Whose shoes?

Whose shoes?

OK – there are no shoes in the picture. But I wonder what story the two sets of footprints tell. Why is there no evidence of a return?

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Just a little whimsy that caught my eye early one morning.

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View from (beneath) a bridge

View from (beneath) a bridge

On an early morning stroll, I came across this scene. I liked the way that the shimmer from the river was reflected in the underside of the Bridge.

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If you look closely, there’s also a reflection on the railings. Somehow, this worked better in black and white – in my opinion.

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

HMS Belfast @ sunset

HMS Belfast @ sunset

I really liked the background to this photo – the way the lights was catching the Post Office Tower.

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However, I had a lot of trouble processing it. I had used my neutral density filter to cope with shooting towards the strong, low sunlight. This created a silhouette effect throughout the image, including HMS Belfast in the foreground.

So I’ve fiddled with some fill light in the RAW editor and some of the light settings in Photoshop. The end product is close to what I was hoping for… but not quite there yet. I’d like the background to be a bit more silhouette-y.

Any suggestions?

Southbank in motion

Southbank in motion

Continuing the theme of motion blur that emerged on our recent visit to London…

This one is taken on the Southbank at approximately 8 p.m. There were plenty of people around to create movement and energy. I used a five second exposure, so I’m grateful to the people to the right of the image for sitting still!

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I seem to be going through a monochrome phase in my post processing preferences. If you want to see the colour or the simple black and white versions, check out my Flickr page.

 

The river at night

The river at night

Continuing the unintended theme for this week, here’s a photo of the River Thames at night. This one really was a snap as we walked along the river bank to another destination. I like the concept, but I’m not too happy with the execution.

This one was taken with a shutter speed of 0.6 seconds. I’d like to re-visit this scene and try a variety of longer exposures to play with the effect of the light on the water.

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The working river

The working river

When we were in London, we seemed to spend a lot of time near the river. Our hotel was located on the river bank, we strolled along it, we crossed it, we gazed at it from various vantage points…

And I was barely conscious of it at the time. Mostly, I viewed it as a foreground, rather than the subject. However, occasionally, I was reminded that the Thames is still a working river. The vessels on it are not just pleasure craft for tourists. I might make this a wee project on a future visit. For now, here are a couple of shots to illustrate the point.

However, occasionally, I was reminded that the Thames is still a working river. The vessels on it are not just pleasure craft for tourists. I might make this a wee project on a future visit. For now, here are a couple of shots to illustrate the point.

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