My Visit to the Palace
After Church on Sunday I finally decided that I needed to visit Alexandra Palace to take some pictures of the snow. There was no rush to get there because the days are now getting longer. On the Saturday morning I had to drive to Wolverhampton and return back the same day. This ruled out any possibility of capturing any pictures of Alexandra Palace at night.
The snow was attempting to fall throughout Saturday but did not settle. By Saturday night through to Sunday morning it settled. I was up early in Hornsey and captured Alexandra Palace in the distance. The exposure and contrast was adjusted for the picture below.
In the grounds of Alexandra Palace I started taking pictures. Alexandra Palace sits on a hill so a picture taken of the whole palace will come from a low angle. On the computer the exposure was reduced, the contrast increased and the picture sharpened. For all the pictures taken the same processing was done on the computer.
I moved in closer to capture the image from a different angle with the street lamp in the foreground.
There is nothing better than a pattern and colour. The blue lamp holders added more colour to the image below and the vanishing lamps added a good effect.
Last Sunday was Mother’s Day so I had to capture the Daffodils in the snow. Their heads may be bowed now but they are strong like the mothers that they represent. The colours were made vibrant (saturated) and the whites whiter.
I moved further into the grounds of the Palace and captured the image of the fountain.
The fountain was not saying much by itself so I included the palace in the background. I made the blacks a bit darker on the computer to show more details of the Palace correctly balanced which made the fountain darker.
For the next image I created a Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) picture on the computer.
Within the camera I took three exposures set at -1, 0, +1 EV (exposure value). I used software on the computer to merge all three images. This is why the tree has clear details, the snow has clear details and everything in the distance has clear details. The opening image for this blog is also HDR converted to monochrome (black and white).
The following image is not HDR. The exposure was for the Palace so the foreground snow and grass looks rather dull.
Finally I went behind the Palace to capture pictures of the birds in the water. It is a nature reserve so there are different varieties of birds. Below are several images that I captured.
It was time to leave because I had to get up early Monday morning to go to NEC Birmingham for The Photography Show. On the way out I saw a crow on the ground in the snow. It moved before I could capture it. Here it is standing on the roof of a car. I made the blacks darker and sharpened the image to show the details clearly.