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Roger Shard Over and Out!

By WendyEhoff
Taken from the north of centre from the Millennium Bridge in London.

I want to frame London Bridge between the iconic 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie building with The Shard with a long exposure to give a feeling of calmness. I specifically had a black and white image in my mind for the final print.

I am planning to display this on my dining room wall as a panorama at around 4ft x 7ft in a set of 4 or 5 vertical panels and would be interested for any feedback on this.

Many thanks


Tags: Wide angle Thames Black and white Long exposure London bridge Landscape and travel London at night Shard London skyline Walkie Talkie London cityscape

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Sooty_1 12 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2015 10:34PM
It's a pleasing panorama, and full credit for envisioning it in black and white, where most would go for colour. It has the advantage that the murky orangey colour of street lights don't spoil the colour, but the disadvantage that the other wonderful mix of coloured light isn't there.

Shot as a single image, you might struggle for sharpness at very large sizes, as this version doesn't look that sharp, but that might be to do with resizing as much as the original image. Even on a tripod, the bridges vibrate (particularly the Millenium Bridge) robbing you of critical sharpness, unless you can really minimise the traffic.

Planning to split the image, you need to plan carefully to avoid cutting through important parts (like Tower Bridge), and with that in mind, a looser crop would have given you more options. Another part of that, is that I'd like to see a little more space either side of the two "bookends", as you want them to be a part of the image and 'contain' it, rather than be right at the edge and 'frame' it. It would also be nice to have a little more space above the Shard, as it looks a little cramped at the top. It looks like you need a small anticlockwise rotation too.
One other small thing, it looks like you've angled the camera up, as the buildings at the edges aren't quite true. Added to the other sloping buildings, everything leans in slightly at the top. A little perspective adjustment will sort that out easily, and the two main buildings will look more natural.

Overall, it might have been better to take a series of vertical shots and combine them for a panorama, as you would have had much more information to play with and more flex with your crop, but if the sharpness holds up and the divisions fall in the right place, I'm sure it'll look fine on the wall. Good for you to not just go for the obvious shot.

banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4336 Canada
4 Apr 2015 10:42PM
Its very nice, and would be great on a wall.

I dont know the place, so cant comment a lot on this area. I will suggest a couple of things.

As it appears here, - and your original can well be a little different, I would brighten the image; what Ive done is using the levels or curves adjustment, just pull the right slider in about 1/3rd the way.

Next, sharpen it some more, If the original is sharp, thats fine.

I have applied these small tweaks, and sliced it into 5 panels to show how it might look. I think it will work best as 5, rather than 4.


Sooty_1 12 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2015 10:59PM
Unfortunately, you're cutting into Tower Bridge with the mod!

Not sure of the proportions, but it might be better as three panels, each can have an iconic building in it then, as a mini-subject.

banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4336 Canada
5 Apr 2015 1:01AM
Yes, I see that now, so three works best. An odd number is better than an even I think. Thats what happens when you dont know the location.

pablophotographer 11 2.1k 432
5 Apr 2015 1:03AM
you need to take a big breath to take all this in. Yes it is amazing and congratulations for doing this. Yes, the framing looks well done and I shall applaud Sooty's idea to splitting it in three parts. I like the idea you have turned this to black and white.
But before you think putting up on our wall THE 7'x4' PRINT I would urge you to put up on your wall a mock black cloth that big. Will it look alright? Is your wall white to create a contrast? Will it look nice when it will blend with the wallpaper? I may sound a bit extreme but I reckon it would cost dearly (not only financially, but psychologically) to put it up and then understand it would need to come off. For me the picture is too dark and the amount of light is not sufficient to make it really engaging. It does remain amazing accomplishment on its own right (yes, bridges do linger) and I can not see it on the screen you are viewing it so I might be wrong, but be careful with this amount of white light, that amount of black and the 50 shades of grey. And, you'd need to make sure that your glass is ultra clean and arrives ultra clean, I'd put a membrane in front until I take the picture because in darkness you can't distinguish spot marks.

paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2015 8:19AM
Is the original absolutely pin sharp? It may well be as this is a huge compression. It does appear slightly soft here, but that is probably not the case. Mixed feelings. I think I would prefer a slightly brighter image and colour. However, to use it as you intend, I can see the desire for mono. It could look very impressive.

pablophotographer 11 2.1k 432
5 Apr 2015 9:24AM
Now, now.

I wondered if you were going to put some lights on the top of the frame to light the picture, or if you were going to use a metallic reflective paper and a mirror back like Lee Morris on this video I could also suggest a hollow frame built around the picture with physical led lights in an led strip or incandescent strip. I could also suggest a good house insurance, hahaha.

It would be nice if you were to show us later how it does fit on your wall.


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