Palace Stores

Hampton Court Palace, London England.

Hampton Court Palace, London England.
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BenDufeck January 20, 2016
Love the browns
wwinter86 October 02, 2016
Thanks :)

Behind The Lens

I live in London and love history and finally visited one of the places I'd been hoping to visit since I was a child, the beautiful Tudor home of Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey, Hampton Court Palace.
It was about midday on a beautiful sunny summers day in June 2014.
The lighting was just a natural summer sun.
I only used a Sony SLT-A57 camera with a Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM lens and no tripod.
I am just an amateur photographer and was taking a lot of snaps around the palace and I saw these old brown wooden barrels and wheelbarrow against an orange wall of Tudor brick outside and thought it might make for a good picture. I took one in landscape and one in portrait and decided later when viewing them on my Macbook Pro that the portrait worked better.
It has been awhile now. These days I normally use Affinity Photo for editing or Aurora HDR Pro for HDR, but back then for this I believe I just did some basic colour and contrast correction with Apple's free iPhoto.
In my camera bag
Sony SLT-A57 camera with a Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM lens and a Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens.
I have found that I normally get the best photographs when I don't go looking for them. When I have actively gone out trying to take a good photo I have either not found anything worth taking or what I have taken has been bland. However, when I have not even been thinking of photos or photography opportunities I have spotted one. Such as my favourite photo that I've taken 'The State of Decay v3' I was simply out shopping and came across an old tattered Union Flag caught on a barbed wire fence and wrapped around a CCTV camera and blowing in the wind and quickly went home for my camera realising how symbolic the photo would look. This was a great unexpected opportunity as it was soon completely destroyed by the wind. So, I recommend you just keep a camera on you at all times, as great photo opportunities tend to come when you least expect them.

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