A Summer Day in Covent Garden

A Summer Day in Covent Garden

I thought I’d have a break from the exhibition pics and go for a nice summery scene. OK so it’s not all scenery and flowers but I do think it’s quite a cheery scene!

This is a picture of a crowd watching a street entertainer in Covent Garden that I took the other week.

As you’ve come to expect from me, I thought I would give it a HDR makeover and I really like the outcome. It just seems to give it a feel of summer and enhances the colours as well as giving it an unusual effect.

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Today’s post is an HDR pic of a scene in Covent Garden that I took last year.

I toyed with the HDR process with it before and wasn’t sure whether it worked. However, I gave it the same treatment again yesterday and I think it does now.

Maybe this will be another of those pictures that you either love or hate or maybe are just not sure about!

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Leicester Square

Leicester Square

This is another picture from my archives that forms a bit of an exclusive as it’s not on my website.

I don’t know if I’m the only one but I sometimes work on pictures then completely forget I’ve done them as I get so busy. Then when I look back I think – wow, can’t believe I haven’t done anything with this before – perhaps it is just me.

OK let’s get the groan out of the way – yes it is another HDR image 🙂

This time we’re in London and Leicester Square. Someone said to me that they didn’t think this really showed any particular London landmark but I have to say I disagree as the half-price ticket booth on Leicester Sq is now such a part of London it’s almost an icon.

Anyway, you can make your own minds up – I guess you’ll either love it or hate it, but I do really hope you enjoy it as it’s just a little different.

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Til next time…..

Cloudy Politics

Cloudy Politics

This was my very first HDR image. I’d been on a photography course and the tutor was telling us about HDR images so I did some reading up on it. In short you take 3 images, one underexposed, one correctly exposed and one overexposed and then with the relevant software (I use Photoshop CS6) you combine the images.

That is the very short explanation on how you do it – if you would like to know a bit more in depth please feel free to email me.

So anyway, I was on one of my trip to London and walking along the embankment opposite the House of Commons and I thought I’d give it a go!

I was impressed with the result even if I do say so myself.

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It’s Snow Joke!

It’s snow joke….yes feel free to groan it’s a bad pun.

As the TV and weathermen would have you believe that the whole of the UK is covered in snow I thought to myself ‘you know what, I really ought to get myself out with the camera and get some nice wintry, picturesque scenes.

So off I went into Peterborough city centre, the cathedral looked lovely, the river embankment had a nice ‘Narnia’ feel to it but then of course that wasn’t good enough.

I know what would be great, I thought, some fantastic pictures of the London landmarks swathed in blankets of velvety snow. As it’s just over an hour on the train, off I trotted to the train station, bought my ticket and off I went.

I could see in my mind’s eye the exact pictures I wanted. St. James Park glistening with ice crystals, Trafalgar Square transformed into a winter wonderland, Buckingham Palace with a bright, white coating…

For once in my life I wasn’t just winging it, I actually knew exactly which pictures I’d be taking.

I arrived at King’s Cross Station and headed straight down to the underground, onto the Piccadilly Line and my first stop already planned – Leicester Square in 6 minutes.

All excited, I disembarked the tube train at my station and made my way up the stairs, my camera at the ready in anticipation of the beautiful landscape that awaited me……

Imagine my surprise when I emerged from the station and not a damn snowflake in sight. Not one!

The actual term I used cannot be repeated here so I will choose to say I was gutted.

It’s was freezing but no snow, no Narniaesque lamp-posts and certainly no fauns (although there were some weird creatures but that’s just London for you).

So all this leads me to the moral of this story, don’t believe everything you read on Twitter and hear on the news….and definitely do your homework before you set yourself up to look a right berk!

Until next time, happy clicking.

Regent Street

Regent Street

A very colourful HDR image of Regent Street in London. I like the way the colours have been enhanced and the effect makes it look like a watercolour.

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