A friend of mine, who is also a keen photographer, was saying to me recently how much she loved one of my photos and really wanted to see if she could get the same or similar image. She wanted me to take her where I had taken the photo.
I am sure many of you will remember this one. It was my header shot for some time. It is funny how the memory plays tricks. We could both remember it as having a sunset behind the city. When we went out last weekend to capture the image, we were so disappointed that there wasn’t a sunset. Then I looked up the photo again and was so surprised to see there hadn’t been a sunset here either. I think it must have been the colours that were in the final image.
The above shot was taken almost 2 years ago. It is a HDR image, I was doing so many of them back then. I still like the image, but I had always wanted to go back and always meant to, but somehow never got around to it. It was nice to do it again.
We were disappointed. There was no real sunset, it was quite pathetic really. There were hardly any trains. There weren’t many lights on in the city buildings. So I know we will go back again. Here is what I got.
It is quite a different looking image. I know I said there were no trains, it was true. I have taken all the photos I had with trains and put them on one image. I like the effect. This image is certainly earlier than the previous one, lots of street lights and things haven’t come on yet. I did make the most of the sunset that we got.
Things have changed since I took the first one. I do have more experience. The first one was taken without a tripod, the second with. I just didn’t have it with me the first time. I have a new camera and a new wide angle lens. My knowledge of Photoshop and compositing has grown a lot.
I think it was a great thing to do to go back after two years and see how different how I would make an image. I still love the first one, but I also like the second one, for different reasons. I will go back again, we are planning on doing it another evening, when daylight savings finishes, but we will go back during the week, see if we can get more of the peak hour trains and the city going into early evening.
I will put both in a gallery for you to look at on their own.