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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Princes Gardens at Night

Nikon @ 27mm, 6 sec, f/3.8, ISO 200
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A few days ago I became the proud owner of a uni-loc tripod thanks to the wonders of ebay. The first thing that you notice about this tripod is that it's BIG. Jesus, it's big. When I finally figured out how to use it, I extended it to it's max height and the damn thing was a couple of inches off the ceiling! Well at least I know that I won't have to buy a new tripod if I suddenly grow a few feet.

So tonight was my first chance at using the bad boy. Did I mention that this thing is big? It's not actually as heavy as I thought it would be, but certainly heavy enough to stop shaking in a strong wind. The shoulder strap helps so that carrying it isn't a complete pain in the jacksie. Anyway, the novel design of this thing is going to let me get a lot of shots I simply wouldn't have been able to get with my £11 amazon piece of crap. For this particular shot I had it stretched over railings (the gardens close at night) and high enough (higher than me) to avoid getting a bollard in the bottom of the frame. My new remote was very useful as well so that I could trigger the shutter from down below. Awesome.

The main shot here was a 6 second exposure, but I selectively blended two other exposures in a few parts of the shot to avoid blown highlights. Pretty pleased with the results, but can't decide whether I prefer it in colour or black and white?

Any preferences? I'll post the b+w as the previous post to let you see the difference better.



Anonymous Alex ----NOT A SPAM BOT---- said...

They both work really well, but I think I'm slightly leaning toward the colour version...it's more 'alive'than the black&white.

12:31 am, November 10, 2005  
Anonymous Jem said...

Much prefer this colour one to the B&W. It just has an edge - I think from the complimentary but varied colours. Great work again John :) Come back and be a guestblogger again sometime :D

12:38 am, November 10, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Thanks Alex, appreciate your opinion. I have a feeling most people will prefer the colour, but I'm still undecided. I like how the b+w version looks more like it was taken at night. But then again, those colours are just so pretty. Decisions, decisions.

As for the spam bots... they're annoying little buggers. I don't really want to put word verification on because it's annoying for the (few :) ) people that post. But the other day I got bombarded with about 50 of them all on different posts, so it's a nightmare trying to get rid of them.

12:38 am, November 10, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Jem, just tell me when you've got a space... I know you're in demand these days :) Glad you liked the colour version... cheers!

12:54 am, November 10, 2005  
Anonymous Neil said...

Hmmm, I like both A LOT, but I am also leaning towards the colour version, the colours separate the areas better in my eyes.

1:18 am, November 10, 2005  
Anonymous Dougie said...

Hi John , another great shot i had a look at the b&w one too , both are great but i love the colours in the coloured one and i also love the mood in the b&w too .

Great shots


6:23 am, November 10, 2005  
Anonymous J C said...

It's a difficult decision but I think the colour shot wins. There is more depth to it, the distant buildings on Lothian Road stand out more. That said, another gorgeous shot.

8:15 am, November 10, 2005  
Blogger CurlyToes said...

Great shot. The selective blending worked really well, as it looks incredibly well exposed. That new tripod sounds great. I just got a Manfrotto 055Pro and I'm having similar fun with it! I love the colour version too.

9:50 am, November 10, 2005  
Anonymous Rob said...

Awesome pair of shots but think the colour one has the edge for me, just love the colours in it, they're so rich

11:11 am, November 10, 2005  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I love the colour one...you're work has come on leaps and bounds in the last few months...really proud of you!

1:18 pm, November 10, 2005  
Blogger Keir Ayres said...

Definately the colour version for me too John, very print worthy. It's fantasticaly magical :)

Great job, makes me want a decent tripod *adds to christmas list* :P

8:42 pm, November 10, 2005  
Blogger Lulu said...

I personally really like it as color. The night sky lends a great accent.

10:47 pm, November 10, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Wow... thanks guys! :) Very much appreciated.

12:48 am, November 11, 2005  
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