It’s fair to say that the weather in 2012 played a large part in my photography; on the one hand it was pretty appalling for most of the year here in the UK, on the other hand it did give me a chance to work on my post production techniques.
So far 2013 does not look much better although with the threat (or promise) of snow that may change.
Tonight I was hoping for an impressive sunset, I knew the River Thames would be at it’s tidal peak at sunset and I have had a shot in mind for about 2 years waiting for all the elements to align. A quick look at the skies and it looked like tonight was going to me my night, donning a few layers in preparation for the sub zero conditions I set out along the river to Barnes Bridge.
I arrived in time but the sky was not wanting to play, the sun had dipped behind clouds and although it was not intended as the focus, I still wanted to get some good colour from it. Undeterred, I set up my tripod and began setting the camera controls and settled in to wait for the moment.
When it became clear that the moment would not come I decided to shoot the same scene in a different way.
Olympus E500 with 14-45 @ 45mm
6 Exposures tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2
Finishing in Photoshop CS6 – Localised dodging & Burning, localised saturation adjustments.