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Getting ready for Popup GPP London

Photo by Joe Newman

In less than a week, I’ll be in London for the Popup GPP London, which is put on by the folks who sponsor Gulf Photo Plus, an annual photo fest in Dubai. I’m looking forward to the seminars and potential networking opportunities but I’ve done almost no planning on what to do on my down time.

I’ll have two days outside of the seminar and haven’t figured out whether to spend it in the city or whether to take a trip into the countryside.

I took the picture above of St. Paul’s Cathedral last fall during our trip to Dublin and London. The Popup GPP event isn’t far from the Tate Modern museum where I took this picture. In fact, the hotel where I’m staying is near the Cathedral so I’ll probably be walking over the Millennium Bridge to get back and forth during the two days of the conference.

Photo of St. Paul’s Cathedral at sunset as seen from the Tate Modern museum by Joe Newman. Want to order a print? Click here.

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Photo Details

Camera: Nikon D7000

Lens: NIkon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G DX

Focal length: 55 mm

Aperture: f/20

Shutter speed: 2 sec.

ISO: 100

Processing: I used Lightroom 4 to make four versions of the original raw file, with the copies at +1, +2, -1 and -2 exposures. All five files were then merged in Photomatix and processed with the “painterly” presets as the starting point. I tweaked the saturation and luminosity a bit. I then loaded the merged file into Lightroom where I used the graduated filter tool to darken the sky slightly. I then layered that tweaked Lightroom file and the Photomatix file into Photoshop where I used a layer mask to hide the lighter sky in the final composite image.
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Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

  • Tom

    You photo caption says ‘as seen from’ but with all that work it really is not ‘as seen’. Nice picture, possibly darkened sky too much as this is now unrealistic.

    • Joe Newman

      Thanks, Tom. That’s a fair point, though I’m certainly not trying to pass it off as realistic, which is why I included the processing notes. I’ll probably take another pass at this since I thought I might have oversaturated the sky just a bit. I think my post-processing skills are probably somewhere around “advanced beginner.”

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