The Titanic Signature Building opened in Belfast last year marking the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic is a truly magnificent building. The Titanic Experience is well worth a visit, but its photographic value is also worthwhile, especially at night. On New Year’s Day evening I called down merely to scout the area out for a future shoot and could not resist taking a few angles. This blog reflects my initial thoughts.
The technical details are straight forward, slow shutter speeds, in this case one second, an aperture of around f4, a low ISO speed and of course a tripod is essential. Slow shutter speeds helps to bring out better colour saturation and as it had been raining a wet ground was a gift, reflecting the light beautifully.
While most people take the front of the building I found the back view to be much more interesting. I was fascinated by the illuminated blue lines which demonstrate the actual outline of the deck area, from this the true scale of the ship can be visualised. I felt a sense of poignancy in the way the outline of the life boat positions had been marked on the ground, as seen in the images below.
Each wing of the building is in the shape of Titanic’s bow and the dimensions of the building were designed to the exact proportions of Titanic’s bow. So this image taken from the front of the building give you a sense of the scale of the original vessel.
With modern cameras there is really no excuse for images that are poorly exposed. However the real skill lies in developing the photographer’s eye. Finding the right lines and shapes that combine to make a good image. I, like most photographers, am too quick to take photographs, when what I should be doing is slowing down and taking a little more care and attention. There is much scope for another visit!
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