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Palace of Westminister

By ken_williams
Took this picture on a recent visit into town. I wanted to capture a different view of Big Ben/clock tower, if that's at all possible as it's been photographed I'm sure a billion times!! I took the picture from the South side of the Thames and tried to use Westminister Bridge as a lead in line. I used a CPL to try and darken the blue sky slighly but I don't think this worked as the sun wasn't quite at 45 degrees. I shot in RAW and increased saturation, contrast and sharpened slightly.

Tags: General Architecture Landscape and travel

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danmclean 11 1 Australia
30 Mar 2012 2:57PM
I like this, capturing the iconic bridge as well as the houses and big ben and all from a unique angle, nicely done sir,.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
30 Mar 2012 3:26PM
A very nice pov Ken, - one I havent seen before.

the exposure is good overall, with both the sky, buildings and river looking good.

Its very slightly off level, - according to Photoshop its 0.47 degrees off, which I corrected in the mod with a clockwise correction.

I would suggest you consider cropping some of the water from the bottom, theres some to spare, and a little off the left to make a panoramic shot, which this suits quite well. Loaded as a mod.

Hope you find this helpful,


mhfore 11 6 176 England
30 Mar 2012 5:24PM
Hi Ken,

As already said above this is a good pov and works well.

Ken there is still a touch more detail to be gained from the image. You said you shot in RAW (top man) do you use ACR for your processing? if you do I'm probably telling "me grandma how to suck eggs" so to speak. If you hold down "Alt" while clicking on the recover slider the image will turn black except for the over exposed areas which are red or yellow you then move your slider up until it all turns black, of course it will only do so much, this also works on a similar basis with the Blacks slider. I've opened your image up in ARC and there are areas that can be recovered along with detail under the bridge once opened into photoshop I then altered the exposure in different areas.

Take care
paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 12:52PM
A perfectly good image of that scene but, as you say, they all look similar. I would crop top and bottom a bit to letterbox format and darken the sky which, to me, is rather too bright. Ideally, for a well known viewpoint such as this you need dramatic weather and/or lighting to lift it into a different league.


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