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By the light of the silvery moon
An experiment trying taking to take photographs at night from the back of a speeding caterman in the freezing cold on the river Thames. We had gone to the Excel Centre for the Outdoor Centre and this was the trip back into central London. Earlier in the week, we were concerned about the planned Tube strike and we were considering other means of getting down to Docklands. We came up with the idea of train from Richmond to Waterloo, the Thames Clipper caterman from the London Eye to the O2 at Greenwich then across on the Emirates Airlines' gondola. So, even when the strikes was called off, we stuck to the original plan and thought it was a cracking way to get there; far quicker and more interest than the Tube/DLR. Once downstream of Tower Bridge, they open the throttles and the vessel really flies along - very impressed.
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Album name:alanuk / A miscellany
Author's Comments:First time I have tried the very high ISO setting; thanks for George for telling me the 5D had this feature! The moon is burnt out but needs to stay in to complement the shimmer on the water.
Editing Performed:Straightened. Some darkening of the sky using Adjustments in LR and then some dodging of the exhaust/spray from the engines/hull. Sharpened with Topaz InFocus.
File Size:972 KB
Date added:Feb 14, 2014
Dimensions:2000 x 1337 pixels
Displayed:53 times
Date Time:2014-02-14T21:33:31
DateTime Original:2014:02:13 18:50:56
DateTime digitized:2014:02:13 18:50:56
Exif Image Height:1337 pixels
Exif Image Width:2000 pixels
Exif Offset:218
Exif Version:version 2.2
Exposure Bias:0 EV
Exposure Mode:0
Exposure Program:Aperature Priority
Exposure Time:1/8 sec
FNumber:f 7.1
Flash:No Flash
Focal length:24 mm
Max Aperture:f 4
Metering Mode:Multi-Segment
Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Resolution Unit:Inch
Scene Capture Mode:0
Software:Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Macintosh)
White Balance:0
X Resolution:240 dots per ResolutionUnit
Y Resolution:240 dots per ResolutionUnit
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Silversnapper  [Feb 15, 2014 at 09:11 AM]
Wow! A very impressive shot Alan and even at full size I don't think anyone would know that it was taken at such a high ISO. What tickles me about the shot is that here you are, hurtling down the Thames at high speed with spray flying up and everywhere from the twin hulls - and they put a bucket under a pipe to catch the drips - hilarious! Very well done indeed sir!
SteveT  [Feb 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM]
This works very well even at 1/8 sec the image is sharp so the boat must be very smooth, like it a lot and well taken and looks great at full screen.
I think the bucket is under a breather for the fuel tanks so its to catch any oil drips
George  [Feb 15, 2014 at 05:26 PM]
Glad to know that England's naval heritage is alive and kicking
A smashing shot that really does show the speed of the Cat', though I would have expected the 'Red Duster' to be fluttering a bit more energetically.
Well done that Man for braving the elements and spray to get this shot, like it loads.
And well doen to Steve, obviously knows his stuff.
Mazda_Man  [Feb 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM]
The shutter speed being against you here Alan leaves the RHS a little fuzzy and the better side a little hidden from view by the Red Duster. The idea, degree of difficulty and the moon contrive to lift this from the average however. Altogether a shot worthwhile taking.
JOHN  [Feb 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM]
To me this photo is all about the exif, and I presume done as a test shot. I must say I find it pretty impressive the way your camera has controlled the digital noise Alan. Some cameras produce a very noticeable amount of noise at only 800 iso, so the camera quality shines through here.
All considered a well thought out and taken photo.
Beermonsta  [Feb 18, 2014 at 09:42 PM]
Very impressive Alan, and certainly something that was worth trying, the quality of the image at such a high iso is very impressive indeed with lots of good detail in the bright lights of London and the reflections on the water.