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This is a bit like what it looks like in London today. Except for the church…and the hills. That blanket of mist however, that’s what we do have right now.
This is another image from the beautiful Iceland, somewhere I definitely need to return to when I can hope for better weather. It’s difficult when planning a photography trip because you spend a lot of time planning, preparing and booking things in advance to make sure you can a) get them and b) get them at a reasonable price, yet you are then completely reliant on the weather.
Well, not completely I guess. You can embrace whatever weather comes at you are put a photographic spin on it; but for me somewhere like Iceland would be a little better if we actually saw a sunset/sunrise or had a nice blue hour.
Anyway, there were plenty of these gorgeous little churches over there. The architect really did a good job and then thought to himself ‘I designed it, people like it, let’s run with it’. They do make for a good photo though, and love that on my particular trip they were mostly surrounded by mountains and low hanging clouds.
Just a quick post of an image today before I head into a meeting. This is a parish, I believe it was taken somewhere in London – but to be honest I’m not sure where.
That is all
Hope everyone is well.
We had four days of hot weather and blue cloudless skies in Austria.
Though this meant harsh lighting and, at times, unbearable heat throughout the day, it also meant that we could see the stars easily at night time…and this meant I could try my hand at a little late night star photography.
I have had one attempt at star trails previously; but as this was in the UK on a cold night it really didn’t come out very well. The long exposure I did at the time meant the camera got hot, and as it was so cold the lenses just fogged up. In Austria it was the perfect temperature at night to do them.
I set up my camera beside this church which is on top of a hill in Wildschonau; it had taken some walking to get there at night and I had managed to lose my glasses in a field somewhere (recovered the next day while it was light – hurrah). I used the Promote Control to set off a timelapse sequence and took 30 second exposure for a 30 minute period. The inside of the church was lit by a solitary candle and taken over one exposure of around, I think, 90 seconds.
The exposures were then dropped into Photoshop and layers changed to the Lighten blending mode, followed by a little bit of post to get rid of plane trails and work on the foreground. I’m pretty happy with the final result.
Thanks very much to Scott Wood for the tip on how to quickly and easily produce this within Photoshop and without the need for additional software plugins…it really was simpler than I had imagined it would be.
Hmm, perhaps this post title would have worked better had this church been in Helsinki. Never-the-matter, this is Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik – and it’s a pretty odd building if you ask me.
We arrived here on our last day of the Iceland trip and were pretty fortunate to arrive when there was nobody around outside, as we nipped into the church for 5 minutes and suddenly it seemed like buses full of tourists pulled up and would have made the above shot pretty difficult to achieve.
Speaking of bands, on the plane to Iceland there was an article on a band called Of Monsters and Men. They received a good write up and were obviously topical for my destination, so I looked them up when I got home. They’re pretty good.
Check out a video of them performing Little Talks, and enjoy.
The churches all look pretty similar in Iceland. I think they found a design that they liked and ran with it.
As we were driving along a very long stretch of road from Jökulsárlón to Höfn I saw a church in the distance, and then went through a mental checklist I had.
Is there a church? Yes
Is it at the foot of a mountain? Yes
Are there clouds or mist covering parts of the mountain? Yes..well..kinda. Mostly covering really.
Is it raining? No
Sweet, let’s go over there and check it out.
John did the driving in Iceland, as I don’t drive (or as I pointed out at one stage, I’ve told him I don’t drive and this could just be a clever ploy for me to avoid doing any of the driving on our photo trips), and wasn’t too sure if we were driving on to private property – his priority was getting to the nearest town to find a public convenience and not detour for a guy who had just been reciting a checklist aloud in the car.
It’s not private, I assured him without really caring if it was, and we drove up to the church.
John was relieved there (literally), he had been praying for a restroom and it turns out that little hut to the left of the church was a toilet…and by far the nicest one we found on the journey.
I would have liked a little more of a break in the dark clouds, but am happy with the scene and glad we took the detour.
As with the shot from yesterday, this image was taken from my walk on Saturday; this one is up in Hampstead Heath village.
I’m on a flying, 24 hour, visit to Sweden just now so unfortunately don’t have time to do anything such as research which church this is and come up with something witty – so I’ll leave the pretty picture to speak for itself.
Here’s a quick shot of myself and John, myself as a hoodie and John as a serial killer character which you may recognise from some shots earlier this year. We seem to like hanging around in old churches…perhaps we’re repenting over something.
I’m off out of London to visit friends this weekend, I hope everyone has a good one.
One of the shots I had in mind when I arrived at this ruinous burnt out church was to have my hoodie character in various poses around the church which I would then combine into one shot. However, back home when it came to the processing I opted to use just the first shot I took with my back to the camera as this just seemed to work a lot better on the big screen, in this case less is certainly more.
I didn’t do too much to this shot in post process, pretty much just applying the Urban Sickness filter in OnOneSoftware’s PhotoTools and a little bit of perspective cropping. Nice and simple, and quick.
During our Cornwall trip, John and I attempted to get a sunrise and sunset in on a daily basis, but the weather wasn’t always playing along and towards the end of the trip it seemed to have decided that we had had enough sun and it was time for us to get a little wet. After setting up camp and heading through a forest to the nearest village in order to find food we knew that we had made a mistake not taking torches as it was getting dark, and a trip back would be pretty interesting in a Blair Witch kind of way.
On the edge of this woodland area was an old church, pretty much just the ruins left due to an arson attack in the early 90s. I commented it was odd that all churches seemed to be built in graveyards, but we thought it was a great opportunity to have a little fun, especially as the drizzle had dampened out spirits (and quite literally dampened us).
It just so happened that John had a little steel wool for us to play with, and a new acquisition by way of some smoke pellets which we hadn’t quite found suitable place in London to try out yet. After a few failed attempts at using these I figured that long exposures simply weren’t going to work, so we broke out the flash and mounted this nearby – instantly better results.
Each smoke pellets last around 30 seconds to a minute, and I played around with different poses over this time period. Towards the end of one of the stints I decided to do a Platoon move and drop to my knees, hands raised. Unfortunately I landed on one of the used smoke pellets and my left knee, which is getting in a poor state due to the amount of bruising it receives from various UrbEx trips, suddenly developed a haematoma and was sore as hell. Luckily it was only a small one and the blood within quickly subsided.
For the shot above I combined two exposures; the first with my standing normally as you see in the middle of the shot, and the second of my shadow with hands raised…we are in a church afterall.