Faskally panorama 2
This is the last photo that I’m going to post from our walk around Loch Faskally.
(Click on image for larger version.)
It’s another panorama taken with my iPhone. No tricks, no fancy processing – just working with perfect conditions.
(See my Flickr site for similar images – if you’re interested.)
The allure of twinkling lights 1
There’s something about the lights of a city at night that captivate me. I love the effect in this shot of the red dots from the cranes of Canary Wharf. (You really need to click on the photo to get a larger version to see what I mean.) I like the way that the barge and the posts in the river give a contrast to the shimmering lights of Blackfriars bridge. In some ways, this image tells a story of a great city – simultaneously ancient and modern.
Building on yesterday’s image, I wanted to highlight the red elements. So, after converting to black and white, I used a layer mask to pick out the relevant sections. I now this is a technique that I use quite a lot… but I like it! I think it works well in this case, although the reflections are a bit subdued.
Sometimes my eye catches something, and I know that I want to capture it. The first thing that grabbed my attention in this image was the reflection of Southwark cathedral.
But I felt that there was more to the shot than that. As I stood considering what was missing, I became aware of the bus approaching. Beyond a vague notion of the ‘rule of thirds’, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. As luck would have it, the bus stopped in the bottom right of my viewfinder! Ideally, I’d have liked it a few feet further back – to get more red in shot and to cover the letters ‘ST’. But i like what I got anyway.
To the rear of Belvedere there is a large pond, leading towards more gardens. It is impossible to resist the temptation of the reflections (well, it was for me). Again, the overhead conditions didn’t help, so I had a bit of fun in post-processing developing a range of variations. I can’t decide which I like best, so I’ve posted them all!