Never miss a photographic opportunity

Never miss a photographic opportunity

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A little London street photography

On Sunday afternoon my husband and I traveled up to London to collect an eBay purchase I had just made. Not wishing to miss an opportunity to do a little street shooting we headed into Central London at around 5PM and were lucky enough to have a mild, dry evening with even a touch of golden sunlight hitting some of the glass fronted buildings. Luck was with us and we very quickly found a parking space a stones throw away from Battersea bridge. We quickly munched through our sandwiches, grabbed a few mouthfuls of drink then grabbed the camera gear (Canon 6D with my favourite EF 24-105mm 1:4 L IS USM lens and tripod), crossed the road and parked ourselves on the Battersea Bridge and watched the sun go down.

Battersea Bridge looking West towards Lots Road Power Station
Battersea Bridge looking West towards Lots Road Power Station
Moving bus over Battersea Bridge London
Moving bus over Battersea Bridge London
Boat under Battersea Bridge London
Boat under Battersea Bridge London

From Battersea to Albert Bridges

From Battersea Bridge we then walked down towards and onto Albert Bridge. The Albert Bridge is a road bridge over the River Thames in West London, connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south bank. Designed and built by Rowland Mason Ordish in 1873 it is a beautiful bridge and looks even more spectacular at night when it’s lights truly add to it’s majesty.

Never miss an opportunity for a little street photography!

London Albert Bridge Chelsea
London Albert Bridge Chelsea      1 second at f9  ISO 200

 

London Albert Bridge with added Topaz Textures
London Albert Bridge with added Topaz Textures    4 seconds at f9   ISO 200
Last of the golden light on Albert Bridge London
Last of the golden light on Albert Bridge London    3.2 seconds at f9  ISO 200
Last of the golden light on Albert Bridge London
Last of the golden light on Albert Bridge London  I shot 4 images at differernt exposures then combined them using Photoshop HDR. The only slight change thereafter was to clone out the moon and replace with the best moon from the 4 shots taken. 

TIP

Always take a tripod and cable release for dusk or night time photography. Unless you intend using flash, then long exposures are the order of the day and even a good steady hand will rarely cope with anything greater than 1/60th of a second. 

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