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Hello TE Friends,

It's a very long time since I have posted anything on TE but it's good to be back. How long for I cannot be sure! Other commitments seem to get in the way too often.

This picture is to celebrate the purchase of my first serious tripod - a Manfrotto. For all these years I had been relying on a small travel tripod or just resting the camera on any convenient surface I could find. I have to say that my first impressions of the Manfrotto are very good. It's very stable and helped to produce this crisp image even with a 3.6s exposure in windy conditions.

Anyway, on to the picture itself. It's a view from my balcony overlooking the River Thames. It is of course Tower Bridge in the centre of the picture with the City of London to the right. The lights in the foreground are from boats moored on the river.

In taking this picture I had to experiment with the white balance to achieve the correct hue, eventually settling on 3600K. On auto WB there was too much of a yellow cast from the city lights.

There was little post processing necessary: a minor amount of distortion correction to straighten the verticals on the left and a small amount of sharpening is all that the original hi-res version needed. For this TE low-res version I cropped slightly, sharpened more and the foreground had to be lightened a little to restore lost detail.

I hope you like it.

Jonathan

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