This is a companion post to Dancers in the Dark over on my commercial site. This couple are excellent dancers (salsa) and I have an ‘artists’ photography section on the other website, moreover any photography I do of singers/dancers etc tends to be commercial. However, this was a simple portrait session around London, hence the cross-over. We had unusually sunny weather too!! 😛
I love working with the graphic shapes provided by the Millenium Bridge and the Shard in the background.
I am a bit of a perfectionist with my photo editing. A lot of people probably don’t notice or care what tone there is to an image, but for me, it has to be just the right shade of eg. slight sepia, or split-tone as in the image above. I like split warm-cool tone for modern architecture black & white images.
I also did a little ‘blending’ – see image further down the post…
On Tower Bridge, I bracketed my exposure, allowing myself the option of blending the shots later if need. generally one needs to use a tripod so the image is exactly the same from shot to shot, but I know that I can match them in Photoshop and just crop off the slight mis-match around the edges. Setting up a tripod was not going to be possible here!
I do use HDR techniques sometimes, subtly, but in this case below, the better option was to blend the sky from a darker exposure (taken a split second before the other shot). Whichever technique I use, it’s merely to help the camera/photo show what the human eye saw at the time. We could see the clouds AND the darker foreground, but the camera could not record that so well in one shot. HDR would have left a rather unnatural effect.
In contrast, here’s a single shot, I also like the blown out effect for that ‘sun-drenched’ feeling. 😀
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