The London Bean

I have no idea what this is, or why its there in London. I can only guess its art, and I like it. I decided to position myself so that the bean obscured Tower Bridge as I wanted the two objects to play off each other. It was a hugely popular bean with kids and adults having their photo taken with it. The London shots have won against the Liverpool shots for now. I had such a good time in London wandering the city as I would Liverpool. There’s so much to see from a non-tourist point of view. Every corner seems to have a photo op, its fantastic. I guess its just because I’ve spent months wandering Liverpool and London is all new to me. For £40 a return ticket on the train, or even £25 if I can get lucky, I’m going to be doing this more often. The weather was technically good, blue skies all day. There was a bit of haze and I hated the fact that there weren’t any clouds for me to HDR. Most of the shots aren’t going to be HDR due to that fact.

I don’t often point out flaws in my images because I don’t like people to spot them, but there is some really annoying banding in the sky thats driving me crazy. If anyone knows how to fix this I’d appreciate it. Its not there until I process the image to B&W. Its not to bad when printed and you don’t really notice it because its not the subject of the shot, but I would prefer it if it wasn’t there.

Camera: Canon 30D // Sigma 10-20 // Focal Length: 10.0mm // Exposure Time: 1/200 // Aperture: f/4.0 // ISO: 100

6 responses

  1. Great image and if you wander around to the right of where you took this you’ll find lots more to shoot in the “More London” area

  2. hey – give me a shout next time you’re off to the Smoke, if you don’t mind I might tag along 😀

  3. I like the composition, nice shot!

  4. Did you try converting the image to 16 bit before converting it to grayscale ?

  5. I get the same banding sometimes. I think it comes from the greater extremes of tone when you convert to b&w, that depends on the colour bias you’re using of course but if you have a blue sky and convert with a red bias then it really does push the tones. All photoshop manipulation damages the pixels and can lessen the tonal range so the less you do the better. Working in 16bit certainly seems to help.

  6. I notice banding in my shots where I under-exposed by a long way and then spank it in RSE/PS. But this looks a good location. There’s often loads of abstracts of the Mayor’s new offices but rarely the “in context” ones.