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 Post subject: Bjorn goes to London
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:35 pm 
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I was in London last week, on a three-day trip. Saw lots of different places, took quite a bit of photos, and I'd like to share some of my favorites here. I might also add some snaps from my other holiday a week earlier later...

#1 - Guards at the Tower of London
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EXIF: f/2 | 1/8000 sec. | ISO 1250 | 35mm
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#2 - Man at Piccadilly Circus
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EXIF: f/2 | 1/100 sec. | ISO 800 | 35mm
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#3 - Being watched by the EYE (London Eye)
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More to be added later!

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Three more:

#4 - Tower Bridge from the Tower of London
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EXIF: f/2 | 1/3200 sec. | ISO 100 | 35mm
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#5 - Sitting in the shade
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EXIF: f/2 | 1/80 sec. | ISO 100 | 85mm
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#6 - Ice cream
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Great shots, and I especially love your first and last photo, London seems excellent for an old vintage style, and with the architecture and clothing styles (especially the guards), it feels like the photo is stretched upon several 100 years.

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Thanks Jean-Pierre! London's great for any sort of photography, from vintage to abstract. It's a great city that I'll certainly visit again some day!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:16 pm 
Nice set Bjorn
I love the first very oldish look


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Thanks!
Always try to give most of my images an older look. Add some noise, some vignette, often B/W.

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Looks like you had a great time there. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:13 pm 
Bjorn I got a question about the first photo (second set) did you use alote of PS? or did you shoot a normal coloured photo and thn back you thought that photo would look better BW?


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both coloured pictures look very grainy and noisy with the exif specs to me, and especially shooting with prime 35mm.

P.s and they look very similar to Amsterdam photos you took. Good trip?


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I had a great time indeed Adesh! Thanks!

About the PP I did: I always shoot my photos in RAW and B/W, which means the photos show up on my camera's LCD as B/W, but the RAW files are in full colour. That allows me to focus better on light, composition, patterns and such.
I open up my RAW files in ACR 6.? (latest version anyway), decrease saturation by -100, then do my usual adjustments, bring saturation back to around -10 or so, and use the color-sliders in the HSL/grayscale tab to make the photo B/W, since that gives more control over what becomes a darker shade of grey and what's gonna be lighter.
I think I'll do an article on the way I process my files some time, to explain in full detail. I'm not a photoshop expert, but I know the things I'm doing to my photos, they're all very useful tools.

You're right Zephyr, they are noisy. The RAW files aren't. I added noise to enhance the vintage look. Kinda like the effect. And thanks, I'm glad to hear the photos look similar to those of Amsterdam. Means I'm developing a style, which is what I've been trying to do these past few months.

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It is always interesting to see shots like these as they're outside my usual areas. Coincidently I might have my own go at this, as I'm heading for London later today. Funny how what was going to be a passing visit to a relative is turning out a bigger adventure than planned... I think I'll try to avoid passing that store in Mayfair though!

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Thank you Bjorn... I had too know for my attempt to an old abandoned barn.


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Absolutely popo, you shouldn't go anywhere near Bruton Place, or you'll want to sell all your gear and get a one lens rangefinder set... :)
London is a great city though, there's so much to do and see, so much to photograph. I was there for only three days, which was a little short. Too short to see everything I'd like to have seen, or see everything as long as I might have wanted.

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I totally failed on my very quick trip. I only had a couple hours, so I thought I'd check out Camden. Only used the E-P1, for more (urban) landscape type shots but they're rather bleh. Maybe another time when I'm not in such a hurry...

Saw tons of DSLRs in use around there, mostly lower Canons.

While passing through I quickly popped into random camera stores on Tottenham Court Road. So expensive...

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Better luck next time popo! I didn't come home with too many nice shots either, even though I was there for three days... :)

Here's more, probably some of the last ones from my London trip:

#7 - Entertainment by the Thames
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EXIF: f/2 | 1/80 sec. | ISO 800 | 85mm
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#8 - Heading off to work
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EXIF: f/2 | 1/1600 sec. | ISO 100 | 35mm
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#9 - My photo bag (not me though)
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I might add some more of my other holiday.

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