Monthly Archives: February 2014

Old London…

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This is the sort of picture I really like, it can be a photograph, drawing or painting I really don’t mind. With strong rich colours, lots of atmosphere and mood, I’d be happy to hang this particular photograph on my wall. I took this picture in Ezra Street just of Columbia Road in the East End at dusk, I was driving when I spotted the reflection of the street lamp in the window, and of course I just couldn’t resist it. To me It’s a pretty timeless image , apart from the fact the street light is now electric, it could have been taken twenty, fifty or perhaps even a hundred years ago. I just love finding a bit of old London that hasn’t changed.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 with 24 to 90mm lens (35mm equivalent) at 90mm handheld. The exposure was 1/50th of a second at an aperture of f2.2, the ISO was 400.

Please check out my other blog at www.wansteaddailyphoto.blogspot.com for Wanstead photograph.

Please check out my other blog at www.wansteaddailyphoto.blogspot.com for Wanstead photograph

 

Tip for the week: Now zoom in…

Tip for the week: Now zoom in.. 

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… and I’m not talking about the camera lens either. I suspect one of the most neglected features and least known features of modern digital cameras is the zoom tool. As I said it’s not the zoom on the lens but rather at the other end of the camera, the back bit where the screen is. I have seen people squinting or holding the camera just a couple of inches from their nose trying to see the detail in the image on the screen. It’s not always easy to look at a picture on a screen that may be just 3 inches across, and much less than that on an older digital camera. It’s easy to spot detail on a 15 or 27 inch computer screen, you can easily spot the half hidden car in your beautiful landscape or a blemish on your subjects nose if your prefer portraiture.

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So what to do ? Chances are unless you have an older digital camera that lacks a zoom function on the screen itself, you can actually zoom in on your masterpiece to check the finest detail. The zoom button may vary from camera to camera, for instance on Nikon DSLRs it’s just by the screen marked with a plus sign in a magnifying glass shape logo. On compact models it’s quite often the same function or button you use to zoom the lens.

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So take a little time to find it and more importantly use it, better to find any hiccups on location rather than later back at home.

Technical info: Nikon D80 handheld in Aperture priority mode, with a Nikon f2.8 60mm Macro lens. The exposure was at 1/60th of a second at f3.3 for the pictures of the screen and 1/25th of a second at f4 for the close up of the button. the ISO was 200 for all pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferry across…

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You may have seen the picture of the River Thames and Docklands that I published a couple of days ago while waiting for this ferry. This one is taken on the Woolwich Ferry as it prepares to depart for the short trip across the river. A nostalgic trip for me but I’ll save that for another day.

I like almost everything about this photograph, there’s a lot going on, it’s full of content, lots to look at and discover. The glimpse of the jetty outside through the aperture and the splash of sunlight coming in completes it for me.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 handheld 24 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) at about 35mm. The exposure was 1/80th of a second at f8, the iso was 200.