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.)

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

On our second (evening) visit to the Shard, I came up with a strategy to compensate for the ‘no tripod’ rule. I placed my camera on the floor; knelt down; and pressed the lens hood against the glass. It wasn’t perfect, but I got a couple of decent shots with this approach.

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There’s nothing unique or creative about this composition, but I am pleased with the blurred motion of the vehicles on the bridge. (You’ll get a better view by enlarging the image.)

I also like the shimmering reflection in the river, which was ‘kinda intentional’.

 

Southbank in motion 2

Southbank in motion 2

The motion blur in this photo is not intentional. I was trying to capture the curving line of lampposts with St Paul’s cathedral in the background. The length of exposure (1.6 seconds) created the blur. The starburst from the light is straight out of the camera, and I’m very happy with that!

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Other night time shots along the River Thames are available on Flickr.

Motion in the market

We visited Borough Market on a Saturday afternoon. It’s fair (and obvious) to say that it was very busy. I noticed that there was an interesting mixture of people standing looking at the stalls and produce, while others were trying to make their way quickly through the market. This stall grabbed my attention because of the meat products hanging from the roof. The movement was accidental, but I think it captures some of the atmosphere.

(Motion blur was a bit of a theme for this visit to London!)

If you’re interested, the shutter speed was 1/20, aperture = 7.1.

I also converted this shot to black and white. I can’t decide if it enhances the shot or not. What do you think?