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London Bridge

By Tonyc49
A shot towards tower bridge at night a war ship to the right, plenty of city light.

Tags: General Architecture Night time Thames river Landscape and travel Towerbridge

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Sooty_1 10 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2014 5:27PM
It's not as easy to capture the river as it seems at first!
The lights often fool the metering, everything on the river moves slightly unless you hike the ISO (as you have here) to get a faster shutter speed, and the cloudy sky always exhibits the orangey glow from the multitude of tungsten and sodium lights.

It is usually better to shoot when here's a trace of light in the sky, as the balance between the shadows and highlights is better, plus the artificial light doesn't dominate the colour balance so much. The exposure isn't bad, but a little lifting of the shadows will help.
When I enlarge it, it doesn't look too sharp, but then balancing on the balustrade of London Bridge (as I suspect here) allows traffic vibrations to shake the camera. Even a tripod won't help much on a road bridge, but waiting for traffic to stop may be the only way to mitigate the effect unless you have a damped tripod head. One other way is to use a lens with a wider aperture to allow a faster shutter speed, as the ISO is already high. Shooting just after sunset would mean more light in the sky, and probably a nicer colour balance.

It could do with a slight clockwise rotation and I'd clone or crop the highlight in the bottom left corner.

A couple of small points too, it might be better to call it "Tower Bridge" as that is the main subject, and the warship is HMS Belfast.

dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1809 England
20 Dec 2014 10:21PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Tony - I see you've been an Ephotozine member for several years, but it looks as if this is your first upload to this gallery.

Nick has given some good advice above, and I haven't got a lot to add. It's often annoying that the best angle on a subject doesn't give you the chance to get the best quality: from a bridge, there's simply no possible way to get things really critically sharp, other than stopping all the traffic. Still, at least you weren't walking across the Millennium Bridge, which really bounces!

Willie's mod deals with the technical issues nicely.

An additional note on H.M.S. Belfast - her guns are trained, I believe, on Scratchwood Services at the bottom of the M1. That's perhaps both an indication of their range - and of the esteem in which the Royal Navy holds motorway catering...
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2014 2:23PM
A reasonable try, but it needs to be sharp. You have some movement. You don't say if you used a tripod, but you must for night shooting, or something very stable like a wall top. You should release the shuttervwith an external release or the delayed action timer, but even then, wind and other vibrations can have an effect.

You should try and kepo the ISO down. 400 is plenty fast enough and you are just reducing quality. Only use the high ISO if you really must.


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