NWY Photography | London Meetup

December 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

On 8 December 2012 I met with Neil Young, owner of NWY Photography & Graphic Design for a fantastic day of photography in Central London. We set off from Tower Hill and ambled along the South Bank, taking pictures overlooking the Thames.

I set myself a personal challenge by a using a camera with a cropped sensor which makes distance objects appear much closer, it had been converted to infrared and was therefore unable to shoot in colour, and I was also using a lens that didn't zoom.

I therefore had to be selective about what I could shoot, and so I focussed on textures, tones, lines and shapes but it was a really good exercise in creative composition.

Images 1 & 4 below are each made up of 3 separate exposures (HDR), which were later combined using Photomatix Pro, converted to black and white and then  fine-tuned in Photoshop to make them really contrasty.

Neil taught me about focus stacking which is a technique that combines multiple exposures taken at different focus distances to maximise the depth of field, increasing the sharpness throughout the image.

We also had a go at panning people riding the carousel at Southbank Centre Christmas Market, which was very hit and miss but produced some interesting results.

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