A couple of weeks ago, wandering by the river on the hope of catching the moment when the Olympic Rings in the Tower Bridge got lit up, I found a wide open stairwell going down to the river bank that is usually closed.
I managed to get right by the waterfront and take a few panoramic shots before the treachery grounds betrayed me and a tripod slip ended up with my lens smashed into the mud.
So, in a sense one could say that this shot costed me my lens*!
Hope you enjoy the panoramic view, the photo was obtained by stitching 9 photos with Hugin and then some final retouches with Photoshop, mostly to deal with long-exposure noise and dodging a little bit the underexposed areas.
* The lens is currently being serviced and will be back in business shortly
This is the Cathedral of Bonn, in Germany. An old romanic construction, is not as impressive as the one in Koln, but still makes for a nice view.
Long exposure taken from a nearby roof.
Sorry for the week without updates, I went back to London for a few days and got busy with the WPO festival, maybe next time I will leave a few programmed updates or something.
Anyway, it was a very productive week in London, I got the chance to meet many nice people and get a glimpse into the world of stock photography (which I haven’t decided yet whether I will try or not), took a quick assignment thanks to which I got a free t-shirt, and used an opportunity to go practice in three amazing photo-shoots with stage models. Besides that, wandering around the south bank I met a bunch of guys performing some amazing free-running flips. All in all, I have over 2000 new photos to take care of, some of which I want to do as soon as possible, so I will postpone my series on Detroit and the US trip.
Today’s picture features one of the boat that crosses the underground river below the caves of Remouchamps, a little Belgian town in the middle of the Ardennes (not far from Liege and the German border), which I visited right the day before going back to London. As you can imagine light conditions inside a cave are kind of precarious, so it took a 4 second exposure (camera standing firmly attached to the gorilla-pod) to get a decent amount of detail on the walls. A bit of filler flash was used at the end of the exposure in order to get the boat properly exposed.
Hope you enjoy it!
Underground river in the caves of Remouchamps, in the Belgian Ardennes.
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.
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 night
Trailing lights in London by the Chelsea bridge, across Battersea Park.
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