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A Dry Night In London

A break from the rainy spells allowed me to dragoon my good friend Bizhan for some night shooting around St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge. Once again, I used the Olympus EM-5 and one of the Panasonics 14mm F/2.5, 20mm F/1.7, and the Olympus 45mm F/1.8. One ingenious feature on the EM-5 is the LIVE TIME function, which allows you to see the long exposure develop as you are taking it. This allows you to stop the exposure when you are happy with what you see on the LCD, instead of waiting for the long exposure to finish and starting again. A great time saver.I must also pay tribute to the brilliant image stabiliser, which allowed me to take hand-held exposures down to 1 sec in duration with perfectly sharp results!Another revelation for me was the gorilla pod, which Bizhan recommended to me. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get one! They can attach to anything, allowing a wealth of compositional opportunities to open up.The shots below aren't particularly creative or original for the most part, but the exercise fulfilled its objective in continuing to impress me with this little camera. 

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A break from the rainy spells allowed me to dragoon my good friend Bizhan for some night shooting around St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge. 

Once again, I used the Olympus EM-5 and one of the Panasonics 14mm F/2.5, 20mm F/1.7, and the Olympus 45mm F/1.8. One ingenious feature on the EM-5 is the LIVE TIME function, which allows you to see the long exposure develop as you are taking it. This allows you to stop the exposure when you are happy with what you see on the LCD, instead of waiting for the long exposure to finish and starting again. A great time saver.

I must also pay tribute to the brilliant image stabiliser, which allowed me to take hand-held exposures down to 1 sec in duration with perfectly sharp results!

Another revelation for me was the gorilla pod, which Bizhan recommended to me. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get one! They can attach to anything, allowing a wealth of compositional opportunities to open up.

The shots below aren't particularly creative or original for the most part, but the exercise fulfilled its objective in continuing to impress me with this little camera. 



With the Olympus 45mm F/1.8.
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With the Olympus 45mm F/1.8.

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Panasonic 14mm F/2.5.

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Panasonic 14mm F/2.5.

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Bill GordonSep 23, 2013 11:26 AM

Really great photos in my favourite place..London!!

AlphaWhiskeySep 23, 2013 04:47 PM

Thanks Bill!

ClarissaSep 25, 2013 01:07 PM

Brilliant !

AlphaWhiskeySep 25, 2013 03:50 PM

Thank you Clarissa! :)

SybspicsSep 26, 2013 05:54 AM

What a wonderful set! I love the reflection of St Paul's in the railing in the last one. I've really enjoyed these.

AlphaWhiskeySep 26, 2013 06:47 AM

Thank you! :)

ParrishSep 27, 2013 01:57 PM

Interesting post Alpha and more to the point interesting choice of lenses for the shots.
A little distortion is evident on a few images, is there a distortion control/correction update released yet for ACR ?

All in all this light weight setup is impressive and is something im looking into due to back problems while lugging my heavier kit around.

Always good to see your work my friend and i hope you and Biz had a good evening.
Pass on my regards to Biz please.

Hope to catch up in December Alpha, as off to the 02...maybe just maybe grab a few shots .

All the best my friend.

AlphaWhiskeyOct 6, 2013 03:33 AM

Thank Parrish! Hope to catch up with you for a shoot soon!

Pratap stylesOct 7, 2013 10:19 AM

London my favorite place.

Muhammad OmerJun 1, 2014 07:51 AM

Mr Sharif, that photo of the bridge with the many coloured lights reflected by the water and a really bright object in the dark clear sky (7th from the top). In this photo the sky and the general surroundings are dark, there are not many clouds but still there is a very bright object in the sky. It cant be the sun so what is it?

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyJun 3, 2014 09:36 AM

It's the Moon, Muhammad. :)

RaulSep 15, 2016 06:33 PM

Wow so nice! are these right from the camera (JPEG)? or are processed RAW? I guess the latter right?

Alpha Whiskey PhotographySep 15, 2016 10:45 PM

Processed from RAW. Thank you Raul :)

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