Last weekend I was in Wolverhampton overnight, and when I woke up the sun was just rising. I looked out of the window and saw the sun shining on the Merry Hill flats. I recently bought a Panasonic Lumix TZ70 travel zoom camera, (ZS50 in the USA), so it was a chance to try it out.
I zoomed the TZ70’s lens to its maximum focal length of 720 mm (equivalent). The extreme telephoto allowed me to isolate the flats and remove, as much as possible, some other distracting buildings. I couldn’t do anything about the TV aerial!
I wanted something with a bit more interest, so I set the camera to 2 stops underexposure and metered off the sunny highlights. This had the effect of making the image look as if it was shot at night, with lights on inside the building. I used perspective cropping in Photoshop to get the lines straight.
I had had to move some net curtains out of the way to get these images, and wondered what would happen if I shot through those curtains. The result was lots of diffraction, which broke the highlights into spectra. It’s now a very abstract image.
A few minutes later the light from the rising sun had pretty well gone and it was just a drab autumn morning. You need to take advantage of the light while it lasts!