Monochrome Madness – Manchester Unity Building

I’ve been cheating with Monochrome Madness by using images that are already monochrome, but today I decided to use an image I took recently and see what I could do with it.

The building is the Manchester Unity Building in the city. It is a beautiful art deco building and sits on the corner of Collins Street and Swanston Streets.

I have taken many photos of it over the years and I was once given access to the interior of it as well. It is a special building for me.

While I was in the city recently with a friend we were trying to take photos of it without the tram lines. If you have ever taken photos in Melbourne, especially the city, you will know that there are tram lines everywhere and they can ruin a good image. If you want to get rid of them from your images be prepared for a lot of work. Thankfully we found a spot to photograph it through the lines.

Today I am going to show you the same image three times.

First up I am going to show you just the black and white image.

Secondly here it is with a slight blue tone.

Finally, this one has a sepia tone.

I couldn’t decide which one I liked the best, so you get to see all three.

I asked my husband and he said he liked the second one. I like that one too, but the building is orange or a terracotta colour and I wasn’t sure it was right to do it with a blue tone.

Which one do you like best?

Participating in Monochrome Madness

If you want to post photos on your blog use the tag Monochrome Madness and then I can use the reader to see what you all post. Also, use the tag mid-week monochrome to catch Bren’s as well.

I’m afraid I don’t use Social Media much anymore, but maybe tag it #monochromemadness for Instagram and I will try and look. That would be brilliant.

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  1. I like the sepia tone (third one) the best. Something about it seems creepy and eerie. I love horror, so naturally, that one drew my attention. They’re all beautiful, though, and thank you for sharing your photos with us 😊

    1. You’re very welcome! The sepia looks more post-apocalyptic, and the blue looks more paranormal. Maybe I’m just too into horror haha. You’re very welcome 😊

    2. Thank you! And I agree. I find it interesting when people watch me ride my horses and give me their input on my riding. It’s always interesting

    1. Thank you, I know, the tram lines can be a nuisance, though sometimes they seem important too. Thanks for sharing which one you like best.
      I noticed in your post that you didn’t use the tag Monochrome Madness because it hasn’t come up on the reader under that. I will go back and look at your image more closely soon.

    2. I don’t know, I see it is up the top, but then you have lots of tags at the bottom as well, I think the top is categories and perhaps it needs to be down the bottom.
      Also does WordPress still limit how many tags you can use. When I was on it you could only use 10 or 15, so they took notice of the first 10 or 15, but not the rest. I don’t know.

  2. What a beautiful building. You’ve really captured the character of that building, I like all three shots, but I’m leaning more to the blue hue shot, if I had to choose just one.

    1. It is an amazing building, one of my favourites. I think many have leaned towards that one Bren, thank you.
      I thought I had mentioned your challenge too, I’m sure I put in to tag mid-week monochrome, but must have thought and not done, anyway, I have put it in now and will do so each week for you.

  3. 💖💖💖 it!


  4. Hi Leanne. I enjoyed seeing your b & w photos. So much fun to dive into those deep shades and equally as difficult sometimes to retain those white highlights. I love that you’re experimenting with adding hues. You never know how differently you’ll see an image by adding a pinch of color. My personal favorite from this series was the first one…the one with no hue. The building has a very strong presence (and fantastic shot of it btw). The hue’s seem to draw from the building’s own voice. I liked the true black and white. 🙂

    1. Thank you Olivia. I enjoy adding hues to black and white images to see if it enhances them or not. So much easier these days than it was back in the dark room. Thank you for sharing which one you like. The building is a great landmark in Melbourne and does have that presence.

    1. Yes, I just saw your image because of the tag, thank you for doing that. Thank you RJ, it is interesting how the blue works with the image.

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