After a very long walk along the South Bank tonight, I got the shot I saw in my mind. It was difficult to get because along the way, I struggled to find the right settings on my camera. I tried a different White Balance with every shot.
I was in Manual Priority so my Aperture was for good depth of field, I took a meter reading of the sky which was pitch black. This last point I must give thanks to Bryan Peterson from his great book "Understanding Exposure". This allowed me to dial in a Shuttle Speed appropriate for the conditions.
Today, there was a blanket of white cloud over London, with a few patches of blue peeking through. The last time saw this was in Beijing last year. The difference was, last year, I didn't have a clue as to how to get the right exposure. Tonight was different for one reason, I remembered that I had packed in my bag, my Neutral Density Filter. I figure it might work at night given the fact that after my previous exposures, my sky line looked washed out. I put the Filter onto my lens, took the reading and fired off the shot and just like magic, the shot of the day.
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: 18-250mm set to 18mm with a Neutral Density Filter attached.
WB: Auto B4, M3 - Vi
Shutter Speed: 30 seconds with Mirror Lock Up engaged
Shot fired after a 5 second delay with Self-Timer
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015