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Canary Wharf at Night

By ken_williams
I have been reading up about long exposures and wanted to try it out. I had no tripod, and it was quite windy, so I placed the camera on a post and hoped for the best. I shot in RAW and changed the white balance to tungsten to make the image more blue, which I think contrasts well with the lights of the buildings, as the original white balance setting was too orange.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
16 Mar 2012 1:44PM
Hi Ken,

Good shot, well done. At a 150 sec exp that's errr...add the one take away 5.....phew was it really that long Wink

You have caught some good colours and I love the plane trail circling above the buildings. The only bit I'm a touch unsure about it the fence? in the bottom foreground, but thats just me. I have reduced the tones a bit by making a copy and turning it to B&W then overlaying onto the colour copy and reducing the opacity. Ken there is only a slight difference but see what you think.

Take care


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
16 Mar 2012 1:54PM
Looks like the exposure was a little too long. You likely need to try a few different exposures, using your LCD histogram view as a guide. In general, you dont want to blow the bright lights.

It can also benefit with some sharpening. I agree with Martin re the wall and have cropped to remove it in the mod. Its essentially similar to Martins, I have reduced highlights, multiplied layers at 30%, and sharpened.


6 3 8 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2012 2:59PM
I don't like the fence in the fore ground but as a first attempt at long exposure I think this is an excellent pic. I would be very happy to have this in my portfolio!Grin
Thanks guys for your consructive comments it's really good to get feedback!!! I'm on a steep learning curve here trying to get to grips with camera settings, composition etc and add to that the complexities of post production editing. Having looked at the modifications I agree the fence in the foreground detracts from the shot and the image is overexposed. I've taken your comments on board and will try to incorporate them in future pics.



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