When we visit London, we stay with great friends who live in Dalston which is north east. I know the area pretty well now and it is a mass of culture, markets, city gardens and of course architecture. I had never really photographed the area, and a new purchase was itching to be unleashed on the streets of London.
I recently bought a new tripod, and after years of judging people under my breath of carrying one, I happily take it everywhere with me and am proud to use it, I guess you could say I’m tri and proud! It is a Brian, from the brilliantly ingenious 3LeggedThing, a British company who are redesigning tripods and how they function.
I totally understand the benefits of a tripod, however had never been able to find one which suited my lifestyle as a constant traveller. It needed to be light, compact, very strong to support all the telephoto gear, but I also wanted it to be full height so I’m not bending down all the time. This tripod does all of that and more, however I will review it in a separate post.
My point is that this has opened up a new style of photography to me, and that is HDR. A process where a series of photographs are bracketed at different exposures and then stacked in a photo editing programme. This creates a highly detailed image which has a high dynamic range, – detail throughout all areas of exposure.
This was a totally new method for me, and using the superb tutorial from Trey Ratcliff’s blog, Stuck in Customs I wanted to get cracking.
I am used to working at wide apertures resulting in me being able to handhold in most situations, but with HDR photography to get the best quality of final image it is best to work in the smallest aperture and ISO. Meaning f22 and ISO100, which when overexposing at +2 stops (which is necessary for the process) creates a requirement of a tripod.
There is a massive piece of street art opposite Tim and Lyds’ flat which has been made famous by the British band Rudimental, featuring it on their album cover ‘Home’. This was my first point of call but I was soon snap happy getting mixed up with the extremely modern apartment blocks and older architecture.
These pictures are all from Dalston, with a couple in Stoke Newington which is just up the road. Please comment and critique, this is a new technique to me, and one that can often be overdone, so if you think I’ve gone that step too far, then I’d love to know!
Thanks for looking…
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