London calling

Just came back from a weekend in London. The weather shifted from sunny to heavy rain – several times every day, which wasn’t ideal from a photographic view… Often it looked like this:

hard rain

During the weekend the London Marathon took place. We took a walk to the finish area at Buckingham Palace. The weather was nice and sunny. This photo was exposed at ISO 200, 1/500s, F11.

park sunny

Then it became cloudy and a rain started to fall. When the first female runners (the women started ahead of the men) arrived, the rain was very hard and the light levels had fallen about six (!) stops. I had to expose at 1/500s, F 4-5.6 (wide open on the 55-200VR lens I was using) at ISOs between 1400 and 3200 (S-auto, auto-ISO, Active D-lightning normal, jpeg fine, high ISO NR low). Considering these difficult conditions I think the results came out well.

ISO 1400:

ISO 1400

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ISO 3200:
Larger image here.

ISO 3200:
Larger image here.
Now we were soaking wet, and gave up before the first men came. What I learned from this was that with the high ISO ability of a high performance DSLR like the Nikon D300 it was possible to shot outdoor sports even in very bad light with a relative slow lens.
(50 percent crops of the high ISO marathon images here and here)

On this travel I missed the wide range of the 18-200 lens i tried in Portugal. I had the 18-55 and 55-200VR Nikkor lenses and also the small Nikon P5000 camera. Often I had the wrong lens, and when you dont have time to switch the perspective tends to be similar in the images, missing the variety that is needed in a collection.
In a city, so amazingly rich with history and culture as London, you want more time, (and less rain…) to make it better justice, but here are some tourist snaps anyway.

Hold your horses:
red light
Buckingham Palace:
Nice number:
Tower Bridge:
British Museum – free entrance and no restrictions for photography – not bad.
St Pauls Cathedral:
St Pauls
Houses of Parliament:
London Eye:



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