One lens, one hour…

One lens, one hour…

… one week’s worth of posts. That’s what happened on the Saturday afternoon a trip to London. My wife and daughter went shoe shopping; I wandered off on my own – with no plan, but with my camera.

As I wandered in the general direction of our hotel, I decided to use only one lens – my 25mm prime – for any photos that I would take. As it happened, all of the photos that will appear here this week (apart from the Friday photo, which comes from my archive) were taken within 60 minutes.

This shot, looking towards St Paul’s cathedral, was taken from the beach beneath the Oxo Tower wharf. I used the wharf beams to frame the scene, converted it to black & white, then added a warming filter.

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Taken at Oxo Tower wharf, London

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Ice formation #2

Ice formation #2

As I was fiddling with this image, I resisted the temptation to try a black and white conversion.

 

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Instead, I de-saturated most of the colour (all of the yellow and green) and added a blue filter. This image feels very cold now. I know that’s how it should be, but I’m not sure that I like it!

Taken at: South Inch, Perth

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Suspended

Suspended

With so many trees growing around Loch Faskally, there had to be opportunities to capture some leaves floating on the water. In some cases, it created the illusion of leaves being suspended. I’ve tried to capture that here.

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I used a polarising filter to reduce the reflection from the water.

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Dead tree #2

Dead tree #2

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One of the reasons for taking this shot was that I thought it might work in black and white, given the blackness of the dead tree

I’ve added an orange filter to the black and white conversion to give a degree of warmth. I certainly prefer this version to yesterday’s coloured version.

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Harbour stumps #2

Harbour stumps #2

This version of yesterday’s shot is based on the original coloured image. I’ve applied a heavy sepia filter, to create an almost monochrome effect.

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I like the way that the filter retains some of the colours of the sea, while creating a darker atmosphere. On balance, I think I prefer this version, but there’s not much in it.

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