Digital Camera Magazine Shoot Out
On Tuesday the 3rd of April I received the conformation from Digital Camera World that I had been selected to be a part of the shoot out feature for the next issue of the magazine. The shoot out structure consists of two photographers with experience in a given discipline of photography going head to head. The Article generally is four pages of the magazine, with each photographer getting a bio and their best images from the day published. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure and demonstrate ability as a photographer aside from the usual avenues such as competitions. For this reason I traveled down to London short notice ready equipped with my camera bag and tripod. Staying in Peterborough on the Thursday night to keep costs down I started with an early rise on Friday morning, with an easy and hassle free journey into London I arrived in Canary Wharf at 9am. Two hours to kill until the meeting time I grabbed a hugely overpriced breakfast and coffee then had a wander to try and get my bearings of the privately owned campus. More on the hassles of shooting in a private ownership campus later. After a brief walk around I still had 45 minutes spare and I was twitching to get shooting, going to our meeting point, the tube station, I decided to have a better look inside the station itself. On the way down I discovered my first image. The cold concrete ceiling, leading lines, the contrast of the illuminated escalators from a contemporary glass structure above and the towering skyscrapers visible through the glass. It was a lovely composition and it took me multiple attempts to perfect it, varying the amount of ceiling and floor visible. Once I was happy with composition I took two sets of five bracketed images, the dynamic range just proved to much for a single exposure. It took me quite a while to shoot the ten images due to the business of the station and the late London commuters.