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London by Night

By AEA    
long exposure,
cityscape london,

Tags: London Travel Water Night Colors Architecture Long exposure Landscape and travel

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
16 Feb 2013 8:44PM
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.


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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 1:41AM
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).

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 1:43PM
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.


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