a21 June 2014

London Eye

Daily photo - London Eye

Time for another photo from London and another icon of this city. Today I would like to share HDR image showing the London Eye which is a giant Ferris wheel (it's 135 metres tall!) that you can see from almost whole city centre. What's interesting is that when it was built in 1999 it was the biggest Ferris wheel in the world but it was later surpassed by Star of Nanchang in Nanchang, China in 2006. Today the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, called High Roller, is located in Las Vegas and is 167 metres high.

Although this structure looks great and impressive at all times of the day, I suggest photographing it in the evening when it's glowing with blues. In the evening it looks somewhat magical.

I captured this photo from Westminster Bridge (I was standing near Big Ben). Taking this image was quite difficult as it was a very busy spot even late in the evening. Every second someone passed in front of my camera thus ruining the shot. Fortunately after a few attempts I managed to capture some decent frames. I then used deghosting tool in Photomatix Pro and thanks to that I got rid of majority of people.

One more note. In case of this photo I didn't use tone-mapping. Instead I used Exposure Fusion (which is also available in Photomatix Pro). Unlike regular HDR, Exposure Fusion doesn't create 32-bit image and for this reason doesn't require tone-mapping - it automatically blends source images to achieve correct exposure what results in very realistic images. If you're interested in learning more about Exposure Fusion, make sure to read my tutorial about it.

London Eye in the evening


I'd love to write something clever about composing this image... really. But I don't know what :) the problem with this photo is that it doesn't fully comply with any of the compositional rules I know and which I desribed in my Photo Composition Primer. It almost satisfies rules of third (because middle point of the Eye is almost in the intersection of the rules of thirds' grid) but that's all.

But for me this image still works really well with all elements fitting together. So this might be an example of situation where it is good idea to break the rules and use your intuition instead.

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: 24 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure time: 1.6 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: Exposure Fusion, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Fusion/Real-Estate), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

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