Photo Gallery: Great Britain 1

the Houses of Parliament the London Eye the Houses of Parliament the Houses of Parliament the Houses of Parliament Westminster Abbey (?) the Houses of Parliament the Houses of Parliament Big Ben Big Ben Big Ben Trafalgar Square When the main difference between the US and central Europe is that usually everything is factor 1.6 larger, then the main difference between central Europe and the United Kingdom is that everything is on the other side, i. e. where you would least expect it.

Even if you don't drive a car, crossing a road as a pedestrian can just kill you, as intuitively you look in the wrong direction. As soon as you are used to that, the next obstacle is one way streets, where you constantly have to rethink things. But in supermarkets people tend to stick to the right side, and the same is true for elevator stairs, where the people who want to pass by use the left lane. So it is best to move around cautiously, as otherwise you keep bumping into people.

Wenn der Hauptunterschied zwischen den USA und Kontinentaleuropa darin besteht, daß alles um den Faktor 1.6 größer ist, dann ist der Hauptunterschied zwischen Kontinentaleuropa und dem Vereinigten Königreich, daß sich alles auf der anderen Seite befindet, d. h. da, wo man es am wenigsten erwartet.

Auch wenn man kein Auto fährt kann das Überqueren einer Straße als Fußgänger einen töten, weil man intuitiv in die falsche Richtung schaut. Sobald man daran gewöhnt ist, besteht das nächste Hindernis in Einbahnstraßen, wo man jedesmal neu nachdenken muß. Aber in Supermärkten bevorzugen die Leute die rechte Seite, und das selbe gilt für Rolltreppen, wo die Vorbeigehenden die linke Seite bevorzugen. Es ist also am besten, sich vorsichtig zu bewegen, weil man ansonsten dauernd Leuten über den Haufen rennt.

photographer: Klaus Hildner
Copyright © 2001 Klaus Hildner •
camera: Nikon Coolpix 990 (digital, 3.34 Megapixel)
location: Redhill, Surrey + London, United Kingdom (+ surroundings)
date: September, November, + December 2001
  • colours:
    For outdoor shots, white balance was set to "cloudy day" to compensate for dull British lighting conditions.
    Underground shots were done with auto white balance, and no fill-in flash was applied.
    Images were further resized down, and contrast was adjusted, i. e. the intensity differences between bright and dark areas optimized.
    No further "auto levels" or colour correction was done.
    Warm toned colours of Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, etc. stem from late afternoon, with the sun peeking through the clouds after a rainshower.
  • Early morning shots through plane cabin window also are "cloudy day" white balance on the camera + "auto contrast" afterwards. No further colour correction was applied. Cabin window filters and alters colours, though.
  • fill-in flash with some foreground objects (the street signs post, the backlit Underground sign at Piccadilly Circus), basically setting the camera to manual exposure and controlling flash intensity with aperture opening
  • spot metering e. g. on telephone booths, trying to go into detail + avoiding high contrast background
  • many "diagonal shots" to point out certain things (e. g. the "PULL" handle on the telephone booth) and because architectural shots would have looked poor without perspective correction otherwise
  • applied edge detection (sharpening) filter on panorama and one blurred underground shot
  • macro shots in camera macro mode, focal length in medium position (as described in Nikon manual), allowing to approach object as close as two centimeters (less than one inch), using manual focus setting for very close closeups, and always using built-in monitor instead of the optical viewfinder because of extreme parallaxis
  • panorama stitched as usual with Panorama Factory software
    overlapping far from perfect due to moving people