Advice needed for short urban photo session :)

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  1. bencze

    bencze TPF Noob!

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    Hi All,

    Thought I'd ask for some advices as I am preparing to go to visit the London Eye one of these days. Being a short 'trip' (half hour? of which maybe 10-15 mins up in the air?) I won't have too much time to experiment, but since only god knows when I will come back to London again, it'd be nice to have some good photo(s) (with buying only 1 ticket if possible). This it IS supposed to be a very good place to shoot from. :)

    I have 3 lenses here at the moment. AF 50mm f/1.4D, AF-S 18-55mm DX (d50 kit lens), AF-S 70-300mm ED VR.
    I have never really been in this situation (so far); taking photos of a city from above. I guess I better take my kit lens (18-55mm dx) since I assume I should have something as wide as possible. Then again, maybe I should take the tele as well, could be nice to have some - relatively - close-up photos from that perspective.
    I also have a 67mm polarizer filter that I figured I would want to use (will get a step-up adapter ring so I can use it on the small zoom as well), but I am not even sure I can use that in these conditions:
    - it is supposed to decrease/eliminate reflecting; do I want that? There are 'glass' buildings, if they have a dull texture I might ruin pics. But for the sky, I think it would be nice.
    - what if it is not a sunny day? what if its overcast day. Wonder if I can still use my tele to shoot at some small aperture size (I think I need small aperture sizes in these kind of pics)? Does a polarizer do anything to a depressing, grey mass of sky, should I try with it or drop it?

    Oh well. Guess I'm just excited a bit, it's quite a short ride and I do want to get something memorable (even if it is just for me :) ) out of it. Maybe some of you here know what to do in this kind if situation - never had a city at my feet for a limited amount of time before ;)
     
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    I would take the polarizer but only use it if glorious sunshine, the widest lens you got and the tele, grab some quickies in the pod with the wide, maybe a nice paoramic or two from up top then switch to the tele for some distant buildings or other things where this angle/view will look impressive, think about it, plan it, shoot it.
     
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    Sounds like a plan.
    I hope it'll be good weather in the week-end. I'm looking forward to test my new polarizer - never payed much attention to filters yet but I think it'll be about time to test it. Or if not - summer is coming... :)

    thanks
     

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