London Skyline


A long exposure photograph taken from the Thames shoreline at low tide on a lunchtime trip to Bermondsey with the aim to get a picture like this.  Some familiar elements on the skyline – from left to right – The Shard, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Walkie-Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street),  Tower 42 (though I am not certain), The Gerkin and Heron Tower.

Taken on a tripod left at it’s lowest height to allow me to capture some of the shoreline as well as the Thames and skyline – I used my ND10 filter to slow everything down and blur the water, giving me a 60s exposure.

Post processing involved the usual ‘start’ preset, and graduated filter to improve the dull sky – some brushes to lighten some of the buildings a little.  Converted to black and white in Nik Silver Efex Pro – I boosted the ‘structure’ and added a cyanotype tint.  Saved back to light room, removed some spots that were more apparent from the processing in OneSoftware Perfect Effects 8, cropped  and added a light vignette.

Technical details:

Nikon D80; 60s;f/18@18mm (18-70mm; f/3.5-4.5; Nikkor stock lens); ND10 filter; ISO100 – Tripod – Post processing in Lightroom 5, Silver EfexPro, Prefect Effects 8