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long exposure,
night,
colors,
cityscape london,
architecture,
water,
travel

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:35.0 mm f/1.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Oct 2012 - 8:42 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:13sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:London by Night
Username:AEA AEA
Uploaded:16 Feb 2013 - 3:28 PM
Tags:Architecture, Colors, Landscape / travel, London, Long exposure, Night, Travel, Water
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Jestertheclown
16 Feb 2013 - 8:44 PM

Hi Andreea,

I think you've missed the boat here! (Sorry . . . someone had to say it.)

It's a quite competent shot of London Bridge in the dark and I like the light trails of the passing boat but there's loads of empty river in the foreground and the top of the building's been cropped at the top.

It's so nearly there! Your composition just lets it down a little.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41208 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 1:41 AM

I think Bren's covered it. In an attempt to not distort the buildings, you've aimed too low. I would also suggest moving to the right, or turning that way to include more of the bridge and less of the lit building. A wider view might also give you more flexibility in framing, as a lot of these buildings are uninteresting. At night, there are many better targets in London. In fact, the views from bridges are a lot less cluttered, and I intend to do a panoramic when I get there again (I did one on a late summer afternoon from the millennium bridge, and looking at it now, I realised it would look good at dusk).

Nick

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 1:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Crop some of the river to balance things better, but the whole image is a bit soft. You must have used a tripod but traffic and wind can cause resolution loss for such a long exposure. You did not need f22 or anything like it. F8 would do reducing exposure by 3 stops. All the buildings are almost in the same focal plane and your lens will not be at it's best at such a small aperture.

Paul

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