Having not posted anything for a very, very long time - mostly, in my defence, because I've been too busy taking photos - I decided I needed both an excuse and a mechanism to revive the blog.
Until I get a better one, I'm going to pick some of the pictures that are most highly rated by flickr's controversial Interestingness algorithm and tell the story behind the short. What made me take it? Was it what I intended? What were the camera settings - and why?
We'll start not with the most 'interesting' but with the first photo I took that made Number 1 on flickr's daily Explore page - however briefly!
I was really just trying to get the hang of the camera and had been experimenting with very high ISO settings. It was late in the afternoon, mid-December and I was walking down London's Embankment towards Albert Bridge.
I'd just taken a shot of the sun setting over the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park on the opposite bank of the Thames when I turned back towards where I'd parked the car.
The line of lamps and trees lining my route and Albert Bridge in the distance had a certain appeal, with the post-Buncefield sunset casting a warm glow over everything.
I took a couple of shots - playing with the perspective - and contnued my walk.
It wasn't until I got home and converted the RAW file with Nikon Capture that it really came together, though. D-lighting to lift the shadows and a little extra warming up helped a lot - as did a later crop and the removal of a very bright truck tail light, both at the suggestion of other flickrites.
Why do I think it hit Number 1? It's an OK shot, but I uploaded it the day the D200 was launched. The world was keen to see what the camera was capable of and it was the best of what turned out to be the biggest batch of D200 shots uploaded that day. Even this disaster had almost 1500 views...
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