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13 Comments | Report
TheoShilton PRO
 
TheoShilton February 05, 2014
Thanks Leon appreciate the feedback :D
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kathleenweetman July 04, 2014
Excelllent idea for distortion comp..like the colour,light,contrast and movement in it. Voted
kathleen
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TheoShilton August 09, 2014
Thank you Kathleen!
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IsabellaD February 26, 2015
Love your take on it, voted in commercial Style !!
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TheoShilton April 29, 2015
Thank you Isabella!
gaurashi
 
gaurashi April 29, 2015
SIMPLY AMAZING .....
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TheoShilton April 29, 2015
Thank you very much Guarashi!
meMagpie
 
meMagpie May 14, 2015
Absolutely love it!
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TheoShilton May 14, 2015
Thanks you memagpie! :D
Bannekh
 
Bannekh May 19, 2015
great shot
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TheoShilton May 19, 2015
Thanks Bannekh!
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sharlenescarboroughdodds October 10, 2015
WOW Fantastic!
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TheoShilton October 10, 2015
Thanks a lot Sharlene! :)
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leighlofgren October 20, 2015
terrific work
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TheoShilton October 20, 2015
Thank you Leigh!
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WRC19 April 11, 2016
Congratulations! you have won the Crazy Abstraction challenge! Your piece is a direct example of why I created the challenge in the first place! thank you for entering! i hope to see more from you soon! :)
Yacoub
 
Yacoub October 03, 2016
An interesting piece of Art. Love the movement and colour scheme. Great work
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TheoShilton October 03, 2016
Thanks a lot Yacoub!
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korinna February 04, 2018
Voted
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speterson6 June 03, 2018
Superb image, love the chaotic feel with this one.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on the moving walkways in Waterloo station between the jubilee and northern lines in central London back in 2013.
Time
It was around lunchtime and the station was still pretty busy. This was great for the shot as the main idea was to create some a lot of motion blur around the subject. I managed to get the blur of the walls as well as some passers by which gave a really surreal finish to the image.
Lighting
The lighting was all interior lighting in the underground station. Most of it I believe is LED so it certainly wasn't dark. It really wouldn't matter what time you attempted this image although rush hour would be difficult with the heavy footfall of commuters you would inevitably get knocked whilst taking the image.
Equipment
I shot this image on my old nikon D3000 and my 18-55mm kit lens. I shoot with much more varied and updated gear now but this is a great example of you never needing to have expensive equipment to create a good image! I avoided flash as I wanted to get a strong saturation on the motion blur.
Inspiration
I was doing some promotional shots for a DJ and friend for his upcoming tour and we had discussed making some images that would really strand out on promotional material for both web and print. I had previously done a lot of long exposure in the London Underground and the idea of doing this kind of image in Waterlooo station came to mind. It was quite a long process, we would take the moving walkway one way and then back the other for around half an hour trying to get the perfect shot. Because of the long exposure it took a few attempts to get the image sharp enough against the blurred background.
Editing
I did a bit of post processing work with HDR software and Lightroom. I firstly merged the images into an HDR composite in Photomatix increasing the tone compression, saturation, contrast, highlights and clarity. I then exported the image into Lightroom for final re touches. I again sharpened the image and increased the clarity to give the image more depth and detail and applied a small dark vignette to bring the focus of the image more to the centre.
In my camera bag
Most of my work is produced on the street and I have a comprehensive kit for that purpose. If I am out shooting I always make sure I am carrying a range of gear. Firstly I have my Nikon D7200 body (recently upgraded from a D7000) as well as a battery grip and some extra batteries. You never know when you will find something interesting and sometimes a 2 hour walk can turn into 5 hours of shooting. Theres nothing worse than wishing you had more battery life to capture something. Regarding lenses I carry a range. Firstly I have an 18-300mm Nikon lens that is my go to lens and usually attached when i'm walking. I really like the flexibility this lens gives me and I can shoot anything from a low wide angle to a medium close up at all times. Secondly I have a 10-20mm sigma lens that I use for architectural imagery and I rarely find myself wanting for exterior shots with a limit of up to 10mm. When 10mm just doesn't cut it I have 2 fish eye lenses that always do the job. I have an 8mm fixed focus that I find is a great substitute for the 10-20mm and then in extreme cases I have a 6.5mm fish eye if a focal length of 8mm really isn't enough. I have recently purchased a Nikon prime 35mm f1.4 lens which is amazing for street photography and the large aperture makes it ideal for night shoots. Finally when I am travelling I also carry a Sigma 150-500mm telephoto lens for capturing wildlife and distant subjects. Its not the sharpest lens on the market but for the price it doesn't leave me wanting.
Feedback
Be patient! A shot of this kind in a busy underground station is going to throw lots of unexpected things your way. I had people walking into me or walking in front of my friend which would throw the final shot.I didn't use a tripod and was balancing the camera on the moving handrail which moved at a slightly different rate to the moving floor. This would send my hands forward whilst my body stayed still which took a bit of compensating for in the final shoot. In the main stick to your idea and you will work out the specifics on location. It was a long shoot but I was really pleased with the results. Finally use a combination of a small aperture and long exposure to get the depth and detail on your final image. If you are too open you will end up over exposed and if you are merging to HDR you will definitely have to use the same RAW file 3 times as I can guarantee you wont get the same shot more than once!

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