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!
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.
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.
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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