Name: Nathan Hands Location: London KIT: Canon EOS 700D with EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens EXPOS URE: 1/80 sec at f/20, ISO 200 Website: www.naypenrai.com
Drawing you in
“A heavy vignette was applied to give the structure the feel of a tunnel and to also emphasise it as the point of light,” Nathan says. “I wanted it to seem like the image was taken in-transit, toward the hole.” The eye is drawn to the bright yet divine light above.
Nathan adjusted the hues in Lightroom to deliberately remove all colour aside from yellow and orange. These colours are by nature inviting, warm and glowing, so we feel almost comforted when looking upon the scene. “When I look at it, I really get the impression of heaven,” Nathan says.
The children are the key to creating a narrative here. “The look-up is one of the main attractions of The Hive structure at Kew Botanic Gardens,” says Nathan. “From the bottom floor, the light was really focused through the middle piece so the figures on the glass became silhouettes. The children, who initially were a frustration, became absolutely pivotal to the whole concept.”
Nathan used negative exposure compensation to ensure the highlighted centre wasn’t clipped. “I used these settings as I wanted to get the detail of the structure but control the amount of light. I knocked the exposure way down,” he says.