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London

By Nigwel
Another hand held photo, taken on the streets of London, Whitehall to be precise..

Not really sure about this photo.

I doesn't really hold anything interesting in it!!

I think the moving TAXI says more than anything else in the photo.

Sad Blush

Tags: Transport Landscape and travel

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IshanPathak 2 202 12 India
4 May 2014 6:21AM
Good Morning ( Atleast it is here Smile )

Every image has one thing or another intersting in it. I really love real life images like this. It is really different from every other pic. You see what millions of other people see but sadly very few bother to capture moments like these Sad

Back to the image, I llike the lights, not too much over enhanced.

For the moving taxi, well its really tough to capture a moving object, and a faster shutter speed usually helps, but not always. You could have opted for Burst setting which would have allowed you to take simultaneous 10 shots.And in those 10 shots taxi could have been captured a bit more perfectly Smile ( might be, depends on the speed etc )

ISO is too high, you may have opted for it because of night time but i would have preffered this image to be soft and clear Smile ( Personal Opinion )

And as for not holding anything interesting, i see the rush in our lives through this image. The blurred taxi tells that how much rush we are in our fdaily lives. Infact so much, that ven 1/25 shutter speed cannot capture a clear shot Grin ( it can be that the taxi was on moderate speed but its what i see Smile Wink )

Might have worked in Mono, not sure.

Ishan

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 7:53AM
Ishan points are valid and very well put across. Lots to think about.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Coast 8 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 8:29AM
Morning Nigel

This has some value if even from a social history record. Showing a part of Whitehall at night and the slight but clear movement of the taxi suggesting that London is always moving.

I would tighten up the crop that is all. Place the Taxi from the bottom right of the frame to fill up into and across that lower third. You have road space for it to move into, psychologically for the viewer, and that takes you down to the distant lights and life. I'll upload a mod to demonstrate.

In terms of technical aspects you have done well to hand-hold a big lens, albeit at the 100mm (FF equivalent) focal length, at 1/25s. There is enough sharpness in this and the ISO necessary to give you any chance in the light of the night to get a shutter speed you could manage. Equally the contrast between the dark of night and the street lights has been contained well. One to consider is to get images at twilight when the sky has that deep blue colour - helps balance the exposure as the street lights come on and retains a little colour interest for the sky. Although in the middle of London at Twilight you would likely have a much busier scene.

Not a picture you'd hang on the wall perhaps Grin but it has a place as part of a travelogue or a record of a place and time.

I hope that helps.

Regards
Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 11:05AM
You're exploring the options, looking at compositions, that's good. I like the way you are using the overhanging foliage too, it creates a frame.

This doesn't quite work for me, so I am looking art why.

It has the motion blur vehicle in the right foreground that I wanted in your previous upload. A classic London taxi immediately identifies the location, although it doesn't have quite the visual impact of a red bus. The main problem though is that big expanse of empty tarmac - and the lack of foreground pedestrians. The row of lamp posts creates a barrier between the viewer and any human interest in the scene. Plus this one is quite a bit less sharp on the main area of interest.

You were setting yourself quite a challenge with these, so keep practising and experimenting!
Moira
dudler Plus
12 398 801 England
4 May 2014 7:11PM
One thing this really captures is the brilliance of some Central London street lighting. Turns night into day, at street level, and the city never stops (especially, I find, near my sister's flat!)

I like the way that you've critiqued your own picture: and identified the space there for a subject that really attracts the eye.

I've tried a mono conversion, as Ishan suggested: as you so often do, you lose some of the vibrancy of a colour shot. However, I also took the opportunity to deepen the shadows in Levels, and burn in the road area, which is distractingly bright, and empty.

Finally, I cropped a bit, to lose some distracting details on either side, and relatively dead space at the top. It's now a little more of a film noir world: somewhere bad things could be happening, perhaps. While this isn't a true reflection of London, it may spark some ideas for moody pictures...

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