How do you know when your photography is improving?
This is a difficult question even for me to answer, however, as a professional magician if there is one thing that has supported me in the perfection of my craft, both technically and artistically, it has been the need to consistently put myself in front of an audience and performing the same routines over and over again. Each performance allows me the opportunity to measure the response of my audience.
What has this got to do photography?
Well, I have distinguished for myself that my overriding subject matter is people, places, culture, landscape and cityscape. You could bracket these subject headings under Travel Photography. This year has been very busy for me with regards to travel and it has been a privilege having my camera with me to capture some of the truly wondrous sights I have seen around the world.
When not travelling, I have to contend with treating my hometown of London as an exotic destination waiting to be rediscovered. The purpose of this blog post has been my revisit to the South Bank. I was there last year and I thought my photographs are pretty good back then. I went to the South Bank this evening with the intention of shooting The Lady and the Dolphin statue on the north side of Tower Bridge.
I was inspired to revisit today simply because the light throughout today was glorious, the clouds were clear and I just felt the light would be perfect upon sunset casting a beautiful rich hue of purple and blue tones as the sun set on the west side of London. I was right in my evaluation and the following images are result of my efforts tonight.
These images were shot using a three Image Bracket Sequence for High Dynamic Range using my D7100 and 17-70mm f2.8 Lens
The one thing that disappointed me just a little was the security guards – I was stopped on two occasions simply because tripods are not allowed on the grounds where the statue is. They didn't stop me from taking photographs; you just can't mount at your camera on a tripod. I think I need to investigate the reasons why tripods are not allowed because I was right in the middle of a three image bracket and only captured one bracket - fortunately I was able to salvage a decent image.
Over the last year, I have read many books, watched many you choose videos and attended quite a few workshops. Notably, the workshops hosted by Bryan Peterson have yielded the greatest results as far as my photographic maturity is concerned. Bryan is a wonderful teacher and his books have supported me in really improving my photographic technique, expanding my vision and really developing my composition skill. I'm very happy to share these images from my walk tonight,.I
hope you enjoy them.
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