For this exercise I knew that the best place to go would be central London.
I decided, after reading an article in a photographic magazine, to take no tripod and to just rely on the high iso numbers that my camera can reach. This would mean that I should have been able to take all of my shots hand-held, however the problems of grain would be a real problem.
Because of this I returned a second night and using a tripod and with mirror up to reduce vibration I took a further set of images of the London Sky line.
My first two images are two store fronts in Victoria Street, SW1
Hand-held image and because of the bright lights from the store I could keep the iso down.
Images 2 and 3
This time after taking the shot I took a further shot to make it darker. Although the lighting from the store was similar to the image above, I wanted the store name to stand out.
I took this further shot with the people walking by to give a little interest.
Image 4 and 5
The above building is in Victoria Street.
The first image proved to me how lighting is effected by the inbuilt programmes of the camera, I think that the pavement outside the building is too dark. However the bikes in the stands do look good.
The closeup of the coloured display looked great at night, it took me a few attempts to get the reflection on the floor.
I also like the fact that the glass is very clear.
I really put my camera to the test with this shot, 128,000 iso hand-held. I waited for some time to get a person in a red top under the light. I wanted to frame the light in the top right of the shot and I left the pavement wide to draw you along the footway. I think in previous years a shot like this would have needed a tripod.
Another handheld shot of an office block. Again I could keep the iso in mid range which has helped to keep the noise down. I liked the reflection in the roof section.
Image 8 and 9
Both of these images were taken at the same time. I had to lean against a post as i worked out how long to expose the shot for in order to get the light trails. I was here for over 30 minutes until I got the shots that I wanted. I found this difficult and will be out again doing some more similar shots.
Very low lighting here, as you can see I have set the camera to 128,000 iso and you can really see the noise. The building was lit with blue lights and three spot lights facing out. I wanted to capture the famous sign as it span round. Whilst taking this shot a press photographer chatted to me about taking images at night. He said that if the picture is going to get on the front page of a paper then it is better to get the shot with noise than no shot!!
He also suggested shooting on programmed mode if time is short.
Again a handheld shot with high iso. It was very dark here apart from the passing cars. I like the Union Flags on the front of the pub.
You can clearly see the noise on the footpath and the road. It was interesting when I looked at this image later that the noise is harder to see on the flags.
Image 12 and 13
Two buildings, made from similar material, but because of the lighting use the Abbey looks blue.
Again both images were hand-held, with medium to high iso.
Here I tried to include two points in the shot.
- Floodlit Building
- Light Streaks.
This image did not fall into any of the exercise points but I liked it.
The guy was waiting for the Royal Wedding and was sleeping on the footway. The news crew were interviewing him.
I liked the colours of the flag and the action type shot. Around him, as you can see it was very dark. The scene was lit by the cameraman’s light.
I really enjoyed this exercise, although it was freezing. Two days later I went back with a tripod and got a further set of images. I will post them in a couple of days.