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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 9 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

Martin

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banehawi Plus
12 1.4k 3461 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.




regards



Willie
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 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.

Regards

Ken

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