As I mentioned few times before, my trip to London was plague by ugly and bad weather (lets hope my next trip, to Paris, will be better :) ). But still I took some photos, as I will not be there so soon again. One thing I don’t like to do, is push the saturation on a photo. I try to get most of the color buy adjusting the white balance and contrast of a photo. Even if I did ad more saturation, I would feel that the photo is fake, because the scene didn’t looked like that to me. But as always there are exceptions, and this is one of them.

The photo I got here was completely grey, with only a little hint of color. I could probably go with B&W here and make a nice dramatic photo, but even if I like B&W photos, I don’t like creating them that much. Especially with landscape shots, I really miss the color. So I added saturation here, but steel trying to keep it subtle. I also used a 9 stop ND filter here, to blur the traffic and add a little more softness to the water.

I included the original OEV bracket after the brake, so you see what I mean :)

This is a manual blend from 5 shots, taken by the Westminster bridge in London.
Ugly weather in London

Here is the original 0EV shot for comparison:
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  • Technique: Manual blending
  • Number of exposures: 5
  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8
  • Focal length: 24 mm
  • Aperture: 7.1
  • Middle exposure time: 7.1s
  • ISO: 100
  • Tripod used: yes


Where was this photo taken:

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