art on the underground

Camera - Nikon D200
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter: 1/20 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D200

Mum will be pleased!

After a long break from posting anything I expect any regular visitors I still have left will have been as sick to the back teeth of my gurning mug as my mum has! Sorry everyone (mum). I was working in London today, nearby Chancery Lane. It’s not a part of London I’ve ever really been to before, so I took my camera with the 50mm lens, always fun to use because of the way it forces you to really frame carefully, plus it’s pretty small so it sort of slims down that security-guard-magnet profile that a DSLR seems to have. Or so I hoped as I pointed my camera upwards at several high profile buildings in the area. I’ve actually only once been asked to stop photographing a building, and that was Park Lane Hilton when I was there doing stills on a film. I went outside to take a few shots looking up from the parking area just outside and after a few moments a doorman came out to tell me to stop. I think it was something to do with being on their property and doing it because I went across the road to take some more and nobody stopped me.

Anyway, I was in the Chancery Lane area, and this was taken coming home – it’s a reflection inside a tube coming into a station and the blurring lines are lines of text on a poster on the platform wall. I processed it with a couple of Curves (one for a little contrast, one for colour changes), a Hue/Saturation layer (to subtley skew the colours and desaturate), a Levels layer to brighten it up, and a vignette.

There’s also a duplicate of the background, which I applied Shadow/Highlight adjustments to in order to bring out more detail in the shadows. I then set the layer to Soft Light blending, which put some lightness into the shadows in the form of detail, balancing it out from the overly contrasty look the other layers give it.

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