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The Grapes of Wrath

By Jasper87  
"A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east."
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

The tags say it all - "London, River Thames, Battersea Power Station, Sunset"

Iso400, 1/320s, f20, @20mm. I think I did have my tripod with me but the Thames wall was about 5 ft high and 3 ft wide at this point, so I used the solid concrete as a rest. Probably not needed at 1/320s but I might have just got a bit excited about the colours of the sunset SmileSmile


Tags: Sunset London River thames Golden hour Battersea Landscape and travel

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Mar 2013 8:44AM
Just noticed the marks in the sky... can't see them on the original! Mmm, not sure how to correct something I can't see so I will leave this be for the time being.


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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 8:47AM
One of Steinbecks' best known literary pieces followed by , East of Eden and Cup of Gold.

Back to the image, love it Dave, however please forgive me for being so bold, but I do think the right hand side silhouettes are somewhat distracting "Sorry"

Have a great Easter Weekend

Regards Nathan
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
29 Mar 2013 8:50AM
nice light hitting the side of the buildings.
The colours at sunset really do come and go and getting excited is something I know all about been there done it at my cost but I won't go into that.......lovely sky with the silhouettes, however the one on the right IMO does not help the comp in my eyes better out than in. Just my little imput the way I see it.

richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
29 Mar 2013 9:04AM
Great use of the light/river to lead your eye! Super colour! Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 9:07AM
Think I might agree about the right hand silhouettes even if you cropped most and leave a tad in to get the full sunset you can but a great job of work Dave
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Mar 2013 9:08AM
S superb low light capture, Dave, who would have thought Battersea Power Station could look that good Wink Carol
29 Mar 2013 9:09AM
Superb sunset colours and light. An excellent composition, Dave.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Mar 2013 9:10AM
It seem a low light image and I was surprised that you got such a fast shutter speed with aperture of f/20.0, even allowing for the ISO set.
But it seems to have worked very well, capturing the prevailing colours and light: the buildings just fall short of silhouettes as the light is catching here and there.
Interesting cloud patterns and wonderful warmth above the horizon.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 9:16AM
Stunning light, and a magnificent sky, a fine sunset exposure.
I used to get similar drying marks on my prints: hardly likely to be the fault here, though.
Love your title and the quotation. I actually used 'The Grapes of Wrath' as a teaching medium in Performing Arts A-Level. These days I'm more concerned about the effects of the wrath of grapes Blush
29 Mar 2013 9:24AM
Superb sunset,colour and light Dave.Like the way the sun glistens on the building..Lin
johnke 5 223 15
29 Mar 2013 9:26AM
Nothing wrong with your speed Dave , you created an awesome image with lots of color, its awesome...John
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
29 Mar 2013 9:28AM
Great use of the low lighting conditions to create a fine image which I believe is enhanced by cropping off the silhouetted tree on the right hand side. If you hadn't mentioned it I doubt many would have noticed the marks in the sky.

KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
29 Mar 2013 9:34AM
A London icon, superbly presented. Wonder what it would look like with a couple of flying pigs, la Messrs P. Floyd .......? Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 9:47AM
It's an interesting composition, an industrial icon confronting natural growth on the other side of the river. I can imagine a composition without the foliage but it wouldn't keep me looking as long as this has. Nice that you have some detail and texture in the foreground footpath, I think that's important. It's where we are standing, it grounds the image.
It's amazing the way pretty well imperceptible aspects of an original image can be made more noticeable in the resizing/sharpening process. I'm guessing that's what has happened here.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 9:49AM
Very well captured, timed just right for that lovely light.
29 Mar 2013 9:50AM
An excellent image, Dave - full of interest, stunning colours and superb silhouettes!
Have a good Easter.

29 Mar 2013 10:00AM
Super composition Dave, lovely light,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 10:02AM
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
29 Mar 2013 10:06AM
So impressive .... and I have no problem with the RH side foliage either!

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
29 Mar 2013 10:42AM
Well captured sky. Smile
I've looked at this with the top line of clouds cropped off as I find them a distraction and they seem like a barrier to the movement of the scudding clouds.
29 Mar 2013 10:44AM
Glad to make it 30 Dave
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 10:46AM
Can't find anything wrong with the sky?
Can't see how the composition would work without the trees!
Good detail in the buildings with such low light.
The only distraction I can find is the quote - beautifully written - might re read the book someday.
It was a powerful story.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
29 Mar 2013 10:47AM
All been said above Dave but looking at the upright sections there seems to be a lean to the left, might be a conservative capture.

Have a great Easter.


User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 11:08AM
Yes, excellent, love that sky. Smile

29 Mar 2013 11:09AM
O.2 degrees out Trevor's eyes must be good this morning just out the pub were you Dave ...regardless of all I like the image a fine result for the setting you had made

Sorry Dave but I think you would have done better without the Battersea Power Station.Blush
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
29 Mar 2013 11:52AM
Great skySmile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 1:11PM
I too think the image would loose if you cropped out the trees on the right Dave, its a great frame. Superb low light shot, love the colours in the sky, and the image has so much depth, looking down river to the bridge... immersive (and I don't mean as if you fell in!!).

A top notch shot.... re the marks in the sky, had to look hard, but I found that using photoshop spot healing tool sometimes leaves this sort of artefact...
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 1:12PM
A super image, great sky, SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
29 Mar 2013 1:47PM
Great colours and silhouettes. Personally, I would crop the strip of white cloud at the top.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
29 Mar 2013 2:42PM
Perfect exposure

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
29 Mar 2013 2:53PM
A beautiful capture, Dave, stunning sky...just needs a couple of flying pigs! Wink
Trev Smile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 3:52PM
Excellent composition and wonderful light in this Dave.

29 Mar 2013 4:31PM
Lovely image, I like the trees on the right as I think they add interest to the picture.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 4:38PM
Lovely image, have a nice EasterWinkGrin
moiral 8 12 Scotland
29 Mar 2013 5:18PM
Beautiful colours in that sunset, and they give a lovely warmth to the buildings. Moira
29 Mar 2013 5:52PM
Brilliantly taken shot Dave, a really interesting image with much to view.
And thanks for the excellent mod Smile

John Smile
jdinne 15 16 England
29 Mar 2013 6:06PM
Brilliant sky and love the light on the buildings, nice one Dave......

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 6:38PM
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 6:41PM
A splendid sky Dave SmileSmile
29 Mar 2013 6:45PM
I barely noticed the marks Dave. It really is a stunning sky, lovely shot Smile
1881 6 India
29 Mar 2013 6:46PM
A great shot indeed.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
29 Mar 2013 6:58PM
I love the atmosphere here Dave !! A great photo combined with great words Smile
29 Mar 2013 7:31PM
Beautiful image well captured.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 7:35PM
Now then...... I decided my verdict before I read the comments, but I have read the comments now..( it took agesTongue) and I havent changed my opinion (for what its worthBlush) So here is my twopenneth...... I like the bushes, and if you cropped you would lose part of the sunset and the bridge, I wouldnt have noticed the marks in the sky had you not said. There is just one thing that i would change, and that is to crop the plane trail at the top, or clone it out.... Maybe cloning would be best so you keep the top of the tree, that I like so much.
Dont eat too many eggs.... Happy EasterSmileSmile
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 8:32PM
Intresting shot---missing a floating pig between the stacks ........( Its a Pink Floyd thing Smile

Golden Hour ,one of my favourite times and one being abused by camera clubs where manipulation and post work seems to be the norm.
For me the prior planning,getting there early,setting up unrushed and getting it right in camera is the passion of photography,

Nice image Dave (A bit dark in the shadows ) , nice to be back,i`ll upload some Croatia shots later (Thanks for remembering)
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2013 8:57PM
Very moody image Dave, great lighting in the buildings.lovely shot.
29 Mar 2013 10:46PM
Beautiful capture, Dave !
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
30 Mar 2013 3:49AM
Great shot, Dave -- and good to see one of California's own quoted here at ePhotozine.
pamkelly 6 47 England
30 Mar 2013 9:35AM
I like it.Smile
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 9:42AM
Excellent Dave
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
30 Mar 2013 10:41AM
Now, now then young lad, calm down. We can't have you getting all excited, that won't do at all.Wink

Three reasons not to crop out the trees. First, I like the contrast between the industrial, urban image contrasting with the more rural aspect given by the trees. Second, they add balance to the whole image, and third, it makes a good rh frame and keeps our eyes within the frame.

almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 11:16AM
I overlooked this because the thumbnail doesn't show the subtle light. It's nice to see folks giving you some genuinely useful critiques instead of just fawning Wink
I agree the light on the buildings is the outstanding aspect of this image. Therefore my opinons are based around doing what ever you can to enhance the impact of that. For me the buildings are probably not large enough in the frame. I agree the trees and top vapour trail can frame the buildings but the top trail is too far away to focus attention on the buildings, so it could go. That would mean either zooming in more at the time or cropping the image now (I've spend loads of time with sheets of paper held against the screen working this out!). Once you crop off the top of the sky, I think you can then lose 50% of the width of the tree silhouette and it still works as a frame but is not longer such a bold distraction. The bottom can be cropped until the opposite bank emerges from the bottom left corner, the reflected towers to work as lead ins but the diagonal of the bank is much more effective so lets use it. Finally the buildings on the left are not that exciting until you reach the metal ?water tower shining in the sun. So crop up to just before it. I think what you end up with is a lead in from the opposite bank, taking the eye along all the great lighting on the buildings which now feature much larger in the frame as the main subject. You retain the depth from the river leading away to the bridge and you keep your arboreal frame on the right.
Hope that meets the terms of your request, there's certainly nothing to be harsh about with this one; the ingredients are all there but just need a little enhancement I think! GrinGrin
swanseamale47 10 124 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 12:53PM
I'm old enough to remember the fun fair that used to be by the power station and even the tree walk (though happily not the dueling) the lighting fits the title nicely, I'd like to see the building just a bit bigger but it's a personal thing.
30 Mar 2013 3:07PM
Lovely image -didn't see this part of London but after seeing 'The Audience ' the taxi driver drove past Buckingham Palace !
Had a great time and will get back down again next year ! Gill
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2013 9:20PM
Love the light that you have captured Dave
xwang 9 56 8
30 Mar 2013 10:46PM
I love the sky... beautiful image, wonderfully taken.
31 Mar 2013 8:39AM
A beautiful photo of a sunset.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
31 Mar 2013 12:12PM
Glorious light and colours Dave, and beautifully composed too.
I just read "Travels with Charlie"; The man could definitely write!
Trevhas Plus
6 1.3k 3 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2013 8:40PM
Cracking sunset and colours Dave just needs some TLC so i've uploaded a mod but there's not much you can do with small res, but i now understand your other reason for resting on the concrete at 1/320 i had to do the same on friday night !!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
31 Mar 2013 9:04PM
Cheers, Trevor, have to admit the crops are stronger.

Humblebee 6 1 England
31 Mar 2013 11:11PM
Well, Dave, I never thought I would be adding my two-penneth, but here goes. I would have cropped out the wayward contrail; cropped the tree but slightly less than the mods, and would leave the rest alone. The cropping in the mod of the left hand side, gives the image a feeling of being squashed up. As for the mark, maybe an errant gray cloud or perhaps a mothership hoping for a quick power boost Wink. Whatever, another fine low light image, Dave ... Carol
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 6:52AM
A most stunning image...
1 Apr 2013 2:58PM
Superb sunset colours
I like this very much Dave. I like how my eye is led along the Thames to that lovely sunset and the general feeling of expanse that London is which is enhanced by the sky. There is plenty going on along the river and into the sunset so the trees on the right are neither here nor there in terms of cropping and probably balance the whole thing - they don't distract my eye at all. One comment I have on the mods is that I do like the reflection on the water from the Power Station in #2 and I'd probably want to feature that along with the great sunset in #1.
evelen 13 5 England
1 Apr 2013 6:28PM
wonderful capture .
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Apr 2013 7:48PM
lovely colours! and a landmark even non Brits like me can appreciate through Pink Floyd.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 9:00PM
A classic view. Could be off a Pink Floyd album cover. Great shot Dave. Paul
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 4:50PM
Wonderful lighting and well thought out composition, the lighting is magical.
Well done, Dave.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
LexEquine 12 19 United States
4 Apr 2013 8:16PM
Beautiful Night scenic Shot ~ Peter

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