I took this shot back in 2011. I woke up very early to catch the sunrise and photographed the London skyline. My next stop in the park was the Lake. Thanks to the low angle of the sun I had some quality light to work with. Although the sun was behind me, I was lucky with the clouds blocking it just like a giant diffuser which brought some rather soft light into the scene. Some light was reflected from thick clouds and helped with the reflections.

It was a very tricky situation to frame the scene. I used my Nikon D90 at that time and the light was fooling my metering system. I had to take 3 different exposures. With an auto ISO of 400 when I was processing these files, I realised that it was not the best choice (I totally forgot the ISO while photographing the scene). I have spent quite some time fixing the image using photomatix, photoshop and lightroom. Now, I am not a big fan of unnatural hdr images so I tried hard to maintain the natural look of the scene. I hope that the end result will be pleasing to your eyes.

A little bit info about the park, quoting from wikipedia:
Hampstead Heath is a large, ancient London park, covering 320 hectares. This grassy public space sits astride a sandy ridge, one of the highest points in London, running from Hampstead to Highgate, which rests on a band of London Clay

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