London daytime long exposures

Last weekend regardless of the heatwave I decided to get myself out and shoot some daytime long exposures. I limited myself to a small area on the opposite side of the river to the Shard, an area I've not really shot before.  I also wanted to do some location scouting for later in the year when the night doesn't happen at 10pm.

To get movement in the clouds in the summer you have to take exposure of over 60s. This does come with its own issues. Like dust on the lens, the slightest spec will be quite prominent in your image and will require extra work in post processing. Glare is also an issue, If there's even the slightest glare it will be very prominent. If you are using a dslr you need to cover your viewfinder too as you get strange reflections from it. To try and combat the glare I use circular nd filters rather than plate ones, its more expensive but you can use the lens hood and it massively cuts down glare issues. I had my polariser with me but in the bright sunshine and shooting at around 24mm every image would have ended up with a strange blue circle, so that didn't get used. I used a cheap cable release to time my exposures.

So armed with one lens, my camera and my larger sturdy tripod, away I went.

All images shot with Sony 24-70 f2.8

 This is a great location, would look loads better with all the city light and some golden hour colour. I will deffinately be back here and with a wider lens.  24mm, f22, 70 secs, iso100

This is a great location, would look loads better with all the city light and some golden hour colour. I will deffinately be back here and with a wider lens.

24mm, f22, 70 secs, iso100

 A well photographed view but not one I've shot before myself.  24mm, f22, 60secs, iso100

A well photographed view but not one I've shot before myself.

24mm, f22, 60secs, iso100

 I like the line of the shadow with the line of the bridge in this composition.  25mm, f22, 60secs, iso50

I like the line of the shadow with the line of the bridge in this composition.

25mm, f22, 60secs, iso50

 This is another great location but again I think this would look better at night with a boat going past and with a wider lens.  24mm, f22, 91 secs, iso50

This is another great location but again I think this would look better at night with a boat going past and with a wider lens.

24mm, f22, 91 secs, iso50

 This is me attempting some street photography, something I need to try and do more of with my 50mm prime and my 85mm prime  52mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso50

This is me attempting some street photography, something I need to try and do more of with my 50mm prime and my 85mm prime

52mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso50