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London Clock Tower

By Nigwel
Taken on a recent trip to London.

It was taken from Trafalgar Square. The only thing I`ve done to it so far is to straighten it.

Apart from that, I like it.

Tags: Landscape and travel Flash and lighting

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 902 1445 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2014 4:49PM
Hi Nigel, the site isn't picking up your camera and settings - could you add that information please? Camera, lens, ISO, focal length, shutter speed, aperture, white balance setting - those are really needed for us to be able to critique a shot like this.

Until we have that information, I'll confine my comments to a couple of points regarding composition. I really like the way you have collected vertical lines, in different planes, into a portrait frame. That's good. But the foreground, the bottom of the frame, could be a lot stronger. You've left that rather boring car visible, while the row of black-painted rail-post tops isn't long enough to provide a satisfying diagonal and only serves to block the view of the potentially useful foreground interest - the couple advancing towards us.

Having found your view it's worth moving around a bit, to look for a clean, strong foreground, because that's the base that supports your composition.

I'll come back later and see if settings etc have appeared.
Moira

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Nigwel 2 7
30 Apr 2014 5:01PM
Hi Moira.
That's my fault. I`d saved it with Photoshop and it saved in a PSD file of over 99,000 kb, so I re-saved it as a jpeg.
I`m only allowed to upload 1 a day which doesn't help!!!
Hope below helps.
I`m new to this too.. lol

Nige.

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ISOSpeedRatings - 4000
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ShutterSpeedValue - 1/25 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.66
ExposureBiasValue - 0
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 73 mm
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Nigwel 2 7
30 Apr 2014 5:06PM
Hi Moira
If I`d have moved to the left or right I`d have lost the clock behind either the lamp post or the building.. Also I`m not too into Photoshop or Lightroom to get the car out of the photo..

Nige.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 902 1445 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2014 5:27PM
Thanks , we don't need to know your passport number and inside leg measurement! The important elements:

Model - Canon EOS 700D
ExposureTime - 1/25 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ISOSpeedRatings - 4000
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 73 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto

I suspect that this was hand-held? Hence the use of high ISO, giving a slightly 'muddy' quality. Assuming hand-held, you did very well!
Moira
30 Apr 2014 5:34PM
Love the light on Big Ben..........


Paul.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 902 1445 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2014 6:30PM

Quote:If I`d have moved to the left or right I`d have lost the clock behind either the lamp post or the building.. Also I`m not too into Photoshop or Lightroom to get the car out of the photo..

I'm not suggesting cloning the car out! But Big Ben is visible from a fair amount of London, so it's worth looking around for a view that includes a satisfying foreground as well as the verticals.
I would suggest that you have a look at this member's portfolio, WhiteRose1 , because he is very good at this sort of shot. Look back over a few pages of his portfolio and you'll find them.
Nigwel 2 7
30 Apr 2014 8:17PM

Quote:I'm not suggesting cloning the car out! But Big Ben is visible from a fair amount of London, so it's worth looking around for a view that includes a satisfying foreground as well as the verticals.
I would suggest that you have a look at this member's portfolio, WhiteRose1, because he is very good at this sort of shot. Look back over a few pages of his portfolio and you'll find them.



The photo was taken there because of how it looked at the time.. Apart from a photo that includes just a street leading up to Big Ben, I could walk around all day and night looking for another option to photograph.

I could clone the car or crop the photo, but doing that, it loses everything interesting about the photo.

Nige
xwang 7 32 7
30 Apr 2014 8:42PM
I quite like this one. I tried one at Kingscross station a couple of months ago, just it was like this. There is no way you could avoid the cars. The sky and the clock look beautiful...
It would be a very difficult clone off any thing.. Is it possible to clone off the lamps? It would make the London Clock Tower more visible, and then you could crop as you wish....
Nigwel 2 7
30 Apr 2014 9:34PM
Thanks xwang.

I wouldn't know where to start with the cloning of the lamps..

The effect I wanted was to have the clock between the lamps and the building. I`ll give it a try or someone out there with a bit more knowledge of Photoshop might like to try..

Thanks

Anyway..

Nige.
Sooty_1 5 1.5k 219 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2014 9:58PM
It's almost impossible to get a decent original take on the clock tower. It's so frequently photographed, from similar locations, so credit for looking for an alternative view. To me though, it looks like the focus is on the foreground, and the clock tower is less sharp, which is a shame if it's supposed to be the main subject. I also find the nearest light has a bit too much glare too.
There is no problem with cars in a shot of a city, it suggests the tower rising serenely out of the bustle, unfortunately it doesn't dominate because it's sandwiched closely between the verticals, but it does suggest the claustrophobic nature of London.

Nick
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 307 England
1 May 2014 5:31PM
Extremely hard to avoid cars, and street furniture for that matter.
This does suggest hustle and bustle and the almost claustrophobic nature of central London.
If the car wasn't there we would see more detail of the shops and restaurants which could distract the eye from the clock tower.

This would benefit from a slight crop to remove the brightly lit wheel, maintining the busy look but focussing attention on the lamps and skyline, which I take is what appeals to you most about this.

I do like the way you've carefully thought out the positioning of the clock tower between the buildings and the lamps.

Keith

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