This is a shot of Hyde Park and the London financial district from Notting Hill. They are really funny about letting me on the top of building I work in. Some of the security guards are nice enough to give me a key some are mega grumpy. Unfortunately the guard on that morning is about as happy as Arnold Schwarzenegger with his Uzi 9mm, unless he is asleep, which he was that morning at 4am until I rang the bell – he he.
So to get this and the other 150 or so versions of this shot, I had to unscrew the window locks at the side of the building and hang out. The side facing this scene’s windows are covered in green mesh and bits are starting to fall off the building (so said the security guard – a different one).
I have since learnt (thanks Mel) there is a thingamy rubber do-dad which is on the strap should be put over the eye piece when doing long exposures. I don’t ever use a strap which probably explains why I tend to drop my camera every now and then. So I have a little ghosting on some of the shots too. Humph.
There is more to this shot but because of the slow shutter speed and the flare the sun had on the lens sky played havoc with the CCD and over saturated the whole thing so it just looked messy, so I cropped it.
My inexperience shows there as I am sure there is a way of dealing with all those factors and keeping a low ISO. If there are any hints please let me know. :-)
I think I will try different angles next time and learn a bit more about taking shots like my hero Christian Fletcher, I would so love to go to one of his workshops but it would cost me £0000’s to get to one. :-(
I hope you like it.
Canon 5Dmkii, 70-200mm f2.8L, x1.4 converter, 2.5 sec, ISO 200. x1-.6, x1-.9 hard grad lee filters. Tripod used.
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