a12 June 2014

Changes, changes, changes...

Changes to the blog

I decided to make some serious changes to my blog again and to go back to its roots that is to focus on the educational aspect a little bit more. So this time changes will be in the layer of content and not layout (as I adjust layout and design almost all the time - I made some minor changes even today).

So without further ado - what will change?
  • I will try to share compositional details about my images as many of you have been asking for this for a really long time - of course I won't do this for all photos but will try do share these details as often as possible.
  • You will find new tutorials on my blog more regularly and I will also refresh some of the older ones too.
  • I will try to share interesting stories more often (similar to this one). I'm not a good writer at all but I'll try my best. It's not just a matter of being non-native speaker but more importantly the fact that I'm tech guy :) 
  • Post-processing Wednesday - my post-processing series has been existing for a few months now but from now on it will appear regularly on Wednesdays. As these are one of my most popular posts, make sure to visit my blog every week :) Also from time to time posts in this series will be in a form of videos because this way I will be able to "smuggle" some additional details and techniques.
I also intend to start Newsletter for those who prefer reading blog updates in their mail client to visiting websites or reading RSS feeds. More details on that soon.

Above changes are quite time consuming so one of the effects might be that I will write even less frequently than I've been doing in the last few weeks. However, quality of my posts should greatly increase.

Daily photo - Big Ben during Blue Hour

Time for another icon of London (or rather icons) - Big Ben and House of Parliament. To the right of them you can also see Westminster Bridge.

I was there hoping to shoot some nice sunset but unfortunately it was rather boring so I haven't captured any great photos. However, blue hour turned out to be quite nice (although not ideal) and here is one of the images captured during it.
Big Ben during blue hour


If you would like to learn more about photo composition, make sure to read my free Photo Composition Primer in which I detail all composition rules mentioned below.

First take a look at below quick sketch which shows some concepts used in this image. My idea was to make Big Ben main subject of this image. So I used a few tricks to attract viewers' attention to it.
  1. First of all I used Westminster Bridge as a line leading towards Big Ben which itself together with House of Parliament creates some additional strong vertical lines. Yet another line (this time horizontal) is Thames river bank.
  2. Second important thing done to put more emphasis on Big Ben was to place it on one of the vertical lines of the golden ratio grid (green grid in the draft below) to attract attention to it.
  3. Next thing was to use complementary colours. As Big Ben is orange it contrasts with the rest of the scene (which is more or less blue) and thus stands out from the image.
I used one more compositional concept here - base of House of Parliament and Big Ben almost lie on the line of rules of thirds grid (red grid) - this way horizon is in 2/3 of image height.
Big Ben during blue hour

Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 45 mm
Aperture: f/14.0
Exposure time: 6.0 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

Where was this photo taken:

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