London by Night

by Jools Gowans December. 25, 2008 911 views

I decided to head up to Central London after sunset on Christmas Day - traffic was non-existent as were the parking and congestion charges.

It was a good opportunity to see what the Nikon D700 made of these familiar views and it did not disappoint.

Two-faced Democracy

ISO 4000 1/40s f/3.5

This image is sadly affected by the D700's sensor blooming where bright light sources cause the bright bands across the entire row of the sensor.


ISO 5000 1/10s f/5.0

Apart from the strikingly colourful reflections in the river, I am particularly pleased with the dramatic lighting of the clouds. It looks just like a portrait backdrop!

With all these images, I let the D700 set the exposure with matrix metering, and save as JPEG with Active D-Lighting set to Auto.

Guardians of St. Paul's

ISO 3200 1/25s f/5.0

I found these characters sharing a monument outside St. Paul's Cathedral, railings prevented me getting too creative with my vantage point but I quite like this one.
I resisted temptations to replace Queen Victoria's sceptre with a light sabre.

Multi-coloured river

No collection of London landmarks would be complete without Tower Bridge - I like the variety of colours and textures in this shot, even HMS Belfast has got into the festive spirit.

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Jaknudsen 9 years, 5 months ago

Amazing colors!

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Waynesburrell 12 years, 2 months ago

Simply beautiful shots! Hope you're fine in '09.

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