Daily photo – London Eye
Although this structure looks great and impressive at all times of the day, I suggest photographing it in the evening when it’s glowing with blues. In the evening it looks somewhat magical.
I captured this photo from Westminster Bridge (I was standing near Big Ben). Taking this image was quite difficult as it was a very busy spot even late in the evening. Every second someone passed in front of my camera thus ruining the shot. Fortunately after a few attempts I managed to capture some decent frames. I then used deghosting tool in Photomatix Pro and thanks to that I got rid of majority of people.
One more note. In case of this photo I didn’t use tone-mapping. Instead I used Exposure Fusion (which is also available in Photomatix Pro). Unlike regular HDR, Exposure Fusion doesn’t create 32-bit image and for this reason doesn’t require tone-mapping – it automatically blends source images to achieve correct exposure what results in very realistic images. If you’re interested in learning more about Exposure Fusion, make sure to read my tutorial about it.
Finally some EXIF info:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Exposure time: 1.6 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Technique: Exposure Fusion, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Fusion/Real-Estate), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity