The next portfolio image is another easy one to produce for my portfolio. It is a picture of Shard in London. A picture of a famous London landmark. A very modern famous London landmark at that!
This is (obviously) the view looking up from below.
With a plane in the sky. The plane makes the picture for me.
I love the graphical elements to this building, the very strong leading lines, the horizontal lines cutting across, and that one raking line to the left going at a different angle to everything else.
So what did I do to this image?
Firstly, this is a single image captured in RAW to give me the maximum information to work with. If I was taking this image now I would probably do a 3 shot bracketed sequence to give me even more data to play with – more highlights, more shadows, ad more of everything else in between.
The image was taken on my Canon 6D using a focal length of 60mm on my Canon 24-105mm lens. 60mm – a very unusual focal length for to use! Which is why there was no cropping required – I got the framing correct in camera.
I did have to adjust the verticals though, making sure the middle at the top (construction technical term) was in the middle.
Exposure was 1/200th second, F22 using an ISO of 200. The image was taken one July afternoon just after lunch. Yes I know - the time they say you shouldn't take photos as the light is rubbish...
Now you younger photographers will not know the days before digital SLRs etc when we used to work with film and had to write down all this stuff! Now all I do is tap on the data on the image on my phone and it tells me all this good stuff.
The image submitted for my portfolio was well received, so all I have done to this image is pumped up the clarity, dodged the middle section lighter and burned the edges darker. I also pumped up the blue a bit.
Not too much really to create a dramatic image of a famous London landmark I am happy with.
More architectural photography work tomorrow on my blog.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Monday 21st August