The Shard in London

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Thinking of Scotland

Sorry again I had to call off that Scotland Photo Walk! I got called back for an emergency situation. I was in Scotland for about 30 minutes though! I stepped outside to smell the Scottish air. It was nice and fresh with a tinge of whisky! I’ll be back some day… count on it! 🙂

Daily Photo – The Shard in London

I feel so out-of-touch sometimes! I had not been to London for about 4 or 5 years, and then when I got there I saw this huge building! I had never heard of it being built and I didn't even know the name. I asked my British friend, “What the hell is THAT!?!” and he said, “It's The Shard you moron.” Haha man… it was such a surprise, and every time I see it, I still feel that sense of surprise. I really love taking photos of it too… reminds me of the surprise of the first time I saw it.

The Shard in London

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-18 04:38:53
  • CameraFC350
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/2800
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length3.6 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramUnknown (58655)
  • Exposure Bias

London in the Last Light

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Daily Photo – London in the Last Light

Here’s a photo I took from atop The Shard one night. I noticed that they shut down one side of the bar/restaurant just for the restaurant. And that’s the side where’ sunset is! So I had to do a bit of fancy-British-talkin’ to get myself over there in a position to take this photo!

London in the Last Light

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-18 00:48:24
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.3

The Tower of London in the Night

Colored Lights at night

I’d like to send a shout out to all the lighting designers around the world, and especially those in London, for making such colorful lights that make the sights so much cooler

Daily Photo – The Tower of London in the Night

Wow this place is empty at night. During the day, it’s an absolute zoo. At night, things are quite quiet… the sort of quiet you get right before a zombie outbreak. I’d love to actually spend the night there inside the Tower of London somewhere… wander around inside all night and take photos and more…

The Tower of London in the Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 06:03:33
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO80
  • Focal Length29.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

Plugin for Rain Effects

I wish there was a plugin to simulate a wet ground. That seems like serious cheating in a way… and I have no idea how they would make one, but it could be awesome

Daily Photo – London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

I think London at night is one of the most amazing experiences ever… especially when there's a bit of rain to make all the lights come even more alive. I visited this area late one night after going to see a very strange (but good) theater show. It put me into quite an unusual mood, which set a good brain space for this kind of wandering!

London in the Rain, Stumbling Around at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:14:16
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Room With a View

What else happened this day?

Here’s a little video of what happened in London before I took this photo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7h5bjYJGj

Daily Photo – A Room With a View

Here’s my friend Stu atop The Shard in London inside one of the most awesome bathrooms I’ve ever seen! Yes, you might think it was awkward for me to take this photo while in the bathroom… I suppose it was a little bit, but not NEARLY as awkward as it was for all the guys behind me waiting while I had Stu strike a few poses…

A Room With a View

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-18 02:55:21
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

When I saw this, I knew I was in London!

Another funny London story

So I was in a cab in London with my British friend Lee as we were going from Heathrow Airport to our hotel. I’ve been to London a few times but I always get excited every time. Anyway, I was listening to the way the cab driver spoke and he sounded so awesome. I told Lee, “Wow, that guy has the exact same type of accent as the bad guy in the very first episode of Sherlock Holmes!” Lee looked at me very calmly and said, “Yes, Trey. That’s called a London accent.”

Daily Photo – When I saw this, I knew I was in London!

What a cool car! He seemed pleased that I stopped in the middle of the street to take the photo too… I think people with awesome cars generally are fans of people taking photos of them. I think the same thing about people with tattoos — they don't mind you staring a bit! I shot this with my 2nd camera I have slung around my body which I use for street photography. If I would have wrestled around with my other camera to get the shot, then I never would have had time.

When I saw this, I knew I was in London!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-11 04:42:20
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

London as Night Closes In

How long for light trails?

Experiment! There is no right answer… When there is a little bit of ambient light, you may need to go shorter or close down the aperture, as I did here. This one is F/14 at 5 seconds. Not that I knew that ahead of time… I had to experiment. When I did F/4 at 5 seconds, the whole thing was way too bright but the light trail was the right length, so I just darkened it up by increasing the F stop to F/14.

Daily Photo – London as Night Closes In

Here's one of those really fun long exposure shots that are readily available all over London. This is one of the great advantages of living in a big city is that you get all that crazy tail light action that I don't get here in Queenstown. It makes for a very fun way to be creative and try new ways to fill up the frame with unexpected light action.

I took this one during the big photowalk event — thanks again everyone!

London as Night Closes In

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 01:17:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture14
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Waiting on the London PhotoWalk

“Casual Photos”

See this photo below? It’s not usual that I publish them, but it actually represents MOST of the photos I snap… There are always interesting things here and there. These actually don’t take much time… and I know people generally don’t like it when I post “casual snaps” here and there on the blog, but here’s one anyway — hope you don’t mind! :

Daily Photo – Waiting on the London PhotoWalk

I always try to arrive at the PhotoWalks around the world a little early so that I can meet people and say hello. We had a super-informal gathering here at the Milkbar before we headed over to the big event. That's my friend Lee sitting there in front… it was so crowded inside that we had to sit outside to enjoy our coffees. We can here to meet up with Gordon Laing from Cameralabs.com — was great to see him again!

Waiting on the London PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 02:27:56
  • CameraILCE-7M2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

London during the PhotoWalk

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Daily Photo – London during the PhotoWalk

This area behind Westminster Abbey was under all sorts of construction, so it was very hard to shoot. They had this wall here that was blocking some of the construction, and it turned out to be very shiny… so I got extremely close to try to get creative and make this kind of a shot. I think everyone on the photowalk thought I was crazy while I was leaning up against the wall in a Very Strange Pose!

London during the PhotoWalk

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-15 01:01:45
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.5
  • Aperture9
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring the New London at Night

Behind the Scenes in London

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Stu and I shot this video while in London and flying the quad about! He put on the Google Glass and recorded the various adventures we had that day — thanks again Stu! I got to know Stu through The Arcanum, which you should check out if you haven’t yet!

Daily Photo – Exploring the New London at Night

It's hard to believe how much this building (The Shard in the distance) has changed the skyline of London. I feel like it had not been that long since I was away (maybe three years?), but now, upon return, it's fun to re-shoot the city and get this incredible piece of architecture in the skyline.

In the video above, I was right by this area… very close to City Hall…

Exploring the New London at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-02-17 08:49:14
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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