May 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm #4179
I like your shots Dennis. The ‘Opennings’ shot is well seen and must have looked quite different when you first saw it in 3D and then visulised it in 2d? It really shows the perspective with the opening getting smaller and giving the impression of depth. I like the treatment you’ve given to the Angel. The strong contrast between the red rust and deep blue sky makes it a lot stronger than the first image.
Nice to see your shots Ken. I like the way the fence leads in the infrared shot. This gives it great perspective. I think ‘School bus run’ is a funny title for the subject matter. The cars in the foreground give it the perspective with the cars the in background. Well caught Ken. The old magic is still there!May 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm #4183
Floral Perspective. (does this count although it’s natures stab at an illusion? )May 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm #4187
I’m amazed that this as come out so well as I saw you take it and it didn’t look that good. The reds stand out well from the greens well and the different sizes should qualify it a perspective shot.May 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm #4189
This would do well in the nature comps D. It has turned out well, you were like a dog with a bone, knew you’d get it.May 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm #4191
Dee >>> That’s a really neat perspective illusion – very well seen and framed.May 21, 2013 at 9:08 am #4194
Belongs on the wall of a garden centre.May 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm #4197
ButterfliesMay 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm #4202
Interesting image Mac are they on strings? Scuse me for asking its just so unusual.Also can’t make my mind up if you’ve flipped the image so they look as though they’re hanging vertically. definetly unusual.May 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm #4204
Meg >>> Well, the theme is “Playing with perspective” 😉May 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm #4206
That’s an intriguing image Mac. It certainly has plenty of depth and looks needle sharp. I think would like to take a 3D shot of this.May 29, 2013 at 1:03 am #4239
Going DownMay 29, 2013 at 5:12 am #4240
Dee >>> Classic! I notice they all have an interesting tonal treatment (a bit desaturated + colours shifted a bit); Topaz?
BTW, with shots like this, I’m always interested in the photographer’s decision about where to put the perspective vanishing point in the frame. Looks like it’s at the intersection of the ‘sinister' diagonal and its upper reciprocal in the top an bottom shots; and in the middle one it’s where the horizontal centre line crosses the edge of the right-hand rebated square (equivalent to centre line crossing left-hand vertical line of thirds). Were they like that ‘in camera’, or did you adjust them by cropping?
And don’t you get arrested these days for photographing in the Underground? Especially with a DSLR with a big, highly noticeable telephoto lens that terrorists always use! 😉
 top-left to bottom-right = ‘sinister’ or ‘falling’ diagonal; bottom-left to top-right = ‘Baroque’ or ‘rising’ diagonal.May 29, 2013 at 11:10 am #4241
I have slightly ( 1/4 inch) cropped the lh side and bottom on the tube ones Ian to lose a little distraction and get the rails finishing in a better place, but the vanishing point was more or less in camera. I just went with my instincts although it is interesting to find out the technicalities behind the decisions your brain makes when you choose how to approach a shot.
It is ‘Flash’ photography that is banned on the underground and there are signs up all over the place, so I never use flash. I don’t like to make it too obvious that I am taking pictures because you don’t want people changing what they are doing or of course taking offence. All these areas are well lit and with a little post tweaking they usually come up fine. The escalator is ISO 400 @ 1/30 sec and the tubes are same speed but ISO 800. All are handheld at around f4 which is not what I wanted but was preferable to a much higher iso or being unable to hand hold at a slower speed. I just wish there had been more interesting characters about.
I was on my way back from somewhere and hadn’t had time to put my camera away so grabbed these for this months theme (see … I am trying this month 😉 ). I had on my 18-55mm IS lens. If I owned a huge expensive telephoto I don’t think I would have it on show on the underground … well not if I wanted to arrive home still owning it!!! 😉
Post tweaking is in Topaz to bring out the colours, atmosphere and also to improve the clarity a bit. I like this sort of effect at the moment which is not a preset and just personal preference after a bit of tweaking. I seem to like colour over mono at the moment (just for a change) and it is amazing how an image changes when you play with it a little.
You can see some interesting things hanging around railway and tube stations 😉
THE REDHEAD (a very noisy night shot but I couldn’t resist keeping it and having a play)
May 29, 2013 at 11:42 am #4242
Dee >>> I thought you’d probably composed the shot in camera in the way outlined. I’m very impressed! – it’s not easy to get it so accurate – you must be able, like Cartier-Bresson, just to ‘see where it sits!’
Your comments about photography on the Underground are very informative – I didn’t know all that; and it may come in handy next time I’m in London. (The X100s may be even more discreet than your Cannon!)
The tonal treatment works really well for this subject – it gives the Underground a rather steely, industrial and (how appropriately!) ‘tube-like’ look!
And I like your great street photo, Redhead – a classic witty shot of the zany stuff that you don’t notice at first, and then it pops out at you and makes you guffaw! Great stuff!May 29, 2013 at 11:59 am #4243
Thanks Ian. I think that is probably the one and only time I will be compared in any way to Cartier-Bresson! 😉 With the treatment I was aiming to emphasise the metal, brighten but leave an essence that it is underground and make the colours pop a little. Hopefully I have achieved that without going too far over the top. I am fed up with doing everything in mono just for the sake of it much as I love it in some cases.
I am sure you would do well with your camera in London as it is very discreet. I would be tempted to hang around the Covent Garden tubes exit route early evening as people travel all dressed up ready for the ballet and opera. I have seen people in capes and tiaras but always when I haven’t got my camera with me. Life can be very cruel!
There are official permits available for taking photographs on the underground and at station etc from around £50 a month but they are not really needed for a few tourist type shots. If you are causing offense or a nuisance staff could ask you to stop as it is at the stations discretion so just be discreet and use common sense.
London Underground: Photography Rules
UPDATED 7 JUNE 2012
The current version of the Conditions of Carriage (published May 2012), refers to photography, along with other items in Section 4.5 of the document; stating that:
4.5.1 For safety reasons, on our buses and Underground trains and in our bus and Underground stations you must not:
• use bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, scooters, skateboards or similar equipment
• take flash photographs and/or use a tripod or other camera support equipment
• use emergency exits except in an emergency or when instructed to do so by our staff.
You may be prosecuted for disobeying these requirements.
In addition Traffic Circulars (a document published weekly for LU staff regarding updates about operation standards) intermittently states:
Tourists or train enthusiasts ‘passing through’ stations are permitted to take ad-hoc photographs or film at the Station Supervisor’s discretion. However, tripods are not permitted and flash must not be used on platforms.
The TfL website also states in the tube common questions section Do I need permission to film or take photographs on the tube?. The text has changed recently, emphasising photography permits, but also states:
We realise that on occasions our customers may wish to take an ad-hoc photograph whilst passing through a Tube station. Although this is acceptable, please be advised that this would be at the Tube station’s discretion providing additional camera equipment (including flash and tripods) are not used.
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