Watling Street

This is the image used for my ‘Portfolio’ link in the header bar of this site. I previously looked at the ‘Home’ image, so if you’re guessing that I am going to work my way through all of them at some point – you would be right.

To date, this is my favourite image. I see flaws in it, and often think about redoing it, but as it stands I feel it’s the best image I have created, even if it’s not technically as good as some of my others. I think my favourite detail within the image is the two men standing outside the lit doorway of the building on the right hand side.

A week before taking this image I had seen this shot from Mark Bundell over on HDRSpotting. I thought I knew London pretty well, but this was such a unique angle I just had to find out where Mark had shot it from – and it was from here that I stumbled upon the wonderful world of Urban Exploration.

So, this shot was taken from the roof of Temple Court on my first eve UrbEx outing that weekend. It was bonfire weekend, and I had just spent the night in freezing conditions trying to set a load of shop bought fireworks off in a couple of locations in North London when we drove to this location at around 11pm.

I was nervous, and had butterflies in my stomach as we left the car and made the short walk to the property. This lasted up until we had arrived at the property and made our way quickly over the hoarding. From there the excitement and adrenaline kicked in, and we easily found our way up to the top floor and then, after missing the narrow metal ladder on our first torch-lit sweep of the top floor, up to the roof. It was wonderful, and I was hooked.

The image was three brackets and was taken before I had my wide angle, and was also processed before I realised I could change the White Balance at the time of processing to get rid of the orange glow (such a newbie!). I think I could process it much better if redoing it today, and much more realistic – but I kinda dig the computer game/Gotham City look. ‘Watling Street’ is the one that runs down the middle of the image splitting it in half.

If I was ever to print any of my work onto canvas I think this would be the first to get done.

The link in the header goes to my ‘portfolio’ though I haven’t quite figured out what that is yet. I have it with Smugmug and have various folders, of which one is called ‘portfolio’ but I haven’t really got a guide in my mind as to which images should/should not go in there. I quite like smugmug though, and will keep up my subscription, and like how it handles client folders so the stuff I do for friends or, one day, actual clients can go up there and I can easily determine the privacy settings. I guess it’s just a little more professional and ‘grown up’ than Flickr.

7 thoughts on “Watling Street”

  1. I really like this image, Michael. This is the first of your images that I came across on the Internet, and yes, you should print it and hang it in your home or office. This is one of those HDR images that inspires me to practice HDR.

  2. Thanks very much everyone, appreciate your comments and glad you seem to like this as much as I do 🙂

  3. Jesse, Markus – thanks very much 🙂 I think I know what you mean Jesse…I’ll leave it as is for now, and maybe return in a couple of years.

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