflective edges, most consumer lens have this effect due to the minute tint in the lens glass and can often be red to even green. I removed most of it in Photoshop Elements by reducing the saturation on only the magenta channel and if did not really effect the rest of the photo. It can still be seen but is much better.

Photography by Daniel Sturley 

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Photography
21 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring

We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.

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Birmingham's "in the Pink" for Spring


We're looking for the best 'Blossom' photos across Birmingham. Here's a selection so far from BirminghamWeAre's 'People with Passion' - get yours to us by email at admin@freetimepays.


Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham by Damien Walmsley 

 

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham by Christine Wright

 

Kings Heath, Birmingham by Elliott Brown

 

Oozells Square, Birmingham by Kev Maslin

 

Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham by Barry Whitehead

 

Kings Heath Park, Birmingham by Christine Wright 

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Inspiration

Photography
20 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Library of Birmingham at Dusk

Just after dusk the Library of Birmingham is lit up in multicolour, taken using a Canon 60D on a tripod with a delayed shutter, ISO400, F/8 and a 10 second exposure.

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Construction & regeneration
20 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Cranes Across the City

People are starting to talk about 'Boomingham', and this becomes obvious with the shear number of cranes across the city centre. Here a panoramic photo by Daniel Sturley.

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Construction & regeneration
19 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.

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The Construction of Three Snowhill


There has been more progress at Three Snowhill with the main structure nearing completion and many more windows installed. Click 'View Article' to see more photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
18 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The core for Bank Tower Two has gone up to the 31st floor, nearly there! There has been more progress on the main structure with some exterior framing and insulation panels installed on the lower floors. Click 'View Article' to see the gallery of photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
15 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


More windows have been installed and the roof structure continues on One Chamberlain Square. The building looks very dark at present but will have a much lighter look when the vertical window dividers are added. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of recent photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People & community
15 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Let's get behind this great City of Birmingham!

We're providing the digital space so together we can show the world what this great city of ours has to offer. If you take photos, create art, or run a business here in the City; whether you're a musician, a poet, play sport or run community activities, get in touch with us - we're stronger together!  

 

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Architecture
14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Bank Tower One at Left Bank

The now complete Bank Tower One  at the Left Bank development blends into the existing cluster at the west end of Brindleyplace in this photo by Daniel.

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Photography
14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Three Brindleyplace in Reflection

Here's a nice addition to the Brindleyplace feature from Daniel Sturley of Three Brindleyplace reflected in the curved windows of the Deutsche Bank Building.

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Photography
14 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The City Skyline from Balsall Heath

There's a great spot in Balsall Heath looking back at the city centre, lots of new construction is continuously adding more shapes to the skyline. Here a photo by Daniel Sturley, send us yours to add to this Birmingham skyline photography feature.

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Inspiration

People & community
10 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham

Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 

Take the article to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 

Watch out for new content, posts and our Passion Point launch that will recognise and reward people for getting involved and helping to promote this great City of ours.

 

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Can't Wait! Commonwealth Games hand over by Gold Coast to Birmingham


Barry Whitehead was on hand to witness rehearsals ahead of the Commonwealth Games hand-over by Gold Coast, Australia. The hand-over to Birmingham takes place on the 15th April with a performance by 400 young people broadcast live.

 

Take the article to view a selection of photos taken by Barry.

 

Watch out for new content, posts and our Passion Point launch that will recognise and reward people for getting involved and helping to promote this great City of ours.

 


 

 

 

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Construction & regeneration
08 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square


The construction of One Chamberlain Square has restarted with more windows installed and the roof structure continuing. Click 'View Article' to see a few more photos from the build.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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News & Updates

Construction & regeneration
07 Apr 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane Installation at Paradise Birmingham

With construction restarting at Paradise Birmingham a new crane is being installed.

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Construction & regeneration
29 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

The core for Bank Tower Two has been stalled at the 29th floor because of high winds but the main structure is progressing fast. Click 'View Article' to see some recent photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


The core for Bank Tower Two has been stalled at the 29th floor because of high winds but the main structure is progressing fast. Click 'View Article' to see some recent photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel & tourism
27 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

Harriett Lewis Journalist and avid blogger with her suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'

Take the article below to see how Harriett would recommend a visitor to our City spends '48 hours in Birmingham'.

 

For other '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, take the project link.

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Harriett Lewis Journalist and avid blogger with her suggestion for '48 Hours in Birmingham'


Take the article below to see how Harriett would recommend a visitor to our City spends '48 hours in Birmingham'.

 

For other '48 hours in Birmingham' posts and suggestions, take the project link.


Day 1

 

As your coach pulls in at Digbeth Coach Station ready for a 48 hour stay in Birmingham, you step straight into the city's creative district – renowned for its artistic heritage and impressive independent shopping.

 

 

You'll walk through the streets of Digbeth: stopping to admire the incredible murals that are splashed across the backs of buildings, injecting colour and life into the area. As a creative industry worker myself, admiring and encouraging raw, artistic talent is something in which I feel we must pursue - and Digbeth is the perfect place to platform such capabilities.

 

Photo by My Biking Adventure  

 

You'll walk down Digbeth and Fazeley Canal, admiring its’ unexpected tranquility amongst the hustle and bustle of typical city life.

 

Spotting the upcoming shops, you'll call in at the Cow Vintage Clothing store: pick out an outfit of old designer garments and accessories and save yourself a penny or two in the process. (And who can say no to a bit of retail therapy?)

 

Kitted out in your new gear, you'll head to Digbeth's Dining Club: an award-winning street food event. You'll grab an outstanding burger from Flowing Cows (my all-time favourite!) and sit back and enjoy all of the live music and entertainment the venue has to offer. As the evening draws close, the night is also just beginning!

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

You'll then hit Broad Street – Birmingham's biggest and most popular nightlife scene, equipped with plenty of pubs and clubs. You'll wet your whistle with a drink (or two!) before heading on to Hare & Hounds, a live entertainment venue which showcases alternative music acts. You'll listen to a round of drum and bass acts, appreciating the platform venues such as this have on artists trying to make it big in Brum.

 

Tired yet most content, you head to your room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where you are able to appreciate the incredible skyline views across Birmingham City.

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Day 2

As a new day beckons you start the morning with a refreshing walk at Cannon Hill Park, absorbing the wildlife and admiring the hundreds of acres of conserved greenery (despite being situated in the UK's second largest city!).

 

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

Back in the City Centre, you'll stop by for a bit of culture intake at The Ikon Gallery – a beautifully modern art venue showcasing contemporary art, absolutely free of charge.

 

Photo by Kevin Maslin

 

After enjoying an exhibition or two, you'll hit the Bullring for an afternoon of non-stop serious shopping!

 

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Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

With endless stores to browse in, you'll be kept on your toes as you hunt for the latest fashion must-haves.

 

If there's time, you'll call in at Miss Macaroon in the Great Western Arcade for a glass of prosecco and array of tasty macaroons – the perfect sophisticated pick-me-up after an afternoon of shopping.

 

Photo by George Daley

 

To round off the evening you'll attend a stand-up comedy night at the Glee Club, and enjoy endless amounts of entertainment and laughter.

 

A perfect end to a perfect 48 hours in Brum!

 

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26 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Birmingham Skyline from Frankley Green

There's a spot in Frankley Green with amazing views across the West Midlands, Daniel popped out there to get some photos of the city centre looking across Bartley Reservoir from about 7 miles out. Using various lenses up to 300mm, a tripod and a 2 second delayed shutter release. Click 'View Article' to see the variations.

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The Birmingham Skyline from Frankley Green


There's a spot in Frankley Green with amazing views across the West Midlands, Daniel popped out there to get some photos of the city centre looking across Bartley Reservoir from about 7 miles out. Using various lenses up to 300mm, a tripod and a 2 second delayed shutter release. Click 'View Article' to see the variations.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Secret Garden on the Library of Birmingham

Architecture is not all about the shape of the building, it's also about how it's used. The Library of Birmingham has a 7th floor (14th equivalent) garden terrace called the 'Secret Garden' and is open to the public. It offers fantastic views across the city centre and way beyond. Here is a small photo study from Daniel Sturley showing how magical it can seem even in poor weather. Click 'View Article' to see the other photos.

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The Secret Garden on the Library of Birmingham


Architecture is not all about the shape of the building, it's also about how it's used. The Library of Birmingham has a 7th floor (14th equivalent) garden terrace called the 'Secret Garden' and is open to the public. It offers fantastic views across the city centre and way beyond. Here is a small photo study from Daniel Sturley showing how magical it can seem even in poor weather. Click 'View Article' to see the other photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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People & community
12 Mar 2018 - FreeTimePays

St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham - Great day had by all!

What a day that was! View the article for a selection of wonderful  photography taken at the St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham. Our project runs for the week till St. Patrick's Day itself - take the project link for more. 

 

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St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham - Great day had by all!


What a day that was! View the article for a selection of wonderful  photography taken at the St. Patrick's Parade in Birmingham. Our project runs for the week till St. Patrick's Day itself - take the project link for more. 

 


This selection of wonderful photography taken in Birmingham at the excellent St. Patrick's Parade has been supplied by three of Birmingham We Are's 'People with Passion - Barry Whitehead, Tammie Naughton and Elliott Brown,

 

Photo by Tammie Naughton

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Elliott Brown

 

Photo by Tammie Naughton

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Elliott Brown

 

Photo by Tammie Naughton

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

Photo by Elliott Brown 

 

Photo by Barry Whitehead

 

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Crane at Three Snowhill

A few new photos have been added to the crane and plant photography project, click 'View Project Details' to see the others.

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Three Snowhill

As spring tries really hard to break out the construction of Three Snowhill continues with more steel structure and a lot more cladding, the shape is really starting show as well as it's shear mass. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of photos from this weekend.

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The Construction of Three Snowhill


As spring tries really hard to break out the construction of Three Snowhill continues with more steel structure and a lot more cladding, the shape is really starting show as well as it's shear mass. Click 'View Article' to see a gallery of photos from this weekend.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
11 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Demolition at Paradise Birmingham

The Library behind a pile of rubble from the recent demolition of the Birmingham City University's Conservatoire. More photos soon from the continuing demolition at the Paradise Birmingham redevelopment.

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Construction & regeneration
04 Mar 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

A freezing and foggy day in the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma was the backdrop for this construction update of Bank Tower Two at the Left Bank development on Broad Street in Birmingham. The photos still help to give an impression of the looming bulk of the tower as it rises to the eighth floor with the core at 30. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two


A freezing and foggy day in the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma was the backdrop for this construction update of Bank Tower Two at the Left Bank development on Broad Street in Birmingham. The photos still help to give an impression of the looming bulk of the tower as it rises to the eighth floor with the core at 30. Click 'View Article' to see the rest of the photos.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Daniel Sturley

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