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Sunsoaked Millennium

Posted by
Ian Smith (London, United Kingdom) on 9 February 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

One from the archives of the sun illuminating the city before a dark clouded backdrop. Only a crop & sharpen.

FUJIFILM FinePix F30 1/480 second F/6.4 ISO 100 13 mm

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tim from high desert, United States

Beautiful light.

9 Feb 2011 5:25am

@tim: It was a moment when one needs a camera in hand.

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Brilliant. the light and the sky - both so dramatic. Inspiring colors!!!

9 Feb 2011 5:40am

@sunstone_maria: Thanks Maria!

Plichard Mickaël from Toulouse, France

Nice shot !

9 Feb 2011 6:15am

@Plichard Mickaël: Thanks!

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

The light is marvelous, a very nice shot Ian !

9 Feb 2011 8:41am

@Fabienne: Thanks Fabienne - not hard to resist such temptations :-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like very much this threatening sky which gives a very beautiful light onto cathedral St Paul. The compostion is excellent with Millenium bridge in diagonal.

9 Feb 2011 8:56am

@Marie LC: Thank you Marie!

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

9 Feb 2011 9:34am

@Céline: Thanks!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Very cool shot! The light is great.!

9 Feb 2011 10:19am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Hey Ian, what a masterful control of light and fabulous composition! The mood of the city is so beautifully captured and conveyed! One of my recent favourites!:-)

9 Feb 2011 2:53pm

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo! I was just in the right place at the right time.

guillaume from Paris, France

Great view ! Love it !

9 Feb 2011 2:59pm

@guillaume: Thanks guillaume!

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Excellent light and quality here.

9 Feb 2011 3:31pm

@Sonia Nansid: Thanks Sonia!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous shot, I just love it when the sky and the light combine to provide strong contrasts.

9 Feb 2011 4:26pm

@Curly: Thanks Curly - its something we always hope for, but rarely get the opportunity to capture.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A fine image...beautiful light, tones, composition and detail...brilliant!

10 Feb 2011 2:28am

@Pavan Kaul: Thank you Pavan!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

wonderful composition Ian, with these colours and light...has it ever looked better?

10 Feb 2011 8:44am

@Ted: Thanks Ted - good lighting is all it takes to make anything look better.

Séb. C. from Nancy, France

Nice shot !

10 Feb 2011 10:33am

@Séb. C.: Thanks!

Siepi from Perk, Belgium

Old and new linked together. Great framing.

10 Feb 2011 1:25pm

@Siepi: Thanks Siepi!

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Splendide lumière sous un ciel menaçant, j'aime

10 Feb 2011 9:13pm

@Enzo: Merci Enzo!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Terrific. Like the clarity and the beautiful light. And, as always, a sharp composition. I hope sometime you might post something about how you go about composing your photos, as they are always meticulously done.

5 Mar 2011 8:52am

@GJC: Thank you GJC. There's nothing particularly unique in what goes in to my shots, but I am particular about taking the shot from a position that (in my mind) works - rarely shooting from where I stand if a better shot can be had a few paces away. My background is art & design, so it may be this which makes me a little more disciplined on how things appear, but I certainly don't enforce any strict 'rules of composition' (though useful) - I simply use my line of sight for the subject first, and then use the viewfinder to compose the frame (often allowing some overflow for cropping). And through processing I tweak anything out of balance (physically and mentally) until it looks ok. I'd be happy to answer any particular questions you have about any of my photos.

1/480 second
ISO 100
13 mm