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Long Exposure

This is one of my more recent pictures, taken from the top of a narrow boat. I was aiming to stretch the lights travelling across the bridge, as well as blur the surroundings. Thi9s would draw the viewer into the centre of the image, where the more vibrant colours are.

To accomplish this, I Did two things:

  • I set my exposure to 30 seconds, this would capture the light traversing the bridge at multiple points, causing it to stretch. The long exposure also assists in the blurring of surroundings.
  • Secondly, I took the picture from the top of a narrow boat. This has the effect of adding detail into the frame , as well as creating the motion blur I had desired. Fortunately the bridge and the lights are unaffected as they are a long distance away.

My Personal critique:

I really love the colours in this picture, for the most part they are dull and slightly blue, however they contrast greatly with the bright, clear colours over the bridge.

The bluring of moth the light an the surroundings does a great job of adding motion to a reasonably stationery image.

In terms of framing the image, everything is satisfactory. The narrowboat leads the viewer up to the bridge, which is the central focus of the picture.

To improve: Some symmetry wouldn’t go amiss, and the orange tree on the left hand side of the bridge could be removed.

Do you have any comments or feedback?  Leave them below, or on my Flickr page.

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I have just finished the re-structuring of this blog to be centred more around the subject of photography

The items I’m posting fall under 4 categories

My work
This contains analysis of my photography

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What it says on the tin; my tips and techniques for other photographers.

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I’m hoping to post daily over the summer period, however I will be taking breaks during my holidays. (Though the photographs to come from this should be worth the wait)

Welcome

Yes, I have finally got around to creating a blog!

Its still under construction at the moment but when it’s completed It’ll feature photos,  equipment reviews in addition to tips and techniques.

For the time being you can visit www.flickr.com/lawrencerayner to see my photographic work

A sample of my work

‘til next time, bon voyage!

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