You’ve been framed! #1

You’ve been framed! #1

Another opportunist shot. Heading back to our hotel, looking towards the Shard, I noticed how the flags seemed to be forming a frame for the view.

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I also liked the contrasting heights of the mast, funnel, Shard, Tate Modern and the modern apartments. (The empty space to the left is intentional.)

I wonder what the semaphore means!

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Southbank skyline

Southbank skyline

If city skylines tell a story, I wonder what this one is saying.

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The sight of the white cranes against the dark clouds caught my attention. Then I noticed the number of them and the way that they overlapped. The passing plane was just a fluke!

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Millennium in motion – again – #2

Millennium in motion – again – #2

Somehow (i.e. carelessly) I managed to publish yesterday’s entry without any text. Oops!

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So, here’s the story.  I was standing on the Millenium Bridge taking some motion blur shots. I suppose I was trying to be inconspicuous, but the tripod and camera gear was a bit obvious. So much so that another photographer came to join me at this spot. He was setting up his equipment when this woman walked right in front of us to take her photo. She passed within two feet of me, then walked directly ahead.

I was trying to be inconspicuous, but the tripod and camera gear was a bit obvious. So much so that another photographer came to join me at this spot. He was setting up his equipment when this woman walked right in front of us to take her photo. She passed within two feet of me, then walked directly ahead.

Initially, I was a wee bit outraged. She knew she was blocking our view. “How selfish!”

Then I spotted the opportunity. If she was standing still, that would provide a contrast to the people who were walking along. I think the shot got even better when she raised her arm.

I’m glad that I didn’t wait until she’d cleared the view, since she provides the focal point of this image.

The processing of this version was a simple conversion to black and white, then a layer mask to pull her colour through.

 

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Peace Garden

Peace Garden

I was delighted to stumble across the Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum in London. I hadn’t noticed it previously, and only came across it because we approached the museum from a different direction. There’s a wee photography lesson in that… about considering different angles and perspectives.

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The garden is a wonderful combination of planting and structure in perfect harmony. Just like a garden should be.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

A story in pictures

A story in pictures

We recently visited London (again). On the Sunday evening, the London Symphony Orchestra was performing a free concert in Trafalgar Square. We decided to stroll along and see what was happening. When we arrived, we realised that we were (far) too late. So, I decided to try to capture the story in images in the slideshow below.

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I’m not sure that everyone would agree with the definition of full. But it didn’t seem to dampen people’s enthusiasm or enjoyment.

(I haven’t done very much post-processing, so there a bit raw.)

 

In-formation

In-formation

I spotted these two ducks swimming towards me. But I didn’t have time to change my lens.

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I wanted to capture the way that the second one was following in the slipstream of the leader, creating a single wake. But with my wide angle zoom on the camera, I knew that I would have to wait until they were quite close. As they were moving towards a larger group, I guessed that there would only be one chance to get the shot. It was going to be a hit or miss – all resting on one image… and this is it!

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REMEMBER TO JUSTIFY TEXT

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

A bridge at sunset

A bridge at sunset

I learned a new phrase the other day. Apparently, a straightfae” is a social event immediately at the conclusion of a working day – usually involving the consumption of alcoholic beverages. This was photo was taken as I was going home after a straightfae. For the record, I left early and had not consumed any alcohol, because I was driving. Now that we’ve cleared that up… the photo.

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The sun was setting and casting a glorious golden tone on everything that it touched. The Tay Rail Bridge looked amazing. I have to use my iPhone (the only camera I had with me), so you’ll need to enlarge it to see the effect. I may have mentioned it before, but I do like the panorama feature on the iPhone!

The only processing was a bit of cropping – everything else is straight out of the camera/phone.

Sealed with a kiss

Sealed with a kiss

After showing photos taken from the Shard, I thought I’d post some images featuring the building itself.

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This one didn’t turn out as I’d intended… I’m pleased to say!

My plan was to take a panorama – using my iPhone – taking in Tower Bridge, the Shard and Tate Modern. I didn’t realise that this couple were being intimate until I swept around as I took the shot.

My first reaction was to wait for them to leave and take it again – as you may have noticed, people don’t feature much in my photography. But as I waited, I looked at the photo and concluded that without them in shot, the image would be a bit flat. So, I decided to keep it and share it.

Sometimes accidents are useful.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Vienna’s museum quarter #2

Vienna’s museum quarter #2

This version of yesterday’s image uses the relatively simple technique of de-saturating specific colours to create an almost monochrome effect. If you’ve followed any of my work, you’ll know that this is one of my favourite approaches. In this case, I’m not entirely convinced that it improves the image. What do you think?

Vienna’s museum quarter #1

Vienna’s museum quarter #1

This photo of the natural history museum was taken in the evening. I was waiting to cross the road when I noticed the way that the lighting seemed to soften the building. As you can see from the traffic lights, I didn’t cross the road at the first opportunity. Instead, I quickly set up my tripod and took a couple of shots. Catching the traffic lights at green and the lamppost on the right-hand side were unplanned, but I think they add to the overall image. I also resisted the temptation to remove the tramlines and the road signs – there are limits to what is acceptable in post-processing, and they help put this building into a context in the city’s life.