Tag Archives: 2010

Look for the rain

Back in London for a few days, and enjoying the almost summery weather around here! Today’s picture was taken during a very hot spring day. I was just wandering around the city center when suddenly, out of no way, it started pouring over. As everybody ran for cover I managed to snap a few pictures, in a few minutes, as sudden as it started, rain was over and sun was shining again.

There isn’t much fancy technique going on here, just a quick shutter (1/125 s) to freeze the falling raindrops in the air, Almost no post processing besides some cropping and a tiny bit of sharpening. Hope you like it!

The Merlion

Today’s picture comes from the Marina Bay area in Singapore, a recently revamped area very close to the financial district that is the heart of this country. The merlion, with the lower body of a fish and the upper body of a lion, if the official mascot of Singapore.

The stunning building on the opposite side of the bay is the Marina Bay Hotel, a luxurious 7-star hotel hosting a huge casino. It is amazing how people around those part of the world love gambling! Apparently, the situation was so serious (with people not showing up at work and loosing all their money gambling) that the Singapore government issued a law according to which Singapore citizens must pay 100 S$ (about 50 pounds) just to enter a casino. Tourists, on the other hand, can come and go freely.

Back to the picture, in order to be able to get in focus both the close merlion and the Marina Bay hotel in the background I had to use a very small aperture of f/27. Resorting to small apertures help getting everything in focus. The downside is… well that everything will be in focus, which will make little imperfections noticeable, for instance the drop of water in the lower part of the picture, probably coming from the lion spraying, as the wind was changing constantly. I could have photoshopped that droplet away, but didn’t bother me that much so decided to keep it.

Hope you like it!

The merlion, with the lower body of a fish and the upper body of a lion, if the official mascot of Singapore. This magnificent fountain-statue is facing the Marina Bay hosting the huge 7-stars hotel and the famous casino.

 

Water

Yet another experiment with (kind of) long exposure. 1/8 of a second, 90mm, f/38. Long exposures with moving water are always fun, but sometimes tricky to master. If you leave the shutter open for too long, still waters will become a giant smooth mirror throwing awesome reflections around, whilst moving waters with get all cloudy and misty, providing a fairy-tale like effect.

On the oposite extreme of the speed roulette, a very short exposure (1/2000 secs.) will freeze single droplets of water in the air, which can also be a really nice effect.

Somewhere in the middle, with the right spot depending on how fast the water is moving, there is a sweet spot where some parts are all misty but where the quieter part are not yet smoothed out. This was the spot I was aiming to get with this particular picture. Of course, anything that takes longer time than one can hold perfectly still will require the use of a tripod.

Waterfall fountain in Orchard Road, central Singapore.

Flamingos by night

Picture taken in Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari. Even shooting at high ISO (3200), the 80mm focal length and 5.6 aperture forced a long exposure (1.5 seconds), which resulted in the motion blur due to the train (and birds!) movement. Even if the picture looks funny and a bit surrealistic, there is barely no post-processing here (apart from some cropping and the necessary noise reduction in order to fix the high ISO artifacts).

Hope you enjoy it!

Flamingos by nightPicture taken in Singapore Zoo's Night Safari. Long exposure, motion blur due to train.Flamingos by night

Boats in the docks

This was another of the pics I took dunring the snow days before Christmas time in London. It was so cold outside that the city looked like a ghost town, even around usually crowded areas. The canals in the Docklands, by the Canary Wharf, were almost forzen and the snowed boats made a really nice visual impression.

Hope you like it!

Docklands near the Canary Wharf in London, during a snowy winter day.Docklands near the Canary Wharf in London, during a snowy winter day.

Terrace in the docklands

During the last years prior to going digital I was shooting almost exclusively black and white film. For some reason, I have done it so much lately, so it was fun trying it for a little bit.

This picture was taken right after the big snow in London last Christmas, when the airports got closed and almost everyone tried to stay at home. I went for a walk from home to the almost empty Canary Wharf, it was wonderfully refreshing seeing all the normally crowded places completely empty. Somehow the black and white fitted well the mood of the day. Enjoy!
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Battersea power station

One of my favorite locations in London is the abandoned Battersea power station, located by the riverside in West London, in the Southern shore. The building is really an iconic landmark that has been featured countless times in different contexts, from the album cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals to the more recent filming of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night. After many years of operation, Battersea power station (that used to be a coal-fired power plant) hasn’t been used for its initial purpose since 1983, and ever since a number of ideas on what to do with the building popped up.

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The Sphelix

The day I took this picture we had a particularly nice saturday afternoon in London, I took all my gear out to take advantage of the latest summer daylight and went for a photowalk around Battersea power station hoping for some dramatic skies and light effects. Once all the sunlight was gone and I had taken the compulsory twilight-at-the-Thames shots and played a bit with light trails, I felt like I deserved a beer, and so headed to Covent Garden piazza to meet a friend there. Continue reading The Sphelix

Köln Dom

Just settled down after moving to Germany. I will spend most of my time during the next few months in the little town of Bonn, in the Rhein valley not far from the bigger and more exciting city of Köln (Cologne).

Today’s photo is the main entrance of the superb Köln cathedral, one of the most impressive gothic buildings ever constructed. Hope you enjoy it!

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