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Thursday, March 02, 2006


Nikon D70 @ 50mm, 5 sec, f/8, ISO 200

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I took this shot quite a few weeks ago now, on the same night as my other fog pictures. I was surprised at how many decent shots I came back with from that night – was quite a fog fest…

The statue, located on the Royal Mile, is of David Hume and has been decorated the "weegie way". St. Giles church provided for an interesting background, as the spotlights highlighted the foggy conditions. The fog actually helped to control the exposure tremendously in this case, as the harsh lighting from the spotlights usually makes the dynamic range of the scene too great for the camera to control.

When I started taking this picture I notice a little old man stop about 15 feet to my side. I gave him a quick smile and got on with making my shot. Five minutes later (yes, I'm slow) and he was still standing there. I thought it was nice that he was taking such an interest in my work and so glanced up to see what was looking at. It turned out that the poor old guy just wanted to walk past and was worried about ruining my shot! What a shame!

Edit: I've just realised that this must be the first portrait (orientation) shot I've posted in months! Hmm… I wonder how I can fix the alignment problems with the date and exif data…


Anonymous Darren said...

Fantastic shot! Will this one end up in your gallery (currently broken, btw) for sale?

5:32 pm, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous PhilB said...

Great shot John! Is this selective colouring, or just the effect of the fog that makes everything else seem black and white?

11:32 pm, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous Brent said...

Incredible. One of my favorites of yours.

12:11 am, March 03, 2006  
Anonymous Brent said...

Just a question, John: why do you like landscape format over portrait orientation? I'm curious to see why you prefer one over the other.

8:18 am, March 03, 2006  
Blogger Owen B. said...

I'm intrigued as to what you do in the 5 minutes that this particular image took to set up. I'm just reading a book about exposure but so far I'm not reading anything I didn't really know. I notice you consider the mathematics of exposure times and settings a great deal and that's probably key to your images working out the way they do but... I can't work out what it is you're actually doing! Tips from the more skilled photographer, please!

10:00 pm, March 03, 2006  
Blogger Jetting Through Life said...

Great shot! Love the colors!


3:34 am, March 04, 2006  
Blogger John said...

Darren: Thanks Darren. Yeah, this one will go on the other site (along with quite a few others - been a while since I updated it). Most of the shots displayed on any of my shots are for sale if you're interested. Just drop me an email if you are.

Phil B: Yeah, selective colouring on this one. Cheers!

Brent: Thanks Brent. I just seem to find lanscape formats more aethsetically pleasing. I find that compositions in wider images are usually more balanced looking.

Owen: I can't say that I've really got any secrets. I place a lot of emphasis on the histogram to make sure the image is well exposed. If you've got a good histogram then all the information you need to work with is there. This usally involves me exposing to the right on just about all of my shots and that seems to give me the results I want. So long as you don't blow the highlights there's always a lot of leeway to work with the image in PP.

JTL: Thanks!

11:50 pm, March 04, 2006  
Anonymous Phil said...

This is superb! Selective colouring works so well. Looks like theres a lot going on in the background too.

3:52 pm, March 05, 2006  
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Blogger rocketcat said...

Love this shot, John! Breathtaking image.

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